Coming up: 18 January

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis: Web Archives and the Ephemerality of Digital Media

Presentation by Anne Helmond in the ASCA seminar and research group Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition. Please contact for registration and a link to the preparatory reading.
14.30 - 17.00, BG1, room 1.14, Turfdraagsterpad 9


ARIAS Events

Past Events

17 December:
Say AAHH #2: “Nothing about us without us!”: Radical participation and arts-based methods in health research


Spui 25
Spui 25

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“Nothing about us without us!” Radical participation and arts-based methods in health research

The carer and the cared-for, the healer and the sick, doctor and patient: one has historically been seen as invested with the knowledge and often the power, the other as taking on a passive role. But the focus is shifting. As bridges between the humanities, the arts and medical research connect and inform each discipline, disrupting traditional hierarchies and blazing a trail towards participation and inclusion.


This evening we discuss how arts-based and creative methods in participatory action research can question exclusionary understandings of legitimate medical knowledge, question oppressive medical hierarchies, and disrupt the patient-researcher binary. The following brief lectures will invite a roundtable and audience members to subsequent debate: 


KLIK. Photovoice and photography in community health promotion with children, by Tineke Abma and Janine Schrijver

Negotiating health. Intersections of ethnicity and gender in precarious work, by Saskia Duijs

Participatory art-based health research with unemployed people: lived experiences as legitimate knowledge, by Barbara Groot-Sluijsmans.

“Say AAHH!”
This event is part of “Say AAHH!”: 9 evenings on Arts And the Health Humanities organised by ARIAS & SPUI25, convened by Erin La Cour and Maaike Muntinga.


What does it mean to be healthy? How can we promote better practices of wellbeing and care? In what ways can the arts and new technology challenge stigmas about mental and physical health? These are but a few of the questions the new Arts And Health Humanities series “Say AAHH!” will address in a series of nine sessions from November 2018 – May 2019.



Forthcoming events: more information coming soon!

#3 31 January
#4 14 February
#5 28 February
#6 14 March
#7 28 March
#8 18 April
#9 2 May 


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.

23 November:
A Writing Initiative (AWI), first meeting


HKU, room 2.06
Nieuwekade 1

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23 November 2018

First Meeting of A Writing Initiative (AWI)

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15.00-17.00, Nieuwekade 1, Utrecht (HKU)


After the initial meeting at the ARIAS meeting in September, a Writing Initiative (aWI) will have their first meeting to further discuss and develop ideas on creative, alternative or ‘other’ writing strategies within artistic and academic research. Members of the group work as researchers, teachers and artists at (among other institutes) UvA, VU, HvA, Rietveld Art Academy, Fontys Hogeschool and HKU.We have two aims for this first session. We want to write together (we will make use of creative writing exercises) and to discuss what type of content will be of interest for everyone interested in or affiliated with this group. We will use this session to present research done at the Professorship of Performative Processes as well. This possibly leads to the group branching out into different sections, as we still harbour a broad range of interests in (alternative) writing, researching, creating and publishing. We will use this session as a practical meeting as well.


The event’s notes and overview can be seen below:

aWi: an initial gathering at HKU



Attending: Nirav Christophe, Amal Chatterjee, Marjolijn van den Berg, Mia Lerm Hayes, Miriam Rasch, Ulrike Scholtes, Ninke Overbeek , Iris van Rijn


On Friday, 23rd November 2018, the Professorship at the HKU hosted a gathering attended by people interested in aWi. It served as an initial meeting, to exchange ideas and consider ways forward. The attendees shared experience and perspectives. Ninke and Marjolijn provided examples of writing exercises and techniques, and led interesting discussions.


Examples of related publications were provided by Nirav and Miriam. There was also discussion about what the aWi could be, with several attendees providing feedback that an “open” association of those involved with Creative Writing and research of all kinds was desirable, providing a pivot that allows associates to be informed about initiatives that might interest them, and to generate new projects and ideas. HKU and Amal proposed that strands be identified, existing projects; new collaborations; training/workshops; and outcomes. The outcomes could include publications, online and print, performances and exhibitions, meetings and symposia. They suggest setting concrete targets, events or publications that several partners can collaborate on. To collate knowledge of existing projects, they suggest a register of interests, existing projects, events, proposal, suggestions and invitation. To enable that, they will draw up a one page feedback to be distributed to all who have, to date, expressed interest, and, in future, to others. This will be returnable within a defined period, say by mid Jan/February. Besides being made available through Arias, the information could be discussed at the next aWi related meeting by those present.


Questions and topics asked/ explored during the session on 23/11/18:

-Existing ideas about language and physicality.
-Existing ideas within art education (HBO and University level) about writing practices.
-Differences and similarities in approaching artworks, art-analysis both in academic and artistic practice.
-The availability of freewriting and other creative strategies to academics.
-Questions of emotional engagement (on all levels of research and artistic practice) and its translation into academic writing.
-Possible measurability of artistic writing products as research results.
-Possibilities of hybrid forms of writing that overcome a dichotomy between ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing.
-Questions of authorial voice within academic writing.
-Process versus product; didactic strategies.
-Alternative sites of publication.


Going Forward:


Topics to be included in the questionnaire/feedback sheet could include:


Building a network on institutes interested in this type of research by

-Collating information on interested projects, institutes and individuals
-Mapping and making available information on what is in place
-Creating register of this, and a mailing list (already begun)


Asking about

-The type of research people are interested in; academic, artistic, cross-overs
-The type of writing they want to explore
-The products that they want to come out of the efforts of this group.


Suggestions for outcomes, for example

-Registering and disseminating information on ongoing and upcoming publications
-Proposing Seminars/symposia
-Proposing paper(s) on practice/goals
-Developing cross over publications and other outcomes, including performance, art and word
-Discussing opportunities for collaboration, including but not exclusively, new publication
-Proposing, offering, requesting training/development events/collaboration

22 November:
Artists & Archivists meetup #2 at the Meertens Institute


Meertens Institute
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185

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22 November, 16.00 – 17.30 hrs
Location: The Meertens Institute
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, Amsterdam

Interdisciplinary meetup for artists, archivists & other researchers, initiated by HuC & ARIAS.

The Artists & Archivists meetups aim to engage artists, archivists and other researchers in a dialogue on their research approaches, methods and results, to learn from each other’s experiences and to explore future research collaborations. At these meetups, researchers share mutual interests, for example in experimental ways of questioning and researching archival and data collections, data visualization, digital humanities, sonic archiving and archival activism.

On 22 November, four new groups have proposed to meet to discuss issues of art-archive collaborations, queering the collections, new research into the work of Louise Kaiser, and redefining our understanding of text. If you would like to propose a new discussion group or research group, please email

For detailed information on the program, please scroll down. To sign up for 22 November, please send an e-mail to:


AnchorProgram 22 November

16.00 – 16.30: Plenary opening & introductory talk by the Elise ‘t Hart (first artist-in-residence of the Meertens Institute)
16.30 – 17.30: brainstorm/discussion
17.30 – 18.00: drinks
1. What could ‘collaboration’ between artists & archivists be? Artist Marieke van Rooy opens a discussion of the different ways in which researchers and artists could exchange thoughts on artistic archival projects, on the ways of working and the motives behind such methods. The goal of this discussion is to give archivists a more in-depth view in ways of working of artists and the diversity of reasons why artists delve into archives. This also leads to the question what actual ‘collaboration’ could be. For artists, this discussion is important to get an overview and to contribute to the diversity of approaches to the archive. In this session, we speak about what could be the best forms of exchange for this platform and how already existing archival projects by artists could have more visibility in the academic world and in the archival institutes where this research takes place. We start the discussion in relation to concrete artist cases, for example, Marieke van Rooy will give a short introduction to the ‘Dilution Project’ (together with Domenico Mangano) for which she has worked with the historical archives of the anti-psychiatry movement held by the Institute of Social History.

2. Inclusiveness & Queering the collections.
Riemer Knoop (lector at the Amsterdam University of the Arts) opens a discussion on the possibility of a joint research project that supports practice-oriented & activist movements in ‘queering archives and collections’. In this hour, we discuss interesting practices of (art-)research and activist projects that have shed light on the “invisibilized”, whether by their own choice or by the sytem’s design, in public archives, collections and museums, particularly in relation to LGTB-activism. This hour serves as a platform to explore the possibility of a joint Smart Culture research grant application (deadline 5 February 2019) in this research field. 

