‘Practicing empathy’ ­– in conversation with Laurel Project Space

Gitka te Poel

Six young womxn run Laurel Project Space: a queer, feminist and safe space that puts care at the forefront of its agenda. Their current exhibition Why Oracle Nowon grief, craft & foresight is on view until coming Sunday. Gitka te Poel meets the collective and asks them about their dreams and ambitions.

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Shaman, artist, politician - Remembering Joseph Beuys
Pieter Heijnen

Today, May 12th, is the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys. In Germany, they are celebrating this “Beuys Year", including many exhibitions, especially in  museums just over the border from The Netherlands, where he lived and worked. A former student of Beuys', Pieter Heijnen shares his first hand experiences and understanding of the artistic work of this major artist, who is at risk of unjustly fading into the background.

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Diving with a coffin on your back - A conversation with Femke Herregraven and Defne Ayas 

Maarten Buser

How to organise a Biennale in times of a pandemic? Despite Covid-19, the 13th edition of the Gwangju Biennale has recently opened its doors. Participating artist Femke Herregraven and Biennale co-artistic director Defne Ayas (with Natasha Ginwala) speak with Maarten Buser about voices emerging from catastrophe.

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Thinking in public – A portrait of Shimmer

Nele Brökelmann

What makes Shimmer so special? Nele Brökelmann talks to its curators Eloise Sweetman en Jason Hendrik Hansma to find out more about the ever changing art space in Rotterdam.

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It's not your fault - how art academies perpetuate social unsafety

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​What makes the art academy an unsafe working environment? A number of teachers from art academies argue that the appointment procedures and terms of employment within art education maintain a culture of fear. If you really want to change the situation, you have to tackle the material conditions and hierarchical structures that underlie it.

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 2 — 2021