Master Symposium – Layered Lecture / Tangible Talk

Spring semester 2022

Date: 29 – 30 March, 2022
Time: 10 – 17h
Language: English

MA Contemporary Arts Practice
Multifunktionsraum 110
Schwabstrasse 10
3018 Bern

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Universität / Haute École
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Joke Robaard assisted by Marianne Flotron
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Content description

Layered Lecture / Tangible Talk

A playful series of exercises in seeing and speaking.
Finding new ways of speculation and representation.
with Joke Robaard assisted by Marianne Flotron

This two-day workshop proposes a focus on the presentation and representation of your own work. Can we find new ways to vitalize the aspect of seeing, while talking? How to combine them? How to situate your topics and play with the different elements? During the two days, participants will be invited to open up and add new aspects to their work provided at the spot –a philosophical text, an object, a coat. In order to keep an active work rhythm, there will be short intermezzos: a talk by a vocal teacher, and a philosopher. Each time you are asked to create new meaning while staying consistent in relation to your agencies. While questioning the practice of presenting, all works you bring will create a continuous layout or diagram on the floor. At the end of the two days, a spatial installation will be made together, a space to produce all the talks.

This Platform invites students with a particular interest in questioning representation, creating new ways of just doing a talk or a lecture. Furthermore, being interested in the gap between seeing and speaking, related critical theory, e.g. the history of speech communities, and the position of Things in the present times.


Joke Robaard (1953) is an artist/researcher and a long-term theory teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. As an artist Joke Robaard operates on the interface of social-geographical research, cartography and photography, and interconnects these with philosophy and textile theory. Her work is an ongoing archive into these fields and overlapping domains. Recent exhibitions include:

Endless Shirt, Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria (2007); Stand-in, Secession, Vienna (2003); Dutch Pavilion Venice Biennale 2011, Small Things That Can be Lined Up, a video and performance; If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam 2017 and DOMINO/A, Sao Paolo (2017). Together with art historian Camiel van Winkel she developed the book Assemblage; Bodies, Habits, Practices, which is published by Valiz (2018)

Marianne Flotron (1970) is an artist and is in her work mainly interested in the interrelationship between political and economic systems and human behavior. How the subject creates the society and how, in return, the society is creating its subjects, forms a basis for her work. She had her first institutional solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern in 2011. Other exhibitions include “Monumentalisme”, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2010); “Marianne Flotron, Pilvi Takala”, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2013); “Momentous Times”, Center for contemporary art, Derry-Londonderry, UK (2013); “Liquid Assets”, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, A, (2013); “The Working Life”, Institute of Modern Arts, Brisbane, AUS, (2014);  “Playtime”, Biennal d’Arts Contemporain de Rennes, Rennes, FR, (2014); “Crisis of Ideology”, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien, AUT (2016)