3. Louise Kaiser research project.
Carolyn Birdsall (UvA) & Douwe Zeldenrust (Meertens Instituut) will discuss the possibility and potential shape of a research project on the work of Louise Kaiser (1891-1973), a pioneer in phonetics research and the first female lector of the University of Amsterdam. Please join this brainstorm if you are interested in the history of phonetics research or an artist interested in language and sound.

 4. Redefining our Understanding of Text.
Huygens Institute researchers Elli Bleeker, Ronald Haentjens Dekker and Astrid Kulsdom would like to collaborate with artists on their project ‘Redefining our Understanding of Text’. We invite artists to collaborate with us in redefining text in the digital paradigm by creating textual objects that contain various layers of (audiovisual) information. Artists may work with their own text, or use as a starting point a text taken from a 20th century handwritten manuscript. Ideally, we work with two or more artists at the same time, so that we can recreate and enhance a dynamic, intertextual network of information.

17 November:
SAY AAHH #1: Graphic Medicine Roundtable and Comics Artists Party


Spui 25
Spui 25

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Graphic Medicine Roundtable and Comics Artists Party
17 November 2018, 17:00-19:00
Launch of “Say AAHH!” series on Arts And the Health Humanities

What is Graphic Medicine? This roundtable discussion will focus on the aims and objectives of the emerging field of Graphic Medicine, which broadly denotes the critical intersections of comics and medical discourse. In a discussion that brings together artistic, scholarly, and practice-based approaches, the aim of the roundtable is to elucidate the variety and multiplicity of ways in which comics allow for illness narratives to be told. This event is Part of the Amsterdam Comics’ 2nd International Conference and the launch of “Say AAHH!”.

The “Say AAHH!” series brings together scholars and artists working in the Health and Medical Humanities on topics as varied as neuroscience, anthropology, narration, education, pop culture, social media, technology, museums, and public history. In the crossing of diverse practices, scholars, and topics, we aim to encourage provocative and productive discussions on health, illness, disability, and care. 
Following the roundtable discussion, attendees are invited to take part in the comics artists party, during which all can engage with the invited artists and their work.
About the speakers
Joyce Lamerichs (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is a senior researcher in the field of health communication as interaction. In her work she applies a micro perspective to conduct systematic and detailed analyses of what people do when they talk together.
Simon Grennan (University of Chester) is a scholar of visual narrative and an award-winning graphic novelist. He is author of A Theory of Narrative Drawing (2017), Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval (2018), and Dispossession (2015).
Anna Poletti (Utrecht University) is Associate Professor of English at Utrecht University and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. Her research focus is on contemporary forms of life narrative and the role of mediation and materiality in autobiography. 
Gaston Franssen (University of Amsterdam) is Assistant Professor of Literary Culture. His current research focuses on the impact of cultural diversification on modern literature and literary culture, including fictional therapy, illness narratives, medical/health humanities.
Participating Artists
Zone 5300: Tonio van Vugt & Natasja van Loon (
Maia Matches (Maia Machèn) (
Jelko Arts (
Simon Grennan (
“Say AAHH!”
This event is part of “Say AAHH!”: 9 evenings on Arts And the Health Humanities organised by ARIAS & SPUI25
Convened by Dr. Erin La Cour and Dr. Maaike Muntinga
What does it mean to be healthy? How can we promote better practices of wellbeing and care? In what ways can the arts and new technology challenge stigmas about mental and physical health? These are but a few of the questions the new Arts And Health Humanities series “Say AAHH!” will address in a series of nine sessions from November 2018 – May 2019.
ARIAS is a research platform by the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU). ARIAS enables intersections, encounters and collaborations between artistic research and research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
Forthcoming Events: More Information Coming Soon!
·         #2 17 December
·         #3  31 January
·         #4  14 February
·         #5  28 February
·         #6  14 March
·         #7  28 March
·         #8  18 April
·         #9    2 May

16 November:
NWO & ARIAS Smart Culture Working Conference


Het Huis
Boorstraat 107

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NWO & ARIAS Smart Culture Working Conference

Exposing artistic research, exploring new collaborations


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On 16 November, NWO and ARIAS are jointly organising the Smart Culture Working Conference in Utrecht to explore the concept of Arts, Research & Science. This conference is not a standard meeting. Instead it has an investigative and activating character: there is an ‘exposium’ about research in the arts and four workshops that will explore the relationship between art under four themes: Art and reflection on art’, ‘Bio Art and Design’, ‘Inclusiveness & Queer community’ and ‘Art and Technology’.


This Smart Culture Working Conference displays and questions the diversity of artistic research with special consideration for the four PhD projects of the NWO programme ‘PhD Research in the Arts’. NWO established this programme in 2010, in collaboration with the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme aims to support research in the arts as part of university practice. With this exposium, delegates, the PhD candidates and PhD graduate artists, can explore what the art and science trajectory yields.


Jonas Staal, Lonnie van Brummelen, Jeremiah Day and Yvonne Dröge Wendel have each chosen an appropriate form for exhibiting their research. Four respondents will reflect on the relationship between these four research projects and the wider research field.


  • Jonas Staal – Propaganda Art, From the 20th to the 21st Century
  • Lonnie van Brummelen – ‘Drifting Studio Practice; a return of the making in the thinking’
  • Jeremiah Day – A Kind of Imagination that has Nothing to Do with Fiction: Art in Public Life 
  • Yvonne Dröge Wendel – ‘The Performative and Relational Abilities of Things’


NWO is organising the Smart Conference together with ARIAS because they share NWO’s aim of bringing research in the arts to the attention of a wider public.


We cordially invite you to attend this conference. Please note that the event is fully booked.

We look forward to meeting you at the Smart Culture Working Conference!

19 October:
Institute of Social History tour of the collections


Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31

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Following up on the ARIAS/HuC artists & archivists meetup at the Institute of Social History, researcher Gijs Kessler will give a special tour through the Institute of Social History collections: 19 October,15:00-17:00.

please sign up by sending an email to: Meeting point is the entrance hall of the ISG building.

4 October:
Who’s Afraid of the Archive? interdisciplinary meetup for artists, scholars and archivists


Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31

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Thursday 4 October 2018


Who’s afraid of the Archive?
Interdisciplinary meetup for artists, scholars and archivists


(walk-in 18.30) 19:00 – 22:00

International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
Please sign up by sending an email and stating your 2 preferred case studies (see below)


Archives fascinate. Whether as dusty, mysterious spaces, as systems of knowledge, or as treasure troves of stories. The archives and data collections of HuC cover a wide array of topics, periods and places, from Medieval Dutch texts, to Karl Marx manuscripts, audio recordings of local dialects, archives of women’s rights campaigners, a personal diaries collection and an archive of letters to the future. What can artists and scholars learn from each other in their approach to the archive?


A meetup

On the 4th of October, the Humanities Cluster (HuC) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and ARIAS (the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences) invite artists, curators and researchers to ‘HuC harbour’, a converted cocoa warehouse in the former port area of Amsterdam. Nowadays, it is home of the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and also stores the archival and data collections of another institution co-operating in the cluster: the Meertens Institute. The third party in the Humanities Cluster is the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, located in the center of Amsterdam.


Researchers of HuC work with the riches of the collections, while artists are also increasingly drawn to the archives. The point of departure for this evening is the idea that these academic and artist researchers have much to learn from each other, but do not regularly meet. It aims to foster the exchange of shared interests, for example in experimental ways of questioning and researching archival and data collections, data visualization, digital humanities, sonic archiving and archival activism.


This meetup aims to engage artists and scholars in a dialogue on their research approaches, methods and results, to learn from each other’s experiences and to explore future research collaborations. The evening is centered on five round tables with case study presentations, offering opportunities for artists and researchers to meet on the basis of common interests.


Table 1: Visualizing and Conceptualizing Labour Relations: Work and Power – International Institute of Social History


Table 2: ‘It is an invention of the devil’, the audio collection of the Meertens Institute


Table 3: Activating inclusivity at the IISH


Table 4: reading and writing in the margins – Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands


Table 5: ARCH04547

For table descriptions, please scroll down.


Interested to join?

Please sign up by sending an email to, stating your name, current affiliation/occupation /interest (1 line) and the numbers of your two preferred case studies (for example “case study 4 and 5”). Number of participants is limited.


For the most up-to-date information, please consult

For more information about this event, please contact Flora Lysen ( or Gijs Kessler (


Who’s afraid of the Archive?

