Bright Collisions Symposium 2015

The fourth edition of the Bright Collisions symposium program takes place on the 25th and 26th of September, in the framework of the TodaysArt.NL Festival on The Pier in Scheveningen.

Bright Collisions aims to form a meeting point with a cross-sector focus aiming to promote transdisciplinary and creative explorations. The main concept lies in its paradoxical title, Bright Collisions refers to a specific moment in time in which people from usually disconnected backgrounds gather out of either necessity or curiosity. Through these ‘collisions’, either directed for this occasion or displayed, the event aims to contribute to developing a greater understanding of, or initiating alternate perspectives on, a range of contemporary and urgent topics in society.

Bright Collisions 2015 is focused on creative explorations on the border of natural elements, technology and humanity. The program is composed of several themed sessions staged in collaboration with many partners, networks, participants and audiences. Some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners meet, discuss current developments and urgent issues, present challenging ideas and foster holistic approaches.


September 25th + 26th, 2015


The Pier, Zuid+1
E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Teijin Auditorium

The Program

September 24th, 2015: Amsterdam van Teijin Auditorium
September 25th, 2015: The Pier + E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek
September 26th, 2015: The Pier + E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek

September 24th, 2015: ZEROnow session 1: Curating ZERO
The first session of the symposium showcases a series of short presentations by curators of recent ZERO exhibitions.
[Beatrix Ruf | Margriet Schavemaker | Colin Huizing | Mattijs Visser | Johan Pas | Renate Wiehager | Marga van Mechelen | Petra Heck]

September 24th, 2015: ZEROnow session 2: The Artist as Curator
Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas (OMA) provides a keynote lecture on the topicality of ZERO and the inspiration he found in the visual and conceptual practises from the 50s/60s. Afterwards Koolhaas engages in a roundtable discussion with Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet, Stockholm) and Beatrix Ruf (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).
[Bruce Altshuler | Tiziana Caianiello | Margriet Schavemaker]

September 24th, 2015: ZEROnow session 3: Topicality of ZERO
Most of the historical ZERO exhibitions were curated by the ZERO artists themselves. Bruce Altshuler (Professor of Museum Studies, New York University) contextualises in his keynote lecture the ZERO practices in the larger field of artist curated shows in the 20th and 21st century. Tiziana Caianiello (ZERO Foundation) launches the brand new publication ‘The Artists as Curator: Collaborative Initiatives in the International ZERO movement, 1957-1967’. Margriet Schavemaker (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) poses questions for the two academics in a conversation that follows on their presentations.
[Rem Koolhaas |Daniel Birnbaum | Beatrix Ruf]

September 25th, 2015: ZEROnow session 4: Beyond the white Cube
The ‘ZERO beyond the white cube’ session sheds light on the original 1965 concept for ‘ZERO on Sea’, the circumstances of its cancellation at that time, and the interpretation of the characteristic venue that still exists today. Caroline de Westerholz (art historian) did extensive research on the organizational network, the participants and their proposals from 1965. Antoon Melissen (art historian) focuses on ‘ZERO on Sea’ within the context of other benchmark presentations in the Netherlands. Dirk Pörschmann (ZERO Foundation) elaborates on the utopian philosophy of ‘ZERO on Sea’. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion moderated by Margriet Schavemaker (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).
In the second part of the session, Petra Heck (TodaysArt) introduces a new generation of artists who talk about their site-specific work for The Pier at TodaysArt.
[Antoon Melissen | Caroline de Westerholz | Dirk Pörschmann | Gwyneth Wentink | Petra Heck | Berndnaut Smilde | Dmitry Gelfand + Evelina Domnitch | Lisa Park | Lotte Geeven | Natalie Jeremijenko | Zoro Feigl | Onno Dirker + Peter Zuiderwijk |Margriet Schavemaker]

September 25th, 2015: Hack the Body - Expert Meeting
Baltan Laboratories, together with its partners, critically reflects and explores emergent developments and blurring boundaries between intimacy, privacy and technology. The subject focuses on how artistic ideas and innovative projects explore the relationship between the human body and technology. The program consists of a private expert meeting and a public presentation in Sensory Experience session.

September 25th, 2015: SHAPE workshop - Surfing the Semiosphere
SHAPE is a platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe. It consists of 16 festivals and art centres and aims to support, promote and exchange innovative and aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. SHAPE is a three-year initiative, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. As a partner of SHAPE, TodaysArt and Bright Collisions provide audiences and professionals with insightful lectures, talks and workshops in various fields related to sound and performance.
[Jonathan Reus | Judith van der Elst]

September 25th, 2015: Sensory Experience and Enhanced Realities
The ‘Sensory Experience and Enhanced Realities’ session is focussed on the rapidly increasing amount of applications of processing bodily feedback, virtual and augmented reality devices and applications and imaging technologies. The session builds further on the previous ‘Sensory Experience’ programs during Bright Collisions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. For this edition, we team up with Baltan Laboratories’ Hack the Body program as co-host.
[Marco Altini | Marco Canevacci (Plastique Fantastique)| Leslie Garcia + Paloma Lopez | Lisa Park | Baltan Laboratories]

September 25th, 2015: Creative Industries Fund NL - Q&A
The Creative Industries Fund NL is again present at TodaysArt on the 25th of September to provide information and advice on funding possibilities for E-culture projects.

E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek
September 25th, 2015: 4DSOUND: Circadian - Robert Jan Liethoff - Space Body Intelligence: Sound Lecture
September 25th, 2015: 4DSOUND: Circadian - Musica Mundana: Artist Panel and Talks
September 25th, 2015: 4DSOUND: Circadian - Michelle Lewis-King - Artist Talk: Pulse and Chinese Medicine

September 26th, 2015: Thinking with the Sea
In the course of this program speakers reflect on several subjects concerning the relations of humans to the sea and its geographical, environmental and symbolical perspective. The main questions raised in the session are “How do we think from the sea and with the sea?”, “How does this help us engage differently with spaces around us?”, “What is the role of humans in relation to environment?”, “How does the sea define our existence?”and “Can human existence be defined by a natural phenomena?”.
[Natalie Jeremijenko (xCLINIC),| Patrick Healy | David A. Garcia (MAP Architects) | Špela Petrič | Eric Geboers]

September 26th, 2015: Failed Architecture workshop: Excavating the North Sea
Research studio Failed Architecture is returning to this year’s edition of TodaysArt with an exciting one-day mapping workshop on the North Sea.

September 26th, 2015: SHAPE Workshop: Leslie García + Paloma López - Non-human Rhythms

September 26th, 2015: Space Science in the Arts
We are entering the next era of human presence beyond Earth. The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and ArtScience Interfaculty representatives, together with artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand and author and curator Ewen Chardronnet trigger the audience’s imagination by merging art, physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices in a quest for new outerspace realities.
[Dr. Bernard Foing | Ewen Chardronnet | Evelina Domnitch |Dmitry Gelfand | ArtScience Interfaculty students ; Katarina Petrovic + Alexander Winther + Ronald Schelfhout]

September 26th, 2015: Failed Architecture presentation: Excavating the North Sea

E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek
September 26th, 2015: 4DSOUND: Circadian - Musica Mundana: Artist Panel and Talks
September 26th, 2015: 4DSOUND: Circadian - Michelle Lewis-King - Artist Talk: Pulse and Chinese Medicine

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