Peter Osborne and Hito Steyerl

Issue no2
April - May 2022
countryside & biennale guide


EARN/Smart Culture Conference. Post-event: Peter Osborne and Hito Steyerl, May 21

FRIDAY MAY 21: 15.00 - 17.00 (CET)


The annual EARN Conference was held in Utrecht from 26-30 January 2021. Due to the Covid-19 situation, we had to postpone the opening programme: a conversation between Peter Osborne and Hito Steyerl. This event is now taking place as a hybrid activity on May 21 in collaboration with UCL, London. The event will include:

Peter Osborne (Kingston University London)

No Going Back – But Not Forward to There Either: Once More on Art and/as Research

This talk will reflect upon the contradictions between the intellectually substantive and the purely administrative and legitimating functions of discourses of artistic ‘practice as research’, and how they might be mediated and negotiated by practitioners. These discourses and the distributive practices they establish and sustain are not likely to go away in the near future. The idea of a ‘post-research situation’ is merely a paradoxical extension of the ‘research situation’ in the same way that the terminology of the ‘postmodern’ was a reflexively self-contradictory way of extending the temporality of the modern under the conditions of the aging of a particular ‘modern’.

Hito Steyerl (UdK Berlin)

Intervention - Following on from Peter Osborne’s presentation, Hito Steyerl will focus the discussion through a series of questions and comments.

Venue/Virtual Host:

HKU Utrecht and Art, Design & Museology, UCL Institute of Education, London

Moderated by Ola Hassanain (HKU Utrecht/Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) and Marquard Smith (UCL London).

EARN/Smart Culture Conference organized in collaboration with HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, NWO (Dutch Research Council), and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

EARN (European Artistic Research Network)

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EARN (European Artistic Research Network)
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