Hardcore This-That, Day Two
Starting October 31, the theory lecture programme for Social Practices begins. Two hardcore days of lectures, interviews, and reading groups (with frequent breaks for resting, eating, and leisure). Cultural workers connected to the field of social practice will present their work in relation to theoretical texts that were meaningful to them. They will take theory and practice into account as a deictic pair of processes that cannot be fully understood without referring to each other. Theory understood as indexical (pointing) to practice. Practice undertaken as a result or catalyst for theory.
November 7, Wednesday
WdKA, auditorium (WH.0.116)
Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam
Sean Yendrys. Concerning alternative learning space(s) as playful resistance to the institution
Sean Yendrys (CA) is an independent graphic designer and educator based between Montreal and Berlin. He collaborates with artists, architects, publishers, and institutions on a range of projects, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Sternberg Press, Movement Research Performance Journal, and Tanzkongress 2019. He was previously a lecturer at Parsons in New York and currently teaches at Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, and Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. He is the organizer and facilitator of A School, A Park, a graphic design summer program in Montreal. He received his BFA from Concordia University and MFA from Yale School of Art.
Seasonal Neighbours. On designing (speculative) public space for migrant agricultural labourers
Seasonal Neighbours: Ciel Grommen + Dieter Leyssen (BE) is a long-term research project on migrant labour. Unlike the mainstream debate that focuses mainly on labour conditions and rights, Seasonal Neighbours aims to explore the interpersonal aspects of this temporary cohabitation through art and design interventions, critical conversations, and written research. The project was initiated by Ciel Grommen, artistic researcher, who worked side by side with Bulgarian workers in the Belgian fields and who joined the trip back home. Dieter Leyssen enlarged the scope of the debate, thanks to its investigation of the European context in his research paper Inequalities in the Rural. Shuttle migration in Hesbaye. And designer Maximiliaan Royakkers intervened in the realisation of The House for Seasonal Neighbours.
Jeanne Van Heeswijk. Regarding embedded artistic research as a thoughtful community performance
Jeanne Van Heeswijk (NL) is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”. Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to enable communities to take control of their own futures.