OPEN CALL: PODCAST DIVERSITY STORIES #2

Altijd al een podcast willen maken? Of wil je je verhaal over diversiteit delen? Dit is je kans!

Alle verhalen over diversiteit zijn welkom. In een vorm die jij kiest. En iedereen mag meedoen.

Dus, maak jij je boos over zaken als intersectionaliteit en white privilige?
Voel jij je in je hemd staan sinds Thomas Piketty of Doughnut Economics van Kate Raworth?
Of wil jij je persoonlijke verhaal over gender of feminisme delen?
What about diversiteit in denken en geloof?
Of op het gebied van landbouw en voedselproductie?
ArtEZ wil graag een inclusieve omgeving zijn voor studenten, wat is jouw kijk daarop?

Ervaring is niet belangrijk, enthousiasme wel. En heb je nog geen idee maar ben je wel nieuwsgierig? Meld je gerust aan.

Interesse? Meld je z.s.m. aan bij Fleur Bokhoven (f.bokhoven@artez.nl). En kom woensdag 3 oktober naar de kick-off (18.00 – 20.00 uur).

Diversity Stories is een samenwerking tussen ArtEZ studium generale en Dennis Gaens (schrijver, radiomaker, docent Creative Writing).

Performance, activisme en angst

Op vrijdag 13 april is de Nigeriaans-Amerikaanse curator, dichter en performancekunstenaar Jaamil Olawale Kosoko te gast bij Studium Generale in het programma White State – Black Mind. Come and join the conversation!

Hoe kan performance helpen om vormen van geweld en onderdrukking, met name in relatie tot Black identities, bespreekbaar te maken? Kosoko gaat in op deze vraag tijdens een filmvertoning met nagesprek, dat wordt geleid door curator Lara Staal. Zij sprak al met hem in het voorjaar van 2017, toen hij het festival Something Raw in Amsterdam opende met de voorstelling #negrophobia. In het interview, dat verscheen in het blad de Theatermaker, pleit Kosoko voor inclusiviteit en verscheidenheid: “Uiteindelijk beschikken we allemaal over intersectionele identiteiten – we staan allemaal ergens anders op de assen van ras, gender, seksualiteit, klasse. Ik heb hard gewerkt om mezelf mijn eigen verscheidenheid toe te staan. Ik denk dat er iets te zeggen valt voor hoe zwartheid ruimte kan creëren voor verscheidenheid.”

Inclusiviteit betekent ruimte maken voor complexiteit en multipliciteit, waarbij je van de ander kunt leren over dat wat je nog niet kent. Jaamil Olawale Kosoko roept in #negrophobia op om je angst daarbij niet uit de weg te gaan:

 

Bright O. Richards: theater diverser maken

Daar waar het goed met je gaat, is je thuis. Niet daar waar je geboren bent en niet daar waar je zou willen zijn.

De Volkskrant publiceerde zaterdag 30 maart een interview met acteur Bright O. Richards over zijn nieuwe voorstelling The Bright Side of Life. Met de voorstelling onderzoekt hij wat het betekent om je bekende plek te verlaten en te integreren in een nieuwe omgeving.

Bright O. Richards was te gast bij Studium Generale in 2016. Na een vlucht uit Liberia in 1993 volgde Richards de toneelschool bij ArtEZ in Arnhem en richtte hij de stichting New Dutch Connections op. Daarmee biedt hij vluchtelingen een podium om zich te presenteren aan het bedrijfsleven. Hoewel die sector steeds diverser wordt, merkte Richards op dat het theater in Nederland op dit vlak achterblijft.

Uit het interview met De Volkskrant: “Op het gebied van diversiteit is het bedrijfsleven veel verder dan de culturele sector. Hoe kan dat? Ondertussen is het overal gaande: de politie, het leger, het bedrijfsleven. Die wíllen diversiteit. Als ik met iemand van Arcadis praat, zegt zo iemand: het maakt mij niet uit of hij een verblijfsvergunning heeft, als hij maar ingenieur is. Wij zitten overal in de wereld. Terwijl de culturele sector vaak niet verder kijkt dan de eigen eilandjes.”

Richards stelt in The Bright Side of Life de vraag: wat kun jij doen om de vluchteling zijn waardigheid terug te geven? Dat begint al hier! Als je naar de voorstelling gaat, is het mogelijk een extra kaartje te kopen voor een vluchteling. Zo ontmoet je zelf nieuwe mensen en bezorg je anderen een bijzondere theaterervaring.

Vrouw met boormachine

Lot stelt zich nu ongeveer een jaar aan mensen voor als genderqueer. Toch vinden veel mensen het moeilijk om bijvoorbeeld de juiste voornaamwoorden te gebruiken. Zo ook Lots moeder. Hen besloot haar te vragen wat het voor haar betekent om een kind te hebben dat geen man en geen vrouw is. Ook is hen benieuwd naar wat vrouwelijkheid voor hun moeder eigenlijk inhoudt.

