Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow -ASCA 2012-

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Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow -ASCA 2012-

De Voldelbunker: Vondelpark 8 (In de brug)
University Theater -Amsterdam University-: Nieuwe Doelenlaan 16,
1012 Amsterdam
March 29th, 2012 - March 31st, 2012
Opening: March 29th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Canal Girdle
From Thursday 29th March
ASCA (Amsterdam School for cultural Analysis) University of Amsterdam
Adam Chambers, Michael Goldberg, Ana Barroso, Adriel Van Drimmelen, Art, contemporary art, Paula Albuquerque, Leonardo Vargas and Ruby Wallis., James McArdle, Moserrat Rifa-Valls, Janneke Van der Putten, Wiktoria Furrer - Rafael Frueler and Denise Kratzer, Lisa Harms, Gunnhildur Una Jonsdottir, Olivia Joret, Aylin Kuryel and Rasel Meseri, Adomas Lapinskas, Laura Lipinskiene


Comprising a wide range of artworks from paintings to video-art pieces and installations, the exhibition will remain open during the entire three days of the Workshop. The Vondelbuker, a historically significant venue in Amsterdam, will serve as the site for this artistic display. An opening reception and organised group visits fitted into the programme will highlight this unique addition to the Workshop. Next to the art exhibition, the programme also includes documentary, experimental and fiction film screenings.

Art Exhibition

Hidden under a bridge in Vondelpark lies an old nuclear shelter dating from 1953 – one of many that were built in and around Amsterdam during the Cold War. In 1968, the place was home to Amsterdam’s first youth centre: Beatkelder Lijn 3, named after tram 3 that still rumbles over the bridge today. Around that time, Vondelpark was the place in Amsterdam where hippies from all across the world would gather to share their love and peace. With such a big crowd camping on the fields of Vondelpark,Beatkelder Lijn 3 provided an ideal space for discussion, music and art performances – in other words, it was the hippie’s meeting point.Beatkelder, however, was soon closed down after occasional fights, organizational problems and cash shortage. Remaining closed for decades, the shelter now finally opened again for a new meeting-space named Vondelbunker.

Vondelbunker hosts exhibitions, film screenings, evening discussions, and other creative/activist projects. It is also the new lodge of the Amsterdam collective Schijnheilig, which was evicted from its previous location earlier this year.

In this nuclear shelter boasting a history of bringing people together, ASCA will host an art event as part of its annual workshop titled Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow. The exhibition comprises a wide range of works by participating artists from paintings to video art pieces and installations. More information on the actual event will be announced soon on this page.

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Film Screenings

As part of the exhibition at Vondelbunker we are screening several short, fiction, experimental and documentary films directed by participating artists. These will take place at the University Theatre (Nieuwe Doelenlaan 16, 1012 Amsterdam), in presence of the artists.

  • Session 1:

Thursday 29th March, 11.15h – 12.30, University Theatre

Cosmonaut Is Looking for Friends

by Adomas Lapinskas and Laura Lapinskiene

Subjectivities, Immigration and the Embodied City: a Visual Narrative of Cultural Practices in Amsterdam Bijlmer

by Montserrat Rifà-Valls

Hair Dyeing: 45 Minutes

by Aylin Kuryel and Rasel Meseri

Confessional Acts

by Ana Barroso

Followed by Q&A and a general discussion moderated by Paula Albuquerque.

  • Session 2:

Friday 30th March, 16.45h-18.00h, University Theatre

ORHEBUS 529 (a Live 5 Minute Painting) **

by Leonardo Vargas

Bucutti 2121212

GMT Minus 5

by Paula Albuquerque


by Adam Chambers

Video #1 Fall(s) Between

Video #2 Enceinte

by Lisa Harms


** The painting “OHREBUS 529” by Artist Leonardo Vargas will appear for the first and only time in its existence exclusively before the attendants at ASCA workshop on Friday March the 30th at 16:45 (CET), to never be shown again. The painting will be broadcasted (via Skype) at the University of Amsterdam’s Theater only for FIVE MINUTES Live from The Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogotá, Colombia. After this, the painting will be archived and stored to disappear from the public. You are asked to contribute with the project by documenting the experience Live on real time via twitter –or any other microblog- while witnessing the event, or shortly afterwards, so bring your smartphone, laptop, Ipad to join the project!  The painting will disappear to only exist for public view on internet through an on-line archive made out of the live written reports and documentation from the audience that experienced the event. --- Don’t Miss it!! 

