Coming up:
4 October 2018
Who's Afraid of the Archive?


artists & scholars meetup
ARIAS & Humanities Cluster KNAW
at the Institute of Social History

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ARIAS Events

28 September:
ARIAS Research Season Start

13:30-17:00

DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
Amsterdam

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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: emily.huurdeman@arias.amsterdam
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: emily.huurdeman@arias.amsterdam

 

Examples of tables present on the 28th of September:

Table 1 Amsterdam Design School
(initiator: Geert Lovink & Ben Schouten, AHK)
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.

 

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

18:30-22:00

Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31
Amsterdam

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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 secretar@iisg.nl, 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 https://arias.amsterdam.

For more information about this event, please contact Flora Lysen (flora.lysen@arias.amsterdam) or Gijs Kessler (gke@iisg.nl).

 

Program
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.

 

Link: https://socialhistory.org/en/projects/history-labour-relations-1500-2000

 

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.

 

Links: http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/ndb

http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/cms/nl/collecties

https://www.elisethart.com/#/instituut-voor-huisgeluid

 

 

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’.

Link: https://www.marginalscholarship.nl

 

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?

 

Link: www.pieterpaulpothoven.com

16 November:
ARIAS/NWO art & research day

10:00-18:30

Het Huis
Boorstraat 107
Utrecht

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Past Events

31 May:
Art-Knowledge #4 Arts & Education

19:30-22:00

Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
Amsterdam

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31th of May
Art-Knowledge #4

 

ARIAS&KNAW
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 www.akademievankunsten.nl.

 

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:
ARIAS x WEST8

15:00-17:00

Oudemanhuispoort
4-6, 1012 CN
Amsterdam

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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

19:30-22:00

Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
Amsterdam

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19th of April
ART-KNOWLEDGE #3
 
ARIAS & KNAW
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 www.akademievankunsten.nl.
 
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:
ARIAS x DRIFT FESTIVAL

00:00-23:59

Lab 111
Arie Biemondstraat 111
Amsterdam

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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

19:00-21:30

OBA, Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143
Amsterdam

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29 March: ART-KNOWLEDGE #2
Arts & Health : Debate about artistic research & cultures of care
KNAW & ARIAS
 
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 www.akademievankunsten.nl.
 
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

19:30-22:00

Literair Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
Amsterdam

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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

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

 

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

 

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


1 August

CenAR
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
We.Make.the.City
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
WEMAKETHE.CITY Festival
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
17:00-19:00

 

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
SPUI25
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
HALf6
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 2018
VU Amsterdam
Water & the City, event in the context of World Water Day 2018, organized by the Environmental Humanities Center

 

6 March 2018
University of Amsterdam
Identity, art and activism
Lecture evening
20.00 – 21.30, Spui 25,

 

4 March 2018
Grounding the Map | Mapping the Ground
lecures presentations, debate
13:00 – 14.15, het Glazen Huis, Amstelpark

 

28 February 2018
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)
15:00-17:30

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
13:00-17:00