18.30 (walk-in)
19.00 – 22.00 (and drinks)

Opening by HuC archives & ARIAS

Followed by an opening talk by belit sag (artist)


Table 1: Visualizing and Conceptualizing Labour Relations: Work and Power – International Institute of Social History

(initiator: Gijs Kessler)



At some point in life, everybody works. Even the ultra-rich raise their children, run their household, or manage their assets. But the power-relations under which work is performed, can differ greatly, from the billionaire talking to his stockbroker from the agricultural labourer trudging in debt-slavery. Historically, the variation is even greater, from chattel-slaves, to hunter-gatherers, and to community-based redistributive agents. The power relations under which work is performed are the focus of the research programme of the International Institute of Social History, and are referred to as “labour relations”. Labour relations can be equal or unequal, and all the shades of grey in between these two opposites. They also change over time. Together, they show the interconnections and dependencies through which a society makes ends meet and supports the young, the elderly, the infirm and others who are not required or expected to work themselves. Labour relations are about power, about dependencies, and about symbiosis. At this table, we aim to initiate new research collaborations in visualizing and conceptualizing these labour relations.




Table 2: ‘It is an invention of the devil’, the audio collection of the Meertens Institute  (initiator: Douwe Zeldenrust)


Suddenly you find yourself sitting at a kitchen table in the 1970s, being witness to a casual conversation between old friends, where a good story is told or a local song is sung, while the clock ticks and coffee is poured. The only thing missing is the smell of tobacco smoke. Welcome to the audio collection of the Meertens Institute. Between 1998 and 2018 the entire audio collection of the KNAW Meertens Institute has been carefully digitised (converted from analogue sources such as wax rolls form the 1930s, records, and magnetic tapes to digital standard formats) by now-retired audio technician Kees Grijpink.


A total of 6,382 hours of digitised audio is ready for further exploration. The recordings are numerous and diverse. It contains, for example, songs and stories recorded during fieldwork all across the Netherlands, Flanders and even the United States. These and other sub-collections, like the archive of pioneering researcher Louise Kaiser from the early and mid-twentieth century, hold a wealth of information. Specific parts of the collection, such as the Dutch Dialect Database, have already been made available through the website of the Meertens Institute. Through well-preserved and sometimes startling pristine audio, the collections provide access to endearing, private, and surprising moments in time.


These vast collections are not only the workplace for archivists and of interest for scholars studying linguistics and ethnology. They can also be seen as a rich playground for artists. For example: one current emerging crossover is the ‘Instituut voor Huisgeluid’. Founder and artist Elise ‘t Hart is interested in studying and preserving the sounds of squeaky floors, tinkling cups and vibrating phones of the Meertens Institute sound recordings. Sounds that, in the ears of the scholars traditionally working with the collections, interfere with their primary goals. The Meertens Institute is interested in collaborating with artists to find new perspectives and new ways of working with the audio collection.





Table 3: Activating inclusivity at the International Institute of Social History
(initiators: Leila Musson, Hannah MacKay, Thijs van Leeuwen)


Is it a question of ‘who is afraid of the archive?’ or instead ‘what are we doing to make people afraid?’. There are ghosts waiting in the stacks, there are still skeletons in our closets. When and how can archival activism or artists’ archival work play a role in facing these challenges and in ‘unpacking underrepresented narratives or histories’? We will discuss how increasing inclusiveness and access in an archive can help to break down the isolation of an archival institution and be more welcoming to those otherwise unaccustomed. We want to explore how ‘activist archiving’ can play a role in recuperating and repatriating materials belonging to those who are in them, questioning what materials can be accessed by whom and under which circumstances. As an archival institution, the IISH can learn from researchers from different backgrounds to make our spaces more inclusive and conducive to their research. We can identify barriers to the archive and begin to take steps to break them down according to the needs of our current and future users.


Link: 52 questions about the archive


Table 4: Reading and writing in the margins – Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
(initiator: Mariken Teeuwen)

Significant things happen in the margins. Over the past years, I ran a project studying the practices of reading and writing in the early Middle Ages (c. 800-c. 1000), with a particular interest in the margins of medieval texts. In the making of a medieval book, not only the writer, but many other parties were involved: correctors, illuminators, but also expounders and readers. Together, they added layers of comments in the margins of texts in order to give some guidance into their structure, meaning and interpretation. Books were, in other words, frequently annotated: enlarged with paratexts and a-textual clues for readers. Today, this medieval method of ‘guided’ reading still survives in schoolbooks: the margins of a Latin textbook, for example, may give us information about grammar or extra historical background. Modern fiction authors have also experimented with the idea of paratext, adding layers that show (unexpected) associations of their characters or responses from different readers (think for example about the work of Reif Larsen, ‘The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet’ and Doug Dorst/J.J. Abrams, ‘S’). In ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, Harry only starts to excel in brewing potions when he follows the marginal annotations in his second-hand textbook. In this session, I would like to show you medieval reading practices and reflect on our current (paper and digital) practices of reading and writing. Experiments with reading layers and paratexts are a rich field of research and exploration, especially in collaboration with artists and authors. At Huygens, we are interested to meet with writers, artists and other researchers to explore potential future research projects ‘in the margins’.



Table 5: ARCH04547 (initiator Pieter Paul Pothoven)


The latest project of visual artist Pieter Paul Pothoven (Amsterdam, 1981) sheds light on RARA, the Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action. During the 1980s and 1990s, this resistance collective fought against racism, oppression and exploitation, the ongoing legacy of Dutch imperialist history. Pothoven has worked extensively with various archives throughout his practice, for example with the Geological Survey of Afghanistan in Kabul, but unlike previous projects, in which he used the archive as a one-way resource for information (a common practice within the sciences and the arts), he is now composing an archive about and in close consultation with RARA, which will be donated to the IISH. During the round table he will address questions that are leading in this process, like: What is the status of the artist practice within the archive and vice versa? And how can the artist mediate access to information beyond an art context?



28 September:
ARIAS Research Season Start


DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2

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Friday 28 Sep, 13:30-17.00 (with drinks afterwards)
Location: DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2
Open meeting for all interested researchers
in the ARIAS network


Please sign up by sending an e-mail to:
On September 28th, ARIAS starts the new research season with a gathering at the DAS Graduate School


Sharing and connecting with(in) the ARIAS network will be the focal point of this afternoon. The meeting will begin with a short introduction about ARIAS, especially on new collaborations that have emerged over the past year through the ARIAS network. At its core, this gathering is specifically meant to allow researchers to hear about new (emerging) projects, to meet others who are interested in exploring a similar research domain, to learn from alternative research methods or to delve into a specific collaborative project.


During the event you are welcome to join a work-group table on a topic that will be pitched at the start of the afternoon. Topics are, for example: How can we connect expertise on ‘writing creatively’ across universities and academies in the ARIAS network? What is ‘research in and through film?’ within the ARAS network and why is there no Amsterdam Design School?’ (see below). In addition to these topic-specific tables, you are also highly encouraged to create your own work-group table on the spot (or to email us in advance). There will also be a table for advice on applying for grants.

The event is open to researchers and artists of all five ARIAS institutions (VU, AHK, UvA, HvA and Rietveld/Sandberg) and we cordially invite you to actively contribute to the network during this participatory and informal event. 

To participate in the event, please sign up by sending an e-mail to:


Examples of tables present on the 28th of September:

Table 1 Amsterdam Design School
(initiator: Geert Lovink & Ben Schouten, HVA)
Have you ever dreamt of founding the Amsterdam Design School? Why doesn’t it exist? Is Amsterdam the design capital? Where is the Amsterdam Design Academy? Where is the Amsterdam Design Museum? Where is Amsterdam design research? At this table, participants discuss possibilities for establishing a new design ‘school’ as a networked entity that can grow out of the ARIAS network. Not one institution or one building, but an interconnected living local culture. At this table, we discuss if and how existing and new Amsterdam programs for art & design could collaborate to create alternative and critical design cultures.


Table 2 Writing Creatively in the ARIAS network
(initiator: Amal Chatterjee, Author & writing tutor, Oxford and Amsterdam, o.a VU & UvA)

Imagining alternatives, exploring them, communicating ideas: that’s what research(ers) do, isn’t it? It’s also what creative writers/artists do, they draw on what they know, use their imaginations to find alternatives, to go new places. “Free”, imaginative and speculative writing helps researchers to consider different angles, and to tell their stories more effectively, and working with researchers provides writers/artists with access to (new) knowledge and inspiration. At this table we will think about (creative) writing workshops in the ARIAS network to bring these strands together, to excite, energise and contribute to the work of all. 