Moeder: Ja. Nou. Ik moest er in het begin toen ik het hoorde ook aan wennen. Dat weet je ook, dat ik dacht van ‘is dit nu zo of is het een soort bevlieging,’ omdat je wel eens dingen in je hoofd kon halen die later wel weer afzakten.
Maar later kreeg ik in de gaten dat dit een blijvertje was.

Lot Veelenturf is genderqueer, hun moeder is feminist. In ‘Vrouw met boormachine’ spreken de twee over voornaamwoorden, vrouwelijkheid en moederschap.

Luister naar de podcast Vrouw met boormachine.

 

Workshop Communication Matters with Jeyanthy Siva – 7 and 8 April 2018

Jeyanthy Siva gaf tijdens het Studium Generale event Chaos & Conflict in 2016 een workshop Nonviolent Communication. Dit inspireerde Cassandra Onck en Marcella de Wolff om Jeyanthi Siva nogmaals te benaderen voor een workshop. We zijn er trots op dat zij samen een tweedaags programma hebben opgezet en brengen dit graag onder de aandacht. Schrijf je nu in voor hun event!

Workshop Communication Matters with Jeyanthy Siva – 7 and 8 April 2018

We are organising a Communication Matters workshop in Kunstlab (across of Arnhem Central Station) the 7th and 8th of april. It is based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. The workshop will be given by Jeyanthy Siva, a former guest of Studium Generale.

Do you want to learn how to:

– Communicate to find more fulfilling solution’s when having a disagreement
– Which language not to use in order to connect
– Which needs are real and which ones aren’t, leading to more clarity and understanding in relationships
– Translate judgements of others into needs, making them less painful

…sign up! Costs are €50,00 for students for two workshop days and lunch.
For more information on the workshop and the trainer, visit the website or the facebook event.

We would love for you to join us, hopefully see you then!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: unlearning gender

 

In Nigerian society, traditionally men are seen as more important than women. In her TEDxEuston talk We should all be feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie argues that it’s one thing to know this intellectually, but quite another to feel it emotionally. But she is hopeful that we can raise our sons and daughters differently – by not defining masculinity in a narrow way, and by focussing on interest and ability instead of gender. She explains how she herself is unlearning many of the lessons on gender that she internalised when she was growing up. In her view, a feminist is a man or a woman who acknowledges there’s a problem with gender today, and that we must fix it. Because “culture does not make people, people make culture”.

ArtEZ studium generale initieert in 2018 de leesgroep De Kunst van het Feminisme. Samen met geïnteresseerde studenten behandelt deze leesgroep maandelijks teksten uit allerlei tijden en genres over de positie van de vrouw. Van kritische essays tot ontroerende passages en van toegankelijke interviews tot wetenschappelijke artikelen. Doel is om de scheve machtsverhouding anno 2018 beter te doorgronden, om de aanname van de vrouw als slachtoffer en de man als dader te bevechten en om het idee van ‘mannelijkheid’ en ‘vrouwelijkheid’ te bevragen.

Save the date: Fashion Colloquium

The conference Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury (May 31 – June 1 in Arnhem) will explore new definitions of ‘luxury’ against the backdrop of urgent environmental and social issues.

The conference is organised by ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion. Academic partners are London College of Fashion, Wageningen University & Research, and Radboud University Nijmegen. ArtEZ studium generale is involved as program advisor for the colloquium and in the publication that will be launched later this year (in collaboration with ArtEZ Press).

Fashion is in dire need of more value-based critical thinking as well as design-driven research to thoroughly explore, disrupt, redefine and transform the system. During this two-day conference we will collectively investigate how to move towards a fashion reality that addresses ethics, inclusivity and responsible consumerism in a more engaged way. Design, imagination and aesthetics are essential to express these values and to envision a more ethical engagement with the material objects that surround our bodies. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’ will explore how we can transition to a more resilient future of fashion together.

More than 30 international academics and creative practitioners will present their research on themes such as new materials, design for closed loops, aesthetic sustainability and emotional connectivity, redefining value systems, new business models and forms of organization, and the importance of agency in moving towards a more resilient future. We will collectively engage in in-depth discussions on how to develop innovative approaches that help to create systemic change.

The first confirmed keynote speakers are:
– Kristine Harper, researcher and lecturer at KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology | author of ‘Aesthetic Sustainability – Product Design and Sustainable Usage’ (2017)
– Oskar Metsavaht, founder and style director of Brazilian fashion brand Osklen | founder of Instituto-E, a non-profit organization based in Brazil that encourages sustainable human development, with projects including the development of socially and environmentally friendly fabrics
– Timotheus Vermeulen,  Associate Professor in Media, Culture and Society at University of Oslo | founder of the arts and culture platform Notes on Metamodernism
– Otto von Busch,  Associate Professor of Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons, The New School | fashion artist, hacktivist, theorist and designer
– Pascale Gatzen, Head of the MA Fashion Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts | artist, educator and fashion designer | founder of the workers cooperative ‘friends of light’
– Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director of global movement Fashion Revolution | founder and designer upcycling fashion label From Somewhere | initiator Esthetica at London Fashion Week | creator Reclaim To Wear | associate lecturer at University of the Arts London

For more information on the Fashion Colloquium, have a look at the website or visit our events page.
Registration opens on April 1.

