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Graduation: MASTERS 2015

The Piet Zwart Institute hereby cordially invites you to the OPENING of MASTERS 2015, our departments’ graduation exhibition and events, July 3rd, 7pm, at the Hofpoort Rotterdam. The exhibition is up through July 12, and open daily 11am-5pm. Please scroll down for an overview of our SPECIAL EVENTS.

MASTERS 2015 is made possible by the generous support of TENT.

In addition to our master students’ work, we encourage you to visit the graduation evforents from Willem de Kooning Academy (Hofpoort, 8-12 July), and the Asscociate Degree; Arts & Crafts.


SPECIAL EVENTS:

MASTER MEDIA DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION
Media Cabaret: Tempted by Tomorrow (Nervous About Tonight)
Date: Saturday, 20 June 19:00 – 21:00
Location: V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam
Admission: free
Join us for an evening of media cabaret at V2! This is the official preview party for “Tempted By Tomorrow”, the Master Media Design and Communication graduation exhibition of the Piet Zwart Institute. The evening will be filled with performances, presentations and the opportunity to view installations and discuss the projects that have been produced.

The evening is a chance to learn more about the PZI MMDC students’ current work, have a drink, and decide on who should be the winner of ‘Thesis – Karaoke’, the ultimate research based pop-jukebox.

Masters 2015: Tempted by Tomorrow
Date: 3-12 July
Location: Hofpoort building, 20th floor

In the graduation exhibition Tempted by Tomorrow a broad scope of artists and researchers are presenting the accumulation of their practice based research completed during the past two years of the MA Media Design and Communication program at Piet Zwart Institute. The diverse range of works exhibited demonstrate a critical engagement with the contemporary media landscape.

Consdering media history and the changing role of tools and technology in society the work employs different media to reflect critically on different subjects. The works oscillate between elements of physicality, portraying, representation, identification, communication, social engineering and more pertinent questions on the contemporary media landscape.

Artists: Mihail Bakalov (BG), ehCaetano (BR/NL), Junyu Chen (CN), Ana Luísa Moura (PT), Henk-Jelle de Groot (NL), Lucia Dossin (BR & NL), Max Dovey (UK), Elleke Hageman (NL), Joseph Knierzinger (AT), Artyom Kocharyan (AM/NL), Lídia Rodrigues (PT), Mathijs van Oosterhoudt (NL) & Nikolaos Vogiatzis (EL).

An archive of their graduation work can be found here

Special events

Friday 3 July 20:00
Performance Live Drawing by Junya Chen, with music by Henk-Jelle de Groot

Friday 3 July 18:30/19:30/20:30 ; Friday 10 July 19:00 ; Sunday 12 July 14:00
Performance How To Be More Or Less Human by Max Dovey


MASTER FINE ART
Masters 2015: HIGH-RISE

Opening: Friday 3 July, 19:00-21:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam

Welcome by HIGH-RISE curator Maaike Gouwenberg and MFA course director Vivian Sky Rehberg.
Champagne service provided by Susanna Browne in conjunction with her work I Dream of a Wedding.
Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For the first action, please find Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki during the opening to hear the story, or to read it yourself. For the second, please return on July 9. For the third, please return on July 12.
Publication release HIGH-RISE, edited by Maaike Gouwenberg, with contributions by Alberto Toscano, Sriwhana Spong, Susan Gibb, Michael FitzGerald, Jan Verwoert, Alice Mendelowitz, Francois Steenhuis, Jenn Jackson, Susanna Browne, Sabrina Tarasoff, Claire Biddles, Liz Howard, Philemon Tilianakis, Vincent Rietveld, Jennifer Teets, Hunter Longe, Maaike Gouwenberg.

Date: Thursday 9 July, 11:00-17:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
11:00 Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube.
For this one, the second, by reflection a portrait is made in which the background and the theme are merged into one picture. Materials: Water.

Date: Sunday 12 July, 11:00-17:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
11:30 Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For this one, the third, the presence of two women composes another side of the object, revealing another part in a continuous process of the sculpture, which is becoming. Duration: 1 hour
15:00 ‘November Complex, Super in Position’ is an event exhibition and performance to be viewed from the 18th floor of the Hofpoort Building, organized by Ghislain Amar, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, and Hunter Longe, guided by Sol Archer.