Followed by Q&A and a general discussion moderated by Asli Ozgen-Tunzer.


During the opening reception we have scheduled two perofmances. These will take place on Wednesday 28 March, from 20.00-22.00 at the Vondelbunker.

  • Dark Ensemble

During the opening event of the workshop’s art exhibition (March 28), Blanka Pesja and Gal Aner will perform with their Dark Ensemble project.

As a conceptual art teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Blanka Pesja is researching the relationship between language and music. She is especially intrigued by balancing the human voice with machine made music.

For this she started a collaboration called DarkEnsemble with a cum laude finished bachelor and later master student of the Art of Sound department of the Conservatorium of The Hague: Gal Aner. ( They finished recording their debut album containing two different methods of applying text into electronic soundscapes, based on the acoustic improvisations of the Christian Pabst Trio. ( Their album Body With Drawing will be out in January 2012.

Together, they are interested in exploring different work methods in order to create an intense auditive experience through the means of electronic soundscapes, acoustic improvisations and the spoken language. Especially deepening an understanding of the relationship between language and music is of major importance to their experimental artistic quest.

  • Janneke Van Der Putten:

On the opening of the workshop exhibition, Janneke van der Putten will do a voice performance. Janneke van der Putten is an artist who mainly works with (sound) performance and compositions for voice in which she uses her voice as main material and instrument. For the exhibition opening in the Vondelbunker, she will compose a piece which is consisting out of quotes selected from earlier performances she did with 'Titel van dit schrift' in a new setting. In this live performance, she will use the space's acoustics and also the relation between word-meaning-and sound.

List of participating artists

Paula Albuquerque ( is presently starting her PhD at the University of Amsterdam with a grant from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Her previous studies include a Master of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam; a Film Directing Course with The London Film School at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has participated in congresses and seminars since 2007, as member of the Research Group “Aesthetics, Politics and Art” of the Philosophy Institute of the Oporto University in Portugal. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam; the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon; the Venice Biennale and the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMK) in Amsterdam, as well as within the context of Film Festivals and site-specific gallery projects.

Ana Barroso is a PhD candidate at the University of Lisbon working on teen violence in film, mainly on Gus Van Sant and Larry Clark’s films. She participated in several national and international conferences on film and arts and published several articles in national and international magazines/books. She is also active in videoart, participating in national/international festivals and cultural events. Ana is currently working and living in Lisbon.

Adam Chambers moved to the Netherlands in 2007 to pursue his Doctoral studies at the University of Amsterdam.  Supported by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), his dissertation, The Moving Canvas:  a Poetics of Time between Art and Mind, explores the intricate relationship between philosophies of time, and their corresponding expressions in art.  This research challenges conventional assumptions about temporality, aesthetics, and subjectivity; but also, and more importantly, seeks to make sense of, the intimate and affective relationships between all three phenomena.  Adam’s artistic work (film, video, and poetry), expands upon these themes, and has recently been exhibited at conferences and festivals in Europe and North America (St. John’s, Amsterdam, New Mexico.) In addition to researching and experimenting with art, Adam also coordinates a cinema club in Amsterdam (Kino Praxis), and lectures on Film History at the Amsterdam University College (AUC).

Michael Goldberg ( is an artist, curator and academic, born in South Africa, and living in Sydney Australia since 1988. Earlier projects examined Australia’s colonial era, and from 2001, projects addressed global financial markets and speculation as contemporary manifestations of colonialism. His installations have also focused on social anxieties stemming from the proliferation of media images of the ‘war on terror’. Curatorial and public art initiatives are also of primary interest, with a number of projects produced in historic homesteads, natural history and ethnographic museums and the urban environment of the city of Sydney. Goldberg participated in the 2009 10th Havana Biennale. Incorporating the work of two Havana artists, the project addressed the isolation of Cuba and its economy from Western speculative capital. Goldberg regularly presents papers at international conferences. He is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of Sculpture at The University of Sydney’s, Sydney College of the Arts.

