What is affect? In this epistolary exchange, which originated as an exploratory and collaborative research project for a tutorial, a group of students share thoughts organised in part by this question, by thinking through and with different approaches to the concept of affect.
Kelly Klaver reports from Jack Halberstam’s keynote speech to the Global Critical Pedagogies Conference. Rejecting the “master’s tools”, Halberstam applied queer strategies of resistance to contemporary concerns, from Kavanaugh to gay marriage.
‘Intradisciplinary’ research group Forensic Architecture blur the boundaries between art, architecture, research and human rights in this exhibition, Forensic Justice. Laura van den Bergh reports from its opening at BAK in Utrecht, finding hope in its interventions in ecocide and genocide.
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.
How do we address the very real pile-up of crises that shape our current times and threaten to overwhelm through their sheer quantity? How do we make sense of and engage with the ubiquitousness of the term ‘crisis’ itself? How can we resist encroaching neoliberalism and what place does critical theory and the academy play…
How does making video differ from writing about it? What power do images and video-making tools have to change thoughts, or to think themselves? These questions motivated this virtual roundtable discussion between individuals with differing intellectual and professional relationships to video practice – a video artist, essayist, and documentarist.
Suzi Asa reflects on memory and forgetting in the sonic resonance of ‘Tellus Totem’, an installation designed by artist Enrico Ascoli. Through the physical vibrations of the piece, she explores questions of sensation, transcendence and resilience.
Stefan Govaart’s experimental piece sets up an esoteric dialogue between the Oxford English Dictionary and his own take on keywords related to performance. His elaborate lists answer his personal search results with imperatives, creating a utopian manual for performers.
Zurich-based designer and educator Lea Hofer wants us to rethink the process of mourning, and how to incorporate it into contemporary urban spaces and public discourse. To do so, she turned an old vending machine into a dispenser for unconventional objects of grief – and placed it within the largest burial grounds in the city.
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.