Table 3 Film & research in the ARIAS network
(initiators: Mieke Bernink & Eyal Sivan, AHK & Mattijs van de Port, UvA)
Research and film is a trendy topic. Yet before discussing possible collaborations on the topic within ARIAS, we need to know what exactly we’re talking about. Mattijs van de Port, who started the first MA pilot on anthropology and film at the UvA, and Eyal Sivan, filmmaker and lector at the Netherlands Film Academy that hosts the MA Artistic Research in and through Film, will kick off the round table discussion by mapping the differences and similarities between the various views on research and film, given their respective institutional contexts (university, art school). This will allow us to address the question, “What does the encounter of film and research have to offer, both to the academic research and to the practice of film?”. And from there we can discuss possible collaborations between the different interests and institutions within the ARIAS network. 


Table 4: Research on the Commons in the ARIAS network
(initiators: Jeroen Boomgaard, Rietveld/UvA & René Boer, Sandberg)
Researchers at this table are interested in meeting and collaborating in the domain of ‘the commons’. Building on the experiences of an UvA research project ‘Building an Urban Commons’ (Adeola Enigbokan) and Sandberg Institute’s temporary master programme ‘The Commoners Society’, which started on Amsterdam’s Zeerburgereiland this year, preparations are underway for a long term research project into the role the arts can play in the construction of an urban commons on this island on the city’s fringes. As the urban development of Zeeburgereiland is taking shape at this very moment, artistic interventions could still influence the social, cultural and economic conditions on the island. Conservations with optional research partners are currently taking place, this table is a way to open this conversation on collaboration.


Table 5: Artificial intelligence in and beyond the ARIAS network
(initiators: Jaap Vinken, Sandberg & Chris Julien, WAAG)




Table 6: Medical Humanities education in the ARIAS network (a new MA program?)
(initiator: Manon Parry, VU & UvA)

At various universities in the Netherlands, including the VU and the UvA, there is a growing interest developing research and education in the history of health, illness, health care and medicine in their social, cultural and scientific contexts. A this table we explore the possibilities of strengthening collaborations between the VU and the UvA, and importantly, also to draw in expertise on medical research from the HvA, AHK and Rietveld/Sandberg. What could ‘arts & health’ be in the ARIAS network?



Table 7: Designing the court room of the future

Initiators: Maike Steen (teacher at Law Faculty, UvA) & Wikke Monster from the foundation Lawyers as Changemakers

It is time for a reassessment of the way courtrooms are designed and organized. Current courtrooms are planned according to highly standardized and century-old judicial and historical traditions. This year, a new interdisciplinary course co-taught between the UvA and the Rietveld investigates the issue of ‘design of justice; designing the courtroom of the future’. Law students collaborate with architectural design students to examine different aspects of courtroom architecture and choreography, such as the languages and rituals used in court, the relationship between formality and informality, the distances between bodies in space and the influence of shapes and materials used in court. How can a spatial intervention in the courtroom encourage people to take responsibility? How can the place facilitate space for consolation and forgiveness, for safety and trust? Is the time ripe for a paradigm shift in legal criminal practice? At this table on the 28th of September, the initiators of this interdisciplinary course aim to explore the possibility of expanding this into a bigger collaborative project with the main goal: how can we give more space to the human scale in the (criminal law) practice? Researchers and artists from different fields and institutions are encouraged to participate in this table.


31 May:
Art-Knowledge #4 Arts & Education


Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86

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31th of May
Art-Knowledge #4


Arts &Education: new sites and concepts for radical pedagogies in the arts
19:00 walk in and starts at 19:30


What’s next in art and education? How are contemporary arts engaging in education, and how do practitioners from art and education respond to the issues of today? The final evening of the Art Knowledge series will introduce three different proposals by artists, curators and designers that challenge traditional views of education by drawing on the rich tradition of radical artistic pedagogies. All three proposals explore how the arts and new forms of education impact the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Amsterdam.


The evening is kicked-off by Jurgen Bey, designer and director of Sandberg Instituut, who will explore the City as a Campus and asks: how is education inscribed in the city of Amsterdam? How do new educational environments and large numbers of students effect Amsterdam as a knowledge based economy? Next, two curators will introduce new educational approaches: Josien Pieterse discusses Ex-centric Public Cultures, reflecting on art and cultural practices that are rooted in social engagement and cultural agency, followed by Amal Alhaag who will report from her public research events Pedagogies of the Opaque, showing the results of collective learning practices in Amsterdam shaped by inter-generational, ex-centric, minoritized, racialized and radical approaches. Artist Jorge Lucero presents his vision on the teacher as a conceptual artist. In his art practice the school functions as a studio, the everyday reality of teaching as ‘material’, and the pupils as artistic co-creators. Last contribution is by urban sociologist René Boer, who will introduce the new site-specific campus now developed at Amsterdam’s Zeeburgereiland, making it a testing ground for new ways of living, making, sharing, managing and maintaining, i.e. new form of ‘commoning’.


This last ARIAS/KNAW event of this series ends with closing thoughts and questions to the audience by Jurgen Bey: what did this evening offer in terms of concrete proposals for the near future? How can artists, art educators and researchers start research projects together, how can institutes and schools of all educational levels and orientations be involved?


Featuring: Jurgen Bey, Josien Pieterse & Amal Alhaag, Jorge Lucero, René Boer
Moderator: Marijke Hoogenboom


This last ARIAS/KNAW event of this series ends with closing thoughts and questions to the audience by Jurgen Bey: what did this evening offer in terms of concrete proposals for the near future? How can artists, art educators and researchers start research projects together, how can institutes and schools of all educational levels and orientations be involved?


Jurgen Bey is designer and director of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam as well as board member of Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Bey graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and also taught there from 1998 until 2004. He has designed products, furniture, interiors and public spaces. With his studio Makkink & Bey he has won multiple prizes, including the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Award in 2005.


Marijke Hoogenboom is lector at the Academy for Theatre and Dance. She is the head of DAS Research and the chair of DAS Graduate School. At the Amsterdam University of the Arts she directs the AIR Artist in Residence programme. Hoogenboom was previously one of the founders of DasArts, the first institute in the Netherlands for graduate education in the performing arts. Recently she received the Comenius Senior Fellowship for leaders in education (NRO).


Jorge Lucero is an artist, currently affiliated with the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Lucero was educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and obtained a PhD degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is known as a conceptual artist and prominent art teacher and is also active as an author for various journals in the field of art education. In 2018, Lucero is Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Arts Education research group at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, sharing and developing his radical vision of the (art) educational practice with students from the four teacher study programmes at the AHK.


Josien Pieterse is co-founder and director of Network Democracy and Framer Framed a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Since 2007 Josien works as oral historian and researcher at Atria, knowledge institute for emancipation and women’s history. Josien publishes regularly on her research.


Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam based independent curator, cultural programmer and radio host with an interest in counter-culture, oral histories and global social issues. Together with artist Maria Guggenbichler, Alhaag cofounded the Side Room, a discursive platform for art & intersectional theory in Amsterdam. In addition, she is currently the artistic director of contemporary urban culture platform Metro54 and curator public programming at Framer Framed; a global art platform for critical reflection in Amsterdam.


René Boer works on the intersection of architecture, urbanism, heritage and art, is part of the Non-fiction collective and managing-editor at the research studio Failed Architecture. He was among other critic-in-residence at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and guest curator of the Misericordia art project at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. The research project ‘Architecture of Appropriation’, which he developed in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut has been shown in exhibitions in Rotterdam and São Paulo.


Four evenings on Art-Knowledge by ARIAS & KNAW


What can the sciences learn from the arts (visual and performing arts, literature, architecture, music etc.)? And what can the arts learn from academia? The KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences), the Akademie van Kunsten and ARIAS are offering a series of four evening events at which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture on the way art research operates on the interface of art and academia – from new ways of writing to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms of researching ecological questions, and experiments in education.


Thursday 22 February: Writing Worlds (Perdu)
Thursday 29 March: Arts & Health (OBA)
Thursday 19 April: Arts & Ecologies (Perdu)
Thursday 31 May: Arts & Education (Perdu)


You are most welcome to attend these events. Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register by completing and submitting the online form at


ARIAS is a research platform by the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU). ARIAS enables intersections, encounters and collaborations between artistic research and research in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.

