In times of crisis everything becomes fluid, firmly entrenched practices start to drift and chances arise to do things differently. That kind of time has now arrived, in the world and consequently in the city as well. Anthony Heidweiller thinks that politicians have not found the answers yet to the questions that we are now facing in the world and in the city. Now is the time for artists to make us feel, see and hear the emotional answers. What kind of profile do artists need to be able to make this contribution? What important role do art education and participation play in this?
Lecture at ArtEZ studium generale program ‘ U staat hier’ (You are here), on 10 November 2016 in Zwolle, The Netherlands
Lecture by Chris Keulemans at U staat hier (you are here), an ArtEZ studium generale event on 10 November 2016 in Zwolle.
They look more and more comfortable, the cities in the Netherlands. More and more polished and organized, to such an extent that the human work that has gone into building up a real city, becomes invisible. As does the complex interplay between money, power, government and legislation.
While, actually, to really be at home in a city, you should understand how it works, especially behind the scenes. At home, meaning a place that you are allowed to style as you please, restyle and reinvent.
Artists like doing that. They like displaying their work in the city. Funny work, controversial work, imaginative work. To demonstrate that the city does not have to be as it is presented. That you don’t have to take it for granted. Chris Keulemans will make a short tour past artists who unsettle the city with their work, open it up, take control of it, make it human. Artists such as Benjamin Verdonck, Laser 3.14 and Nathan Coley.http://https://youtu.be/QnPGtXIhFcs
Lecture by sociologist and writer Ruben Jacobs at ArtEZ studium generale program ‘U staat hier’ (You are here) on 10 November 2016 in Zwolle.
According to the French sociologist Emile Durkheim, Man is a homo duplex: a creature that exists on two levels: as an individual and as part of a wider community. Every human being strives towards individuality, autonomy and a distinct identity and at the same time also towards communality.
However, in a time when the focus is on authenticity and self-expression, the city has largely turned into a platform for people who want to make their mark. Shop windows seduce us into self-aestheticisation; coffee houses guarantee us permanent access to LinkedIn and Facebook with their Wi-Fi connections.
But where in the city can we still encounter other people? Where do we find and celebrate communality? Where can the homo duplex turn to in the city, now and in the future? And what role does art play in this?
Jennifer Miller truly is one of a kind: she is a playwright, performer and associate professor of performance at Pratt Institute (New York). In addition, she is the founder of Circus Amok. And she is a juggler and fire eater as well! Circus Amok is a circus-theatre company based in New York, whose mission is to provide free public art, addressing contemporary issues of social justice, to the people of New York City. The group performs its funny, queer, sexy and political spectacles throughout the city. Circus Amok invites the audience to envision a more empowered life of community interaction while enjoying a queer celebratory spectacle.
Jennifer Miller is the recipient of the 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Her work with Circus Amok was awarded a “Bessie” (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1995 and an OBIE in 2000. Circus Amok is the subject of a French documentary film, “Un Cirque a New York” 2002 and Brazilian documentary, “Juggling Politics” 2004.
As a dancer, Miller has performed with Cathy Weis, Jeff Weis, Jenny Monson, John Jasperse, Johanna Boyce, Doug Elkins, They Won’t Shut Up, and many more. She had a seven year stint on the Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore. She toured in the United States and abroad with her solo shows Morphadyke and Free Toasters Everyday. She is the author of Cracked Ice or The Jewels of the Forbidden Skates and The Golden Racket.