Wiktoria Anna Furrer, born 1983 in Wroclaw, Poland. 2002-2007 studies of political sciences (Technische Universität Dresden, University of Wroclaw, Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU Valencia and Freie Universität Berlin). Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and Hertie Foundation. 2008/2009 research associate at the Institute of European and International Business Law at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Since 2009 works in the field of cultural and film projects. Since 2010 student and assistant of Cultural Media Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Rafael Freuler, born 1980 in Basel. Graduated in 2004 as an interaction designer, Hyperwerk,Basel FH. He is co-founder and managing director of the NGO Tatenträger ( and organizes media and music workshops for young people.His expertise in media art and webdesign he gathered during his years as a web programmer and designer. Since 2010 student of Cultural Media Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Denise Kratzer, born 1980 in Dielsdorf, Switzerland. 1995-1997 Business school in Zürich. 1997-2000 Diploma school in Bülach. 2000-2001 internship at photo laboratory „Attilio Meyer AG“. 2001-2004 apprenticeship as a photographer. 2004-2005 artistic preparatory class at „Symmedia Akademie“ in Bielefeld (D). 2005-2008 studies of media arts at the academy of art and design (HGK)/ College Aarau. 2008 Bachelor of Arts. Contemporary works as a media artist and media planner. Since 2010 student of Cultural Media Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Lisa Harms is an artist/writer, and curator currently a doctoral candidate in Visual Art by Major Studio Project with the University of South Australia. Over the past ten years she has presented installations in a diversity of sites: showground pavilions, old theatre spaces, a vast ex-oil storage tank, various shop-fronts, abandoned offices, forest, garden (and gallery) settings; recently experimenting with participatory projects, online spaces and mobile devices. Her doctoral research is titled constellations: art & the after-life of images; its focus is on the material capacity of objects, images and words, when encountered in spatial relationships, to obliquely trigger thought, emotion and sensation. Her research performs an examination of the ‘after-life’ of such encounters: remains that persist, and amplify in intensity over time, resonating in mind and body: felt as distant constellations. Both written and material research enacts and explores the syntactical and social operation of such  ‘constellations’ as unconventional modes of conversation. 

Gunnhildur Una Jonsdottir( grew up in a small village on the East coast of Iceland, where her parents’ profession of being pharmacists set her somewhat aside from the other children and their detailed insight into various methods of industrial fishing. Gunnhildur was a bit odd, since she had a stronger link to her own imagination, through playing the piano, than the group identity of the others, created by practicing group sports. She did try the sports once, but hurt her fingers and has avoided them since. Gunnhildur is currently studying towards a PhD in the School of Education, University of Iceland. Her former education and work is both in studio art and music, she studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and at Carnegie Mellon University. Gunnhildur has worked with the themes of story, time and space in installations, storytelling and narrative auto-biographical writing.

Olivia Joret (°Antwerp, Belgium, 1979 - is a visual artist living and working in Belgium, trained in London (Visual Arts & Contemporary Critical Theory, Goldsmiths College, University of London) and Brussels (St.-Lukas Hogeschool, Belgium). Her work today encompasses a variety of media.

Aylin Kuryel is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation explores the relationship between nationalism and imagery by focusing on the construction of “visual communities”. Her areas of interest are nationalism, national image politics, visual culture, art and resistance. She is the co-editor of Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas and Possibilities (Rodopi, 2010). She has been involved in art projects/exhibitions and has completed several documentaries and short movies, mostly on cultural and political issues and conflicts. 

Rasel Meseri is graduated from the Fine Arts Faculty, Cinema Department at Ege University, Izmir. She is a documentary filmmaker and a play writer. Her documentaries mainly use oral history accounts and focus on the Jewish community in Turkey, as well as urban issues and transformations.

Adomas Lapinskas studies emerging subjectivities within post-socialist rural transformations as a doctoral student in ethnology, Sodertorn University, Stockholm. Previously he had studied public anthropology at American University, Washington DC, and has MA in sociology and social anthropology from Central European University, Budapest.

