On art (research), diverse thinking and future scenario’s
ArtEZ Platform for Research Interventions of the Arts
APRIA (ArtEZ Platform for Research Interventions of the Arts) is an online platform that curates a peer-reviewed journal (APRIA journal) and publishes high-impact essays, image and sound contributions that examine art and interventions of the arts in relation to science and society, and that encourage dialogue around themes that are critical and urgent to the futures that we will live in.
APRIA is an online publication to support art interventions which aim to build a fair and equitable society through research in artistic practice. APRIA believes that the non-conformist way in which the arts shape their practice and research and harness its innovative and disruptive power has a special quality and helps to build scenarios for a future. Hence, the premise of the arts is their possibility to be connected, collective, and creative in intersections of knowledge, skills, speculation, and critique. The promise of the arts is in making, changing, transforming, and creating new possibilities and alternatives that challenge the scripts of the status quo.
At the heart of APRIA is an encounter with the Other – the other discipline, pedagogy, school, framework, subjectivity, practice, knowledge, discourse, perspective, culture and experience. APRIA believes that the ideas and methods of staging, creating, performing, and understanding encounters that open dialogue and build common knowledges are intrinsic in art practice and research. APRIA is a platform that showcases these encounters through scientific inquiries, artistic contributions, and knowledge movements, encouraging dialogue both globally and at the local specificity of Dutch society around themes that are critical and urgent to the futures that we will live in.
In doing so, APRIA follows rigorous standards of academic and artistic integrity, while opening up spaces for diverse voices from multiple identities, perspectives, approaches, cultures, and experiences. We invite contributions in Dutch and English from a broad spectrum of researchers, artists, and students, interested in thinking of interventions of the Arts.
APRIA curates a peer-reviewed academic journal (APRIA journal) issued around a specific theme. Issues may vary in size and are characterised by their extensive editorial, introducing and contextualising the (urgency of the) theme and introducing all contributions to the issue. Contributions to issues can be texts, image essays, films, podcasts or combinations of these, all of them peer reviewed. A journal issue can be read intuitively by following the many links between the contributions, however a designed print issue can also be downloaded. APRIA journal has an Advisory Board with board members who bring experience and expertise in the field of art research, into various disciplines. The advisory board assesses if the journal issues fit the scope of APRIA journal according to its statement and guidelines. The board members also give feedback and advice on plans for future journal issues. See below for more about the APRIA journal board members.
APRIA platform publishes high-impact essays and other (image and sound) contributions that examine art and interventions of the arts in relation to science and society. The contributions are urgent and aimed at investigating the possible futures we will live in. On the platform we publish single contributions as well as series of contributions. The APRIA platform also organises an annual Open Call that encourages students, artists, and researchers to submit their contributions. APRIA platform has its own Advisory Board, with members from the ArtEZ community including a student member. The APRIA platform Advisory Board advises the APRIA editorial team on themes for the annual Open Call, assesses the quality of the Open Call submissions and provides feedback to the authors. See below for more about the APRIA platform board members.
APRIA is a part of ArtEZ University of the Arts.
About the APRIA Advisory Boards
Prof. Dr. JA Beaulieu, Aletta Jacobs Chair of Knowledge Infrastructures, associate professor of Science and Technology Studies and director of the Data Research Centre, University of Groningen leads the research group Knowledge Infrastructures for Sustainability and developed the minor Data Wise: Data Science in Society (with Gert Stulp). Beaulieu’s work focuses on diversity and complexity in knowledge infrastructures. She is co-author of Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences and of A Critical Introduction to Data and Society (in prep, Sage). Since September 2018, she is co-coordinator of the PhD training network of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). She is also a member of the board of Studium Generale Groningen and of Studium Generale Leeuwarden, and of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board.
