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by Richard Meckien - published Apr 09, 2013 01:55 PM - - last modified Jul 23, 2018 02:26 PM

The Green Room was intended to be a metalinguistic platform that could maintain, organize, discuss and present the main ideas, concepts, debates and languages ​​that inspired and subsidized the institutional design of IEA's management during Martin Grossmann's tenure as director.

Why Green Room?

Caixa VerdeGrande VidroThe Green Room is a metaphor based on two models of conceptual and public discussion: the 'Green Box' of artist Marcel Duchamp (1882-1968) and the so-called green papers developed and disseminated by government agencies of various countries.

In 1934, Duchamp produced a limited edition of 'Caix a Verde', a set of sparse notes on papers detailing the production of his masterpiece, 'The Large Glass' or 'The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even' (1915 -1923). The notes are a compilation of the creative thought process of the artist during the design (in Paris and New York) and execution (in New York) of the work: an essential complement that reveals important details of the creative process and execution of the work. For Duchamp, the 'Green Box' was not a key to unlock the secrets of the work. Much more than a simple guide to its understanding, the 'Green Box' was a kind of verbal/textual/graphic complement of the plastic work (the object itself) that enabled the expansion of modes of its ideas's representation.

The first green paper (a term used by London daily newspapers because of the color of the cover of this type of document) was released by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in 1967. It was a governmental statement containing proposals to be discussed by the entire nation. This document served as an example for regular use of documents for public consultation or discussion by governments of various countries. In Brazil, one of the examples is the Livro Verde da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação, launched by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2001.

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