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The Contextual Studies Seminar is a series of meetings that consist of lectures, readings, screenings and discussions on selected examples of practices, case studies, and texts, introducing the key concepts of the Open Set annual themes. The Seminar aims to generate an environment within the practice-led Open Set programme in which participants gain knowledge on specific themes of the annual programme, develop a set of useful methodologies to encounter related multidisciplinary theoretical sources, and articulate the position of their current practice within the introduced settings, terrains, fields or contexts.

Seminar: Rhythmanalysis in Context

21 Aug 2018–9 Feb 2019
In Amsterdam Zuidoost, or join online from anywhere

The Seminar offers both theoretical and practical context to the theme of ‘rhythm’, as part of the seven-month programme in design, art and humanities Fluid Rhythms, which consists of a Summer School and LAB as well. The Seminar aims to address the key concept of ‘rhythm’ in the fields of arts, urban planning, performance, and humanities and will be hosted in collaboration with the scientific consortium Designing Rhythm for Social Resilience

(IS Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions)

. Together we investigate rhythm-led practices as common ground for research and artistic practice. The seminar is open to practicing artists and designers, as well as researchers from different disciplines, interested members of the local community, activists, educators, curators and social servants, who are curious to discover the relevance of rhythms for their practice.

Besides, it is also possible to continue the programme, by joining the related Summer School and the Seminar ‘Rhythmanalysis in Context’ (October 2018–February 2019).

Theme
Fluid Rhythms: Urban Networks and Living Patterns

“The crowd is a body, the body is a crowd” — Henri Lefebvre

Life in the city both repeats itself, and is constantly changing. Situated in the Bijlmer, one of Amsterdam's most vibrant neighborhoods, Open Set launches a new programme, dedicated to exploring the potential of rhythm in the city. The movement of bodies in space; financial transactions; the circulation of sounds, cells, and smells; changing social constructs that divide and connect people; the flow of microscopic substances—such looping patterns generate dynamic complex structures, or ‘rhythms’, that shift over time. In the words of Caroline Nevejan: “Where there is rhythm, there is life”. Understanding and working with such dynamic complexities requires careful attunement to the interactions between social, imagined, and physical realms.

We are looking for artists, designers and scholars to join this international and interdisciplinary programme that investigates the potential of rhythm-led practices as common ground for research and artistic work. This means both providing tools to perceive rhythms, as well as tools to tap into their generative potential. Rhythms occur on multiple levels at the same time, in the macro-level structures of the city, within the cells of bodies, and in the interconnections between mind, emotion, brain and heartbeats. By investigating the intertwined patterns of change, a world of subtle complexity starts to reveal itself to us in how humans, machines, animals and microbes interact and coexist. 

Experts

  • Heather Barnett  — artist, researcher & educator
  • Dash N’ Dem  — design action group
  • Satinder Gill  — researcher
  • Dr. Caroline Nevejan  — researcher
  • Pinar Sefkatli  — researcher, architect
  • Debra Solomon  — artist, researcher
  • Thought Collider  — art, design & research duo
  • Noam Toran  — artist
  • Rebekah Wilson  — programmer & music performer
  • More to be announced soon.

Schedule

Date Session
21 AUG Introduction: Rhythm as Territory
20 OCT Scales of Rhythms: From Bacteria to Crowd
03 NOV Scales of Rhythms: Through Body to Crowd
17 NOV Traces of Rhythms: Heritage, Data and Fiction
08 DEC Complexity of the Rhythms: Rhythm in Rhythm
12 JAN Complexity of the Rhythms: Friction, Tuning, Diffraction
09 FEB Designing with Rhythms
23 FEB Wrap-up and Public Debate (at the final conference)

Location

The programme will be contextualised around the modern, historical, social and environmental frameworks of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Amsterdam Zuidoost (South East), in the Bijlmer residential area. All events are hosted and supported by the municipality and local cultural centres in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Why participate?

  • Access to a rich body of resources, methods and (online) materials on rhythmanalysis and cross-disciplinary perspectives in research and arts.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the online publication published in the end of the programme;
  • Unique opportunity to exchange with a wide range of experts and researchers, local cultural centers, and scientific partners;
  • Collaboration with peers from all over the world, building an international network of colleagues from the background of arts, design, research. ;
  • Experience in reflecting on your practice, focusing on potential directions of its development and on presenting it to the broader professional and general audience.

Application & fees

Should you be interested to apply to the seminar, please send your CV, a portfolio of projects, and most importantly a motivation letter to apply@openset.nl or opensetschool@gmail.com. The applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. The applicants are informed about the decision within a timeframe of 10 days.

Application deadline: 24 September 2018 (extended)

Fee: € 400 / € 350 early birds

You can apply for a Full Programme Package, a LAB+SEMINAR Package, or participate in only one of the three modules: LAB, seminar, summer school.

Scholarships
Extended deadline 1 August

Full scholarships for participants from the Bijlmer
The City of Amsterdam generously supports 15 full scholarships (worth €1800 per person) for participants based in Amsterdam Zuidoost. For more details check the Apply page.

Credits

The programme is made possible by the support of the City of Amsterdam Zuidoost, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Het Pauwhof Fonds, CBK Zuidoost, and has been organized in collaboration with the research group Designing Rhythm for Social Resilience (2018–2022). The visit of Heather Barnett is made possible by Het Nieuwe Instituut with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Curatorial Team: Irina Shapiro, Dr. Caroline Nevejan, Pinar Sefkatli

Design: Studio The Rodina

Editor: Shailoh Phillips

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