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Skills Academy #3: Morning Session 1

Metal: the basics

Saturday 28 January 2017, 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Maison des Métallos
94, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris 11e
Open to the public (advance bookings only):

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy #3: Morning Session 1
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The Skills Academy presents a new six-month series of lectures for 2017, on the subject of metal. Our first Morning Session reviews the technical and artistic history of this core material from Antiquity to the present, exploring the extraction and working of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and the evolution of fine metalworking and its associated skills. 


9 a.m.
Catherine Tsekenis, Director, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Normal Studio (Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï), guest designers and programme directors for the Skills Academy 2017 

9.30 a.m.
‘Production, refining and working of metals from Antiquity to the advent of the Third Industrial Revolution’
Robert Halleux, member of the Institut de France, member of the Académie royale de Belgique, President of CHST (Centre d’Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques) at the Université de Liège

10.45 a.m.

11.15 a.m.
‘Metal in the Applied Arts’
Catherine Arminjon-Roesch, senior heritage curator

Our third biennial Skills Academy explores the many facets of metal, with a focus on innovation for tomorrow’s world. The Foundation’s programme is aimed at artisans, designers and engineers eager to take a fresh look at the world of metal, and to harness their practice and expertise to a collective, experimental project. Throughout the first semester 2017, our monthly Morning Sessions enable interested members of the public to extend their knowledge of this essential material, from a historical, aesthetic, economic and technical perspective, and to engage in ground-breaking debate on its future and sustainability.  

> Find out about Morning Session 2: A creative material
> Find out more about Skills Academy #3

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Maison des métallos

94, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris


Under the supervision of Normal Studio, Guest designers and Skills Academy educational directors