‘KunstKracht’ – a series of debates

This week we are back from the summer holidays with some exciting news. As you might have read before, a series of debates will take place in the months leading up to the conference. The series, called ‘KunstKracht’ (transl.: Power of Art) is organized by the Dutch “Akademie van Kunsten” (transl.: Society of Arts) in collaboration with Leiden Centre for the Arts in Society and Spui25. In this blog we are sharing more information about this highly interesting program with inspiring guests!

Living in an post-truth age, facts do not seem to be of importance and news does seems to be required to be true: facts are systematically manipulated, fake news circulates widely and disinformation is used as a political strategy. However, the lecture series asks, if facts are no longer of importance, what place does imagination have? It seems to be hi-jacked by politicians and journalists who force it in very specific narrow minded directions, but what role could artists have? Could they free the political imagination again? Could the arts contribute to and help build civil and political resilience?

‘KunstKracht’, then, is a series of debates in which both emerging and leading artists from the Netherlands, scientists and the public discuss these and many more questions concerning the power of art, the importance of political imagination and the role of art therein.

The debates will take place in Dutch and/or English. Location: Spui25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Dates and times

Tuesday September 9, 2017, 19:30-21:30  

What an Image Can Do: Marlene Dumas and Alfred Schaffer in Conversation with Ernst van Alphen. 

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Tuesday October 10, 2017, 19:30-21:30

Anders leren denken via kunst. [Learning to Think Differently through Art] Liesbeth Bik and Mia You in Conversation with Frans-Willem Korsten

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Tuesday November 7, 2017, 19:30-21.30

Situating: Jonas Staal and Ahmet Ögüt in Conversation with Kitty Zijlmans

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Tuesday December 12, 2017, 19:30-21.30

Counter-Narratives: Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Patricia Kaersenhout in conversation with Bram Ieven

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