Laura Lapinskiene is preparing a PhD research proposal on the anthropology of mobility and technology in Indonesia, focusing on bicycle use. She has MA in gender studies from Central European University, and MA in sociology from Kaunas University of Technology. She has published a monograph on the discourses on the cycling woman at the turn of the century Lithuania.

James McArdle comes from 33 years of reaching and curriculum development in secondary, adult, University and professional art, design and media technologies education with ongoing artistic practice in photography and exhibition, nationally and internationally since 1974, and freelancing commercially since 1966. In August 1988, after 8 years of teaching art and design in Universities, he took up his longest single appointment at La Trobe University, concurrently teaching part-time at Monash and Deakin Universities, Australia. In 2011 he relinquished his position as Head of Art and Design at LTU to take up his current position, Associate Professor in the Image, Deakin. His teaching practice is constantly refreshed by his regularly published and exhibited research in which he critically reappraises photomedia fundamentals, for instance through adaptations of selective focus and binocular vision.

Montserrat Rifà-Valls teaches visual culture in the Faculty of Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Her Ph. Dissertation (2003) focused on critical approaches to education from Foucault and feminism. She is member of the research group: Subjectivities and new educational environments, and she also participates as a teacher in a Master’s degree on visual arts and education. Currently, she investigates the construction of identities and difference through the use of visual methodologies, particularly with immigrant population. During 2011, she has been a postdoctoral researcher in the ASCA Cities Project at the University of Amsterdam. She has published many articles in international journals like Gender and Education, and Visual Arts Research.

Janneke van der Putten (born 1985, Amsterdam - is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Van der Putten studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and obtained her Bachelor degree with Honors at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2009. In September 2011 van der Putten started the two-year Master Trajectory for Research in the Arts at the University of the Arts, in The Hague. Her works have been presented in The United States, Germany, Belgium and in The Netherlands at gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Radio Rood (Boijmans van Beuningen Museum), Palais Paradiso (Paradiso), Playtime! Festival (hetveem Theater), Kunstvlaai 2010 and TENT Rotterdam. Collaborations included working with among others pianist Benjamin Strauch, performance artist Gabriëlle Barros Martins, designer Arden Rzewnicki, visual artist Rory Pilgrim and composer Anne Welmer.

Adriel Van Drimmelen ( - painter, based in Amsterdam) received an MFA from the AKV / St. Joost Art Academy in Breda and Den Bosch (2010), and previously obtained a BA at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (2002). Before that he studied sculpture at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy (Rotterdam) and photography at the Memphis College of Art (Tennessee, USA). He is currently an adjunct instructor at the Gerrit Rietveld academy, developing and teaching studio art courses in basic drawing, collage and painting techniques. Adriel was awarded several grants and residencies for his artwork; he participated in symposia and group exhibitions. For more information on Adriel’s work, please refer to his website

Leonardo Vargas ( is a visual Artist graduated from the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (maHKU) Utrecht, NL where he got a Master degree as Master of Arts in Fine Arts. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Theory from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, COL). His Artistic Research focuses on exploring certain aspects of our contemporary visual culture and deals with image circulation in relation with visual Artistic practices posing as a consequence a question for the status and place of Artistic image itself as a field to explore. Some of his projects include /25-02-11/” on “De HoeksteenLive” – Real time Interactive cross-media show Live from The Netherlands Media Art Institute NiMK-, “Ribba 16” Live from the Van Abbemuseum, and “Views of a Dutch Landscape” a contribution for “...And something Happened to me” at B32. Maastricht.

Ruby Wallis is a practice based PhD researcher with National College of Art & Design, Dublin (NCAD) and GradCAM. She completed her M.A. in Documentary Photography in 2007 at The University of Newport, Wales and a Degree in Painting at GMIT 2004. Wallis has been exhibiting internationally since 2002. She was Community Artist- with CREATE, and the Galway Arts Centre since 2002. She has been short-listed for the Gallery of Photography’s Artist Award in 2006 and 2009 and was part of their touring show An Insiders View Festival of Contemporary Photography, exhibited in Dublin, Arles, Paris and Berlin in 2008. Wallis has had work published and reviewed in The British Journal of Photography in 2008, Circa Art Magazine in Spring 2008 and The Irish Times.

Source: ASCA International Workshop 2012