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1 - 25 February 2018
Utrecht University

MCW and Sonic Acts RMeS Seminar: “What, of Art, Belongs to the Present?”

The Media and Culture Studies department MCW and cultural organization Sonic Acts join forces to organize a seminar series in February 2018.

It is part of a longer running relationship, and an investigation of new kinds of collaboration, between Rick Dolphijn and Sonic Acts.


RMeS Seminar: “What, of Art, Belongs to the Present?”


When? February 2018, see the website for the exact dates
See below
Utrecht University / University of Amsterdam
PhD Candidates and RMa Students
Dr Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University/Hong Kong University)


THE COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED, please send an e-mail to rmes-fgw@uva.nl with your name, university and research school. We will put you on our waiting list.

In cooperation with Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Together with literary theorist Timothy Morton, renown composer/performer Jennifer Walshe is working on a large-scale performance entitled Time: the Opera which will premiere in 2019. In this seminar, we will work closely together with both Walshe and Morton, exploring the key themes that matter to this project as they coincide with the urgencies of contemporary cultural theory (media studies, performance studies, sonic studies). This means we will not start with a notion of ‘time’, but rather with ‘resonance’, ‘matter-reality’, ‘the present versus the contemporary’ as well as ‘the actor’ (and her/his non-relation to the present). With the artist, we will engage in participatory research-creation meaning that we will read texts from Gilles Deleuze, Michel Serres, Brian Massumi, Isabelle Stengers and Timothy Morton and put these ideas to work in a series of events to take place at the Sonic Acts academy (Febuary, 2018).

During February, several small gettogethers will be arranged (sometimes with the artist or other guests) in which preliminary explorations will take place.