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

Wednesday, June 23, 19:00 - 21:30
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The KABK Lectorate Design 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 a 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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Each year tutors and members of staff at KABK have the opportunity to join a Research Group. The five selected tutor-researchers work not only on individual projects but also collaboratively, as a group, on a range of initiatives and interventions that respond to the central imperative of the Design & the Deep Future research project, headed by KABK Design Lector Alice Twemlow.

The collective project explores ways in which design and art can intervene in, or interpret, aspects of climate catastrophe, planetary degradation and the loss of biodiversity.

Jasper Coppes
Core tutor, theory and writing, MA Artistic Research
Long-term dialogues with specific sites, people and other entities form the basis of Jasper Coppes’ practice, which takes shape across a variety of different media, such as film, writing, sculpture, architecture and sound. With his work, he questions the dominant stories we tell about landscapes and the processes that take place within them.

Research project: Poison Lake — Looking into the dual nature of granite dust as toxic waste and mineral nutrition.

Katrin Korfmann
Senior tutor, Image, BA Graphic Design Katrin Korfmann is an artist working on the cutting edge of photography, post-photography and installation art. With a critical attitude towards the world around her, and explicitly in relation to contemporary visual culture, Korfmann uses a myriad of self-photographed images to investigate their historical, social and visual context.

Research project: Collaborating with Image Ruins — Developing artistic strategies for digital photographic image debris.

Vibeke Mascini
Tutor, Sculpture, BA Fine Art
In long-term collaboration with scientists, engineers, government employees and musicians, and through sculptures, installations, video and text Vibeke Mascini explores a scaling of abstract phenomena into a sensorial scope. With the intention to seek agency from intimacy she situates herself and her work between species, industrial and natural processes, media and matter.

Research project: The Caretaker — Seeking to understand the legal role and specific relationship of a ‘caretaker’ to a natural resource that by law cannot formally be owned.

Hannes Bernard
Tutor, Graphic Design, BA Graphic Design
The founder of SulSolSal, based in Amsterdam, Cape Town and São Paulo, Hannes Bernard combines cultural, historic and economic research to create communal spaces, publications, video installations and performances. His work investigates the complex relationship between design, economics and society, while reflecting on the spectacle of global development.

Research project: The Long Now — Investigating the converging temporalities of Anthropocenic media by scraping, collecting and generating new narratives using digital and social media artefacts.

Louis Braddock Clarke
Tutor, Graphic Design, BA Graphic Design
Louis Braddock Clarke works at the intersection of art, geography, physics and philosophy. His experimental research enquiry, blending scientific and conceptual theories and materialising in contemporary mediums, centres on the technological layers of human activity where electromagnetism, bio-mineralisation and geological sonics can be glimpsed and listened to.

Research project: Out of Focus — Sampling the shifts in iron magnetism in Greenland to navigate the intersections of climate change, mineral extraction, indigenous cosmology, and post-colonialism.