Body and Power(lessness) dossier

In a series of publications and event, ArtEZ Studium Generale and online Magazine Mister Motley, launched an ongoing research into the topic of Body and Power(lessness). What happens when we find that we have far less control over our bodies than we thought we had, due to the external force exerted on our bodies by a disease, on our freedom of movement by the government and on our minds by technology? What does this powerlessness do to our body and to the way we look at it?


We explored all this and discussed with students, artists and academics how we physically experience autonomy, powerlessness, justice, care and collectivity. And in particular, we looked at ways of strengthening our body by taking very good care of it, by listening or by collaborating, and speaking as one collective body.

For APRIA, we brought together a selection of publications and events.

In an interview with Olivia Laing, we talk about her book Everybody in which she addresses many aspects in relation to the body. From illness, to freedom and sexuality.

Author Dagmar Bosma discusses transbodies, researcher Jules Sturm discusses the vulnerable body and ArtEZ student at the master’s program DAI velvet leigh made a performance about that vulnerable body. Author Maurits de Bruijn elaborates on the subject of trauma. Sexuality is covered in the interview with curator Ine Gevers. More information and contributions on this topic can be found here 

You can find all articles in the Body and Power(lessness) dossier below:

Studium Generale also offers an online course for Body and Powerless(ness) created by Isis Freitas Vale Germano. Find the course ‘The Body: Drie lessen over het lichaam om in je eigen tijd te volgen’ here (NL)

Studium Generale

ArtEZ Studium Generale curates and organises gatherings, talks, training courses, podcasts and publications about the state of the arts and its relation to today’s challenges, ranging from immediate societal issues to bold abstract concepts, from climate crisis to identity issues. Our aim is relatively modest. We are not trying to change the world (but if that happens, cool!). Our wish is to create a space to ask probing questions, steer discussions and empower each other to face the future and our (artistic) role in it. Or to put it a bit less boldly, we invite you to get out of your bubble, engage in the debate, meet new people, discover new perspectives, and have a drink.