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Symposium: Itching Powder or “How much harmony?”

Jan van Eyck Academie
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Itching Powder or “How much harmony?”
Entanglement, Symbiosis, Porosity and Irritation in Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Artists are generally considered to have some of the most vigorously adaptable and voraciously incorporative practices of all the disciplines, which is why they are often invited as collaborators to a variety of contexts, environments, fields and communities: institutional, social, academic or political. The processes and practicalities involved during these collaborations are often hidden, overshadowed by a focus on the end result. What is the added value for practitioners of engaging their disciplines in open and uncertain collaborations? What is the potential contained within (mis)understanding and transference?

This event seeks to uncover some of the more immediate and contingent elements of trans-disciplinary practice and research – the rewards, difficulties and potential opportunities that lie at the intersections between fields. The contributions to this event combine historical, philosophical, methodological and formal perspectives alongside the direct experience of collaboration. Across, beyond or through: trans indicates a region that can be navigated only by constructing a connection between pre-existent fields. The slippery nature of this bridge, tunnel, or condition between pre-existent identities consists of multiple, contingent and perhaps contradictory exchanges – generosity, irritation, reflection, entanglement, symbiosis. The day and a half of talks aims to get somewhere closer to understanding the dynamic relations of transdisciplinary work.

Itching Powder or “How much harmony?” is a series of talks and discussions over 1.5 days, devised by artists Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood in response to a three-year NEARCH Fellowship awarded by the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2015, which sought to locate new interconnections between the disciplines of art and archaeology.

Bringing together artists, archaeologists, cultural theorists and social scientists with a committed interest in the transdisciplinary dynamic, the event will explore the wider frameworks; artistic, institutional, social and political - in which collaborative practices are conceived and grow.

17.30 – 19.00:
‘Another dd / U / mm / yyyy’ by Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood
Presentation and book launch

10.00 – 17.00:
Talks and discussions led by contributors

10.00 – 13.00:
Talks and discussions led by contributors

For more info on the programme and the contributors, see: http://www.janvaneyck.nl/en/news/itching-powder-or-how-much-harmony/