Arthur Steiner is an art historian working at the crossroads of contemporary arts, technology, and social justice. Through his work, Arthur has helped establish various creative hubs in old medinas and industrial zones along the routes connecting Asia and Africa. Currently, he manages the Hivos R.O.O.M. program which supports content creators on the African continent and Digital Earth, a social justice initiative with the aim to imagine a more humane digital future. He is editor of the forthcoming publication: Vertical Atlas and initiator of the ‘Force of Art program’ with the Prince Claus Fund.
Ciano Aydin is Full Professor of Philosophy of Technology, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Vice-dean of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) at the University of Twente. Ciano’s research focuses on “existential technology”; he investigates how technologies increasingly shape our identity, impact our freedom and responsibility, and influence different facets of our life. His main areas of interest are philosophy of technology, anthropology, phenomenology, philosophy of mind, ethics, psychoanalysis, ontology, semiotics, Lacan, Peirce, Nietzsche and Aristotle. He is also the core teacher of the trajectory “leadership in digital transformations” for the AOG School of Management, as well as member and chair of different supervisory boards of educational institutes (Thomas More Hogeschool Rotterdam, Staring College, Kaliber Kunstenschool).
Elke aus dem Moore
Elke aus dem Moore has been the director of Akademie Schloss Solitude since 2018. Previously, she headed the art department of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and was responsible for the international exhibition programme as director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart from 2003 to 2006. From 1999 to 2002 she was curator for contemporary art at the Shedhalle Zurich. She studied literature and art in Osnabrück, Zurich and Bochum. Elke aus dem Moore is the initiator and co-founder of the online magazine Contemporary and (C&) and the International Biennial Association – IBA. She has published numerous catalogues and articles for various specialist journals. Guest lectureships have taken her to several universities in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. She is also a member of numerous expert committees and juries. Elke aus dem Moore’s curatorial and programmatic approach follows the principle of encounter, exchange and dialogue. The interweaving of global social issues with local experiences and practices of contemporary art determine the programmatic orientation of her work. She has initiated numerous exhibitions, meetings, conferences and workshops on these topics.
Jorinde Seijdel is an independent writer, editor and lecturer on subjects concerning art and media in our changing society and the public sphere. She is editor-in-chief of Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain. Her articles have appeared in various magazines and publications, including Spaces for Criticism. Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (ed. Thijs Lijster, Suzana Milevska, Pascal Gielen, Ruth Sonderegger, Valiz, 2015). She was co-editor of the publication What’s the Use? Constellations of Art, History and Knowledge (Valiz, 2016) and is theory mentor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and Head of Program of Studium Generale Rietveld Academie.
A curator and writer based in Paris, Kathryn Weir is currently the artistic director of the Madre museum of contemporary art Donnaregina in Naples. Her practice engages with critical thinking on technology, race, class, gender and ecology in the context of exhibition making. Previously director of multidisciplinary programs at the Centre Pompidou, she created ‘Cosmopolis’ there in 2015 as a platform for research-based, socially engaged and collaborative art practices. Conceived to construct bridges between new forms of creative experimentation and critical vocabularies across reconfigured histories and geographies, the platform encompasses activities ranging from residencies to exhibitions and programs. She also created the annual festival ‘MOVE: performance, dance, moving image’ at the Centre Pompidou in 2017. From 2006 until 2014, she was director of the Australian Cinémathèque and chief curator of international art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane and was one of the curators of the 5th, 6th and 7th Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art. Weir’s other curatorial projects include ‘Collective Body’ (at Dhaka Art Summit 2020), ‘Sublime, Passages to the Infinite’ (2014-2015), ‘21st Century: Art in the first decade’ (2010-2011), ‘Small Acts’ (2009), ‘The Leisure Class’ (2007-2008), ‘Hong Kong, Shanghai: Cinema Cities’ (2007), ‘Kiss of the Beast’ (2005-2006) and ‘The Nature Machine: Contemporary Art, Nature and Technology’ (2004-2005). Her publications include Modern Ruin (QAGOMA, 2008), The View From Elsewhere (Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2009), Sculpture is Everything (QAGOMA, 2012), and Gorilla (with Ted Gott, Reaktion Books, 2013).
