DEVIANT RESEARCHING, Symposium, Van Abbemuseum – 21 Sept 2017

Deviant Researching is part of Demodernising the Collection: Opening Weekend



21 September 2017
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
11:00 – 18:00

The culmination of the Deviant Practice research programme; researchers will present their findings, drawing on the collection, archives and constituencies of the museum. Participating researchers are: Brook Andrew, Yael Davids, Sara Giannini, Michael Karabinos, Charl Landvreugd, Petra Ponte, susan pui san lok, Winnie Sze, Eimear Walshe, and Sebastian Cichocki, Kuba Szreder and Meg Down.


10.00: Registration and Coffee. Entrance via the Museum café at the Stratumsedijk 2
10.30: Welcome by Charles Esche, director Van Abbemuseum
Introduction ‘Deviant Practice’ by curator Nick Aikens11.00: Session 1, moderated by Annie Fletcher (curator Van Abbemuseum)
Petra Ponte: ‘Tisna Tells’
Charl Landvreugd
Eimear Walshe: ‘Examining Separatist Epistemologies’
12.30 LUNCH
13.30 Session 2, moderated by Steven Ten Thije (curator Van Abbemuseum)
Winnie Sze: ‘Ernst Mancoba, (1904 – 2002)’
Michael Karabinos: ‘Here or There. Locating the Karel 1 Archive’
14.30 Yael Davids (presenting as part of her Creative Doctus in collaboration with Rietveld Acadamie)
15.00 BREAK
15.30 Session 3, moderated by Nick Aikens (curator Van Abbemuseum)
Sara Gianini: ‘No Opening, No Closing’
susan pui san lok: ‘Through the Gate’
Brook Andrew: ‘Inside the Depths of the Unknown: A New Line In Interdisciplinary Interpretation’
17.00 BREAK
17.15 Plenary moderated by Nick Aikens and Annie Fletcher
18.00 CLOSE


Nick Aikens, Veerle Driessen


The price for a ticket for the Deviant Researching day on Thursday and the L’Internationale seminar on Friday is €25,00 per day (€15,00 per day for students). You can also buy a passe-partout for both days, for €40,00  (€25,00 for a student passe-partout).
Buy your e-tickets for Thursday and/or Friday via this link.

More about the researchers

Charl Landvreugd
Charl Landvreugd examines the visual strategies used by Dutch Afro artists with a focus on the production of cultural citizenship. He argues that the dialogue dominated by postcolonial theory is not always adequate to describe the specific nature of Dutch and continental European Afro art production.

Sara Giannini
Sara is a semiotician engaged in curating, writing, and editing. Her research focuses on the liminality of language and representation resulting in collaborative projects with artists, curators and practitioners in other disciplines.

Petra Ponte
Petra Ponte is a freelance curator, cultural producer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies and an MA in Contemporary Art History from the University of Amsterdam.

Michael Karabinos
Michael Karabinos is an archival theorist based in Amsterdam. Combining questions on the nature of archives with their role in the decolonization of Southeast Asia.

Winnie Sze
Winnie Sze proposes to interrogate the significant but overlooked role a black African artist played on the founding of CoBRA.

Eimear Walshe
Eimear Walshe 1992 is an artist and writer from Longford, Ireland. Walshe’s work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic writing.

susan pui san lok
susan pui san lok is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Her work ranges across installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora.

Sebastian Cichocki, Kuba Szreder, and Meg Down
The research project Constituencies-Art Nexus is located in the ongoing, international debate attuned to new institutional models. Formulas including the curatorial open form, museum 3.0, and deviant art museum are coined in order to respond to the ongoing crisis in democracy and systems of social welfare.

Brook Andrew
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who aims to interrogate the main archives of the Van Abbemuseum, re-creating and sorting them into new constellations with his own archive that extends from colonial times to the present.

Yael Davids
Yael Davids practice considers the intersection of personal and political narratives, the collection, and collective heritage, and examines the body as a site of convergences and conflicts . Davids is conducting her research as part of the Creative Doctus, a new model for practice-based, third cycle education, initiated by the Rietveld Academie in partnership with the Van Abbemuseum.