DAI-students Rana Hamadeh and Eva Schippers participate in Workshop Rotterdam Dialogues: The Artists by Judy Radul

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Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 April, 2009

During the symposium Rotterdam Dialogues: The Artists, Witte de With is organizing a special, intensive four-day workshop for ten MA students. The workshop will be given by Vancouver-based artist Judy Radul.* The workshop will take the symposium as an opportunity to ask how do “artist talks” function. As the belief that artists can fully describe the meanings of their works has been thoroughly critiqued, what does it mean for an artist to talk about their work‌ The workshop will involve reading and discussing selected excerpts from related texts, closely observing the Rotterdam Dialogues symposium, and working together to stage a new engagement between artist, ego, object and audience.
Subsequently, participants will have the rare opportunity to work on a contribution for the symposium publication; this will be the tangible outcome of the workshop sessions. The content will depend on the collaboration between the participants and Radul. Participants of the workshop who want to be involved have to take into account that they will be expected to continue working on this contribution after the workshop. Dates for this continued collaboration depend on Judy Radul's traveling schedule, but are most likely set on Sunday 19 April, Tuesday 28 April and Wednesday 29 April.

 Enrollment is proceeding via reference by teachers or coordinators of diverse national and international MA Fine Art programs and courses. Every institution can recommend one to two students. Each student will then apply by sending in a CV and a statement of intent in English as soon as possible, but at least before 6 April to belinda@wdw.nl. Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply, but have a performative attitude will be a great asset.

 Please note that the workshop is without charge, but participants are obliged to be present for all four days. The program lasts all day, including (partial) attendance to the symposium. The workshop is carried out in English, as is the entire symposium.


* Judy Radul's practice involves the consideration of the forms and conditions of video, language and performance. Her work has recently focused on video installation but also includes photography, live actions and audio. Her critical writing has been widely published. In 2009 her large-scale installation, World Rehearsal Court, using live and prerecorded video, will be presented as a solo exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In the winter 2005/2006, Radul's major five-channel projection installation, Downes Point, was shown in the exhibition Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists at the MuHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerp, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; Oboro, Montreal; Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto. Radul was born in Lillooet, British Columbia and lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. She received her MFA from Bard College, New York in 2000. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, and teaches at Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts.

Rotterdam Dialogues: Critics, Curators, Artists
Over the course of six months, Witte de With is presenting a program of three symposia, titled Rotterdam Dialogues: Critics / Curators / Artists, respectively. These symposia are structured to establish a lively platform for debate and exchange, creating space for a range of voices and opinions. The program itself comprises a variety of formats: lectures, panel discussions, interviews and dialogues, as well as parallel workshops and master classes, all designed to encourage a lively audience participation. The symposia explore the roles of three of the central protagonists of the contemporary art world: the critic, the curator and the artist. Following The Critics in October 2008 and The Curators in March 2009, the focus now turns to The Artists. Each day has an overarching theme, which is then subdivided into more precise topics and questions: Expectations, Positions en Contexts.

The symposium program will be complemented by a master class for students and young professionals on Sunday 19 April and an intensive four-day workshop for MA students from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 March. Elements of each symposium will be compiled in a publication to appear in fall 2009.