Values and (E)valuations of or as Cultural Practices? Entering a time of pragmatic experimentation.

SPACEX Training Event on Cultural Policy, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 21-22 September 2023

The research group “Artistic Knowing: Research in and on Art and Cultural Practices” of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture at the University of Amsterdam is pleased to welcome the SPACEX community for a two day discussion on the present and, above all, the future of one of the most controversial practices within contemporary cultural policies: Evaluation. In particular, we will try to envision how managerial evaluations of cultural practices, as the ones imposed by “New Public Management”-oriented reforms, can be replaced by artistic evaluations as cultural practices, as the ones that are organic in artistic work.

Martina Magri

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

After a degree in cinema studies at Paris I University (Panthéon-Sorbonne), a master’s degree in applied literature with a specialisation in screenwriting at Paris IV University (Paris-Sorbonne) and a training for cameramen at École des Gobelins, she worked as a screenwriter (Sélenium Films, Atelier Farnèse) and audiovisual editor. She was a research fellow at the University of Siena (DISPOC), where she worked on the design of a digital storytelling platform for the National Diary Archive (Pieve Santo Stefano, AR), and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (DSLC), where she worked on the development of the LAMA Laboratory (Audiovisual Materials Laboratory), dedicated to transmedia narratives applied to research. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her research project focuses on the audiovisual device as a tool for analysing the social and for the production of new sociality, and in particular as a support for self-narratives and interactions produced by migrant subjects.

Secondment destination:
Project Arts Centre
June 2024

Aline Hernández

Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, The Netherlands

Aline Hernandez is a curator working at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Currently, she is conducting a SGSAH-funded PhD which explores issues around performance and performativity in archives and counter-archives of (trans)gender violence in Mexico at St Andrews University, Scotland. Hernández holds an M.A. in Media, Art, and Performance Studies from Utrecht University with a specialization in Gender Studies. She is a member of the artist/activist-run cooperative Cráter Invertido and of the trans-local ecosystem Arts Collaboratory.

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Marianna Takou

Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, The Netherlands

Marianna Takou is a researcher and organizer from Athens, Greece. She is currently based in Utrecht, where she works as a producer, organizer and researcher at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. She first became part of the ecosystem of Casco as a volunteer in 2013. Since 2019, as part of the team, she has been working on different aspects of Casco’s operations and is a member of the Arts Collaboratory network.

With a background in Sociology and training in International Development, she holds an MSc in Sustainable Development. Her research interests and organizing focus on feminist and queer practices in mobility, migration, the commons and the degrowth movement.

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Vittorio Iervese

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Vittorio Iervese is Professor in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

He conducted research on visual culture, visual sociology, cultural design, festival studies, conflict management, intercultural communication, social participation, sociology of childhood. His latest researches are on the use of still and moving images to build narrative memories (SHARMED. Shared Memory and Dialogue) and a study on new digital platforms for audiovisual and culture (CLAP – Cultural Lab Platforming). Since 2017 he is President of Festival dei Popoli – Istituto Italiano per il Film di Documentazione Sociale, with which he collaborated since 2007 in the programming of the competition and for which he curated several sections and retrospectives. He is the director of the advanced course in Digital Humanities (Dhialogue) and the Festival of interactive and immersive transmedia narratives (VRMF – Virtual Reality Movie Festival)

Secondment destination:
Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.
February 2023

Daniel Peltz

Uniarts Helsinki, Finland

Daniel Peltz is an artist and Professor of Time and Space Arts with a specialization in Site and Situation Specific Practices at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. He is also the co-founder of the long-term, place-based research project, Rejmyre Art Lab’s Center for Peripheral Studies.

Through public projects, performances and media installations, Peltz’ artworks explore complex social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. His projects often take the form of existing social behaviours, systems or protocols to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.

Secondment destination:
Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Platz, Berlin, Germany

Talk to the Land: The practice of Commoning and Real Montage in the work of the Partisan Social Club. Wednesday 22nd March 2023, 5–6.30pm GMT

Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (Partisan Social Club) in conversation with art historian Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes to reflect upon their recent exhibition, entitled Talk to the Land at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land explored three aspects of commoning: landlordism; how to practice a culture-led recommoning of cities; and utopian settlements in South-West Ireland. Partisan Social Club (PSC) examines alternative modes of community building arising from cooperative proposals and experiments advanced by the eighteenth-century Irish, Cork-based philosopher William Thompson. 

The event will include the launch and screening of the film, Collective Nouns II Reflections on Commoning (3mins). The film was produced in conjunction with SIRIUS and includes several contributions from friends, colleagues, and people the PSC met while at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land is PSC’s first solo show in Ireland. It was developed through multiple residencies at SIRIUS across 2022, following dialogue initiated in 2020. Talk to the Land was curated by Miguel Amado, director of SIRIUS, and produced by SIRIUS.

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Margot Mecca

Festival dei Popoli – Istituto italiano per il film di documentazione sociale ETS (Italy)

Margot Mecca is a researcher, programmer and producer working mainly in the field of creative documentary. She works at Festival dei Popoli since 2011, she’s currently a member of the selection committee and Head of Doc at Work Future Campus, an initiative dedicated to emerging talents in documentary filmmaking. She collaborates, in different roles, with several film festivals around Europe (FIDMarseille, Visions du Réel, Majordocs).

She holds a PhD in Geography from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; she has been a post-doctoral researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra from 2019 to 2023. Her research interests focus on urban public space, gender, youth and the use of cinema in ethnographic research.

Secondment destination:
University of Applied Arts Vienna, March 2023

Gary Hall

Coventry University UK

Gary Hall is media theorist and experimental writer, editor and publisher. He works (and makes) at the intersections of digital culture, politics and technology. He is Professor of Media at Coventry University, UK, where he directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. He is the author of a number of books including, most recently, A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works In Elitist Britain (Open Humanities Press, 2021), Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016) and The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota UP, 2016). In 1999 he co-founded the critical theory journal Culture Machine, an early champion of open access in the humanities. In 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press (OHP), the first open access publishing house explicitly dedicated to critical and cultural theory, which he co-directs. His work can be found at

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Teresa Cos Rebollo

Van Abbemuseum, NL

Teresa Cos Rebollo studied Art History in the University of Barcelona and Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship in Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2019 she has worked in the Van Abbemuseum where, as assistant curator, has coordinated several projects and exhibitions, including: The Otolith Group Xenogenesis (2019-2023), Parallel Lives, Parallel Aesthetics: Gülsün Karamustafa & León Ferrari (2021-2022), and the Decolonial Summer School 2020-2023.

She is currently working on a research project and collaboration (since 2020) that will develop into an upcoming exhibition called Soils (opening on June 2024) dealing with issues around land use, farming, extractivism and exploring our cultural and spiritual connection to land and territory.

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