31 May – Art & Activism by University of Amsterdam

UvA Students reflect on their own institution’s history of questioning what roles art, research, universities and art institutions play in society. University protest – and film within this – will be a core concern. Videos of the recent Maagdenhuis occupation will be shown.

The 21st century is witness to new forms of experimentation at the crossroads of art and politics, resulting in artists leaving their traditional spaces and entering into public terrains, as well as political activists choosing creative, art-like forms of protest and intervention. Art, performance and activism intertwine. What understandings may art and the humanities provide in grasping these events, interventions and movements?

University of Amsterdam students have taken as their primary focus artistic approaches to activism from theatre, visual art and performance. Film intersects with them all. The students themselves come from Theatre Studies, Artistic Research, Art History, but also further afield – and they are UvA students, reflecting on their own institution’s history of questioning what roles art, research, universities and art institutions play in society. University protest – and film within this – will be a core concern.

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The program begins at h 19.15 in the cinema 2 and includes among several films Omdat mijn fiets daar stond (Because my bike stood there, 1966, NL, 11 min) by Louis van Gasteren (1922-2016).

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At h 21.00 the last and more personal film of Luis van Gasteren, Nema aviona za Zagreb (There is no plane for Zagreb, 2012, 80 min, 2012), will be presented and introduced by Patricia Pisters, author of Filming for the Future – The Work of Louis van Gasteren (2015).

Visitors who bought the tickets for the program at h 19.15 can enjoy Nema aviona za Zagreb for free.

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