KABK The Hague
fall 2018 — spring 2019


20 Sep­tem­ber 2018
Anaïs López, Geert Cha­trou, Erno Eskens

27 Sep­tem­ber 2018
Maria Hlava­jo­va

4 Octo­ber 2018
Patri­cia Kaersenhout

11 Octo­ber 2018
Glenn Hell­berg

1 Novem­ber 2018
Pieter Nan­ninga

8 Novem­ber 2018
Sam Samiee

22 Novem­ber 2018
Mirthe Berentsen

29 Novem­ber 2018
Alice Smits

6 Decem­ber 2018
Matthi­js Schouten

Maria Hlavajova
Installation by Alexandra Dalavagka and Mirka Kachrimanidou: Sharing Economy
Poster by Dayna Casey
Patricia Kaersenhout
Installation by Alexandra Dalavagka and Mirka Kachrimanidou
Design by Dayna Casey

For the 2018 – 2019 Studi­um Gen­erale KABK pro­gramme we attempt to make an inven­to­ry of the time we are liv­ing in, and pro­pose some pri­ma­ry char­ac­ter­is­tics. David Sedaris once wrote that it is almost impos­si­ble to under­stand your own time. Like a fish swim­ming in the water, so obvi­ous that he does not notice it, does not know any bet­ter: that’s just what the world looks like.

The title of the series is May You Live in Inter­est­ing Times, an Eng­lish expres­sion tak­en from a Chi­nese curse. Although it seems to be a wish – the expres­sion is nor­mal­ly used iron­i­cal­ly. With the impli­ca­tion that unin­ter­est­ing times’ of peace and tran­quil­i­ty are nicer to live in than inter­est­ing ones, which from a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive usu­al­ly include dis­or­der and con­flict. In what times are we liv­ing now? Philoso­pher Zyg­munt Bau­man sug­gest­ed the con­cept of liq­uid moder­ni­ty’ as a way to describe the con­di­tion of con­stant plas­tic­i­ty and change he observed in social life, iden­ti­ties and glob­al eco­nom­ics with­in soci­ety. Philoso­pher of sci­ence Thomas Kuhn intro­duced the con­cept of a par­a­digm shift. Once a new world view was accept­ed, you could not real­ly imag­ine that it had ever been different. 

In this Studi­um Gen­erale we will talk about issues that are at stake at the moment, real­is­ing that we live in a liq­uid moder­ni­ty and that every world­view could be seen as liq­uid as well. In every lec­ture we offer an analy­sis of soci­o­log­i­cal, polit­i­cal or sci­en­tif­ic con­di­tions and we talk about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of how to deal with it.

I can’t under­stand why peo­ple are fright­ened of new ideas. I’m fright­ened of the old ones” (1988)John Cage