Live blogging from the 11th ELIA Biennial, Nantes // Thought-provoking keynote by Bernard Stiegler calls for overcoming segregation, combating consumerism, and revisiting the avantgarde.This morning, Bernard Stiegler made it clear that the stakes are high by stating that the aim of the arts in the present is the “de-proletarianisation” of knowledge. In an age of consumerism, sketched by Stiegler, we listen to music without knowing how to play an instrument, spend an average time of 42 seconds in front of a painting in a museum, don’t know how to drive a car without a GPS or how to bring up our kids; just as, on a larger scale, the bankers and politicians didn’t know how their system in crisis works. It would be all too convenient, in this situation, for artists to confine themselves to a “golden ghetto” in the creative economy. But in the face of ongoing segregation and the production of abundant waste in our societies, this would ultimately put a stop to creativity. A society whose welfare depends upon creativity and ideas, as Stiegler sees it, cannot abide by this segregation and the loss of knowledge it implies.