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Body And Mind

Body And Mind

A crashcourse on feminist thinking through theory and art.
One of the very few good things that came along with the hysterical fuzz around ‘the dangers of Islam’ in the Netherlands is the sudden insight that the self contained notion of a relaxed, tolerant, liberal and feminist national Dutch identity was actually based on wishful thinking at its best and a total disconnection to the real world at its worst.
Students from abroad who at first become excited about that paradisical Holland may keep their believe in the rosy picture for a while, but sooner or later they discover the other side of the medal. As far as this concerns issues of gender in Dutch society they will soon signal sharp contrasts between the very broad consensus about the supposed equality of men and women ‘and others’ (to quote Rosi Braidotti) and the actual culture of male dominance that is still firmly ruling behind the screens. This discrepancy finally starts to be recognised again (as it was in the seventies) in public debates, but the way in which these debates often are conducted is handicapped by a striking lack of theoretical tools. In general the Dutch have a problematic relation to theory which fortunately does not mean that there is no dissemination of feminist thoughts at the forefront of the academic and artistic world.
This lecture series will introduce you to a couple of Dutch (based) scolars and artists to whom feminist theory is not scary but inspiring instead.

Seminar and lectures will be moderated by Martine Neddam. She is a visual artist. Her work concentrates on certain aspects of language in visual arts and modus of address in the public sphere. She made large scale public commissions using text and digital photography. Her recent works include several virtual characters on internet where she explores the notions of identity through the use of interactive texts. She teaches at the Rietveld Academie. In 2005 – 2006 she was professor at the University Quebec in Montreal, Canada, Départment des Art Visuels et Médiatiques.

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