LECTURES, MASTERCLASSES & COURSES  


  Lectures, masterclasses and courses uniquely combine artistic competence and state-of-the-art philosophy. They are part and parcel of a specific InstallationPackage in which art (installation, performance, photography) and philosophy are intrinsically bound up in the research of a particular concept.


 

  Lectures  
 

  17.11 2019   Book presentation Soul Space and debate with religious communities at Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam.
 

  13.10 2019   De Daimonion van Socrates Lecture (Dutch only) on religious experience and artistic processes. Kulturhus Borne.
 

  7.11 2017   Socrates' Daimonion, on religious experience and artistic processes. Presentation (Dutch only) and exhibition of first photo-series Soul Space. Leiden University.
 

  28.1 2015   Thought Experiments and the Artistic Turn presented for the 7th international VAF conference at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
 

  12.10 2014   Symposium On Guilt and Shame Chair of the symposium (Dutch only), Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen.
 

  9.10 2014   Investigations IV. Participation in a panel discussion with manifesto Helium--3, organised by SMAHK / DeFKa at Minerva Academy FMI Groningen.
 

  15.1 2014   Eichmann's heritage. The emergence of the Artistic Turn Keynote speaker for international symposium On Guilt and Shame, De Burcht Amsterdam.  

  26.10 2013   In het Licht van Schuld en Schaamte (Contemplating Guilt and Shame) Lecture on the notions of guilt and shame in the light of (current) political developments, commissioned by Philosophical Discussion Group Utrechter Kreis.
 

  24.9 2013   De Wereld in een Kamer (The World in a Room) Workshop / lecture commissioned by the Instituut voor Beeldtaal. Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam.
 

  26.10 2013   In het Licht van Schuld en Schaamte (Contemplating Guilt and Shame) Lecture on the notions of guilt and shame in the light of (current) political developments, commissioned by Philosophical Discussion Group Utrechter Kreis.
 

  7.2 2013   Ken de Wereld, de Wereld van de Cultuur (Know the World, the World of Culture) Contribution to the police academy program K2 (Ardis). The Hub, Amsterdam.
 

  23.1 2013   Wittgenstein Lecture for HOVO, Utrecht University.
 

  5.10 2012   Investigations II. Participation in a panel discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of artistic research, organised by the Department for Philosophy and Art DeFKa and Gerrit Rietveld Academie Art & Public Space LAPS, Amsterdam.
 

  24.5 2012   Ken de Wereld, de Wereld van de Cultuur (Know the World, the World of Culture) Contribution to the police academy program K2 (Ardis).World Fashion Centre, Amsterdam.
 

  29.3 2012   De Sociale Waarde van Andere Werelden (The Social Value of Other Worlds) Contribution to the second workshop 'Overschrijding van Grenzen - Reflecties op Wim de Haan', Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
 

  26.5 2011   Investigations I. Participation in a debate on art and research at the Department for Philosophy and Art, DeFKA in Assen.
 

  20.1 2020   Aspects of Testimonial Knowledge. The work of art as Testimonial. V.A.F.-IV conference, Higher Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven (BE).
 

  4.11 2009   Transformations from a Personal Perspective. An artistic guided tour with the employees of ICTU, Organisation for electronic government, founded by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the VNG, Den Haag.
 

  18.3 2009   Kunst en Kennis (Art and Knowledge) A critique on the notion of 'Artistic Research' LOK-conference, Utrecht.
 

  4.7 2008   Over het Concept van Conceptuele Kunst. A lecture on the concept of conceptual art and its relation with the art of installation. Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
 

  18.2 2008   Conceptual analysis & Reflexive dynamics. Wittgenstein workshop at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK).
 

  20.10 2007   Conceptuele analyse & Reflexieve dynamiek Lecture on the relationship of philosophy and the art of installation, Utrecht University.
 

  28.8 2007   Knowing-that, Knowing-how and Knowing-detached. International conference The Value of Knowledge. Department of Philosophy, VU Amsterdam.
 

  1.7 2007   Letter to the Future. Within the scope of 'Hotel New York-Inquiry in Location' Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.
 

  24.6 2007   Genesis. Debate on science, technology and art. Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
 

  11.8 2006   Normativity and Novelty. The 29th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel (AT).
 

  31.3 2006   Rule-following and the Problem of Novelty. V.A.F.-I conference, Department of Philosophy, VU Amsterdam.
 

  13.3 2006   Een Kunstenaar op Kennispad. Berichten van het Kennisfront. Maagdenhuis op Maandag Spui 21, University of Amsterdam.
 

