Jean Pisani-Ferry

Jean Pisani-Ferry

Professor of Economics and Public Management, Hertie School of Governance


Jean Pisani-Ferry is the Director of Economic Policy Planning for the Prime Minister of France. Previously, he was the director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based European economic think tank. He is also a professor of economics with Université Paris-Dauphine.

Pisani-Ferry has made his career in research and policy. After having held positions in research and government in France, he joined the European Commission in 1989 as economic adviser to the Director-General of DG ECFIN. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of CEPII, the main French research centre in international economics. In 1997, he became senior economic adviser to the French minister of Finance and was later appointed executive president of the French prime minister’s Council of Economic Analysis (2001-2002). From 2002 to 2004, he was senior adviser to the director of the French Treasury.

Pisani-Ferry has held teaching positions with various universities including Ecole polytechnique in Paris and Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2006-2007, he was president of the French economic association.He is a member of the Council of Economic Analysis, an independent advisory body reporting to the French PM.

Pisani-Ferry’s research interest include economic policy, international macroeconomics and European economics. His recent publications include Europe’s Growth Problem (and what to do about it), The Euro Crisis and the New Impossible Trinity, Global Currencies for Tomorrow (with Ignazio Angeloni et al.), An Ocean Apart? Comparing Transatlantic Responses to the Financial Crisis (editor, with Adam Posen and Fabrizio Saccomanni), Bruegel/Peterson Institute,2011, Economic Policy (with Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Benoît Coeuré and Pierre Jacquet) Oxford University Press, 2010.

Born in 1951, Pisani-Ferry was initially trained as an engineer and also holds a Masterin mathematics. He holds an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d’études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris).

Pisani-Ferry has regular columns in Le Monde, Handelsblatt, and the Chinese magazine Century Weekly. He is a contributor to The Economist’s by invitation blog and to Project Syndicate.

Pisani-Ferry was previously a member of the Council for the Future of Europe.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.