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In our ZG19 Curated Podcast S02: No Man Is an Island we look to the future through the paradoxes of the present. Living through constantly shifting perspectives of trauma, endurance and hope, in the midst of menacing challenges that have taken away our awareness, the climate crisis often gets swapped away from our attention. Revealing shocking damages faster than ever, Nature summons us to act now. Suspended in a web of multifaceted doom experiences, we come back to the idea of John Donne - thriving is possible only as a united community, by cracking down the shell of isolation.

 

In the wake of the myriad crises of the past two decades - of climate change, financial meltdown, and the escalation of global conflicts - we have witnessed the emergence of a palpable collective desire for change. ‘Collective’ is fundamental here, it is only through togetherness we can achieve sustainable long-run results. In order to re-emerge and re-evaluate, as the current time dictates, we decided to dive into our past and start from the beginning. This is why we address Donne’s 17th century timeless poem, and insist “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

 

S02: No Man Is An Island is a cross-disciplinary encounter that explores the foundations of modern thought and creative practice while addressing the most urgent questions of the day. This season provides an alternative space to advanced study that traverse the arts, humanities, and sciences. We have selected researchers from various fields, the “new think tank of our age”, pushing the boundaries of critical thinking towards social and sustainable development.

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S02E01

Prof. Salim

Abdool Karim

Epidemiologist

 

The Hazards of Vaccine 

Nationalism & Beyond

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S02E02

 

Simon Butler

Founder Migrate Art

Migrate Art:

We Are Part Of A Larger We

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S02E03

Sara Naomi Bleich

Health Researcher & Advisor

 

The Collateral Effect: 

Hunger & Food Insecurity

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S02E04

Bahia Shehab

Artist

 

No

& A Thousand Times No

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S02E05

Decolonize This Place

Action-oriented Collective

 

Blurred Lines:

Art, Activism, Resistance

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S02E06

Piers Secunda

Artist

 

On the Art of Scars

& Erased History

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S02E07

Wanyi Li

Science Researcher

 

On Biodiversity Loss

& Environmental Conservation

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S02E08

Padmashree Gehl Sampath

Innovation Expert

 

On Technological Innovation

& Renewable Energy

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S02E09

Saeed Taji Farouky

Film Director

 

Filmmaking As Poetic Justice 

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S02E10

Benedetta Berti 

Head of Policy Planning, NATO

 

On Security & Tackling

Modern Conflict 

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S02E11

Giovanni de Niederhäusern

Head Architecture Pinifarina

Architecture

The Three Social Pillars

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S02E12

Ryan Stanier

Founder The Other Art Fair

On Reimagining  

The Art Fair

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S02E13

Patrick Tuttofuoco

Artist

On Reimagining  

The Art Fair

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S02E14

Piers Secunda - Part II

Artist

On Cultural Genocide

& Art Restitution

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S02E15

Newsha Tavakolian

Photographer 

Honest Photography:

In the Name of Social Change

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S02E16

Ken Nwadiogbu

Artist

When Society Speaks,

We Respond