MASTER EDUCATION IN ARTS
As part of Masters 2015, the Master Education in Arts presents two events which conclude our current lecture and seminar series at TENT entitled Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic. The series was developed by Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, course tutor of the Seminar Critical Pedagogy, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes.

Public Seminar: Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically – Working with Liquid Logic
Date: Thursday 9 July, 15:0017:00
Location: Event Space, Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten & 1st year students
Public class in which ‘the practice of mapping and unraveling pedagogical structures’ will be tested together with the students and participants. During the previous seminars that took place at TENT, the students explored the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’. They actively mapped their own force field, ranging from the artistic, economic, cultural and technological context, to their professional environment and individual commitment, choices and actions.

Public Debate: Art Education in Times of Change
Date: Thursday 9 July, 20:0022:00
Location: Event Space, Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam: 
Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (moderator) & guest speakers
In different circumstances, a different “where are we?” is at stake, and as such we need a different logic of dealing with issues of autonomy as well. As a closure of the lecture series Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically, a public discussion is organized focusing on Art and Design Education in Times of Change.

With contributions by:
– Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann: Black Mountain Research: Raw and Ongoing.
Reflection on the art university Black Mountain College (1933-1957) as fuel for a critical debate about models of creativity and collaboration in education today.
– Sophie Krier: How to Think Like a Mountain
Journey across the pedagogy of the Liberal Arts & Sciences, in relation to the possible foundations for a new art and design curriculum.


MASTER INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & RETAIL DESIGN
Masters 2015: Other Spaces
The graduation projects this year investigate fundamental rubrics of interior architecture as a discipline in its own right; they entice us to look at the construction and representation of space through a different lens. They question: what is it, actually, that I perceive when I enter a space? When all my senses tell me things that the space itself does not seem to contain, but conjures up in a way that escapes me, then I ask what is this space constructed from? Perhaps things, memories, narratives, serendipitous incidents, technologies, relationships, and presences? It is all of that.

During the opening, Bianca Yousef will present her design Revolving Gaze. This takes form as an interactive experience where two strangers will encounter, negotiate and interact across an abstract representation of the threshold. (5 minutes)

Featuring designers: Marco Busani, Iulia Circei, Eglė Jacinavičiūtė, Bianca Yousef, Natalie Konopelski, Devika Mirawitani, and Sina Steiner


With special thanks to:

Richard Bierhuizen (production)
Michel van Dartel (V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media)
De Dépendance – centre for urban culture
Hajo Doorn and Mike van Gaasbeek (WORM)
Carlo van Driel (Visual Arts)
Foodcurators (catering)
Maaike Gouwenberg (curator Master Fine Art)
Yoeri Guépin (production assistant)
Marije Kaashoek (project manager MASTERS 2015)
Dick Knoops  (concierge of the Piet Zwart Institute)
Joël Paalvast, Monique van der Salm, and Myrna van de Water (Willem de Kooning Academy)
Rosa Rosa (bloemenwinkel)
Martin ter Schure (MTS Audio Visueel)
Willie Stehouwer and Thomson & Craighead (curators Master Media Design & Communication)
TENT
Wilco Tuinman (production)

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V2_ Test Lab

Date: 9 July, 20:00-23:00
Location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam

Admission: free

Media Design and Communication graduates Lidia Pereira and Mathijs van Oosterhoudt are featured at this year’s graduation edition of V2_ Test_Lab. The evening will showcase another remarkable and thought-provoking selection of installations, demonstrations, prototypes and experiments. Lidia will present her Immaterial Labour Union, and Mathijs will share his self-made Focal Camera.

Young people are the innovators and change agents of society, revealing the future to us by creating it. Therefore, at the end of every academic year, V2_ takes a close look at a selection of outstanding art and design work created by young artists and designers graduating in emerging arts across Europe. In this special edition of V2_’s Test_Lab you will discover which topics are being addressed by this new generation of artists and designers, and find out what their motives, positions, methodologies, and media of choice are.

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MASTERS 2015: Art and Design Education in Times of Change

As part of Masters 2015, the Master Education in Arts presents two events which conclude our current lecture and seminar series at TENT entitled Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically  Working with Liquid Logic. The series was developed by course tutor Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes, as part of her solo exhibition that runs until 5 July.


