Since 2 years, Studium Generale has been offering curated series of walks with artist/curator Nikos Doulos. The walks relate to the overarching topic of that year and, in addition to walks through the city and surrounding area, also include exploring and discussing relevant literature and other material, and creating material or performative works.
This year’s Walking Club looks into islands as physical entities and as symbolic manifestations of our fluid relations with each other and the world. How are we to understand islands as seemingly autonomous ‘bodies’ enclaved by bodies of water?
NIKOS DOULOS is an Amsterdam-based artist, born and raised in Athens. His interests lie in the investigation of new pedagogical modes for inclusive knowledge production framed under site-specific research trajectories and temporal interventions. In his work he creates malleable situations/conditions as participatory infrastructures and ‘soft’ knowledge generators. Walking holds a predominant part in his practice. He is the founder of NIGHTWALKERS – a collectively practised nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the flanêur. NIGHTWALKERS has been performed in the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, South Korea and Greece to name a few. Doulos predominately engages in research trajectories under the umbrella of Expodium – an urban do tank investigating the role of the arts in urban transition areas. He has presented projects at the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest and Bildmuseet, Umeå, and participated in IMPAKT, Utrecht, 4th Athens Biennale: AGORA and the 53rd October Salon, Belgrade. He has also led workshops for UNIDEE – Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation and the University of the Arts Helsinki among others. In 2017 he participated at Capacete Athens – a nine-month residency in Athens under the broader framework of documenta 14. He is a co-curator of ‘Unmaking The Netherlands’, a programme initiated by Expodium and is guest co-editor (together with Herbert Ploegman) of Kunstlicht, vol. 39: ‘Unpacking Residencies: Situating the Production of Cultural Relations’. He works collaboratively.