Facts and fabulation: the ‘real’ Mata Hari on film

By Ivo Blom Mata Hari was famous for her own fabulation of her oriental past and scandalous present. Myth and reality converged in ever changing combinations, which impressed many, but also caused her serious troubles during her notorious trial, leading to her execution in 1917 by the French army, condemned as enemy spy. However, the… Read More Facts and fabulation: the ‘real’ Mata Hari on film

Kunstlicht Call for Papers – Mediated Imaginations

In 1980, Kunstlicht was founded as a journal for visual art, visual culture, and architecture. The journal is affiliated with the VU University Amsterdam, but operates from an independent foundation managed by some of our students and alumni. It has been a platform for academic publications by art, architectural, and cultural historians and each issue deals with a… Read More Kunstlicht Call for Papers – Mediated Imaginations

Kick-off NWO Program Smart Culture

By Ginette Verstraete. Last week the National Organization for Scientific Research in the Hague (NWO) held its official kick-off for the seven research projects that were selected within the NWO Program “Smart Culture–Arts and Culture.” The Program is unique not only because it stimulates collaboration between universities and artistic schools (HBO), but also because of… Read More Kick-off NWO Program Smart Culture

Visiting the Costume Collection of the Rijksmuseum

By Javier Gimeno Martínez   The module Fashion History and Theory includes an excursion to a fashion collection in the Netherlands. Even when classes are profusely illustrated with images, there are aspects that can be only understood by direct observation of the garments themselves. Construction, texture, assemblage and even the sound of the fabric when… Read More Visiting the Costume Collection of the Rijksmuseum