Public Seminar: Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically – Working with Liquid Logic
Date: Thursday 9 July, 15:0017:00
Location: Hofpoort, Event Space 13th floor, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten & first year students
Public class in which ‘the practice of mapping and unraveling pedagogical structures’ will be tested together with the students and participants, ranging from the artistic, economic, cultural and technological context, to the professional environment and individual commitment, choices and actions.


Public Debate: Art and Design Education in Times of Change
Date: Thursday 9 July, 20:0022:00
Location: Hofpoort, Event Space 13th floor, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (moderator), Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann & Sophie Krier
When circumstances are changing, a different “where are we?” is at stake. As such we need a different logic of dealing with issues of autonomy, both in how we want to assert and profile ourselves, as well as in response to current and historical examples.

Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann: Black Mountain Research: Raw and Ongoing
Black Mountain Research is a collaborative interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project between Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The project negotiates both Black Mountain College’s historical importance (it operated from 1933-1957) and its potential as a model for contemporary creative, educational and community practice. How do research and education influence our experience of art and how do they influence the production of art? How are these processes connected with each other and how can we explore them? Which historical, educational models could be productive today and how could they change curatorial practices and the making of art and exhibitions? On what level does and will new media and the digital turn influence collective knowledge production?

Sophie Krier: How to Think Like a Mountain
In this talk, Krier will share insights from her research as artist-in-residence at the University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, in relation to laying the groundwork for a new art and design curriculum at the school. To think like a mountain means, in the words of Creative Writing Prof. Chad Weidner, “to gain understanding of the deep interconnectedness of things, and to learn to ask real questions.” At the same time, the complex issues of the world we live in ask for highly specific ways of working across disciplines. The Art & Design Practice department at University College Roosevelt (expected launch: January 2016) intends to contribute to the emergence of such hybrid practices. Conclusions that emerge during Krier’s research will be translated into a pedagogical blueprint, which will address an array of questions, such as: On which qualities and potentials can such a course be built? Which professional and artistic needs will it address, and how will it attempt to do this? Which knowledge alliances can it initiate? And furthermore, how can we learn to make unexpected and meaningful connections between ourselves, things, people and situations in the world?

BIOS
Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann
Annette Jael Lehmann received her Ph.D. in comparative literature and aesthetics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She was a.o. visiting assistant professor at the University of California (UCLA) and the School of Critical Studies, CalArts. She was Assistant Research Professor at the DFG-Collaborative Research Centre SFB 447: “Kulturen des Performativen“ (1999-2005). Also she was executive manager of the “Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Kunstwissenschaften und Ästhetik” (2006). Since 2007 she is Professor of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Theater at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She has a strong inter- and cross-disciplinary focus in research and in practise-based collaborations with various institutions in academia, art and culture.

Sophie Krier
Krier runs an editorial design studio in Rotterdam since 1999, Atelier Sophie Krier. Initially trained as in textile design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Krier has developed a practice in which she combines her interests in design, research and education. Between 2004 and 2009 Krier led the Bachelor course designLAB (Rietveld Academie, NL). She lectures and conducts international workshops regularly, and has curated and moderated symposia on questions related to craft and industry, the future of education, visual culture, and urban ecology. Currently she is holding an artist-in-residence at University College Roosevelt, for which she is researching the pedagogics of Liberal Arts & Sciences in relation to art education, while testing a pilot for a possibly new Art and Design course.


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The graduates of the Bachelor degree DBKV will also present their work:

Public Presentation: Creating Educators
Date: Thursday 9 July, 17:0019:30
Location: Event Space, Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
Language: Dutch
The graduating teachers of the WdKA Bachelor DBKV (Visual Art and Design Teacher Training) also share their thesis work: lesson plans, future dreams, educational products and research on art. The audience has an opportunity to listen to project pitches, look at the work in the exhibition, be part of the discussion, or have an informal chat over drinks.

MASTERS 2015: Other Spaces

The Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design graduation projects this year investigate fundamental rubrics of interior architecture as a discipline in its own right; they entice us to look at the construction and representation of space through a different lens. They question: what is it, actually, that I perceive when I enter a space? When all my senses tell me things that the space itself does not seem to contain, but conjures up in a way that escapes me, then I ask what is this space constructed from? Perhaps things, memories, narratives, serendipitous incidents, technologies, relationships, and presences? It is all of that.

