KABK Research Lab 'The artist as Dog' in Eye on Art

KABK students curate a screening with short films, centred around the Greek philosopher Diogenes and his philosophy. The programming features the students' own work combined with (remixes and/or fragments of) films from Eye’s collection and is presented in the context of Eye on Art Research Labs program at Eye Filmmuseum.

Diogenes, or the Artist as Dog

This year’s Research lab at the KABK focused on Diogenes, the infamous Greek philosopher born in the Black Sea coastal city of Sinope in 412 BCE. Diogenes was called the Dog (from the Greek word Kyôn) because of his shameless doglike behaviour.

The philosophical school that he and his followers developed is called Cynicism. It is a loosely based, slightly anarchistic and meandering way of thought characterised by notions like living in the moment, true independence (autarky), free speech, voluntary poverty, austerity and cosmopolitism.

The Lab’s theme gravitates around the research question how an artist can achieve a state of independence within the tightly woven fabric of today’s society. Where society’s complex social, economic and technological character forces the individual to adapt to it with a fair chance of losing the possibility of creating a genuine autonomous voice.

For this year's edition, the KABK Research lab has produced the following projects:

Research lab tutors/supervisors: Anna Abrahams & Jan Frederik Groot

by Sarah Hoogman (BA Interactive Media Design) and Max Olffen (BA Fine Arts)

by Chloe Snoeks (BA Interior Architecture & Furniture Design) and Menghua Wu (BA Fine Arts)

by Anca Barjovanu (BA Fine Arts)

Sandcastles is a short movie that reveals to the viewer the universe that can be found on a duck’s body. By zooming in, the audience peaks into the ecosystem of a living micro-universe. The emphasis of the movie lies on the multiple ecosystems of our world and aims to shine light on their correlations and interrelations between the visible and invisible; between the human species and all other sentient creatures.

by BA Fine Arts students Lui Wolstencroft, Yujia Wu, Mischa Lind and BA Graphic Design student A.Zhaishylyk.

Rhizomatic, Macrocosm-Microcosm, Desynchronisation, Undead, Psychedelia, Hollow Marrow, De-Anthropocentric, Lichen, Moss, Zombie, Shift, Leaf-Cutter, Silverfish, Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, Soil, Extension, Exception, Exit, Dark Ecology, Microscope, Magic Rock, Liquid, Hierarchy, Coherency, Nutrino, String, Leaves, Trees, Mycelium, Spikehead, Cosmic Ray, Cloud, Lens, Air, Vibrating, Decomposing, Resonating.

by Ed Chilton (BA Photography)

A young traveller searches within himself whilst wandering through a foreign range of mountains.

by Marysia Swietlicka (BA Photography) and Szymon Hernik (BA Graphic Design)

A series by BA Photography students Vladimir VidanovskiIvor Borovecki, Igor Schiller, Fabian Kasper, Joel Heikkinen, Pier van den Elsen and BA Fine Arts student Maya Bahner

Inspired by YouTube culture and the hardships content creators have to deal with on this platform, you are invited to follow the short-lived life of a boy exploiting himself to an invisible audience, and his descendent into madness, presented as a series of short films.


The Research labs are part of the IST-plan (Individual Study Track) offered to KABK students as an opportunity to customise their studies. A wide range of projects is organised each year within the Research and Material labs and can be joined in the context of IST.

The Research labs are experimental and research based interdisciplinary working groups, offered by one or more departments and/or research domains. In the labs, the research orientation of the programs is further explored and deepened by encouraging students to collaborate on particular themes, with students and teachers from other disciplines .

Eye on Art is a programme on the intersection between film and other arts. Eye on Art keeps up with current events, with presentations on contemporary artists and programmes that coincide with important exhibitions, manifestations and Eye activities.

Eye on Art's Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films (including remixes) from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.



29 februari 2020 16.45 - 17:45


EYE Filmmuseum

Meer info

Tickets: www.eyefilm.nl