'Woudst thou like to live deliciously?'
The Witch (2015, Robert Eggers)

For this Studium Generale cycle we will put our ears to the ground and listen to the many gendered witches that his-tory couldn’t burn. Because sometimes a broom is just not a broom, but a vulcanic-vulvaic dildonic weapon with which you can push patriarchy over the edge.

We will explore the theme as two separate but interlinked words:

The Witch is the figure where all the esoteric queer/black/colonized/female/disabled bodies of knowledge congregate for their delicious banquet, pushing back at what patriarchal structures have oppressed with joyful militancy.

Craft is on what the many gendered Witches rely, that is, direct access to their tools for their self-care, storytelling, and survival.

Possibility for self-initiated IST project: open-source curatorial practice

Does the Witch speak to you? Are you ready to voice the wxmen that have been muted and made invisible for thousands of years? Would you like to appropriate and temporarily squat the Studium Generale for your own curatorial ideas?

The Studium Generale is available now for self-initiated IST projects for whoever is interested in collaborative curatorial practices and relational art practices. We invite you to share your thoughts with us on how to invite, whom to invite and what it means to be hosting and guesting, especially in these times when a virus is making it difficult for us to congregate.

In close conversation with curator Erika Sprey you will conduct individual research, culminating in the possibility to curate and host a Studium Generale program yourself.

For practical information about how to apply for a self-initiated IST project, please check the KABK portal. For further questions, you may also contact your IST coach or the coordinator of academy-wide education Liza Swaving.

A changing vision for the Studium Generale

For over ten years the Studium Generale at the KABK has been organized as an interdisciplinary lecture series that ´hovers, as it were, over the departments: it addresses themes that may not have an immediate practical use, but are potentially relevant to each and every student.'

Given the rising need for new collaborative modes of being-togetherness, the Studium Generale is more than ready to transition itself from one-directional lecture-theatre to a multi-directional educational space for horizontal co-creation, co-learning, and co-curation.

It will also actively try to respond to and interact with the curriculum of the different departments, creating more resonances on the level of form, content, and materiality. It is for this reason that we make the Studium Generale available to students with a strong interest in curatorial practice and relational art, wishing to experiment with live educational environments, performative spaces, and blended media.



Drop us a note at e.sprey@kabk.nl or j.vangilst@kabk.nl