Featuring designers: Marco Busani, Iulia Circei, Eglė Jacinavičiūtė, Bianca Yousef, Natalie Konopelski, Devika Mirawitani, and Sina Steiner

Special Event
During the opening, Bianca Yousef will present her design Revolving Gaze. This takes form as an interactive experience where two strangers will encounter, negotiate and interact across an abstract representation of the threshold. (5 minutes)

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MASTERS 2015: Off-Media Cabaret & Tempted by Tomorrow

Date: Saturday, 20 June 19:00-21:00
Location: V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam

Admission: free

Join us for an evening of off-media cabaret at V2! This is the official preview party for “Tempted By Tomorrow”, the Master Media Design and Communication graduation exhibition of the Piet Zwart Institute. The evening will be filled with performances, presentations and the opportunity to view installations and discuss the projects that have been produced.

The evening is a chance to learn more about the PZI MMDC students’ current work, have a drink, and decide on who should be the winner of ‘Thesis – Karaoke’, the ultimate research based pop-jukebox.

Masters 2015 graduation exhibition: Tempted by Tomorrow
Date: 3-12 July; Opening 3 July 7pm, 4-12 July 11am-5pm
Location: Hofpoort building, 20th floor
Curated by: Thomson & Craighead and Willie Stehouwer

In the graduation exhibition Tempted by Tomorrow a broad scope of artists and researchers are presenting the accumulation of their practice based research completed during the past two years of the MA Media Design and Communication program at Piet Zwart Institute. The diverse range of works exhibited demonstrate a critical engagement with the contemporary media landscape.

Consdering media history and the changing role of tools and technology in society the work employs different media to reflect critically on different subjects. The works oscillate between elements of physicality, portraying, representation, identification, communication, social engineering and more pertinent questions on the contemporary media landscape.

Artists: Mihail Bakalov (BG), ehCaetano (BR/NL), Junyu Chen (CN), Ana Luísa Moura (PT), Henk-Jelle de Groot (NL), Lucia Dossin (BR & NL), Max Dovey (UK), Elleke Hageman (NL), Joseph Knierzinger (AT), Artyom Kocharyan (AM/NL), Lídia Rodrigues (PT), Mathijs van Oosterhoudt (NL) & Nikolaos Vogiatzis (EL).

An archive of their graduation work can be found here

Special events

Friday 3 July 20:00
Performance Live Drawing by Junya Chen, with music by Henk-Jelle de Groot

Friday 3 July 18:30/19:30/20:30 ; Friday 10 July 19:00 ; Sunday 12 July 14:00
Performance How To Be More Or Less Human by Max Dovey

An Encyclopedia of Media Objects

Opening: Friday, 26 June 19:00 – 21:00
Continuing Saturday, 27 June 11:00 – 17:00
Location: V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam

Admission: free

What is an encyclopedia? What are media? What is an object? Students of the Piet Zwart Institute Media Design Masters programme invite you to look at these issues. Twelve installations and one choreography present a taxonomy of disappearing, human and non-human, introvert and collected media objects.

This exhibition was developed in a Thematic Seminar run in the summer trimester 2015 taught by Florian Cramer.

Artists: Lucas Battich (IT), Manetta Berends (NL), Julie Boschat Thorez (FR), Cihad Caner (TR), Joana Chicau (PT), Cristina Cochior (RO), Solange Frankort (NL), Arantxa Gonlag (NL), Anne Lamb (US), Benjamin Li (NL), Yuzhen Tang (CN), Ruben van de Ven (NL) & Thomas Walskaar (NO)

MASTERS 2015: HIGH-RISE

Opening: Friday July 3, 19:00-21:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam

Welcome by HIGH-RISE curator Maaike Gouwenberg and MFA course director Vivian Sky Rehberg.
Champagne service provided by Susanna Browne in conjunction with her work I Dream of a Wedding.
Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For the first action, please find Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki during the opening to hear the story, or to read it yourself. For the second, please return on July 9. For the third, please return on July 12.
Publication release HIGH-RISE, edited by Maaike Gouwenberg, with contributions by Alberto Toscano, Sriwhana Spong, Susan Gibb, Michael FitzGerald, Jan Verwoert, Alice Mendelowitz, Francois Steenhuis, Jenn Jackson, Susanna Browne, Sabrina Tarasoff, Claire Biddles, Liz Howard, Philemon Tilianakis, Vincent Rietveld, Jennifer Teets, Hunter Longe, Maaike Gouwenberg.