22 May:


4-6, 1012 CN

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On May 22, Penne Hangelbroek from bureau West8 will present the plans for the Binnenstadscampus in the BG area. The presentation is meant as a moment for feedback and reflection. This is also an occasion for researchers in the arias city cluster to meet up and discuss our points of view in reaction to a concrete situation and plan.
Tuesday 22 May, 15:00-17:00
Location: Oudemanshuispoort 4-6

19 April:
Art-Knowledge #3 Arts & Ecologies


Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86

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19th of April
Arts & Ecologies : politics & poetics of moving materials

19.00 walk-in and starts at 19.30
How do the arts and artistic research contribute to planetary-scale questions of ecological transformation and disaster? This evening will feature three examples of special ways in which the arts trace the cultural, political and social implications of local and global moving resources, showing the shifting contexts and social ecologies of primary materials (such as oil, silicate or wood). In the first part of the evening media researcher Adam Nocek underlines the importance of thinking about the physical materiality of our contemporary media culture and the ethical consequences of the entanglement between our media and geophysical systems. Second, artist Isabelle Andriessen enters into a conversation with art history professor Katja Kwastek to discuss the significance of her “zombie sculptures,” through which she examines how one can animate inanimate materials. Can we experience the temporality of material transformations? In the last contribution, a team of scholars, artists and designers will introduce their new research project ‘Re-Source,’ which traces, on a city scale, the movements of residual materials (such as plywood or plastic) and asks how new design strategies could activate new users for these materials and new circular economies.


With: Adam Nocek, Isabelle Andriessen, Katja Kwastek, Ginette Verstraete, Joost Adriaanse and Ester van de Wiel
Moderator: Kristine Steenbergh


Adam Nocek is an assistant professor in the philosophy of technology and science and technology studies in the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University. Nocek is the founding director of the Laboratory for Critical Technics (LCT) and author of numerous articles on design theory, media materialism, technoscience, process philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science. Nocek is the co-editor of The Lure of Whitehead and is currently working on two book projects: Animating Capital: Molecules, Labor, and the Cultural Production of Science and Ecopolitical Design: Speculating After Anthropos.


Isabelle Andriessen is an artist and currently a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In her work she is interested in creating sculptures that decompose and transform while on display, an aspect that provides them with an ambiguous sense of agency and anthropomorphism. Andriessen was a participant in the Arts and Science Honours programme of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW) and Academy of Arts (AK). This year she will exhibit her work at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris and the Tschumipaviljoen in Groningen. Her work will be part of a group show at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam from November 2018.

Katja Kwastek is a professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Her research focuses on processual, digital and post-digital art, media history, theory and aesthetics, and digital humanities. She has lectured internationally and published many books and essays, including “Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art” (MIT Press, 2013).
Ginette Verstraete is a professor of Comparative Arts and Media at the Vrije Universiteit (VU). Her current research explores the significance of participatory urbanism in Western Europe, from 1960s to the current moment and focuses on the role that media, art and design have played in this. She is the initiator, together with Dr. David Hamel and studio Esther van de Wiel, of the research project ‘Re-Source, Participation in reframing residual materials in design theory, design practice and design education,’ funded by NWO.
Joost Adriaanse is an artist and researcher in the Re-source project on the design practice, circular economy and social participation. As a participant observer he investigates method through documentation and reflection. Adriaanse is also an editor for Digressions- Amsterdam Journal of Critical Theory, Cultural Analysis, and Creative Writing.
Ester van de Wiel is designer, researcher and curator of public space. She teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven (department of “Public-Private) and at de Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. As a curator she is interested in working with both amateurs and professionals in vacant or forgotten urban locations, thus creating spaces that “work so well that we can run wild in them” (John Cage).
Kristine Steenbergh is an associate professor and co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Center (EHC) at the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. Scholars working at EHC believe the environmental issues of the Anthropocene are complex and therefore need an approach that accommodates and works with a variety of perspectives on this complexity, fostering conversation between different disciplines. Steenbergh is also a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and editor of Cultural History (Edinburg UP) the journal of the International Society for Cultural History.
Four evenings on Art-Knowledge by ARIAS & KNAW
What can the sciences learn from the arts (visual and performing arts, literature, architecture, music etc.)? And what can the arts learn from academia? The KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences), the Akademie van Kunsten and ARIAS are offering a series of four evening events at which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture on the way art research operates on the interface of art and academia – from new ways of writing to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms of researching ecological questions, and experiments in education.
Thursday 22 February: Writing Worlds (Perdu)
Thursday 29 March: Arts & Health (OBA)
Thursday 19 April: Arts & Ecologies (Perdu)
Thursday 31 May: Arts & Education (Perdu)
You are most welcome to attend these events. Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register by completing and submitting the online form at
ARIAS is a research platform by the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU). ARIAS enables intersections, encounters and collaborations between artistic research and research in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.

13 April:


Lab 111
Arie Biemondstraat 111

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ARIAS x DRIFT: Art, Writing and Philosophy

On April 13, ARIAS and DRIFT present a panel discussion about the philosophical knowledge that the extra-academic worlds of art and literature can provide academic philosophers with. Panel members will discuss how more creative or fictional forms of writing can inform academic philosophy or how literary styles can influence academic writing. They will also reflect on the performative perspective taken on in the preceding Sandberg-lectures. Does art itself have a place within academic disciplines instead of just being an object of study?

With: Josef Früchtl, Amal Chatterjee and others

Friday 13 April. Festival starts at 20:00
ARIAS x Drift panel, 00:15-01:00
Location: Lab 111, Arie Biemondstraat 111

29 March:
Art-Knowledge #2 Arts & Health


OBA, Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143

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29 March: ART-KNOWLEDGE #2
Arts & Health : Debate about artistic research & cultures of care
How do the arts and artistic research contribute to knowledge about health, illness and care? Over the past decades, an emerging field of ‘medical humanities’ has increasingly argued for a different perspective on medicine from fields ranging from philosophy and anthropology to sociology and cultural analysis. This evening will show three examples of special ways in which the arts offer a different understanding of patients, doctors and of care as an embodied practice. In the first part of the evening artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel re-examines her award-winning work ‘De Coupé’ (together with Lino Hellings), a passenger train carriage placed in a nursing home in Delft. Ten years after instalment, Dröge Wendel now asks how we should understand the success of this intervention: how is ‘therapeutic value’ measured? Next, artist Ana Maria Gomez Lopez discusses how we can ask new questions about the human body by re-activating histories of medical instruments and by doing self-experimentation. In last part of the evening, anthropologist Rachel Spronk and filmmaker Paul Gomes invite the audience to discuss their work-in-progress of a film installation about surgery, sickness and death. Last year they started filming the daily life of a hospital somewhere at the edge of the world in northern Nigeria. It is an extremely impoverished environment where the hospital somehow manages to survive without structural resources. In their work as filmmaker and scholar, Paul and Rachel are both concerned with the question of representation, that is, how to represent the subjects in their work without falling into stereotypes? Collaborating on this film installation revealed their disciplinary perspectives and the challenge of joining these different ways of working.
With: Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Ana María Gómez López, Rachel Spronk, Paul Gomes
Moderator: Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam)
Yvonne Dröge Wendel lives and works in Amsterdam. She is trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1993-1994) and Delfina Studios in London (2002-2003). She is currently working on a PhD artistic research project at the University of Twente. She is also head of the department of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She publishes art books, features frequently in solo and group exhibitions, and engages on a regular basis with the public in public spaces. In 1994 she won the Prix de Rome in the fine arts and theatre and in 2016, the Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs.
Ana Maria Gomez Lopez is currently a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. In her work, she treads the precarious balance between scientific self-experimentation and historic investigation to question limits in the concept of life cycles. She completed her MFA at the Yale University School of Art, as well as undergraduate and master’s degrees in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has carried out artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Premio Nacional de Artes (National Award in the Arts) from the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.She is currently a researcher in residence at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden.
Rachel Spronk is associate professor at the anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam. She is trained as an anthropologist and doing interdisciplinary research on culture, gender and sexuality. Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of three scholarly fields – anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and African studies. Her various research projects evidence a concern with the historical trajectories that have shaped the present, the production of knowledge about gender and sexuality and, ultimately, how the lived experiences of people inform our theoretical models. Overall, she investigates the interface between sexuality and the middle class in Ghana and Kenya, examining problematic assumptions behind both terms.
Paul James Gomes is an independent film producer and film director from Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently residing in Edinburgh. With a background in documentary filmmaking, Gomes recently expanded his practice to include video art. Having moved from Bangladesh to the UK, the main focus of his current work is migration and the understanding of home. On the occasion of his residency at the British School at Rome, the artist created two video installations: Prego Selfie (2015) and Roma Sub Rosa (2015) that explore the simultaneous visibility and invisibility of the large community of Bangladeshi immigrants present in the streets of Rome.
Four evenings on Art-Knowledge by ARIAS & KNAW
What can the sciences learn from the arts (visual and performing arts, literature, architecture, music etc.)? And what can the arts learn from academia? The KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences) and ARIAS are offering a series of four evening events at which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture on the way art research operates at the interface of art and academia – from new ways of writing to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms for researching major climate questions, and experiments in education.
Thursday 22 February: Writing Worlds (Perdu)
Thursday 29 March: Arts & Health (KNAW)
Thursday 19 April: Arts & Ecologies (Perdu)
Thursday 31 May: Arts & Education (Perdu)
You are most welcome to attend these events. Participation is free, but registration is required. Please register by completing and submitting the online form at
ARIAS is a research platform by the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU). ARIAS enables intersections, encounters and collaborations between art-research and research in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.

