A New Aesthetics of the Real: Keynote Pascal Gielen

Together the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL) and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art present a keynote lecture by Pascal Gielen, as concluding chapter to the Honours Programme of the Arts and Culture Studies of ESHCC.

In his lecture, Pacal Gielen will share key insights from the recently published ‘Commonism: A New Aesthetics of the Real’ (Valiz 2018, edited together with Nico Dockx), as thematic framework for the Honours Programme students’ research into ‘commonism’ and social and communal practices in and as art. Prior to the Keynote, participating honours students will present their findings of research carried out in collaboration with different cultural partners in Rotterdam. With responses by Florian Cramer (Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute) and Joke van der Zwaard (Leeszaal Rotterdam West).


3:45 pm: Doors open
4 – 4:45 pm: Presentations by Honours Programme students
5 – 5:40 pm: Keynote Pascal Gielen
5:40 - 6 pm: Responses by Florian Cramer and Joke van der Zwaard
6 pm: Drinks, after plenary questions

Reservation is mandatory via the ticketlink on this webpage. Students of the Honours Programme are automatically signed up and do not have to reserve a ticket.

This event is part of Studium Witte de With, the higher education platform for art and theory by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Studium Witte de With is intended to serve as a catalyst bridging various fields of knowledge across higher education. It presents lectures, debates, workshops, and other programming in collaboration with partner institutes, rooting the programme in the curriculums of Academies and Universities.