Articles by: Christel Vesters

Christel Vesters is a curator, writer and teacher based in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Curating in Amsterdam, New York and London and graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam. Christel has curated numerous exhibitions and discursive projects, and regularly publishes on art and design. In 2014 she initiated the long-term research platform Unfinished Systems of Non-Knowledge, which investigates art as another mode of knowing and being (2014- ongoing). She is also the initiator and curator of Touch/Trace: Researching Histories Through Textiles (2017-ongoing), a multidisciplinary project, which investigates the intricate connections between textile, history and society from a contemporary art perspective.  http://www.touch-trace.nl/  http://www.unfinished-systems-of-nonknowledge.org/part2/ 

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.