Drift Wijsgerig Festival

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9 April 2016 in Felix Meritis Amsterdam. Zie programma op de website van het Drif Festival. Met onder andere David E. Cooper (Gardens, Nature and Culture); Filippos Bertoni (Crawling through Natures); Judith Still (The Beast and the Slave); Lieven de Cauter (Neo-Natuur als Glokaal Gemeengoed) en Patricia Pisters (Metallurgisch Denken).

Worlding the Brain

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17-19 March 2016. Worlding the Brain. Patterns, Rhythms, Narratives in Neuroscience and the Humanities. International Symposium at the University of Amsterdam on understanding the human brain in interaction with the world.  Three leading scholars from the humanities and neurosciences have accepted our invitation to give keynote lectures at the symposium. Professors N. Katherine Hayes, Jean-Pierre Changeux and Andreas Roepstorff share a profound commitment to interdisciplinary research and have all in their own way contributed to the worlding of the brain across disciplinary boundaries. Find more information and the Call for Papers on the worldingthebrain-website.

Banner, poster and cover program booklet design by Johanna Ehde & Anton Weflo


Webcam as Cinematic Medium

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The Webcam as an Emerging Cinematic Medium by Paula Albuquerque is the title of the first PhD in Artistic Research involving a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. This research combines theory and art practice to analyse video surveillance as form of filmmaking and the consequent impact on processes of subjectification in urban spaces. Supervisor – Prof dr Patricia Pisters; Co-Supervisor – dr Jeroen Boomgaard; Artistic Advisor – Antonis Pittas. Defense: 14 January 2016 10.00 Agnietenkapel Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 229-231; Exhibition Opening 15 January 2016 17.00 -19.00 Stedelijke Bureau Amsterdam Rozenstraat 59 1016 NN Amsterdam.  Image: Paula Albuquerque - Unfinished Narratives # 41 Webcam / Screen Capture – 3’ 55” loop – Amsterdam 2013-2016

To Witness Matter

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11 December 2015 in Poetry Centre Perdu (Amsterdam): An evening on the materialities of memory and remembrance. With Baha Gorkem, Patricia Pisters, Mia You and Rozalie Hirs. See for more information Perdu's website. And the Facebook page. 

Necsus #8 Vintage

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Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies, issue #8  'Vintage' is now online! Great feature section and the special section guest edited by Kim Knowles. Read all contributions in Open Access at www.necsus-ejms.org

New Book: Filming for the Future

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Forthcoming:  new book on the amazing work of Grand Old Master of Dutch cinema Louis van Gaster will be presented in Paradiso, Amsterdam on 22nd November 2015. The book is illustrated and includes 3 DVDs containing 7 films (with English subtitels). Published by Amsterdam University Press.

"Finally. An engaged and thoughtful full-on narrative illuminating the work of Holland's preeminent film director, Louis van Gasteren. Patricia Pisters's, Filming For The Future is an unflinching and deft rendering of the six decades of van Gasteren's films; the writer giving blood, flesh and story to a complicated and controversial artist's obsessions and aesthetics. Like her subject's work, Pisters eschews cliche and slippery ideas to cement a well-wrought and hard earned research that throws bright light onto the times and temperament of van Gasteren's work. Filming For The Future, is an essential compliment to understanding van Gasteren's life, films and obsessions" - Michael Martin, author of Extended Remark: Poems from a Moravian Parking Lot 

"Unique attempt to interpret the multifaceted en multilayered oeuvre of the Grand Old Man of Dutch documentary in all encompassing treatise. A great achievement!" - Beerekamp is a former film critic and currently television critic for Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad