A new Dutch platform for artistic and academic discourse in The Hague

On Monday 2nd July, the first ARC (Art Research Convergence) forum took place at the Anna van Buerenplein in The Hague. ARC is a new platform for the artistic-academic discourse in the Netherlands and is an initiative of the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA).

The first kick-off session was about POWER. Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Now, since acting and causing others to act is precisely what puts society in motion, then social life must be about power too, that is, about acting in relation to one another. But is there anyone behind the wheel? Who are the players in the network of power that keeps the world turning? Different versions of these questions are explored by the artists-researchers featuring in this ARC session, the first one of the season 2018.

Presentations by: Ingrid Verweijen – Audition Audition – performance. The performance discusses the format of auditioning and the power relations of all parties that are present during an audition. Lucy Cordes Engelman – Heresy of the free spirit – performative lecture In what ways are fiction and story through the medium film/video able to operate and resist the traditional values and subjectivities that continue to hold us captive as both audience and participant. Bjarni Gunnarsson – Command and Autonomy – Algorithmic composition A short discussion of concerns regarding generative processes and algorithmic composition focusing especially on the polarity of \’command\’ and \’autonomy\’, followed by a musical performance reflecting on these issues. GVN908 – Guardians of Peace Performative lecture set in an online role playing game (League of Legends).

Season 2018 consists of 6 sessions where a few selected artist-researchers will present their work. They will do so by the means of exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances.

These sessions last two hours and take place every first Monday of the month in cultural hotspots in The Hague: Anna van Buerenplein – 2 July – 7 PM- 9 PM The Grey Space in the Middle – 3 September – 7 PM- 9 PM Studio Loos – 1 October – 7 PM- 9 PM De Nieuwe Regentes – 5 November – 7 PM- 9 PM Korzo Theater – 3 December – 7 PM- 9 PM Online session – date and time t.b.a.. Admission is free.

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