Since 2013 I have been teaching Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL).
Artistic research has become a buzzword of those claiming for art the same level of competitiveness as any other academic specialization. Stepping from this paradigm of institutional fight for agency, the main purpose of my class at the KABK is to propose strategies for artists to regain their voice and lead the conversation around research not only within academia, but within art production in general.
In my program, I invite the students to reflect on their own sociopolitical context: Knowledge economies, creative industries, the figure of the entrepreneur, etc. I am concerned on how this seemingly never-ending and utterly self-referential debate could be beneficial for the student's own practice, as I believe only artists can critically re-organise the fields of knowledge and practice, not giving for granted the academic world as the only refuge against instrumentalization.
The photos refer to a public class I taught at Stroom Den Haag, organised with my students, during which we discussed notions around artistic labor and performativity. We were be present at the exhibition space during a full working day, from 10 until 17 hrs.