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Upcoming Kenniskring December 12th: Johan Idema on impact of art visits

Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere presents:




December 12, 15h-17h

Wyck Concert Hall, Conservatorium Maastricht 
Franciscus Romanusweg 90

Rothko’s painting moves us to tears. The voice of soprano Lorraine Hunt leaves us in ecstasy. But do they? Only a few visitors of an exhibition or theatre performance seem to experience strong emotions, wisdom, transcendence and all the other good that art can give us. For most people, a museum or theatre visit is above all a day out. Is that a problem? How to improve the impact exhibitions and performances can have on its visitors? And how can we actually capture the possible meanings of art and its impact?

In our upcoming kenniskring, Johan Idema will address these questions in his talk ‘Just fun or deeply touched??’. Johan recently wrote the book ‘Raak of Vermaak’ and launched a campaign to encourage art institutions to improve their impact for their visitors. Johan Idema is a cultural advisor, author, initiator and cultural entrepreneur, who aims to innovate the cultural sector. Johan previously wrote (amongst others) Beyond the Black Box and the White Cube (2009), Present! – Rethinking Live Classical Music (2012) and How to Visit an Art Museum (2014). 

The curious can prepare for the meeting by reading the book ‘Raak of Vermaak?’ (in Dutch). The talk will be in English. This kenniskring is open to anyone who is interested. Pay attention: Johan’s talk takes place at Wyck Concert Hall at the dependence of the Conservatorium, Franciscus Romanusweg 90.

About the kenniskring

The research centre regularly organizes so- called kenniskring meetings (research circles). In these meetings, we invite artists, scholars, performers, designers, and other makers to share their work. The meetings are open to all students, teachers, and artistic researchers from all of our arts faculties, as well as those from other institutions who are interested. 

About the research centre

How does art become relevant? And what does it mean to claim that artists create knowledge? Engagement and artistic research are the themes of the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere (Lectoraat Autonomie en Openbaarheid in de Kunsten). We develop artistic research as an experimental, intimate ethnography in which systematic sensitivity for the world is fundamental. We stimulate work that explores the riches hidden between opposing clichés about art, society, politics, academia and research. The centre thus functions as an ordinary ánd a contrary part of the art faculties at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.