Date: Thursday July 9, 11:00-17:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
11:00 Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For this one, the second, by reflection a portrait is made in which the background and the theme are merged into one picture. Materials: Water.

Date: Sunday July 12, 11:00-17:00
Location: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam
11:30 Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For this one, the third, the presence of two women composes another side of the object, revealing another part in a continuous process of the sculpture, which is becoming. Duration: 1 hour
15:00 November Complex, Super in Position is an event exhibition and performance to be viewed from the 18th floor of the Hofpoort Building, organized by Ghislain Amar, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, and Hunter Longe, guided by Sol Archer.

Lecture Series – Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic

Master Education in Arts proudly presents the lecture series Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic. The series is developed by Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, course tutor of the Seminar Critical Pedagogy, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes as part of her solo exhibition at TENT Rotterdam.

Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Entrance to the lectures is free, please reserve via info@tentrotterdam.nl

Friday, May 22, 20:00–22:00
What Are We Up Against and What Are the Possibilities?
With Adelita Husni-Bey and Ine Gevers

Thursday, June 4, 20:00–22:00
Strategies of Empowerment
With Ane Hjort Guttu

Thursday, June 18, 20:00–22:00
Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
With Joost de Bloois

Since the 19th Century the political and the artistic avant-gardes have been thinking about the role of art in education in relation to societal circumstances and change, predominantly with the goal of emancipation. This dynamic however, depended on a national educational system that concerned all layers of society. Now that both private and public modes of education are at hand, and most adolescents spend more time on gaming and social media than on school work, it would be foolish not to consider this investment in a fundamentally pedagogical way. To address such issues, the lecture series proposes to explore the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’. The aim is to use both the collective intelligence and practices of the students, guest speakers and theories to visualize the force field that actors are in when wanting to operate pedagogically. The lectures and seminars are constructed around the idea of ‘liquid logic’; a more open, networked and fluid way of approaching the otherwise structured and compartmentalized educational models.

The lectures will take place in and respond to Priscila Fernandes’ exhibition Those bastards in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory (TENT, May 1 through July 5). Part of the exhibition space is set up as an informal classroom, functioning as an installation for joint production, reflection and debate. Among other work, Priscila Fernandes will present her recently published The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, inspired by the radical ideas of the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona (1901-1906). Although aesthetic education wasn’t officially part of the curriculum, the school published several articles on the implementation of artistic activities in the learning process. In her book, Fernandes investigates what the role of art could have been had the Catalan pedagogue Francesco Ferrer i Guarda been able to further develop his project.


Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 1
Friday, May 22 20:00-22:00
What Are We Up Against and What Are the Possibilities?
With Adelita Husni-Bey and Ine Gevers
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdamunnamed

High tech systems are interconnected on a global scale. The Internet of Things, for instance, is extending rapidly and gaining more power everyday, to such an extent that we lose overview. The internal mechanisms of institutions start to lead their own life more and more: services are automated, data are the new currency, efficiency has become the norm and is identified with everyone’s proper adjustment to machines. Technology’s promise of the quick fix is changing power structures everywhere and the appeal of solutionism is stronger than ever. How can we look for alternative ways? How could citizens take charge and reclaim their environment? And how to keep our relations ‘human’; or should we reconsider the very notion of humanity in education?

Biographies
Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy, 1985) is an artist and a researcher whose practice involves the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on re-thinking radical pedagogical models within the framework of anarco-collectivist studies. Solo shows include: White Paper: The Land, Beirut (in Cairo), 2014, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012, The Green Mountain, ViaFarini/DOCVA, 2010. She has participated in Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014, Jens, Hordeland Kunstsenter, 2013, Meeting Points 7, MuKHA, 2013,  Mental Furniture Industry, Flattime House, 2013, TRACK, S.M.A.K museum, 2012, Right to Refusal, 2012, Kunstverein Bregenz. She has recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and will be presenting chapter II of ‘White Paper’, a project based on the analysis of the changing face of legislation in relationship to private ownership, at Casco (Office for Design Art and Theory), in the spring of 2015. 

