Jorinde Seijdel

March 17, 2018

Graphic Design: Mikk Jõgi, Zuzana Kostelanská and Laslo Strong, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

Dear reader,

From March 21–24, in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie presents a four-days conference-festival, called Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in Unreal Times, guest curated by Karen Archey, Mark Paterson, Rizvana Bradley and Jack Halberstam, who each inaugurate a discursive and performative programme on how the haptic – relating to or based on touch – is thought and experienced artistically, philosophically, and politically in life, art and theory. In the coming period, Open! will publish several interviews with keynote speakers. Students of the Open! Coop Academy study group Topologies of Touch will publish reviews and comments on part of the events in the blog-section of Open!.

Open! Coop Academy 2017–2018: Topologies of Touch is a DAI study group researching our sense of touch and feel, the tactile and the haptic in philosophical and political terms, and in cultural, artistic and social practices. Topologies of Touch refers to a ‘tactile topology’ that focuses on the material connections among mobile bodies.

(Against) Neuralgia: Care of the Brain in Times of Cognitive Capitalism is a series of artists’ publications resulting from the 2016–2017 Open! COOP Academy Publishing Class at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Find the editorial and links to the contributions here.  

A current publishing strand for us is contained within the research project in progress Technology / Affect / Space (T / A / S). Read the latest essay by guest editor Eric Kluitenberg: ‘(Re-)Designing Affect Space’. Other current contributions: Watching Puerta del Sol. On Protest Space and its Temporal Conflicts’ by JARD, and the artist contribution ‘The City as Performative Object’ by PolakVanBekkum. Previously we have published ‘Improvisational Necessity and its After Affects’ by Sher Doruff and Entangled Data: Modelling and Resistance in the Megacity by Alessandra Renzi.

Following up on the essay ‘Affect Space’ by media theorist and researcher Eric Kluitenberg, in collaboration with the author, Open! started  T / A / S, a conceptual and interdisciplinary exploration into the interaction of technology, affect and public space. The project explores the dynamics, aesthetics, design and politics of a new emergent techno-sensuous spatial order we refer to as ‘Affect Space’. This exploration took off with three public events in Cambridge (6 April, 2016, in cooperation with the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology), Amsterdam (De Balie, 22 April, 2016, in collaboration with LAPS) and Rotterdam (20 May, 2016, with Het Nieuwe Instituut).

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