Amsterdam, the Magic Center The (Lost) Art of Counterculture in the Stedelijk Museum

Calvin Duggan reflects on the irony of celebrating the ‘take-it-to-the-streets’ protests of the 60s and 70s in the neat packaging of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. He asks what we can learn from the re-materialisation of these artworks and the struggles they were a part of in such a space, and how they might help us to reflect on the ongoing struggles of the present day.

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Loving the Earth Being posthuman in the Ecosexual Bathhouse

How is the relationship between human and nature defined through an installation which encourages its visitors to sexually stimulate a flower? How are these intimate acts troubled by questions of consent and hierarchy? Flora Woudstra examines this performance art piece by Pony Express as a strategy for achieving a state of posthumanity, questioning the very barriers it claims to overcome.

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PODCAST: Trigger Warnings Handling sensitive content in the classroom

What place do trigger warnings have in the classroom? How should sensitive content be handled by professors? And what conflicts and opportunities arise from such discussions of trauma, diversity and censorship? Cultural Analysis students address these questions in depth, interviewing classmates and faculty members from the University of Amsterdam and beyond. By critically assessing trigger…

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