22 February:
Art-Knowledge #1 Writing Worlds: Debate about Creative Writing in Research


Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86

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“What can artists gain from entering the community of academic writers? What can scholars and scientists learn from different forms of writing, such as poetry, prose and science fiction narratives?”
These were the questions that brought various names from different spheres of art, research and writing together on February 22nd, for the first instalment of the Art-Knowledge lecture series by ARIAS and KNAW, the event featured readings and deeper discussions on how art, research and writing collide in our modern times, as well as how they reflect in the Dutch education system of today.
Kicking off the event was Belfast-born writer Maria Fusco, with excerpts from her latest book “Give Up Art”. By zeroing in on the position of the writer as a “creator of new beings” and touching upon the how the ideas of constriction and consistency play into the creation process, Fusco outlined today’s author’s newfound status, which she ascribed as somewhere in between the poetical and the analytic. Introducing the idea of anonymity as a useful tool for allowing the writing to exceed the writer, Fusco shared her observations of the new topologies surrounding creative writing, echoing Judith Butler and Gilles Deleuze. Suggesting that one must gather an arsenal of tools to write with – sometimes even going as further to contruct the tools themselves, Fusco emphasized the importance of “amateurism” and outlined her stance on experimental writing and how that ties into the arts.
Dutch poet, visual artist and writer Maria Barnas was next – talking about how the fabric of reality is tied to descriptions and images, Barnas mused on how our language and knowledge of the world is shapen by this relationship. By situating language at the heart of her work, Barnas shared her thought on how production, perception and reflection play into the relationship between writing and object development, as well as the concept of art writing as a tool for writing “with” art or “to” art, rather than writing “about” art.
The third contribution of the evening was by Zurich-based artist and researcher Tine Melzer, whose latest work features a “réunion imaginaire” between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gertrude Stein, which she described as a meeting of analytical and poetical minds. Drawing upon Wittgenstein’s theory of “language as a game”, Melzer progressed this philosophical investigation by referring to one of her previous works titled “Aspect Change”, where she explored the relationship between language and image, language as a shared practice and as a host for the imagination.
Concluding the evening was Miriam Rasch, who started out by reflecting on our digitally mediated times and remarked upon alternative forms of writing, such as writing through the medium (be it an Excel worksheet, Facebook updates or text messages) and how language lives in online spaces, providing insight towards both sides of the argument. By introducing the central question of “How do we write when we write online?”, Rasch expanded on her upcoming work “Shadowbook” and how “the dark side” of writing online is at the core of it, with particular focus on what happens to language within the confines of the digital. Describing her methodology as “researching writing by way of writing”, Rasch further explained how she frames these narratives as pieces of autofiction that border within the self, as well as talking about her new book “Zweemen in de Oceaan”.

Events in the ARIAS Network

30 November – 31 January
BAD Award 2019 Open Call

The Bio Art & Design Award (BAD Award) is a unique competition for artists and designers who use bio art and bio design to push the boundaries of art and science. Deadline for proposals is January 31st. Click here for more information. 



16 – 30 January
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Studium Generale Rietveld Academie
This year’s Studium Generale will feature talks, performances, film screenings, reading groups, master classes, an exhibition of student works, and a conference-festival at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. For more information, click here
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Gym, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amstelveenseweg


18 January
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
Web Archives and the Ephemerality of Digital Media
Presentation by Anne Helmond in the ASCA seminar and research group Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition. Please contact for registration and a link to the preparatory reading.
14.30 – 17.00, BG1, room 1.14, Turfdraagsterpad 9


20 January
Amsterdam University of the Arts
“How to Spell the Fight”: Guest Lecture by Natacha Sadr Haghighian
The lecture focuses on the tangible string figures that joined our hands in childhood and the more elusive computational threads that engage our fingers today. For more information, click here.
16.30 – 18.30, DAS Graduate School. Overhoeksplein 2


24 January
The good data and the bad: visions of the datafied future 
In cooperation with The Good Data Project, Institute for Network Cultures and DATACTIVE, editors and data researchers look ahead and ask: how to move forward towards the inevitable, with our data rather than staunchly opposed to their promises? To sign up, click here.
17.00 – 18.30, SPUI25, Spui 24 – 25, Amsterdam


24 January
University of Amsterdam
Urban Studies Network Day
This year jointly organised by ACHI, ACUH, ASCA, and CUS. Click here for more information and to register.
12.30-19.30, venue to be announced.


25 January
Valley of the Possible
Valley of the Possible seeks adventurous artists, scientists and other creatives for a research pilot program in the valley of Cañon del Blanco. Deadline for applications is January 25. Click here for more information.


1 February
University of Amsterdam
Urban Crisis-Scapes: On Walks and Ruins, Call for Participation
Supported by NICA, ASCA and LAPS – Gerrit Rietveld Academie, this workshop focuses on walking as part of an artistic research methodology and will take place on May 16 and 17th. Click here for more information and to sign up to participate.


1 February
Sandberg Instituut
Moment VI: LW/LW with Louwrien Wijers, Lawrence Weiner & friends
Louwrien Wijers, tutor at finished Temporary Programme Cure Master with Lawrence Weiner and friends presents Moment VI: LW/LW at Shimmer. Click here for more.
18.00 – 21.00, Shimmer, Waalhaven Oostzijde 1, Rotterdam


5 February
Artistic Research Research Group (ARRG)
Artistic Research: Sharing Methods and Practices #3
With Rosanne Jonkhout + Clare Butcher.
15:00-17:30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


6 – 8 February
University of Amsterdam
Depicting Science: Art Exhibition

Depicting Science is an exhibition that features art based on scientific themes, with works by Anna Grey, PLEX NOIR and Vincent Icke. 
10.00-17.00, Amsterdam Science Park 904


7 February
Sandberg Institute
Sandberg Open Day 2019
The public, professional audience and press are invited to visit the Main Departments, Temporary Programmes and Hosted Programme at the Sandberg Institute. Click here for more.
14.00-19.00, Sandberg Institute, Fred. Roeskestraat 98


15 February
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
The Exhibition Maker of the 21st Century: Final Symposium
The lectoraat Crossmedia (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) investigates the ways in which exhibition makers can inspire, touch and educate visitors during a museum visit. Register here.
12.00-18.30 Kohnstammzaal, KSH-gebouw (9th floor),Wibautstraat 2-4, Amstelcampus 



1 March
DAS Graduate School
Deadline Open Call DAS THIRD
THIRD is a unique support structure that prepares a small group of artists for third cycle research opportunities, and will select a new cohort of six participants exploring research opportunities at the PhD or PhD equivalent level. The Open Call 2019 is now online and the deadline is March 1st. Click here for more.



7 March
Forms of Forgetting in Antiquity
Philologist Verena Schulz will discuss how forgetting shapes cultural memory in antiquity. Click here to register.
11.00 – 12.30, NIAS Conference Room, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3


9 April
Artistic Research Research Group (ARRG)
Artistic Research: Sharing Methods and Practices #4
With Isabel Cordeiro and another researcher to be announced.
15:00-17:30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


4 June
Artistic Research Research Group (ARRG)
Artistic Research: Sharing Methods and Practices #5
With two researchers to be announced.
15:00-17:30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9



Past Events

11 January
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
Word and Image Research Group: First Meeting
The ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) Word and Image research group is gathering in the second week of 2019 to host their first meeting, focusing on research plans, current work and potential collaborations.
15.00-17.00, BG2, room 0.12, Turfdraagsterpad 9



14 December
Institute of Network Cultures
Critical Makers Reader Contributions Call
The deadline for proposals is December 14th. For more information, click here


14-15 December
DAS Graduate School
THIRD Annual Forum 3rd cycle research
The first THIRD cohort of DAS Graduate School’s research department are artists from dance, theatre and film, pursuing 3rd cycle research in educational institutions throughout Europe.
DAS Graduate School


13 December
VU Amsterdam
Environmental Humanities Center
Pitch, Team Up, and Make It Happen!
The EHC celebrates its second birthday with a brief review and outlook for its members to propose activities, research, events, reading groups, interventions with others. Click here to register.
18.00-21.00, VU Amsterdam Main Building, 16A00 (Kerkzaal)


13 December
4th Studio Louter Cafe: De Moodmakers
The Studio Louter Cafés have been set up as part of the Exhibition of 21st Century (TM21) and offer a nice platform to discuss the subjects that are covered in the project with professionals from the field. Click here to register.
16:00-18:30, Studio Louter, Lutmastraat 191E




11 December
Artistic Research: Sharing Methods and Practices #2
With Gijsje Heemskerk + Ilse van Rijn.
15:00-17:30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9

11 October – 9 December
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Eight Cubic Meters
“Can we experience the present when our thoughts are in the past?” Photography student Alice Wachto’s project focuses on photographing unfamiliar city elements while contemplating the past. 
Sint Nicolaasstraat, Amsterdam



8 November – 4 December
University of Amsterdam
Social Movement
Myriam Lefkowitz with Lendl Barcelos, Alkis Hadjandreou, Annick Kleizen, and Zoe Scoglio will present two performances in the Library of the University of Amsterdam.
This event takes place in various venues, click here for more information.



