You are invited to join the artist-researcher Nikos Doulos and KABK Design Lectorate for an evening of Dark Wandering with Dark Matters author Nick Dunn, performance artist Susanna Hast and artist, diarist and researcher Benny Nemer.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 19:00-21:30
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The KABK Design Lectorate has already considered some of the many facets of walking as a research method in art and design. Through interviews, education, publishing, exhibitions and events, we are interested in addressing the relationship between walking and other tools and tactics such as writing, mapping, image-making, archiving, sensing, speculating, listening and place-making, and between walking and issues and themes such as rhythm, public space, climate crisis, the Anthropocene and slowness.

We continue our exploration of walking as a research method, this time in relation to darkness, both as (im)material condition and symbolic space of unknowability and enchantment but also insecurity and exclusion.

To help us, we invited artist and researcher Nikos Doulos to co-curate and moderate this online event. Using his own practice of nightwalking as a point of departure, Doulos will introduce a panel of speakers to share their perspectives on the relational and multisensory capacities of walking with, and in, darkness, and how wandering (nocturnal and otherwise) might help us connect to other bodies and non-human entities.

Among other topics, speakers will discuss walking as a method and an artistic practice interlaced with modes of autoethnographic research and storytelling, as well as how new combinations of walking and darkness might prompt other possibilities of socialisation and other processes of deterritorialization and reterritorialization.

We hope to see you there!

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Nick Dunn is Executive Director of Imagination, the design and architecture research lab at Lancaster University where is also Professor of Urban Design. He is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Social Futures, examining the insights that the arts, humanities and social sciences can bring to the ways we think, envision, and analyse the futures of people, places and planet. Nick is the founding Director of the Dark Design Lab, exploring the impacts of nocturnal activity on humans and non-humans. He is an official advocate of the International Dark-Sky Association, working across academia and multiple design professions to promote positive engagements with darkness and increase public understanding of key issues. He is a keen nightwalker, author of Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City (Zero, 2016) and co-editor of Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices (Routledge, 2020).

Susanna Hast is a songwriter, performance artist, writer, researcher and movement pedagogue. She has a doctoral degree in Social Sciences and works in the multidisciplinary field of artistic research, where she is invested in topics such as social emotions, militaries and militarism, sound, trauma, voice, war experience and vulnerability. She is a visiting fellow at The Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA), Uniarts Helsinki, in a project called Subtle Corporealities: Propositions of Resistance for Creative Practitioners.

Nikos Doulos is a visual artist, curator and educator. His interest lies in ambulatory practices framed around notions of embodiment, memory and storytelling. In his work, he creates temporal malleable interventions/situations as participatory infrastructures for shared knowledge. He is a co-director at Expodium in Utrecht (NL) and the initiator of NIGHTWALKERS–a participatory nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the urban walker. He has received a MFA from the Dutch Art Institute A.K.A DAI and currently tutors along with the rest of the Expodium members at the Spatial Practice objective of the HKU MA programme Fine Art (HKU Mafa) in Utrecht.

Benny Nemer (1973) is a Montreal-born artist, diarist and researcher. His practice mediates emotional encounters with musical, botanical, art historical, and queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing.

His work has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Tiroler Kunstpavillon (Innsbruck), Dazibao Centre de Photographies Actuelles (Montreal), and the Staatsbibliothek (Stuttgart). His sound and video work is part of the permanent collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), The Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw), Thielska Galleriet (Stockholm), and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).

Nemer completed a practice-led PhD at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2019, where he was part of Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures, a three-year research project led by art historians, cultural anthropologists, and artists in Germany, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. His doctoral research critically examined the museum audio guide as a media form, turning to queer theory and contemporary museum mediation practice to expand and critically reimagine its potential.

Nemer is an Associate Researcher at a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies) in Brussels and a researcher in residence at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. He is a core tutor for the Master of Artistic Research programme at the Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague, Netherlands.