A join-in conversation by Klaar van der Lippe, Bart Stuart, Erik Hagoort, Sebastian Olma.
Club Solo, Kloosterlaan 138, Breda
Thursday, October 5
The term agency experiences a certain renaissance within the art world. Several artists refer to themselves as ‘agents’ or even ‘agencies’. ‘Artistic agency’ is at the core of the programme of the new Master Institute of AKV|St. Joost in Den Bosch.
Where does the recent popularity of the term come from?
Agency in general refers to the capacity of humans to act within given circumstances. By applying the word agency to themselves, artists point to their capacity to act not only within circumstances but also thanks to circumstances.
How does agency relate to the much contested term autonomy? Autonomy suggests that as an artist one can set one’s own rules regardless of circumstances. Agency takes into account that to act as an artist is to make things happen within and with a given situation.
How do artists work with given conditions?
Let’s gather in the exhibition JUST PRACTICE! by Klaar van der Lippe and Bart Stuart at Club Solo, and think together about agency and art.
This event is part of the side programme of the Club Solo 13 presentation JUST PRACTICE! by the artists’ duo Klaar van der Lippe and Bart Stuart.
Sebastian Olma is Professor Autonomy at the Centre for Art, Design & Technology at Avans University
Erik Hagoort teaches at the master fine art course of AKV|St. Joost, He is a member of the Autonomy Research Group at the Centre for Art, Design & Technology, Avans University, where he conducts a research project on artistic agency
Foto: Philippe McIntyre