Inaugural Lectures by Michel van Dartel and Sebastian Olma

On Friday 18 November, V2_’s Michel van Dartel and Sebastian Olma, currently a Fellow at V2_, will deliver their inaugural lectures at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Van Dartel and Olma both joined Avans University in 2015. There they respectively lead research groups in Human-Centred Creation and Autonomous Creation, both focusing on art and design practice. Each has developed a specific research programme and recruited fellow instructors and students to participate in the work of the Avans Expertise Centre for Art and Design.

In his lecture Aesthetics in the Wild: Art and Design Practices and Pedagogies after the Situated Turn Michel van Dartel will argue that there exists a greater need than ever for artists and designers to help us understand our relationship to our surroundings. If they are to respond to this exigency, however, artists and designers cannot limit themselves to creation in studio spaces and presentation in museums or galleries. To enable them to move beyond such confinement, we must consider aesthetics “in the wild”, and doing so will have important consequences for art and design practice and education.

Sebastian Olma will explore the possibility of reformulating a notion of aesthetic autonomy for our time in his lecture Autonomy and Weltbezug: Toward an Aesthetic of Performative Defiance. By linking current debates around art and aesthetic practice to the ideas of important thinkers of the aesthetic revolution at the turn of the 19th century, Olma will search for the contours of a timely configuration of the relationship between autonomy and Weltbezug. He will find them in what he calls an “aesthetic of performative defiance”. This aesthetic is performative in the sense of going along with the movement of the world while defiantly rejecting the temptations of linearity and predictability.

Location & Time
18 November 2016
15:00 – 18:00 (doors open 14:30)
AKV|St.Joost (Avans University)
Beukenlaan 1
4834 CR Breda
the Netherlands

To attend, please register directly via this link.

If you are unable to come but would like to receive the text of either or both lectures, please use the same online form.

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