As Slowly as Possible

A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

05/24/2018 | 9:00 AM

“As Slowly As Possible”, ASAP Symposium at the VU

From May 24 to 26, the cluster Paradigms of Creativity (Erin La Cour, Katja Kwastek, Diederik Oostdijk) organized an international symposium of the Association for the Study of the Art of the Present. The symposium, dedicated to the topic of slowness, featured media scholar Wolfgang Ernst and cultural scientist Mieke Bal as keynote speakers, as well as a great performance evening with Hans Fidom, performing John Cage, Jeremiah Day performing his piece ‘The Chair Remains Empty But The Place is Set’, and a reading of the experimental novella ‘Legend of a Necessary Dreamer’ by Maria Fusco. Twelve interdisciplinary panel sessions brought  together artists and scholars of literature, art, film, media, and music studies, on panels dedicated to themes such as Media Dispositives, Slow Modernism, Post-colonial Temporalities, The Long Durée, or Slow Futures. Topics ranged from new interpretations of signature works such as Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 hour Psycho’, Michael Snows ‘Wavelength’ or James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ to analyses of radioactive photography, the relation of techno-orientalism and US immigration policies of the 1960s, or the liquid materiality of Dutch landscape painting. See for a more extensive report.