Happy Holidays (and upcoming events)


The whole staff of the Art & Culture programs wishes you happy holidays!

Hoping to see you back at the VU and beyond in 2017 with recharged batteries, not only for classes, but also during some of the upcoming events:

We start off into the new year with a fabulous event organised jointly by Tim Verlaan (lecturer in architectural history) and Hans Fidom (special professor Organ Studies) on January 17th: An evening at the Orgelpark featuring Walter Ruttmann’s classic ‘Berlin, Symphonie einer Grosstadt’ with Live Music. We really hope to see all MKDA and MA students there – the Orgelpark is a great location, and the film is a must see for anyone interested in Media, Art, Design and Architecture!!! It is rumored that we might be able to offer this event to VU students and alumni as a kind of belated Christmas present … more information following soon on this blog!

The Orgelpark next to the Vondelpark

Just 2 2/2 weeks later, on February 2nd this time at the VU, you have the chance to witness 12 young researchers from all over the world to present their research on how artists subvert the framing conditions set by museums and cultural institutions at our Young Researcher’s Colloquium ‘Artistic Subversions. Setting the Conditions of Display’. It is closely linked to the research conducted by our PhD candidate Angela Bartholomew on strategies of mediation in the exhibition of Contemporary Art in the 1980s and 90s, and organized by Angela together with Katja Kwastek. Attendance is free of charge, but please register. The colloquium is held in conjunction with the Stedelijk Museum’s Conference ‘Lose Yourself – A Symposium on Labyrinthine Exhibitions as Curatorial Model’ taking place on February 3rd and 4th. More information here.

Judith Butler

And, finally, we are awaiting the big congress devoted to the work of Judith Butler and its resonances in the humanities, to take place at the VU from April 5 to 7. This is again a not to miss chance not only to hear Judith Butler, the famous American philosopher who deals with issues of gender, performativity, political theory and ethics, speak herself, but also many other important speakers of different disciplines (art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists) and young researchers from all over the world. The conference provides a unique opportunity to see all these people ‘life’ and to hear their thoughts on many relevant social, cultural, political and aesthetic issues. The Early Bird registration has just been extended until January 20th. You can find more information and register for the conference here




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