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Symposium: Rethinking Robert Smithson

Friday 30th March 2012: 10:00–17:00 hrs

Symposium: Rethinking Robert Smithson
Alauda Publications (Ingrid Commandeur) in cooperation with

Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines (LUICD)
Friday 30th March 2012

10:00–17:00 hrs

Venue: Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague

Following the release of the publication Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement, Alauda Publications proudly presents the symposium Rethinking Robert Smithson about the legacy of the artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973) and its relevance for contemporary artistic practices. In many ways, the artistic debates prevalent in the 1970s are recurring in our time: the relation between art and ecology, the position of the artist within a growing information and media society and the crisis of (neo)liberalism. Along the line of two thematic approaches related to Smithson's practice, Art and Ecology and The Cinematic Condition, topical concerns in artistic practice of the 1970s and today are reconsidered by internationally renowned theorists and artists.

Contributors: Ann Reynolds (Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin, author of Robert Smithson: Learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere, 2003), T.J. Demos (art historian, UCL, London), Sabeth Buchmann (Professor of the History of Modern and Postmodern Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna), Ian White (curator and artist, London), Nils Norman (artist, London), Maja and Reuben Fowkes (curators and art historians, Budapest/London), and Gail Whiteman (Professor of Sustainability, Management and Climate Change, Erasmus University, Rotterdam), among others.

For the complete program and registration, please click here to visit the Alauda Publications website.

Curator: Ingrid Commandeur (art critic and art historian, co-editor Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement)

Research group: Eric C.H. de Bruyn (art historian, Leiden University); Sven Lütticken (art critic and art historian, VU Amsterdam); Anja Novak (art historian, Leiden University, KABK The Hague); Marlies van Hak (assistant-curator/organisation)

Partners: Department of Artists' Theories and Artistic Practice, Royal Academy of Art (KABK); Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS), Gerrit Rietveld Academie


Book launch Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement
Friday 30 March 2012, at the symposium

This book deals with the contemporary relevance of Robert Smithson's oeuvre. His seminal Land Art work Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (Emmen, The Netherlands, 1971) is treated as a case study which opens up to a number of topics, still relevant in contemporary art: 'Models of Spectatorship', 'Art and Ecology', 'Documentation', 'Museum, Media, Society' and 'The Cinematic'. The theoretical part is being completed with 'A Living Archive', which brings together for the first time a complete selection of archival material related to the work – ranging from photographs, film scripts and drawings to original manuscripts and letters – spread over different archives in the Netherlands and the US.

Edited by Ingrid Commandeur and Trudy van Riemsdijk-Zandee
Authors: Max Andrews, Eric C.H. de Bruyn, Stefan Heidenreich, Sven Lütticken, Anja Novak, Vivian van Saaze
Design: Esther Krop
ISBN: 9789081531481
Available in bookshops from mid-March or order online.

Partners: SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Space, Land Art Contemporary

Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement is part of the programme Land Art Contemporary

For the complete program and registration, please click here to visit the Alauda Publications website.