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AiS - Objects of Art + Architecture colloquium - Eelco Nagelsmit: 'Delicate Matters: Exchanging thoughts through things in the wake of the Thirty Years War' | Annemarie Kok: 'Do it yourself! Lessons in participation in a dynamic labyrinth in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam'

When:Tu 05-06-2018 17:00 - 19:00
Where:Room 002, Oude Boteringestraat 34
You are kindly invited to attend the two presentations by Eelco Nagelsmit and Annemarie Kok that are scheduled for the Objects of Art + Architecture research colloquium on the 5th of June.

Eelco Nagelsmit, 'Delicate Matters: Exchanging thoughts through things in the wake of the Thirty Years War'

Early modern rulers were often torn between the conflicting exigencies of the reason of state and the fear of God. This ambivalence is manifested in the communication between princes and their spiritual advisors. My presentation focuses on duke August of Braunschweig-Lüneburg and the irenic theologian Johann Valentin Andreae. During and after the Thirty Years War they maintained a vivid correspondence, exchanging not only letters and books but also a wide array of images and objects. I will show how these material things could provide the ruler with space for reflection on matters of politics and religion, at a time when these two spheres were inextricably interrelated.

Eelco Nagelsmit studied history of art and architecture at the universities of Groningen and Leiden. He obtained his doctorate at Ghent and Leiden with a dissertation on art and architecture as agents of change in Counter-Reformation Brussels. He held a postdoctoral position at the department of Church History at the University of Copenhagen and was scientific assistant at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich (gta). He recently started a VENI-project (funded by NWO) at the University of Groningen.

Annemarie Kok, 'Do it yourself! Lessons in participation in a dynamic labyrinth in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam'

In this talk, the relation between participation and instruction will be discussed, with a focus on one of the most notorious participatory art projects within the Dutch art world of the 1960s: Dylaby. First a brief sketch will be given of the setup of the participatory and dynamic labyrinth in Amsterdam and of the ideals, plans and precursors leading to the realisation of this construction. This is followed by an analysis of the conceptualisation and use of participation in the labyrinthine project of 1962. In connection to this, from a theoretical and practical perspective, the “need” for instruction in this kind of ‘do-it-yourself art’ will be discussed, as well as the dynamics of freedom and control related to it. Subsequently, the forms of instruction and guidance within the context of Dylaby will be examined. Along with an analysis of the ways in which visitors of the labyrinth were instructed about their participation in the creative process, the possibilities to discover for themselves how to participate will be addressed.
Annemarie Kok is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, with a research focus on the dynamics of freedom and control in European participatory art in the 1960s. Previously, she has lectured at Utrecht University, the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the University of Groningen on modern and postmodern art, media art, methods and theories of art history, photography and themes in contemporary art.

Time and Location

The colloquium will take place at the Oude Boteringestraat 34, room 002, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Please forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested.