5 September 20:00
Humanist or non-religious funerals and memorials may not be imagined without a person who writes and delivers a funeral speech. By writing such a speech, the writer puts in focus
the person who died, balancing between sadness of loss and celebration of life. Who employs funeral speech writer? is the title of the thesis Maija Sujica published on this subject, concluding two years of research within the master of fine arts program at the Dutch Art Institute in 2012.
For Sujica, every human being is a living medium. It is in this sense, that her performance work becomes an access to the mediality of the body as she takes the role of funeral speech writer as a medium to address different aspects of this human characteristic.
Within the project Breaking for knowledge she will present her thesis while putting in focus those who supported and contributed to thoughts developed in Who employs funeral
speech writer? As a funeral speech, so does Pluperfect, a lecture performance, touches upon the moments of thinking together with Ian White, Dusan Sujica and Wubbo J. Ockels.
TO ERR IS (ALMOST) HUMAN
Chris Meighan’s graduation publication To err is (almost) human (2008) concerns the creation of a machine capable of drawing itself. This work is an example of ‘Technical research as artistic medium’, a process further developed by Meighan since this publication was written. In this presentation he will explain the wider context of what this means in artistic and in social terms, and how making and technical discovery are both political acts and tools of personal empowerment. He will also address the concept of ‘emergence’, the idea of complex systems that can (appear to) take on a life of their own, and what this means for the autonomy of the artist and the work of art.