The philosopher and gastronome Fabien Vallos, a teacher at the Ecole Nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles, is serving a banquet offered by the CPG, a crucial context for creating friendship and benevolence. In Greek thinking, kosmos means the link between the real and reality, in other words the relationship between the living and what is made. The kosmos contains a “cosmogony”, or the creation of a way of understanding the world, as well as “cosmetics”, or a way of aestheticizing what we understand of and take from the world. Komos is supposedly the son of Dionysus, or one of the three eternal adolescents along with Eros and Kairos – or desire and the now – responsible for the organization of banquets. According to the earliest thinking, we are creatures of habit and not dependent on locality. The banquet experience thus had to be both an experience of philochoria and an experience of atopicity. A publication is handed to the guests as they leave, demonstrating the link between the banquet, the OSMOSCOSMOS exhibition and the art of building benevolence.
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CHRISTOFFEL VAN SICHEM (1581-1658), BANQUET D’ABRAHAM, GRAVURE (XILOGRAPHIE) 1646 IN BIBELS TRESOOR, OFTE DER ZIELEN IVSTHOF, PUBLIÉ PAR PIETER JACOBSZ PAETS (COLLECTION PARTICULIÈRE)