Articles by: Alice Smits

Alice Smits is the initiator and artistic director of Zone2Source, a platform for art, nature and technology at the Amstelpark in Amsterdam. International artists are invited for regular exhibitions, talks, workshops and excursions where which new imaginations on nature-culture relations are developed at the park’s pavilion and outdoor spaces. With Zone2Source, she also organizes longer term transdisciplinairy collaborative research programmes, such as Machine Wilderness (together with FoAM), with a series of artist residencies at Artis Zoo. She is currently a researcher at the Instititute for Art and Public Space at the Rietveld Academy, on contemporary land art practices and theories of the Anthropocene, as well as a researcher for the Smart Hybrid Forms project, supported by an NWO Smart Culture Grant. She writes regularly as a freelance art critic for art magazines such as Metropolis M. She is also a guitarist in the free improvisation band Oorbeek.

Redefining Oikos. Where Do We Feel at Home?

Redefining Oikos. Where Do We Feel at Home?

In issuing this Open Call, APRIA wanted contributors to reflect on questions such as: ‘What or who determines what home is?’ and ‘What does it mean to be at home?’ Seven contributions from ArtEZ students and staff were selected, a variety of artistic research in form and content. The researchers delve into the complex meaning of oikos, re-examining concepts of home and the tension between safe and harmful spaces in times of crisis.

Just Leaving and Other Ways of Saying Goodbye

Just Leaving and Other Ways of Saying Goodbye

This series of articles has covered engagement. But what about disengagement? In other words, once a commitment has been made and a practice has been conducted, how does an artist ‘quit’ it? This article looks at some key considerations that make moral evaluation of engaged practices possible. In thinking through these evaluations, we come across a set of methods of disengagement that rethink the relation engaged practices have to ethical judgement.