*13th October* La Cocina_: bitter/sweet dialogues with Pascal Gielen + guest

Posted on October 5, 2016




Open doors at 6pm: Food & drinks
Event starts at 7pm

A bitter/sweet dialogue on self-exploitation, the art space/place, is culture a civil right? and how is that we managed to bake such cake? BEYOND THE CREATIVE CITY: ART, POLITICS AND PUBLIC LIFE

After several months of hard work –plotting, conspiring, brainstorming, building– what was once an idea came to life. We are glad to share with you the inaugural event of what will be an intense journey of artistic collaborations, experiments and/and. We are more than happy to warmly welcome you to our kitchen: Goleb’s cocina.

For its inaugural event, La Cocina invites you to join in a “bitter-sweet dialogue” with Pascal Gielen. Together, we wish to reflect on the role of cultural initiatives and their capacity to disrupt “consensus.” We believe that culture, with a healthy dose of skepticism, has the potential to inspire certain kind of agonism that move beyond debate in order to give voice to what unanimity and normality otherwise reduce to silence. Through ‘La Cocina’ we wish to embrace culture as a means to prompt political and aesthetic imagination.

To trigger this “bitter-sweet dialogue,” Pascal Gielen will give a statement on the relation between art, politics and public life.

A home-made salsa will be on tasting to spice up the dialogue!


Pascal Gielen

“Beyond the Creative City: Art, Politics and Public Life in the City of the 21st Century”

Since the financial crisis started at the end of 2007 a lot of governments do budget cuts in the cultural and artistic field. Inspired by the critical social theory of Herbert Marcuse (1964), these policy decisions are understood within an ideological framework as “repressive liberalism.” That is a (cultural) politics that on the one hand proclaims individual freedom, stimulates cultural entrepreneurship and embraces the creative city, but on the other hand develops a large-scale decentralized control apparatus that strongly restricts individual and artistic freedom. Within this cultural policy creative labour itself can also be ‘instrumentalized’ as a repressive tool. In his lecture Pascal Gielen analyses the relationship between art, politics and the public space in the creative city. He also looks how activists and creative ‘workers’ respond to this policy by organizing themselves in alternative ways.

Pascal Gielen is professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office, and he is research professor at Groningen University. Gielen is also editor in-chief of the international book series “Arts in Society.” In 2016 he became laureate of the prestigious Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. His research focuses on creative labour, the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Conceptually modelled after a kitchen, “La Cocina” aims to create a place of encounter and dialogue where dissonant, provocative, poetic and sometime incongruous viewpoints can be shared, negotiated, and nurtured.

Implemented in Goleb, an artist-run space based in Amsterdam-West, “ La Cocina ” entails two concomitant endeavours: an ongoing intervention in the interior design of Goleb’s project space that will be inspired by our guests through exchange and dialogue; and a public program that explores the notion of agonism through diverse artistic and discursive practices.

A project initiated by Lore Gablier and Alejandro Ramírez
In collaboration with Mirko Lazović, Igor Sevcuk & Golebcommunity
And with the participation of architect Andrés Novo

“La Cocina” is supported by AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst) and sponsored by Urban Resort




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