Liedeke Plate is Professor of Culture and Inclusivity at Radboud University, where she researches the relationship between art, culture and inclusion. A cultural theorist at heart, she focuses on literature, gender and cultural memory and publishes internationally on the subject of women, reading and rewriting, forgetting (‘amnesiology’), the material turn in literary and cultural studies, cultural memory, and gender and urban space. Recent projects include: an inquiry into how to make the international classroom more inclusive; how dance can function as an affective methodology to transmit feelings and emotions about the colonial and slavery past; and how literature is participatory culture, focusing on the social and material ‘things’ people do with books. The red thread throughout her research is an inquiry into in the mechanisms in art and culture that foster or hinder inclusive thinking.
The 2019-2022 APRIA platform advisory board members are:
Caroline Barmentlo is a lecturer at the Theatre in Education programme at ArtEZ in the field of research and writing. For her, theatre is the place where people can act and react to what is happening in the world right now. Theatre is the setting in which ideas can take shape within a couple of weeks, or days, or even hours. Every time we visit a performance, we are asked questions. Questions that are related to what it means to be human, to what we can know in this age of information, and to what we are obliged to do with what we know. And not in the least: to what we may hope concerning animals, environment and nature.
Tabea Nixdorff is an alumna of Werkplaats Typografie at ArtEZ in Arnhem and has previously studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained in typography, her practice is invested in margins—both as a social and medial locality—and in voicing and highlighting often gendered absences and omissions in established Western historic narratives. In her independent as well as collaborative projects, research plays an essential role, and the methodologies of approaching and utilizing researched material often merge with the work itself, materializing at the intersection of performance, writing, installation and publishing. Nixdorff’s self-published books are part of international collections at The Newberry Library (Chicago), The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Los Angeles Public Library, Weserburg Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen (Bremen), amongst others. In 2019, her essay “Fehler lesen. Korrektur als Textproduktion” [Reading Errata. Correction as Textual Production] was published by Spector Books Leipzig as part of their series Applied Publishing Studies. She has given collaborative reading performances in various places, such as Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Kunstverein Amsterdam and HKW Berlin.
Cassandra Onck is a curious singer and songwriter with a background in music theatre. She writes thematic concerts and works as a freelance teacher on songwriting, vocal performance and storytelling. For the last three years, she has been part of the AeCT professorship at ArtEZ, where she works on collaborative and educational research projects with colleagues from a.o. the Radboud University and The HAN University of Applied Sciences.
Hanka van der Voet
Hanka van der Voet works as a researcher, writer, publisher and educator in the field of fashion. Her main focus is fashion media and fashion language, and the power structures involved. Van der Voet is senior lecturer on the M.A. Fashion Strategy at ArtEZ University of the Arts, and a researcher at the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship. For her, the concept of ‘precarity’ in the fashion industry touches many bases: from the condition of many of the workers in garment industry to the polluting character of the industry.
Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko holds PhD from Leiden University, her research focuses on new material studies, affect theory, posthumanism and intersection between art, ethics and biotechnology. Since 2016 she works at AKI Artez as a lecturer where she established and coordinates BIO MATTERs, artistic research program on living matters for art and design; she teaches courses on philosophy of art. She is an artistic and a public curator of exhibitions and events on art working with living matters and art and science relations. Her relevant publications are: “Forgotten Rituals of Yearning,” Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry; “Between Bio(s) and Art – Intensities of Matter in Bioart” in Inside. Outside. Other. Bodies in The Work of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, (eds.) Ann-Cathrin Drews, Katharina D. Martin; “Materiality of affect. How art can reveal the more subtle realities of an encounter,” in This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (eds.) Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn; currently working on her book Bodies within Affect. Practicing Contaminating Matters through Bioart.