Perpetual Peace exhibition
Perpetual Peace exhibition

The Perpetual Peace Project is a multi-tiered research project initiated by Slought Foundation in partnership with the European Union. Taking as its starting point Immanuel Kant’s provocative essay of the same name from 1795, the Perpetual Peace Project brings various communities and disciplines together to revisit the historical text with a focus on 21st century international priorities: non-state actors on the international scene, new concepts of asymmetric warfare and complex battlefields, post-9/11 security concerns, the fate of international norms governing war and peace, and the prospects for international community and world governance to reduce geopolitical conflict.

In addition to the Perpetual Peace book, which has been used in student workshops throughout the world, the Perpetual Peace Project also manifested itself as a set of dispersed interventions within “The Last Newspaper” at the New Museum. The exhibition concept and installation, designed by Ken Saylor, consisted of round, blue exhibition units that functioned as platforms for presenting a set of video interviews with philosophers, writers, and thinkers including Kwame Anthony Appiah, Saskia Sassen, Hélène Cixous, Boris Groys, Richard Sennett, and others.

2010