1. Symposium:
            Rethinking Robert Smithson

            30/03/2012

          2. Following the release of the publication Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement, Alauda Publications proudly presents the symposium ‘Rethinking Robert Smithson’, on the legacy of the artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973) and his relevance to contemporary artistic practices. In many ways, the artistic debates prevalent in the 1970’s are recurring today: 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, internationally renowned theorists and artists discuss topical concerns in artistic practice of the 1970s and today.

            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).

            Registration is required. 
            Admittance: € 15,- 
            Students: € 7,50
          3. Organised by

            Alauda Publications (Ingrid Commandeur) in cooperation with Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines (LUICD)
          4. Partners

            Lectorate Art Theory & Practice, Royal Academy of Art (KABK); Lectorate Art & Public Space (LAPS), Gerrit Rietveld Academie
          5. Programme

            10.00 – 10.15 Introduction
            Ingrid Commandeur and Anja Novak

            10.15 – 10.25 Presentation of the first copy of Robert Smithson
            Art in Continual Movement to Reyn van der Lugt, chairman of Land Art Contemporary

            10.25 Kick off symposium
            Anja Novak (day moderator)

            I Art and Ecology

            10.30 – 11.15 Lecture
            T.J. Demos (art historian, UCL, London)

            11.15 – 11.45 Lecture
            Nils Norman (artist, London)

            12.00 – 12.15 Statement
            Gail Whiteman (Professor of Sustainability, Management and Climate Change, Erasmus University, Rotterdam) 

            12.15 – 12.45 Discussion panel
            T.J. Demos, Nils Norman, Maja and Reuben Fowkes
            Moderator: Sven Lütticken

            13.45 – 14.00 The Ultraperiferic
            Presentation by Nils van Beek (curator SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain)

            II The Cinematic Condition

            14.00 – 14.45 Lecture
            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)

            14.45 – 15.30 Lecture
            Sabeth Buchmann (Professor of the History of Modern and Postmodern Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

            16.00 – 16.15 Statement/performance
            Trauerspiel Earthwork: Ian White (curator and artist, London)

            16.15 – 16.45 Discussion panel
            Ann Reynolds, Sabeth Buchmann, Ian White
            Moderator: Eric C.H. de Bruyn
            Ingrid Commandeur & Trudy van Riemsdijk-Zandee (eds.), Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement, Alauda Publications 2012./1
          6. Book launch

            Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement

            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 or order online at alaudapublications.nl
            • 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