Art of Listening to Matter: Co-creation with Artificial Intelligence

The third meeting of the Artistic Research Research Group will take place on Friday February 14th, 2020 from 13:00-16:00 at Theorie Trap, Fed Lev, Rietveld (Roeskestraat 96). This meeting is hosted by ARIAS (Amsterdam Research Institute for Arts and Sciences) and will consist of presentations contemplating AI’s existence in a research context, and defining that relationship.

The King’s two Bodies with Darby English

Lecture by Darby English | January 13, 2020, 18.00 for lecture and Q&A (through February 2020 for display) | Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411 | In the final chapter of his new book “To Describe a Life: Notes at the Intersection of Art and Race Terror” (2019), the maverick art historian Darby English sets out “to describe rather than contain” a very curious object: “Lorraine Motel, April 4 1968”. This is a model of the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, produced by the design firm Boym Partners in 1998 as part of the Buildings of Disaster series.

Creative Writing Workshop by Jane Lewty

This workshop will be of interest to current PhD students who not only wish to investigate the correlation[s] between creative and critical writing, but also want to expand their knowledge of cross-genre work. Students undertaking the rMA at NICA and OSL will similarly be energized by writing exercises and research strategies that may compliment their existing practice. They may earn one or two credits for their involvement.

Cities of the Symbiocene: Relational Energy Literacy as Spatial Praxis

Cities of the Symbiocene:

Guest lecture by Dr. Derek Gladwin (UBC) organized by the ASCA Cities Project on Friday 1 Nov., 3-5pm, in the Potgieterzaal, University Library (Singel 425, Amsterdam). A 2016 Report from the World Energy Council titled “Innovating Urban Energy” predicts that by 2030 the global footprint will triple in urban areas. Without an understanding of the spatial effects of energy use and demand, urban populations cannot fully engage in the development of better practices and policies to create a just society. Consequently, there is an urgent need to address the ways cities might produce knowledge about their energy use, impact, and relationships.

Power and Politics in Contemporary Culture and Media

Power and Politics in Contemporary Culture and Media

ASCA/NICA Masterclass organized by Gaston Franssen | Thursday November 7, 2019, 13:00-17:00 | Master class with Dr. Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton) and Dr. Neil Ewen (University of Winchester) | P.C. Hoofthuis, room 6.25, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam | Open to all RMA and PhD students. Register by sending a mail with a project/thesis description and your cv to gaston.franssen@uva.nl. Due to room size, the number of available spots is limited.

Decolonizing & Indigenizing Justice: Confronting Colonial Injustice in an “Age of Reconciliation”?

NICA Masterclass with Patricia Barkaskas (Instructor & Director Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, University of British Columbia) | For: (research) master students / PhD candidates | Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 | Time: 10:00-12:00 | Location: University Library (Potgieterzaal), Singel 425, Amsterdam. | 1 EC | This masterclass considers questions connected to the project of a decolonial resistance pedagogy, and its significance in Canada for the project of decolonizing and Indigenizing justice.

Sustainability: Technocracy and Meditation

Public Talk and Masterclass with Allan Stoekl (Penn State University) organized by ASCA Political Ecologies Group & Environmental Humanities Center, CLUE+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | September 20th, 2019 | Please note that we are in the VUMedical Faculty, room D-565 (building MF) at the Vrije University

Sites of Memory – Emerging Memory

After the great succes of the past three years, with sold out shows, we are bringing a new edition within the theme Emerging Memory; what stories from history do we share, document or archive, by whom and from who’s perspective? What do we rather forget? The audience is taken past historical sites whilst spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and visual artists bring history to the present. It’s a quest for our shared cultural heritage and encounter through stories between 22nd June till 4th July.

Architecture at Times of War: The Politics and Ethics of Destruction, Witnessing and Rebuilding

ASCA/NICA workshop | 11 June, 13:00-15:00
To accompany Marwa Al-Sabouni’s lecture “From a Model of Peace to a Model of Conflict: The Effect of Architectural Modernization on the Syrian Urban and Social Make-up” (11 June, 16:00-18:00, University Theater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16), ASCA and NICA are organizing a seminar focusing on Architecture at Times of War, in which we will read parts of Al-Sabouni’s book The Battle of Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect and contextualize it by connecting it to other work focused on the role of architecture before, during and after conflict situations by Judith Naeff and Eyal Weizman.

Public Lecture by Marwa Al-Sabouni

11 June 2019, 16:00-18:00 | University Theater
From a land called the “Cradle of Civilizations” to one that is now described as “apocalyptic” and “one of the most dangerous places on Earth”, Syria may have no more critical moment than the current crisis to reflect on what is taking it down this terrifyingly dark path. We resort to history in order to decipher the mysteries of the present, and there is no more honest and direct history than that of the built environment: a concrete object that tells the narratives not only of the winners, the wealthy and the powerful, but also of those who were brushed aside, cut apart and walked over.

Performing Robots Conference: Dialogues Between Theatre and Robotics

23-25 May 2019, Utrecht (the Netherlands) | Organized by Transmission in Motion (Utrecht University) and SPRING Performing Arts Festival
This conference takes stock of interactions between theatre and robotics so far and looks at possibilities for future collaboration. What do the performing arts have to offer as inspiration, model, and test-case for the development of robots and for human-robot interaction? How might collaboration between the performing arts and robotics contribute to further development of social robots, as well as to critical understanding of what it will mean to be living with them?