Ine Gevers is curator, writer and activist. In 2007 she started Foundation Niet Normaal with the purpose of mounting art exhibitions and artistic campaigns concerning socially relevant themes for broad audiences. The organization has its roots in 1994, when Ine Gevers curated Ik + de Ander. Art and the Human Condition. In 2009/ 2010 she curated the exhibition and publication Niet Normaal · Difference on Display. The visual art manifestation, Yes Naturally · how art saves the world organized in collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, researches how a non-anthropocentric perspective enables us to become more ecologically intelligent. Yes Naturally embraces artistic proposals for co-creation between human and nonhuman agents. Currently Ine Gevers is preparing the large scale research and art event Hacking Habitat, Utrecht.


Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 2
Thursday, June 4 20:00-22:00
Strategies of Empowerment
With Ane Hjort Guttu
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

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Cartographies are supposed to map out where things are, so we can get a better idea of where we are, or ‘how’ and ‘where’ we can become. Yet there were others, obviously, who use cartographies to shape environments as well, which redefine the very space we live in and which we, consequently, have to chart by following the fabrications of others. As an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo, Ane Hjort Guttu has been working with issues of power, empowerment and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state, through video works, picture collections, sculpture and photography. Guttu also writes analytical as well as poetical texts, and several of her projects discuss art and not just the history of architecture but also its modes of empowering people, or blocking their very potential of becoming.

Biography
Ane Hjort Guttu, b. 1971, is an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo. Latest projects and exhibitions include: Where Angels Fear To Thread, Sydney Biennial, Australia, 2014, Urbanisme Unitaire, Le Quartier, Centre d´Art Contemporain de Quimper, 2014 and This Place is Every Place, Tensta konsthall, Sweden, 2014. Forthcoming projects: Future Light, Vienna Biennial, Austria; Europe – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; and two solo shows in Bergen Kunsthall Norway and South London Gallery, Great Britain. An extensive publication on Guttu’s work is being published in 2015 by Bergen Kunsthall/Sternberg Press. 


 

Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 3
Thursday, June 18 20:00-22:00
Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
With Joost de Bloois
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

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Biography
Joost de Bloois is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, departments of Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature. He has published on the nexus between art and politics in a.o. Rethinking Marxism, Volume and Historical Materialism. Recently, he has published an introduction into the work of Alain Badiou. He is currently working on two projects: ‘Cultures of Precarity in Europe’ and ‘New Communisms’. 

No Humans Involved by HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? at Witte de With

Dates: 22 May 2015 – 16 August 2015
Opening: 21 May 2015, 5pm; Performances from 6pm
Location: Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Witte de With is pleased to host HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a multi-disciplinary arts collective made up of 45 artists who have lived and worked together, in various iterations, for the past twenty years. The collective consists of visual artists, writers, poets, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities. Projects conceived and created by this transnational collective ultimately function as laboratories for investigation, production and discourse.

Members of the collective will reside in Rotterdam for two months to produce new work, including video and sculptural installations, printed matter, sonic scapes and film shorts. Many of these installations include algorithmically produced sounds, piezoelectric material interactions and visual material from social media, which are explored in relation to the body. By pushing the notion of technology in conjunction with socio-political questions into the physical, sensorial and hence affective realm the Collective is invested in aesthetically emphasizing what writer Sylvia Wynter called “sociogenic principle”. A concept that can be understood as a result of processes of social conditioning and culturally prescribed “sense of the self”, drawing from the work of the writer and activist Frantz Fanon.

The exhibition will be organized around the central question: “What does it mean to be human in a world which is continually contesting ‘certain’ people’s humanity?” and will explore different modes of perception as forms of aesthetic conceptual protest and disobedience to normative orders.The ‘new default’ position, which the collective aims to initiate, opens up a conversation around the multiplicity of our identities. Is it possible to move outside of aesthetic strategies that art, through ideological and institutional framings, has for a long time been complicit with? Can art subvert and truly free the body outside the peripheries of myth and representation to open up a debate that might lead to an understanding of what it “feels to be human”?