30 November
University of Amsterdam
Who’s Afraid of Algorithms?
A lecture by Evelyn Wan on the power of algorithms over our bodies and the ways digital media technologies introduce surveillance and control without us consciously noticing.
17.00-18.00, SPUI25, Spui 25


30 November
ArtEZ Graduate School
FOOD FRICTION: Exploring nutritional identities
The conference will focus on food as the connecting theme, exploring emerging identities and looking for methods to develop them from different art and design perspectives.
9.00-17.00, Onderlangs 9, Arnhem 


30 November
VU Amsterdam – Environmental Humanities Center
Earthbound: Re-storying Ecology Through Past, Present and Place
On 30 November, Perdu organizes an evening address the relations between social and climate justice through the lens of storytelling and imaginative practices. Click here for more.
19.30, Stichting Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86


29 November
University of Amsterdam
“What You Know from How I Move” – Lecture by Rhea Anastas
The lecture will feature excerpts from viewing and researching Adrian Piper’s Some Reflective Surfaces (1975–76), the audience-orientated performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 28 February 1976. Click here for tickets.
19.00-20.30, Oudemanshuispoort Building, 4-6


2-25 November
Gerrit Rietveld Academy
Gerrit is 50, Willem is 28
Jubilee exhibition of work produced by the academy and the institute (of students, alumni and teachers), divided into capsules, curated by alumnus Moritz Küng.
Fred. Roekestraat, 96


23 November
First Meeting of A Writing Initiative (aWI)
After the initial meeting at the ARIAS meeting in September, a Writing Initiative (aWI) will have their first meeting in Utrecht to further discuss and develop ideas on creative, alternative or ‘other’ writing strategies within artistic and academic research.
15.00-17.00, Nieuwekade 1, Utrecht (HKU)



23 November
Call for papers: SEMIA Symposium
The international two-day symposium is titled “Sensory Moving Image Archives: Visualization, Exploration and Reuse of Moving Image Data”. Deadline for submissions is the 23rd of November. Click here to read more.



19-20 November
Toneelacademie Maastricht
Decentralizing and Decolonizing Theater and Storytelling(s) – Workshop
How can we leverage the power of storytelling, theater and a theater institution to tell stories that
have been marginalized, pushed to the periphery or no longer allowed to participate in societal
11.00-16.00, Lenculenstraat 31-33, Maastricht


19 November
Amsterdam School of the Arts
Negotiating Heritage in Emotion Networks: The Kempering Case
An on-site case study presented by international experts, followed by an excursion. Click here for more.
08.30 – 16.00, Bijlmerplein 393



17 November
University of Amsterdam
The power of myth and barbarism
The event aims to reflect on the problems of mythical thought and its relation to the complex notion of barbarism. Click here for more.
17.00-18.30, SPUI25, Spui 25


17 November
Reinwardt Academy
Master of Museology Open Day
The Reinwardt Academy opens it’s doors for professionals interested in the Master of Museology.
11.00-14.00, Hortusplantsoen 1-3


17 November
Institute of Network Cultures
My Name is Janez Janša – Film Screening
My Name is Janez Janša depicts the story of three artists who joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and officially changed their names to that of the leader of that party. Click here for more information.
20.00, Van Diemenstraat 408-410



15-17 November
VU Amsterdam
“Drawing Yourself In and Out of It”: The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference
With parallel panel sessions, keynote lectures, and a roundtable discussion, featuring Joe Sacco and Nina Mickwitz.
To register, click here.


15 November
VU Amsterdam
Environmental Humanities & Outer Space
The event aims to explore the relationship between space exploration and the humanities, art related disciplines and the social sciences. 
14.00-17.00, OZW Building, Room 6A01, De Boelelaan 1109


15 November
University of Amsterdam
Urban reflections: designing for interaction in the networked city
Inaugural Lecture by C.I.M. Nevejan, professor by special appointment of Designing Urban Experience: Urban Reflection.
16.00, Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel 411 


15 November
University of Amsterdam
Emotion networks: place at the negotiating table
Organized in collaboration with NWO, this event focuses on the relationship between emotion networks and the concept of heritage. Click here for more.
20.00-21.30, SPUI25, Spui 25


13 November
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
November Alarm
This event will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Red Week protests with an exhibition and public discussion.
16.00-18.30, Rijksakademie, Sarphatistraat 470


13 November
Toneelacademie Maastricht
Ethnography and Artistic Practice Workshop
This laboratory gives students the opportunity to develop experimental
modes of conducting ethnographic research and producing ethnographic accounts of their
field experiences.
11.00-18.00, Lenculenstraat 31-33, Maastricht


11 November
VU Amsterdam
Serious Games in Audio-visual Collections
A lecture by prof.dr. I.L. Stengs on audio-visual archiving practices in connection to the digital era.
13.45, VU Aula, De Boelelaan 1105


1 November
University of Amsterdam
Imperfect Knowledge Workshop
At this workshop, we examine the current scholarly and pedagogical preoccupation with the imperfect and the flawed.
15.00-17.30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


1 November
VU Amsterdam
Call for Papers: Essay Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
ASAP/Journal Special Issue Slowness
Special Issue Editors: Erin La Cour and Katja Kwastek


2-4 November
Amsterdam School of the Arts
Graduation Show – Faculty of Architecture
The show will feature projects from the Master’s programs in Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture.
211-213, Waterlooplein



23 October
Institute of Social History
Artists & Archivists Lecture by Ernst van Alphen
Van Alphen’s lecture will focus on the use of archives in the art and how archives can be a source of inspiration for artists.
Free entrance. To join, please sign up by sending an e-mail to: 
15.00, Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31


23 October
Toneelacademie Maastricht
Visual Differences Workshop
This workshop is about ways of knowing how race comes to matter in the practice of police
facial composite drawing.
11.00-16.00, Lenculenstraat 31-33,  Maastricht



18-19 October
Leiden University
PhDArts Conference
“How do we establish, sustain and nourish a vital research culture in the arts?”
PJ Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden


19 October
VU Amsterdam
Dies Natalis 2018
With lectures by Professor Piek Vossen, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and a dance performance by Ahmad Joudeh.
15.00-16.30, VU Amsterdam Aula, De Boelelaan 1105


16 October
University of Amsterdam
ARRG – Artistic Research Seminar #1
The first of this series of five ARRG seminars will feature artists Tânia Cardoso and Mariana Lanari. To sign up, contact:
15.00-17.30, Vox-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


12 October
University of Amsterdam
Entanglements of Race, Sound and the Archive: Coloniality and the Globalised Present” Workshop
The workshop will take place in December, and the deadline for contributions is October 12th. 




4 October
VU Amsterdam
Producers – Parasites – Hosts Symposium:
Based on the work of Annabel Howland the symposium will feature speakers Toby Kiers, Albert Menkveld, Katja Kwastek, Alena Alexandrova, Clare Butcher, Victor Caldas, Simon Ferdinando, Tim Neutel and Renée Ridgway.
17:30-20:00, College Zaal KC07, De Boelelaan 1105



30 September
Performance Philosophy
Call for Papers: Performance Philosophy Conference
The conference will take place with the title: “Between Institution and Intoxication. How does Performance Philosophy Intervene?”
Deadline for contributions is the 30th of September.


