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To put “the cat on the table” is a Finnish expression that means broaching a somewhat difficult or awkward topic, something that might make one feel vulnerable or even excited (such as telling someone you are in love with them).
That’s what an artist’s table often looks like, a place of half-formed but thrilling ideas, of odds and ends, and mistakes that perhaps lead to new possibilities. For the final presentation together, AdMa 2020-21 participants brought artifacts related to their artistic research to literally put on the table as an invitation to guests and participants to engage in a lively and frank discussion on among other things the various “cats” that are at the heart of our practices.
The collective presentation included individual works from the AdMa 2020-21 participants, as well collaborative work made during the research week. All works were presented to the public on 8 October, 18:00-20:00 at Studio Start.
4.10.21 – 10.10.21
Studio Start, Extra City, Antwerp
Studio Start, Antwerp
With contributions from
Amelie Jakubek, Chris Rotsaert & Elien Ronse, Hiroko Tsuchimoto, Jen Clarke, Kaisa Karvinen & Tommi Vasko, Martina Petrovic, Mona Hedayati, Nohad Elhajj, Rachel Bacon, Vicky De Visser
In 2017, Hackers & Designers investigated forms of dependence and obedience to technologies embedded in our daily working and living environments. In developing an elaborate hands-on program throughout the year, which peaks around July and August during the H&D Summer Academy (HDSA2017), we posed questions such as: How can we, as modern nomadic workers who often do not differentiate between work and private life, look critically at infrastructure, networks, and systems that we rely on? Are we, as steadily connected (net)workers, capable of disconnecting from existing grids? Can we rethink and build self-sustaining environments that shape our future practices in unexpected ways?
Hackers & Designers reflected on their activities in 2017 in this publication. In particular, the learnings and questions raised during the investigation of processes of going on and off the grid are raised. Taking this publication as an opportunity to reach out to the amazing beings who have collaborated with H&D in 2017, self-initiation and hands-on and self-directed approaches to research are encouraged.
For this contribution Vicky De Visser wrote an article that gives insights into an experiment for which she lived one year ‘off the grid’ in a 10 meter long motorboat on the Amsterdam canals.
2018 – San Serriffe Amsterdam
With contributions from
Hackers & Designers, Ivanka Annot, Vicky de Visser, Heerko van der Kooij, Yin Aiwen, Sjef van Galen, Joana Chicau, Bongani Ricky Masuku, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy and Emma Conley, Martijn van Boven, André Fincato, Oliver Barstow, Jon-Kyle Mohr, Eric van Zuilen, Daniela Rota and Meike Hardt, Lacey Verhalen, Juan Gomez, Jasper van Loenen, Kimberley Halsall, Loes Bogers and Lucia Kolesárová.
A paper with a forever draft for a biography hangs on the wall:
Vicky De Visser (1991) is a Belgian born, Amsterdam based multidisciplinary maker.
Her research practice is anchored in socio-political contexts, embraces ecological thinking, questions the semantics of materiality, and has an interest in the formation and decline of communitas through movement and improvisation.
Concerned with human and nonhuman conflict and connection, she actively engages in codependent research and making methodologies. Her performances often rely on audience participation both on stage and in public spaces.
Prefered media are moving image, dance, sound, photography and graphic design. She is currently experimenting with critical fabulation to weave different epistemologies together in her ongoing artistic research on monoculture plantations.
De Visser achieved her BA in Art History (2012) at the University of Leuven, BA in Graphic design (2016) and a Master in Visual Arts (2018) at Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp, where she was granted The Lucas Award for her thesis ‘Rituals for Audiovisual Performances’. She also participated in the preparatory year for Mime (2019) at the Academy for Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam.
Most recently, she graduated as part of the research team at the Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design (2021) at Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp.
She also operates under the moniker Paroah, as DJ and musician. More info here.