Episode 3: January 22

An interview about the role of the voice in the work of Ansuya Blom 

Laurie Cluijtmans, curator and director of Gallerie Fons Welters, in conversation with artist Ansuya Blom. From Blom’s earliest film Lady Lazarus until her most recent one, SPELL, the human voice has been her main protagonist. Fragments of her films will be shown and discussed.

An introduction to Jacques Lacan 

In this keynote lecture by philosopher Dominiek Hoens the fundamental hypothesis of psychoanalysis — human beings do not only speak but are first and foremost ‘spoken’ by an unconscious — is explicated through an overview of what are, according to Lacan, the three fundamental registers of human subjectivity: the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

Sequenza III (for female voice) by Luciano Berio, 1966, a performance by mezzo-soprano Antje Lohse

News from Rietveld Uncut, a Beam Club sneak preview and a performance by A Voice and Nothing More?, the newly inaugurated Rietveld reading group lead by Clare Butcher.

Ansuya Blom (Netherlands) has been working as an artist since 1977. Since 2003 she is also a non-clinical associate of CFAR (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research) in London. Her drawings and films focus mainly on the relation between the individual and the external world. ‘The first person singular’ is used as a way of looking at this contrast. Solo-exhibitions of her work have been held at the Camden Art Centre in London, the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Her films have been screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, the ICA in Philadelphia and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ansuya Blom’s work is represented in various public collections, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Tate Modern in London.

Laurie Cluitmans (Netherlands) is an art historian based in Amsterdam. She works both as gallery director for Gallerie Fons Welters and as independent curator (currently on view is the video exhibition ‘Tribute to an Avenue’ for Sculpture International Rotterdam which she curated). Together with Arnisa Zeqo she won the De Hallen Haarlem young curator’s award, for which they curated the exhibition ‘He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Rereading a single artwork of Louise Bourgeois’. Since they have been regular collaborators, a.o. for the Autonomy Project at the DAI and the Van Abbemuseum, the Coca artprize (opening end of the month) and for a series of exhibitions and intimate gatherings at Rongwrong.

Dominiek Hoens (Belgium) is a philosopher who has published extensively on the intersections between philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics and contemporary art. His work focuses in particular on Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Marguerite Duras, Chris Marker and Gilles Deleuze. In his writings he engages with issues of love, desire, timeliness and (in)activism. He is editor in chief of S, journal of the circle for lacanian ideology critique (http://www.lineofbeauty.org). He teaches philosophy of art at RITS (Brussels) and at Artevelde University College (Ghent), and has previously done research at the Jan van Eyck Academy. His latest research, under the heading ‘Capital Owes You Nothing’ offers a psychoanalytical critique of capitalism as a debt system.

Antje Lohse (Germany) began her musical training at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and pursued her graduate studies with Margreet Honig at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, during which time she was also a member of the Nieuwe Opera Academie. In addition to her studies at the conservatory, she refined her skills in song interpretation at the Conservatoire de Metz in France with baritone Udo Reinemann. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists Elly Ameling, Sarah Walker, Maarten Koningsberger, Rudolf Jansen and Jard van Nes. Her diverse repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music.

16:00 till 17:00 in the GYM: second rehearsal of the Grand Rietveld Choir, conducted by Samuel Vriezen.