27 September
University of Amsterdam
Crossing Border Festival, 2nd edition
The second edition of this festival aims to deliver solutions for global problems, such as climate, economy, migration, food, big data, and quality of life.
12.00-17.00 CREA REC-G


24 September
University of Amsterdam 
Art, VR, and imagining gender in future societies
An event centered around the concept of a “better world” and artist Vika Kova’s project, “Land of Good”.
17.00-18.30 SPUI 25, Spui 25


24 September
University of Amsterdam
Conversations in Times of Crisis: In cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities
Our time seems to be characterized by various crises. What answer can the humanities give?
20.00-21.30 SPUI25, Spui 25



20 September
Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Sandberg Institute
Call for Applications: Post Doctoral Research
This open call is aiming at experienced researchers (PhD), with a background in fine art, architecture, spatial design and/or urban planning. Deadline is the 20th of September.


18 September
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Lectoral Speech by Dr. Sabine Niederer
Niederer’s department focuses on design research, the role of the image, and its applications in the areas of fashion, media, design and digital technology.
16:30-17:45, Kohnstamm House (KSH) Wibautstraat 2-4


7 – 15 September
Exhibition with a selection of the best Rietveld Academie graduation work 2018, selected by an independent jury
Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

1 August

Symposium for Odd Research
The 2nd annual Odd Research Symposium call for papers. The deadline is August 1st.


5 July
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Masterclass Art Criticism
Lucette ter Borg will give a masterclass in art critism focusing on the artworks in the GRADUATION SHOW 2018.


4 – 8 July
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Opening Graduation Show


29 June
University of Amsterdam
Roundtable Discussion/Workshop with Natalie Bookchin, Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum), Zachary Formwalt (artist and filmmaker), Johan Hartle (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design), and Daniel de Zeeuw (University of Amsterdam)
15.00-18.00, Belle van Zuylenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam


28 June
University of Amsterdam
Natalie Bookchin; The Digital Mass Ornament
Artist Talk and Film Screening
19.00-21.00, Lab 111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam


26 June 
Amsterdam University of the Arts
Master of Film: Perspectives on (Artistic) Research in and through Cinema
19:30 – 21:30, EYE Film Museum

26 June
ARRG Meeting
Artistic Research Research Group (UvA)
Presentations by Daniela De Paulis and Barbara Alves.
15.00-17.30 at Bushuis, F 2.11B, Kloveniersburgwal 48



22 June
University of Amsterdam
Climate Phantasms and the Image of Ice
Lecture by Dr. Amanda Boetzkes
16.00 – 18.00, location: P.C.Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 559


22 June
The festival goes on afternoon expedition on the UvA City Center University Quarter.
13.30-17.00, on and around VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


22-27 June
Amsterdam University of the Arts
Artistic Research Week
The AHK’s Master of Film presents the Artistic Research Week, with the theme ‘In Process’, featuring cinematic presentations of questions, ideas and possible answers.
Eyefilmmuseum, DAS Graduate School (Grootlab)

21-24 June
Public Art Amsterdam: Pay Attention Please! 
Public Art Amsterdam is a biennial event in the public space in Amsterdam. ‘Pay Attention Please!’ is the first edition.
Various locations


20-24 June
The largest city festival in Europe for and by Amsterdammers.
Various locations

19 June
Images, Improvisations, Sound, and Silence from 1000 to 1800: Degree Zero
In collaboration with Amsterdam University Press.
20:00-21:30 at SPUI25, Spui 25-27

14-24 June
Mission Nose Out in Nieuw Dakota
An exhibition which shows the outcome of the collaboration between Rietveld
photography students and New Amsterdammers.
Nieuw Dakota


14 June
VU Amsterdam
Microplastics: Invisible Invaders
Environmental Humanities Center
15.30 – 17.30, VU Main Building, De Boelelaan 1105, room HG 15A-33 

8 June
Critical Comparative Urbanism: Displacement
With Asher Ghertner and Wouter van Gent.
15:00-17:00 at Roetsereiland building A room A2.11, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166.

5 June

Photography Exhibition: Desire and Destruction
By HvA photographer in residence Vytautas Kumža (2017-2018).
17:00-18:30 at Wibauthuis, Wibautstraat 3b


29 May
Cafe Chercher
Art & Science night #4.8
Evening for unfinished art & research.
18:00-20:00 at VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9 BG 3

24-26 May

VU Amsterdam
As Slowly as Possible
The 2018 international Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present symposium, dedicated to exploring notions of slowness.

24 May
Spui 25
The Energy Commons In cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities
with: Ashley Dawson, Jeff Diamanti and Carolyn Birdsall


22 May
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
How Will Art Survive Us? 
Lecture by Tal Beery with respondents Joost Adriaanse and Juliette Huijgen.
16:00-17:00 at VU main building, De Boelelaan 1105, room HG-12A33


22 May
University of Amsterdam
A Second Creation: Human Futures and the Reinvention of Nature
A lecture by Sheila Jasanoff.
19:30-21:30 at UvA, Aula Lutherse Kerk.


17 May
University of Amsterdam
Spinoza Lecture: Aesthetic Responsibility
Susan Wolf will be delivering the first one of her Spinoza Lectures on ‘Aesthetic Responsibility’.
20:15-22:00 at Aula, Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam


12-17 May
Amsterdam University of the Arts & University of Amsterdam
Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis
Professor Angela Y. Davis, as well as artists, scholars, activists and audience members will look into questions of citizenship, communal knowledge sharing, intergenerational activism, and relevant artistic practice.


14 May
Politics of Divination: Neoliberalism as Theology of Chance
With Joshua Ramey, Joyce Goggin, Amir Vodka and Patricia Pisters.
20:00-21:30 at SPUI 25, Spui 25-27


15 March-15 April
STP&A Conference, deadline call for proposals
Culture, Democracy, and the Arts: Rights Here, Right Now
STP&A 2018 Conference invites debates on the theories and practices of cultural democracy. This year, proposals will be accepted for papers, panels, workshops, performance-based research, and roundtable discussions.


24 April
Cafe Chercher 
Art & Science night #4.7
Evening for unfinished art & research.
18:00-20:00 at VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9 BG 3


24 April
University of Amsterdam
Artistic Research Research group (ARRG)
A seminar with Lauryn Mannigel and Paula Albuquerque.
15:00-17:30 at UB Belle van Zuylen Zaal, Singel 425


13 April
University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Artistic Research
We are glad to welcome you to Digging Grounds/Kaput, the final exhibition and launch of the publication of the 2017-2018 Honours Programme ART and RESEARCH.
17:00-20:00 at Exhibition Centre Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam


10 April
Amsterdam University of the Arts
public talk show with guests from the city, the field, the study programmes and the neighbourhood.
17:30-19:00 at Academie voor Theater en Dans
Jodenbreestraat 3, Amsterdam


4 April
University of Amsterdam
The Urban Commons of Culture, Past & Present
Launch symposium
13.00 –  to 16.30 at A Lab,Overhoeksplein 2,  Amsterdam


28 March
Amsterdam University of the Arts
Future of Work
What can Amsterdam learn from cities like New York, Paris, Shanghai or Istanbul? Architect and urban planner Florian Idenburg (SO-IL) will present his research into the future of our work environment.
19:30-22:00 at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam


21-24 March
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World
This Studium Generale is about the sense of touch in artistic, philosophical and political terms.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


22 March
VU Amsterdam
Water & the City, event in the context of World Water Day 2018, organized by the Environmental Humanities Center


6 March
University of Amsterdam
Identity, art and activism
Lecture evening
20.00 – 21.30, Spui 25,


4 March
Grounding the Map | Mapping the Ground
lecures presentations, debate
13:00 – 14.15, het Glazen Huis, Amstelpark


28 February
Amsterdam University of the Arts
ODYSSEY – a philosophical launch of the mind, lecture by Michael Madsen
19:30-21:30, Film Academy cinema, Markenplein 1


27 February
Café Chercher, evening for unfinished art & research
19.00-21.00 VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9


24-25 February
Sonic Acts Academy Symposium
Unpacking the Processes of Artistic Knowledge
Dansmakers, Amsterdam Noord


22 February 2018
Amsterdam University of the Arts
Tilting the Monuments, Queering the Myths
An evening with four theatre makers, directors and writers
20.00 – 22.00, DAS Graduate School,Overhoeksplein 2


20 February
Als Kunst Spreekt
Felix & Sofie
19.30, Literair Theater Perdu


20 February
Meeting of the Artistic Research Research Group (ARRG, UvA)
Belle van Zuylenzaal, UvA University Library


12 February
Digital Emotions research group meeting
Patricia de Vries (Institute of Network Cultures, HvA)
In this workshop we explore the ontological underpinnings of  popular and widely exhibited artistic crypto-mask projects.


19 January
Research Ecologies Lab
DAS graduate school