Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2011

Graduate Symposium 2011

As previously announced, the third Graduate Sympiosium organized by the Platform moderne Kunst will take place on Friday, June 17 at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, in the Erasmus Building (Erasmusplein 1), room E. 11.10. This edition was organized by Wouter Weijers.

During the symposium, graduate students from the various universities in the Netherlands will present their research results in the field of Modern and Contemporary Art. This is includes both ´work in progress´ and recently completed studies in the field of the visual arts and architecture of the modern period (after 1789) or topics related to this focus area. The presentations are focused on specific research topics as well as matters of demarcation, formulating research questions, methods, theoretical frameworks and positioning oneself as a researcher in the field.

10.30-11.00 Daria Tuminas, RUL: Questioning Narrative in Photography: Some Considerations about the Point of View Concept

11.00-11.30 Stefaan Vervoort, VU: Luc Deleu–T.O.P. Office: the Specificity, Place and Presence of the Sculptural Phenomenon

12.00-12.30 Marijke Goeting, RU: The Particularities of Place: Christian Boros’ Collection of Contemporary Art in Berlin

13.30-14.00 Daniël van der Poel, VU: The Digital Turn in Visual Art

14.30-15.00 Mariana Bufill, RUL: Art Historical Mechanisms Regarding Conceptual Art from Latin America

15.30-16.00 Michelle Franke, RU: Staging Imaginaries. On the Political in Contemporary Performances from Central America and the Caribbean

16.00-16.30 Mark van Gend, UU: In de woorden van De Stijl. Een revaluatie van de positive van het tijdschrift De Stijl

Donnerstag, 5. Mai 2011

Autonomy Summer School 2011

July 6 - 10
Location : DAI - Kortestraat 27 in Arnhem & Showroom Arnhem

From the 6th till the 10th of July 2011, the Autonomy Project presents its second Summer School. The Autonomy Project (a collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum and a number of universities and art schools) aims to foster discussion on the past as well as current significance of the notion of autonomy. In October, a conference will take place at the Van Abbemuseum with speakers such as Jacques Rancière and Thomas Hirschhorn. In the Summer School at the DAI in Arnhem, students will participate in workshops, the outcomes of which may be integrated in the conference.

The 2011 Summer School focuses on the topic of “mediating autonomy.” In modernism the relation between the notions of autonomy and that of the medium was seen through the prism of the formalist doctrine of medium-specificity. Painting in particular was supposed to safeguard its autonomy by focusing on its “essential” characteristics of form, material and visuality.

Since the 1960s, however, a very different form of “autonomedia” has developed in activist circles , where printed leaflets and magazines as well a broadcast media such as television and especially (pirate) radio have been used to create “autonomous zones” in which new subjectivities, new forms of social life and cultural practice became the object of experimentation. Art practice formed an integral part of such explorations of alternative forms of community, as demonstrated by the various cable programs that flourished in Amsterdam.

While there are points of contact and overlap between aesthetic and political forms of “autonomedia”, which role can these multiple genealogies of autonomous practice play in a present where pirate radio seems as quaint and anachronistic as modernist painting? How can autonomy be mediated today? This question will be examined not only in theory but also in the context of practice-based workshops.

Summer School tutors include Jeroen Boomgaard, John Byrne, Phil Collins (to be confirmed), Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher, Sven Lütticken, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Steven ten Thije, Willem van Weelden (to be confirmed).

The Platform Moderne Kunst of the Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis is one of the partners in the Autonomy Project. The number of places for the Summer School is limited and accommodations in Arnhem need to be booked, so please contact Sven Lütticken before May 20 if you’re interested!

Dienstag, 8. März 2011

Graduate Symposium and Autonomy Summer School (Updated)

Things have been a bit slow recently, but the third annual Graduate Symposium will take place in Nijmegen on Friday, June 17. At this symposium, Dutch (Research) MA students specializing in modern and contemporary art will present their 'theses-in-progress'.

From July 6 to 10, there will be a second Autonomy Summer School, which will take place at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. This summer school is part of of the Autonomy Project, an initiative of the Van Abbemuseum and a number of art schools and art history departments the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch art history departments are represented by the PMK.

The Autonomy Project aims to foster reflection on the history as well as the potential contemporary significance (or use value) of the notion of autonomy. In the Summer School, students can participate in a number of practice- and theory-based workshops. More information about the contents will follow soon.

From the 8th the 9th of October, the Autonomy project will go public with a large conference in Eindhoven, with speakers including Andrea Fraser, Jacques Rancière, Gerald Raunig, Hito Steyerl and Thomas Hirschhorn.