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 2019 September
Pay attention, we want to change the world
1. For your convenience | ARIAS x UNSEEN event
2. Round of applause | Awarded Grants 
3. What are we reading? | Bookshelf
4. Events Panorama
5. Grant Application Deadlines

For Your Convenience | ARIAS x UNSEEN event

ARIAS & UNSEEN proudly present an evening on image-making as artistic research and a critical tool in a time of food ignorance and ecological imbalance: For Your Convenience

With respect to human-kind’s complex entanglement with the world ‘For Your Convenience’ asks how practices and processes of creation can break apathy and once again reintegrate humans into the planet’s natural ecosystem. Documentary photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera and artist Sheng-Wen Lo share their creative practices, whilst cultural theorist Alireza Abbasy from Sarmad Magazine and art critic Alena Alexandrova give an attentive ear to respond and ask questions about image making as a critical research tool. Led by art historian and concerned foodie Saba Askary, they will unpack the complexities and methodologies - the trials and tribulations - that visual artists have within present geography and time.

21 September, 20:00 – 21:30
Location: SPUI25
Click here to register.

This event is for free, and if you wish to attend other events from Unseen Amsterdam 2019 then friends of ARIAS receive 15% discount on a regular day ticket. Order your ticket here and use the code ARIAS15.

Round of applause | Awarded Grants

A huge congratulations to the seven research projects that have nearly three million euros from the NWO ISA Smart Cultures grant, with the aim of making connections between innovative artistic and cultural practices, and scientific and societal issues. This is a significant moment in time as NWO and SIA, only for second time, offer this trans-disciplinary route. The Smart Cultures grant acts as a springboard for dynamic researchers that continuously warp and rewrite the boundaries between the arts and sciences. ARIAS are especially excited about three of the projects awarded within our network, and pleased to see such a diverse consortium of partners! A round of applause to, 

Commons: New Chances for the City and Public Space
Jeroen Boomgaard of the Gerrit Rietveld AcademieLAPS research group, with University of AmsterdamWaag | technology & society and amongst other partners, received funding to research how The Commons can contribute to new forms of (digital) public space and initiate different forms of urban development. 

A Computer becomes a Plant becomes a Machine Raoul Frese of the VU Amsterdam HybridForms Lab, with Gerrit Rietveld AcademieV2_Lab and other consortium partners, received funding to explore new forms of biotechnology that help develop strategies within the new ecology arising from climate change

The Critical Visitor Eliza Steinbock of Leiden University, Hester Dibbits of the Reinwardt Academy (UvA) and Dirk van den Heuvel of TU Delft were awarded funding to investigate how heritage institutions can achieve inclusion and accessibility within their organisation. With a breadth of consortium partners that which include IHLIA LGBT+ HeritageHet Nieuwe InstituutThe Amsterdam Museum and others. 

Click here for more. 

What are we reading? | Bookshelf

Experimental Architecture: Designing the Unknown

In this ground-breaking book, the first to provide an overview of the theory and practice of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong explores how interdisciplinary, design-led research practices are beginning to redefine the possibilities of architecture as a profession. Drawing on experts from disciplines as varied as information technology, mathematics, poetry, graphic design, scenography, bacteriology, marine applied science and robotics, Professor Armstrong delineates original, cutting-edge architectural experiments through essays, quotes, poetry, equations and stories.

whilst listening to the futurist album PROTO by Holly Herndon

Events Panorama

2 Sep - 26 Nov
VU Amsterdam, Exhibition, Cabinets of Wonder examining the history and issues of collecting. At various locations on the campus of the VU, Amsterdam South. 

Click here for more. 

3 - 4 September
Amsterdam University of the Arts, Academy of Theatre and Dance, Studio Showings DAS Choreography hosts students beginning their second year MA. 
19:00 - 21:30 and 18:45-22:00, DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2 - Amsterdam North.
Click here for more. 

10 September
SPUI25, Queer in de kunst How are themes of sexuality, queer and gender fluidity treated and portrayed by artists [Dutch Spoken]. 17:00 - 18:30, Spui25, Amsterdam. 
Click here for more.

13 September 
SIA, DIS_SEMINAR, a day full of dynamic presentations, work sessions and dialogue in the field of research in the arts with a specific theme of dissemination. 10:00 - 18:00, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam North.
Click here for more. 

27 September
University of Amsterdam, ASCA25: Summit, Inaugural Lecture, Party celebrating ASCA's 25th anniversary. 09:15 - 15:00, Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam. 
Click here for more.

Grant application deadlines

15 September 1600 EEST: Bold Initiative SAARI Artist Residency 

22 April 2020: Artificial Intelligence on demand platform, Horizon 2020

13 May 2020: Challenging Current Thinking, Horizon 2020

Best wishes,
Jeroen, Katie, 
and Nienke 

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