Round the table conversation

donderdag 07 juli 2022, 16:30 - 17:30 uur
DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

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With: Prof. Iris van der Tuin, Dr. Ilse van Rijn, Dr. Marija Cetinić, Ola Hassanain and Ohad Ben Shimon

On Thursday, July 7th, 16.30 – 17.30 pm, THIRD will organize a roundtable about the relations between art and research explored from a feminist epistemological standpoint of contemporary practitioners, and about the care for artresearch communities in their practices. A reiteration of a first edition at the Rijksakademie Open Studios 2022, the discussion is prompted by the question what it means to ‘start from the middle’ of an artresearch practice. Reflecting on the ‘descriptors and pillars’ that underpin it, our guests will speculate on artresearch’s potential, imagining how their socialities and collaborative & entangled practices might look, feel, and desire.  

Iris van der Tuin is Professor of Theory of Cultural Inquiry in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she is also Dean for Interdisciplinary Education. Iris is interested in humanities scholarship that traverses the ‘two cultures’ and reaches beyond the boundaries of academia. Her recent book is Critical Concepts for the Creative Humanities (2022), a glossary co-authored with Nanna Verhoeff. In 2021–22 Iris is also Novo Nordisk Foundation guest professor in the Laboratory for Art Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and at Aarhus University.

Ilse van Rijn is a researcher and art historian. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), in collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (JvE), in which she developed a so-called poetics of the artists’ text (The Artists’ Text as Work of Art, 2017). She works as a tutor for the 3rd-cycle research program THIRD at the Academy of Theater and dance (AHK).

Marija Cetinić is Assistant Professor of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and a research affiliate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Signs of Autumn: The Aesthetics of Saturation, her current project, focuses on the concept of saturation, and on developing its implications for the relation of contemporary art and aesthetics to political economy.

Ola Hassanain trained her focus on the subtle politics of space – namely, how built spaces react to and reinforce violence from state entities, which in turn, creates a built environment that reflects, responds to, regulates the lives of those who inhabit it. Her most recent work explores an idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Her work tries to develop a spatial vocabulary that follows how ruptures presented by 'political events', make it possible to aspire to new kinds of ecologies.

Ohad Ben Shimon is an artist, researcher and educator. He is currently guest reseacher at the Rijksakademie, PhD candidate at the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University and Researcher of Change Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. His current PhD research focuses on the role of embodiment in knowledge-based organisations.