Uncertainty Seminars: Other Than Art's Sake

13, 14 and 15 September 2019
Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Language spoken: English
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Ticket information
Fri 13 Sep: € 5,-
(suggested donation) - at the door
Sat 14 Sep:
€ 7,50 (incl. light meal) - at the door
Passepartout Fri + Sat: 10,- (via Bandcamp - soon available)

Uncertainty Seminars are hybrid events at Stroom Den Haag, embracing doubt and hesitation as cultural strategy.

Join us for two days of screenings, talks, live action role playing, trend forecasting, climate activism and much more. Uncertainty Seminars: Other Than Art's Sake teases out the multiform positions that artists may inhabit and in what ways other domains seek refuge under the wide umbrella of arts. How can we learn from different practices, like activism, branding or journalism? And how may the experimental, empathic exchange and non-linear thinking from art practices, be applied in society?

Contributions by:
Dena Yago (artist, K-Hole co-founder and creative strategy consultant), Simone Zeefuik (writer and organizer whose work focuses on representation and inclusivity), Yamuna Forzani (queer community worker and designer), Stijn Verhoeff (artist and climate activist), Sjoerd Leijten (musician and climate activist), Katayoun Arian (curator, writer and researcher), Susan Ploetz (artist, somatic consultant and live action role play designer) and many more.


Friday 13 September, 13.00-17.00 hrs
Free, limited capacity

Senses of Security: a larp workshop by Susan Ploetz
As part of 'Uncertainy Seminars: Other Than Art's Sake', this larp workshop led by Susan Ploetz  deals with senses of security and law making, through speculative social prototyping.
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Friday 13 September, 19.00 - 22.00 hrs
Tickets: € 5,- (suggested donation)

- Screening: premiere of Ansage Ende, a new film by artist Stijn Verhoeff and musician Sjoerd Leijten, calling for an activist approach to the climate crisis.
- Screening: the seminal film Other Than Art's Sake (1973-74) by Peter Kennedy
This film captures Adrian Piper, Hans Haacke, Judy Chicago and other artists developing an alternative practice outside of art institutions.
- Presentation by change manager Jacco van Uden, based on the real-life experience of a month-long job-rotation with artist Mercedes Azpilicueta and the film made about this exchange by Celine Berger.
Stay tuned for more!

Saturday 14 September: 15:00 - 20:30 hrs
Tickets: € 7,50 (incl. light meal)

- Lecture by Dena Yago
Artist, co-founder of K-Hole and creative strategy consultant Dena Yago will talk about the creation of value in a hyper branded world
- Tea Party by Yamuna Forzani
Party by Yamuna Forzani (activist, community worker and designer) with drag performers, cake and stories.
- Presentation by Simone Zeefuik
The work of the writer and organizer Simone Zeefuik centers around representation, inclusivity and social justice.
- DJ conversation by Katayoun Arian
Conversation by Katayoun Arian (freelance curator, writer and researcher),  sharing music as part of her curatorial practice.
Stay tuned for more!

In addition, throughout the weekend various works and artists publications will be presented at Stroom.

* The title Other Than Art's Sake refers to a film by Peter Kennedy from 1973-1974, which proposed an alternative model for art - art for social change rather than art for art's sake.

Curators: Ilga Minjon & Radna Rumping
Design: The Rodina

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Stijn Verhoeff & Sjoerd Leijten
Stijn Verhoeff is an artist with an interest in music, literature and activism. Sjoerd Leijten is a musician and radio maker with a focus on dissident sounds, improvisation and politics. Together they've developed audio and video works, presented in site-specific installations or regular screening experiences. Recently they made the short film 'Ansage Ende' (2019), which explores the relationships between text, music and image and calls in an atmospheric manner for an activist approach to the climate crisis.

The Rodina
interior design
The Rodina (Tereza and Vit Ruller) is a design studio with an experimental practice drenched in strategies of performance art, play and subversion. For Stroom Den Haag they have developed numerous designs for programs and exhibitions since 2014 with WeberWoche - a program celebrating re-enchantment in arts and society - and Attempts to Read the World (Differently), a thematic program about the potential of boundless imagination for a world in drastic change, the umbrella under which Uncertainty Seminars was born in 2017. For this new series in 2019, the Rodina created a Map of Scattered Society, a backdrop and furniture partly made out of Stroom's former entrance space architecture.
The shapes in the map pulling the regions' lines are based on extraterrestrial meteorological weather flows, while the geometric forms work as a vertigo to soak the viewer into this playground. The Rodina believes in importance of ‘playing' for an empathic society to develop, inspired by Johan Huizinga's writings about the homo ludens. The map was developed with a strong sensitivity to the concepts of Uncertainty as a critical tool, notions of networked affect and with fictional names that point to inspiration of the program and imagined places the mind might visit.

Special thanks to:
The Uncertainty Seminars are made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and The City of The Hague.

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Uncertainty Seminars: Other Than Art's Sake
photo: design: The Rodina
Peter Kennedy, 'Other Than Art's Sake' (film), 1973-1974
photo: courtesy the artist
Stijn Verhoeff & Sjoerd Leijten, 'Ansage Ende', film still
Stijn Verhoeff & Sjoerd Leijten, 'Ansage Ende', film still
Dena Yago: "A diagram detailing 'Activist Brands' by Sean Monahan"
Uncertainty Seminars carpet and socks designed by The Rodina
photo: Eline Benjaminsen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag