How can the arts and art research help to address global issues related to ecological change and natural disasters? During this evening event, the speakers will give three examples of the way in which the use of raw materials (such as oil or wood) has cultural, political and social consequences.

Media researcher Adam Nocek will look at the necessity of studying the materiality of contemporary media culture.

Art historian Katja Kwastek will have a dialogue with artist Isabelle Andriessen about the meaning of her ‘zombie sculptures’, in which she explores how non-living material can be brought to life.

A team of researchers, artists and designers will then present a new research project, Re-Source, in which they are investigating the reuse of residual material and urban waste. Their aim is to use innovative design strategies to find new users for these materials.


  • Adam Nocek, assistant professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies, Arizona State University
  • Isabelle Andriessen, visual artist, Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
  • Katja Kwastek, professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, VU University Amsterdam
  • Ginette Verstraete, professor of Comparative Arts and Media, VU University Amsterdam
  • Joost Adriaanse, artist and researcher in the Re-Source project
  • Ester van de Wiel, designer, researcher and curator, Design Academy Eindhoven, Willem de Kooning Akademie Rotterdam

Moderator: Kristine Steenbergh, assistant professor and co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Center, VU University Amsterdam. She is a member of The Young Academy.

The meeting will be conducted in English.

More information

Programme and speakers (PDF)


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About Art-Knowledge

What can the sciences learn from the arts (visual and performing arts, literature, architecture, music etc.)? And what can the arts learn from academia? The Academy and ARIAS are offering a series of four evening events at which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture on the way art research operates at the interface of art and academia – from new ways of writing to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms for researching major climate questions, and experiments in education.


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