European Artistic Research Network (EARN)

The Academy Strikes Back
Renee Green, Irit Rogoff,
Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Dieter Lesage
4-5 June 2010

European Artistic Research Network (EARN)
Sint-Lukas Brussels University
College of Art and Design
Brussels, Belgium

The Academy Strikes Back is the concluding presentation of a two-year
project aimed at the current academicization of art education. The
project takes place within the context of the European Artistic
Research Network and was developed by Jan Cools (Sint-Lukas, Brussels)
and Henk Slager (maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and

The project’s starting point is the importance of artistic research
for formulating competencies, learning outcomes and didactic
strategies in art education. Previous events were A Certain Ma-Ness,
(Amsterdam, March 2008) with a.o. Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert,
Clementine Deliss, Mick Wilson, Bart Verschaffel, and Becoming
Bologna, (IUAV, Venice, June 2009) with a keynote by Daniel Birnbaum,
that took place within the framework of the 53rd Venice Biennale.

During The Academy Strikes Back the specificity of the Academy as a
research environment is at the forefront of our enquiry and debate.
How can artistic (doctoral) research contribute to the overall
research environment at the Academy? To investigate this, three
doctoral researchers (Jeremiah Day, Clodagh Emoe, Paul Landon) have
been invited to do workshops, based on their own research projects,
for the Brussels master students. Documentation about the various ways
that (doctoral) research can be embedded in the structure of the
Graduate School is on display in the Sint-Lukas Gallery (June 5 –
20, 2010).

As a consequence of the institutionalization of the artistic research
environment, it is inevitable that the debate about the specificity of
the Academy is being brought back into the Academy where it most
urgently belongs. The symposium will elaborate on this by asking four
specialists the following sub-questions:

– Can the academicized Art Academy still offer a viable space and
platform for the experimental development of a critical art practice?
– Is there an affirmative relationship between institutionalized
artistic research and the art scene?
– How transparent is ‘peer reviewing’ in the art world and what role
can it play in academicized art education?
– How can the outcomes of artistic research be disseminated?

Programme: The Academy Strikes Back

June 4: 14-18
Jan Cools (Research coordinator Sint-Lukas, Brussels), Henk Slager
(Dean maHKU, Utrecht): Introductions

Renee Green (Dean Graduate Programs San Francisco Art Institute):
Hail the invisible College or What Can Matter Now?
Jeremiah Day: Researcher maHKU, Utrecht
Moderator: Gertrud Sandqvist (Professor Malmo Art Academy)

Irit Rogoff (Professor Goldsmith’s College, London): Practicing
Research/Singularising Knowledge
Centrifugal (Susan Kelly, Taru Elving – Zagreb): Book of Europe
Moderator: Mick Wilson (Dean GradCAM, Dublin)

June 4: 19-21
Opening Parallel Exhibition: Sint-Lukasgalerie, Paleizenstraat 70,

June 5: 10-13
Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director Exhibitions Serpentine Gallery,
London): Peer Reviewed Art
Paul Landon: Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Moderator: Hans de Wolf (Professor Free University Brussels)

June 5: 14-17
Dieter Lesage (Professor Erasmus University College Brussels):
Clodagh Emoe: Researcher GradCam, Dublin
Moderator: John Aiken (Director Slade School of Fine Art, London)

Location Symposium: Auditorium Sint-Lukas, Address: Groenstraat
162-184, Brussels

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