  17.4 2005   Niet Uitvlakken … zoek Betekenis! (Do not Erase … wait for Meaning!) Lecture and discussion within the scope of 'De Maand van de Filosofie', Department for Philosophy and Art, Assen.
 

  11.3 2005   Remode[l]ling Reality. Lecture / performance at the conference on the Philosophy of Information. Cristofori, Amsterdam.
 

  2.11 2004   When Art meets Science. The Logic Tea, University of Amsterdam.
 

  18.6 2004   Remodel[l]ing Reality. LeGO-lecture, ILLC Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam.
 

  7.8 2002   The 4th Dimension - Wittgenstein on Colour and Imagination. The 25th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Kirchberg am Wechsel (AT).
 

  27.9 1998   Over Denken en Doen (On Thinking and Acting) Lecture at the fallout shelter of Dalfsen.
 

  27.4 1997   God in de Kunst (God in Art). Dominican Monastery, Zwolle.
 

  8.11 1996   Over de Kunst van Boodschappen Doen (The Art of Going out Shopping). A visual lecture on the notion of Meaning. AG De Molen, Hengelo.
 

  13.8 1994   A lecture on the quality of life at conference Aesthetics and Religion, Convent van Voorgangers NPB, de Hoorneboeg, Hilversum.
 
     
 

  Masterclasss & Courses
 

  2014 through 2017   Philosophy and Art. Based on artists’ book Remodel[l]ing Reality, we investigate the similarities and differences between philosophy and art from various perspectives, such as aspect seeing; the relationship between knowledge, intuition and imagination; the role of experience and ambiguity; the use of thought experiments in matters of uncertainty; whether it is possible to gain new knowledge without new empirical data; the importance of implementing artistic processes in decision making. The course is closed with a public presentation delivered by the students. Bachelor course, commissioned by Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam.
 

  2014 through 2016   The Artistic Turn. We investigate the relationship between reflective thinking and artistic processes, using insights from Socrates, Hannah Arendt, Kant and the psychologist Ab Dijksterhuis and relate these to the attitude of artists whenever making new work. All this in order to understand how an artistic turn may increase awareness and trust to tackle the problems we are facing right now. Course commissioned by HOVO Utrecht University.
 

  28|10 2013 through
6|1 2014
  Masterclass On Guilt and Shame|Eichmann's heritage. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies IIS of the University of Amsterdam. Tailor-made for excellent students and scholars. Taking Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem as a starting point for this masterclass, we will investigate the notions of guilt an shame from various perspectives: philosophical (Arendt, Williams, Wittgenstein), historical (Stangneth), political (Stern, Zimbardo), sociological (Browning, Milgram), anthropological (Wong/Tsai) and psychological (Festinger, Tavris/Aronson). Trying to understand what underlying mechanisms turn ordinary good people evil, we will extrapolate our findings to the problems we are facing today. The interdisciplinary working method allows us to provide some recommendations how to transform feelings of guilt and shame into self-knowledge, i.e., to change destructive behaviours into more rewarding practises. The outcome of our investigation will be put to the test in an international symposium, in which all candidates will actively participate and share their findings with acclaimed experts on the subject.
 

  8.2 - 29.3 2011   Masterclass for professional artists who want to deepen their project at hand relating their artistic research with philosophical insights. We Finish with a presentation in gallery space OutLINE Amsterdam.
 

  2003 through 2004   IAM - Installation Art and the quest for Meaning. Installation art unifies life and art at different levels. One level is that this kind of art is a hybrid discipline: it involves all sorts of disciplines and therefore extends far beyond art practices. Installation art also extends far beyond the studio of the artist, because what matters is not so much a concentration on óne object, but the relation between a number of elements or an interaction between several objects and their contexts. Keywords are ‘Environment’, ‘site-specific’, ‘Minimalism’, ‘Conceptual art’, ‘work in progress’, ‘Happening’, ‘Political statement’. In any case there is always a reciprocal relation between perceiver and work, work and space, space and perceiver. What is crucial in experiencing an installation is that we cannot ‘read off’ or ‘see’ the meaning of this piece of art: it’s not just an object or a thing, but an event or situation. A lot of installation art is temporary and cannot be preserved; so what remains in the end is documentation. All this poses a problem for assigning meaning to installation art. At a different level the quest for meaning in installation art is a quest for our perception of reality and the interpretation that accompanies it. How are images and language related to each other in an installation when we ask for meaning? In what ways is the artist able to play with the diversity of meanings evoked by the hybrid elements of the work? How is installation art related to the broader historical and social context? In this course we will try together, proceeding from these questions, to define the notion of ‘meaning’ in installation art anew. We finish with an exhibition by the students in Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam. Course for final year students Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam.