9 March | Bots, Bodies, Beasts - The art of being Humble | Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

Program with Amelia Groom, Constant Dullaart and Phillip Warnell & Beamclub screening March 9 at 13.30 hrs at RIETVELD'S GYM Fred Roeskestraat 96

THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKS AMELIA GROOM A lecture about pebbles, boulders, gravel, tectonics, gallstones, fossils and lava – examining various lithic relations and the ways in which our petrified companions can challenge the foundations and limits of the category ‘human’.

PERFORMING WITH BOTS, OR CONTEMPORARY MATERIALITY IN A NETWORKED LANDSCAPE CONSTANT DULLAART In a time where everybody is their own brand, and social capital becomes the commodity of an attention economy, how can we make artworks truly reflect on our changing cultures? Dullaart will discuss his practice and recent works in which he uses the notion of the start-up, bought social media followers, distributed images, and encryption to highlight our contemporary materiality.

TIGRATOR PHILLIP WARNELL Screening clips from their film work and detailing his collaborations with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, artist-filmmaker and academic Phillip Warnell will elaborate some discursive ideas on the strange familiarity and familiar strangeness of our body oddity and its multitude of permutations, along with considering the translation of inter-species life-worlds. Warnell will introduce and screen his most recent film, Ming of Harlem.

Amelia Groom is a writer and educator living in Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney, and her writing has appeared in various exhibition contexts, art journals, artist monographs, etc. She currently teaches theory and writing in the Critical Studies masters programme at the Sandberg Instituut, and in the Graphic Design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Constant Dullaart‘s practice reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies, from performatively distributing artificial social capital on social media to completing a staff-pick Kickstarter campaign for a hardware start-up called DulltechTM. His work includes websites, performances, routers, installations, startups, armies, and manipulated found images, frequently juxtaposing or consolidating technically dichotomized presentation realms. Recent solo exhibitions include The Possibility of an Army, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt; Jennifer in Paradise, Futura, Prague; The Censored Internet, Aksioma, Ljubljana (2015) Group exhibitions include Electronic Super Highway, Whitechapel gallery, London; Then They Form Us, MCA, Santa Barbara; When I Give, I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Algorithmic Rubbish, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2015). Dullaart has curated several exhibitions and lectured at universities and academies throughout Europe, most currently at the Werkplaats Typografie. Recently he has been awarded the Prix Net-Art 2015.

Phillip Warnell is an artist-filmmaker and academic. He produces cinematic works exploring a range of philosophical and poetic thematics; ideas on human-animal relations, the emergence of criminality in youth and politics of the dispossessed, the presence of those with extraordinary attributes, and the poetics of bodily and life-world circumstances. His films are performative, establishing elements for a film shoot as (part) event, resulting in an interplay between scripted and precarious filming circumstances. His most recent film, Ming of Harlem, won the Prix Georges de Beauregard at FID Marseille film festival in 2014 and the Universities Culturgest Prize at Indie Lisboa in 2015. Warnell’s film work has been screened internationally in festivals and galleries. His writings on cinema, performance and animality have been distributed in a range of publications. He currently works as an executive producer for the Random Acts London network consortium with Kingston University and the ICA, commissioning short films for Channel 4. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies on MA Experimental Film and BA Filmmaking at Kingston University, London.