ArtEZ Studium Generale October and November programme is packed!

01.10.17 | tag: Arnhem

The phrase ‘The revolution will be live’ can be heard in the intro of every episode of season 6 of the popular, current events-based television series Homeland. As part of the international art exhibition Documenta, there is a ‘Monument to Revolution’ on Avdi Square, in the centre of Athens. A collective speech by antifascist action groups from around the world reverberates from loudspeakers. Recently there were mass protests against corruption in 90 cities in Russia. Is it a coincidence that the V&A in London recently organized a blockbuster exhibition on the impact of the art, music, design and political activism? Or that Homeland lets Gil Scott-Heron have his say, the seventies rap artist avant la lettre? Has there been a return of the revolutionary spirit, 100 years after the Russian Revolution?

These are turbulent times. Society is strongly divided about the right way to tackle problems. The democratic system is under pressure. Energy sources are running out and the environment is in a state of crisis. There is an increasingly loud call from more and more sides to rise up against the state of the world and against current ideologies. As early as 1951, the French writer and philosopher Albert Camus wrote in L’Homme Révolté that uprising or revolution is ‘existential’ and that it is the ‘breath of life force’. But it is also dangerous, because although revolutions mean renewal, in the end they result in new rulers killing new opponents – when things do not go their way.

On 9 November, ArtEZ studium generale will explore the desire to change the world in a fundamental way. But what do you change and how do you do that? Do you do that by going to the barricades, wearing a mohawk and a leather jacket, like people did in the eighties? Do you do that as an individual or can a revolution only be started by a large majority? The question is also whether art and design can play just as large a part as they did 100 years ago during the Russian Revolution. Can a book, a theatre play or a song provoke a revolution? And what have we learned from the Arab Spring, which was meant to be a revolution 2.0, but which many people feel proved to be a failure? We explore which conditions form the basis of a successful revolution, which tools can be used and which challenges must be faced.

How to start a revolution: is the revolution inside of you?

*Gil Scott-Heron used the phrase ‘The revolution will be live’ in his popular protest song ˚The Revolution will not be Televised˚, referring to a much heard slogan used by the Black Power movement in the sixties.

Programme:

3 and 4 October, Arnhem: Noam Toran – Black and White and Red all Over, closed workshop. EN. Read more…

3 October, 9.30-11.00, Arnhem: Noam Toran – Black and White and Red all Over, lecture. EN. Location: ArtEZ Auditorium Onderlangs 26. Public event. Read more…

9 October, 19.00, Arnhem: Filmclassic: The Battle of Algiers by GIllo Pontecorvo (1966). EN. Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

16 October, 19.00, Arnhem: Filmclassic: Soy Cuba by Mikhail Kalatozov. EN. Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

19 October, 15.00-17.00, Enschede: Nadja Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), lecture and Q&A, moderated by Chris Keulemans. EN. Location: ArtEZ Conservatorium Enschede. Sign up at 4 October. Read more…

23 October, 19.00, Arnhem: Filmclassic: Oktyabr by Sergej Eisenstein (1928). EN. Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

24 October, 16.00-17.30, Arnhem: Nat Muller – After an Uprising: Art and Politics in Egypt Post-2011, lecture. EN. ArtEZ studium generale @ BEAR lecture-series. Location: ArtEZ Auditorium, Onderlangs 26. Public event. Read more…

30 October, 19.00, Arnhem: Filmclassic: Le Fond de L’air est Rouge by Chris Marker(1977). EN. Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

31 October, 16.00-17.30, Arnhem: Otto Boele – The Russian Revolution, Soviet Montage and the Promise of Intellectual Cinema, lecture. EN. ArtEZ studium generale @ BEAR lecture-series. Location: ArtEZ Auditorium, Onderlangs 26. Public event. Read more…

1 November, 19.00-21.15, Deventer: Jonas Staal and Rob Schröder, conversation. EN. Location: Transfer 3-4 of NS train station. ArtEZ studium generale @ Honours Programme.

6 November, 19.00, Arnhem: Filmclassic: Maidan by Sergej Loznitsa (2014). EN (NL subtitles). Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

7 November, 16.00-17.30, Arnhem: Erik Viskil – The Revolution Will Come Unexpected – Introduction To The Film Festival, lecture. EN. ArtEZ studium generale @ BEAR lecture-series. Location: ArtEZ Auditorium, Onderlangs 26. Public event. Read more…

9 November, 10.30-0.00, Arnhem: Revolte Film Festival. Location: Focus Filmtheater. Public event. Free with ArtEZ student card.

9 November, 10.30-16.00, Enschede: Revolte event at ArtEZ AKI and ArtEZ Conservatorium Enschede.