<rmm> Fwd: Debate “The Smooth and the Striated” Nieuw Dakota, July 11 2010

Paulien Dresscher paulien at dresscher.nl
Mon Jun 28 09:30:07 CEST 2010

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From: Paulien Dresscher <paulien at dresscher.nl>
Date: June 28, 2010 9:15:45 AM CEDT
To: Paulien Dresscher <paulien at dresscher.nl>
Subject: Debate “The Smooth and the Striated” Nieuw Dakota, July 11 2010

Debate “The Smooth and the Striated” Nieuw Dakota, July 11 2010

Speakers: Laura U. Marks (Simon Fraser University, Canada),  Edward  
Shanken Universiteit van Asterdam) Nathalie Beekman and Thuur Caris  
(Pavlov Elab Groningen) Patricia Pisters (Universiteit van Amsterdam),  
Menno Lievers (Universiteit Utrecht) Rob Zwijnenberg (University  

Moderator: Margriet Schavemaker (head of collections, Stedelijk Museum)

doors open 14.00 hrs debate  14.30 hrs. - 16.30 hrs drinks afterwards

Limited amount of seats, please make reservations at thesmoothandthestriated at gmail.com


On Sunday July 11, the University of Amsterdam and the University of  
Utrecht present a debate about the relationship between art, science  
and philosophy in collaboration with Nieuw Dakota. In the context of  
the exhibition The Smooth and The Striated (2 July– 1 August) in Huize  
Frankendael and Nieuw Dakota, philosophers and artists will reflect  
upon difference and similitude in the ways in which various  
disciplines of practice and thought attempt to describe or interpret  
our world. The Smooth and The Striated (2 July – 1 August) is an event  
within the framework of the Third International Deleuze Studies  
Conference, hosted by the University of Amsterdam and the University  
of Utrecht, which invites scholars to reflect on the ideas of the  
renowned twentieth century philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

What is the history and philosophy of art’s relation to research? In  
their celebrated essay ‘The Smooth and The Striated’, Gilles Deleuze  
and Félix Guattari write about our apparent human desire to make  
various processes and environments comprehensible by means of  
delineating, quantifying and measuring; at the same time, they  
emphasize the ways in which our world resists these attempts at over- 
coding and hierarchization. In art academies worldwide, the work of  
Gilles Deleuze has functioned as fertile ground for architects,  
musicians, Dj’s, Vj’s, filmmakers, sculptors and painters in their  
explorations and critical thinking, in the context of larger  
structural changes to education and pedagogy. The merging and  
exchanges of art, science, and philosophy in Deleuze’s work has become  
an inspiration to many and resulted in new practices, research, and  
experiments.  It is in this context that a new Bachelor-Master (BAMA)  
structure has been introduced in the Netherlands over the last couple  
of years, in line with international trends, creating ways for artists  
to pursue Ph.D. programs. The Universities of Leiden, Utrecht, and  
Amsterdam, for example, are creating—in some cases in collaboration  
with art schools and art funding organizations— specific trajectories  
for artistic PhD’s. Within the curriculum of these new artistic  
research programs, the boundaries between different disciplines vary:  
their emphasis might be tailored to the work of art as final piece  
(practice based research); in other cases it is the research that is  
central (artistic research). The debate will discuss the question and  
problem of defining ‘research’ and reflection, and will take place at  
Nieuw Dakota.

For this event, a variety of artists and theorists are invited to come  
together to discuss the convergence of different disciplines, both  
within their daily practices, and in relation to recent  
transformations in he educational system over the last couple of  
years. The discussion will be loosely grouped around the following  
statements that are composed to serve as a provocative frame and  
launch for the debate.

• Art, science, and philosophy need each other.

• Institutions should not try to guard disciplinary specificity, but  
should instead refuse to distinguish between the realms of philosophy,  
art, and science. In this way, truly interdisciplinary work can develop.

• Artistic research is a new branch of research in between  
universities and art academies that should be embedded into the domain  
of scientific research.

The debate will provide a platform to question and revisit the  
identification and separation of disciplines, and  to elaborate upon  
the different languages, conceptual borrowings, similarities and  
differences of practice between art, science and philosophy.

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