Exhibition Readings
Exhibition readings are offered throughout the summer by experts including:
5 June, 2015: Teana Boston-Mammah (Researcher, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
3 July, 2015: Samir Bantal (Executive Manager, OMA)

Symposium
Between Nothingness and Infinity
14 July 2015, 6pm
Bringing together artists and scholars in the physical environment of the exhibition NO HUMANS INVOLVED, this symposium acts as a point of departure for an understanding of the ‘nothingness’ and forms of alternative knowledge production that underpin the historically produced dilemma of the position of Blackness. From an acknowledgement of this ‘no-place’ as neither pessimistic or optimistic, the notion of subjectivity and self is questioned and challenged by investigating what Edouard Glissant calls the consent to not be a single being and instead many beings at the same time. Through this lens, key themes such as materiality, time and sound will be reflected upon in contributions and performance lectures by Nana Adusei-Poku (Curatorial Fellow, Witte de With), Karan Barad (Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy and History of Consciousness, University of California), Kara Keeling (Associate Professor of Critical Studies, University of Southern California), and Alexander Wehelyie (Professor of African American Studies, Northwestern Unversity) and members of the artist collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?

The exhibition is curated by Nana Adusei-Poku (Curatorial Fellow, Witte de With and Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Sienna Shields and Christa Bell of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, together with Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With) and Natasha Hoare (Associate Curator, Witte de With).

It All Started with Opportunity

A PANEL DISCUSSION FOR THE BOOK LAUNCH OF THE
KAIROS TIME CATALOG

Time: Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 8 pm
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Admission: free

On the occasion of the launch of the catalog of Kairos Time, the group exhibition featuring the 2014 graduating artists of the Piet Zwart Institute Master of Fine Art that took place at TENT, Rotterdam last summer, we are glad to invite you to a round table discussion titled “It All Started with Opportunity”. The panel is gathering a group of artists that took part to Kairos Time in conversation with a group of curators based in Rotterdam, all born in the late 70s and early 80s Natasha Hoare (Witte de With assistant curator), Niekolaas Lekkerkerk (TENT curatorial fellow), Liz Allan, Maarten Bel, Sabrina Chou, Anna Maria Healy, Hannah James, Graham Kelly, Perri MacKenzie, Machteld Rullens, Roos Wijma and Micha Zweifel (Kairos Time participating artists), will join Matteo Lucchetti (Visible project curator), Kairos Time curator and editor of the catalog.

What does it mean to be part of a generation of artists or curators? Can such a broad category be helpful in defining a series of influences, trends and discourses in the contemporary artistic practice? How much opportunism does it take to be an artist or a curator today, in times of cuts to the budgets for culture, the professionalisation of the artistic professions and the expansion of the art market on a global scale? In A Grammar of the Multitude (2004), the Italian philosopher Paolo Virno analyses post-Fordist conditions of labor and describes opportunists as “those who confront a flow of ever-interchangeable possibilities, making themselves available to the greater number of these, yielding to the nearest one, and then quickly swerving from one to another.” By depriving the term of its negative connotation Virno invents an extremely up to date rhetoric around the contemporary worker, which recalls the traits of openness, flexibility, and the unbiased attitude that are often associated with the figures of the artist and the curator.

Starting from these questions, and privileging the practices of the Kairos Time artists, the panel will revolve around the perspectives of a generation that is emerging on the art scene in these years, creating a space for sharing experiences, discussing expectations and exorcising common frustrations related to the development of a professional life.

On the occasion of the panel it will be possible to purchase the Kairos Time catalog (ISBN: 978-90-813325-3-8), designed by Eurogroupe (Laure Giletti & Gregory Dapra) and featuring texts and contributions by Liz Allan, Maarten Bel, Liesbeth Bik, Sabrina Chou, Philip Ewe, Pascal Gielen, Christian Hansen, Ann Maria Healy, Hannah James, Graham Kelly, Bernd Krauß, Matteo Lucchetti, Perri MacKenzie, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Lisa Robertson, Machteld Rullens, Steve Rushton, Jan Verwoert, Roos Wijma, Katarina Zdjelar, and Micha Zweifel.

For more info please contact TENTinfo@tentrotterdam.nl
or the Piet Zwart Institute.