Johan Grimonprez about the Commons

Look beyond the fear and start connecting!

January 29 the international acclaimed artist Johan Grimonprez was our guest. We showed his film Blue Orchids and together with some BEAR students we spoke with him about his work.

In Blue Orchids (2017), Grimonprez creates a double portrait of two experts situated on opposite ends of the same issue—the global arms trade. The stories of Chris Hedges, a former New York Times war correspondent, and Riccardo Privitera, a weapon dealer, provide an unusual and disturbing context for shocking revelations about the industry of war. The film consists of material that was shot for the more documentary style film Shadow World (2016). This film, in part based on Andrew Feinstein’s book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

After talking a while about the difference between making documentary films like Shadow World to raise awareness and activate people and films like Blue Orchids that are more poetic and open to interpretation, one student asks him how it makes Johan feel to dig each time deeper in these disturbing shadow worlds? How come he does not get cynical and lose all hope for humanity?

Johan goes back to the period right after his time in school when he got involved in working with political issues. He tells about his stay in Irian Jaya (now called Papoea) in the middle of the sessionist war when the people there were still trying to get independent. A lot of people came talking to him about how their family members were killed by the Indonesian military and how by transmigration projects that were sponsored by the world bank poor Javanese farmes were moved to West Papoea and were outnumbering the autochtone people. To feel first hand the sadness of those people, that scarred him. ‘That’s how I came about to work with political issues.’ Unlike the traumatized journalist Chris Hedges in Blue Orchids, Johan makes clear he never lived in the middle of a war zones or was imprisoned. ‘But’, Johan says, ‘we are all sort of traumatized in a sense. We are all being criminalized and drilled into fear every second of our lives. That is not healthy. We cannot imagine any more what a different world  could be. That’s why I think it is absolutely crucial to look beyond the fear, to reimagine different stories. If we want to survive as a humanity we have to look for ways of connecting again. Journalist Chris Hedges expresses that sense of hope too in the film: we have to try to connect to other people, try to create stories that show that we dialoque, that we talk.’

That’s why Johan is interested very much in the idea of the Commons. It grew directly out of the film Shadow World. Johan: ‘Of course I can show what went wrong with the world, but it is as crucial that we start talking about where we go from there. The Commons is a very interesting template to talk about this. The Commons is that what we share, like language, numbers or wikipedia. The Commons is a joint project in which you have to dialoque about how you are going to share. And as such it is defined by very many people in very many ways.’

Johan takes from his bag a book that he is studying at the moment for the future projects that he is working on: Think like a Commoner, A short Introduction to the life of the Commons by David Bollier. On Bollier’s website we read: ‘In our age of predatory markets and make-believe democracy, our troubled political institutions have lost sight of real people and practical realities. But if you look to the edges, ordinary people are reinventing governance and provisioning on their own terms. The commons is arising as a serious, practical alternative to the corrupt Market/State.’

Studium generale thinks it is a great idea to read that book now! And if you want to purchase it to scribble your notes and ideas for action in the margins: please, don’t forget to buy it at your local bookstore!

OPEN CALL: STUDENT CURATORIAL PLATFORM

Dear student, we are looking for you!

We are in the process of launching an interdisciplinary platform – physical as well as online – aimed at providing a select group of ArtEZ students of all disciplines with the support and resources needed to create, curate and share ideas and (cross-disciplinary) projects, outside their areas of expertise and skill. And beyond what is considered ‘the norm’, i.e. appropriate, normal, morally or socially correct.

The platform focuses on communal bonding of voices and visions. Its aim is to gather creators and spectators together within and outside the social structure of the academy, by organising expositions, shows, workshops, lectures or other events. It identifies and supports the revolutionary spirit within all of us, as students, as artists, as people, as agents – as the future.

 

Are you interested in becoming an active platform member and/or do you have questions of any kind? Please write to us: Pelumi Adejumo, Kalib Batta (ArtEZ students) and Fleur Bokhoven (ArtEZ studium generale). Do mail us/sign up before 5 February 2018 with f.bokhoven@artez.nl

 

This project is an initiative of ArtEZ students Pelumi Adejumo and Kalib Batta, and is powered by ArtEZ studium generale.

OPEN CALL: PODCAST

We are looking for students who would like to work with us on a podcast about diversity!

Come along and pitch your idea for a podcast that can have any form you choose: prose, music, radio play. A podcast with your own story about diversity. It could involve gender, ethnicity, religion, politics, intersectionality, white privilege, Black Pete, etc. Musicians, creative writers, dancers, interaction designers – everybody is welcome.

Are you interested? Please sign up before 15 December with Fleur Bokhoven (f.bokhoven@artez.nl).

This podcast project is a collaboration between Dennis Gaens (writer, radio programme maker, teacher of Creative Writing) and ArtEZ studium generale.