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St. Joost Academy: Systematic

Eye on Art's Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films (including remixes) from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. Today: Systematic by St. Joost Academy.

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The students of Master Institute of Visual Cultures - AKV|St. Joost come from different cultures and countries and in their program they will be reflecting on the systems and power structures they have encountered, how they dealt or deal with them.

pre-existing systems

It can feel as a strange notion that you are born in a society that has existed for thousands of years before you. The borders of countries have already been decided, the languages divided, wars have been fought about religion and politics. Systems and power structures are in place, and that power is not always evenly distributed. From the clothes you wear to the language you speak, from the education you get to the knowledge you have, all are influenced by systems that are seemingly out of your own control. It can therefore be difficult to find your place as an individual in pre-existing systems. Do you have the agency to change them? Can you make those systems work for you?

knowledge and power

Most of the group have kept their research very close to their own experience, the emotional impact a system has had on them. For many of them, moving out of their previous surroundings and to new ones in the Netherlands has provided them with the necessary distance to reflect on the situation they came from. In their research, certain reoccurring motives are recognizable. One of these is the relation between knowledge and power: knowledge is power and never neutral.

confronting stereotypes

Often it becomes a question about where authority can be found and making it visible, to map out abstract systems like ownership, capital, politics or even emotions themselves, starting from personal experiences. Even language becomes a power structure when dissonance arises in understanding each other. By confronting stereotypes, dominant gender roles and beauty standards are questioned in the way they control individuals.

The best curated programme and the best work will be awarded by a student jury and an Eye jury.

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