KABK The Hague
fall 2017 — spring 2018

Part 1 - Fall 2017

5 Octo­ber 2017
Rafael Roozen­daal: The Inter­net as a Canvas

12 Octo­ber 2017
Tijs Gold­schmidt: Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Peo­ple and oth­er Animals

26 Octo­ber 2017
Maria Bar­nas: The plan­et O

2 Novem­ber 2017
Joachim Naudts: Mul­ti ‑Pho­tog­ra­phy and oth­er world­ly matters

9 Novem­ber 2017
Cyril van Sterken­burg: Whats in a name

16 Novem­ber 2017
David Ben­newith: If-You-Really-Love-Me-You-ll-Choose-a-Better-Font-To-Get-Me-Back

23 Novem­ber 2017
Hans Hoeken: Tall tales

30 Novem­ber 2017
Bep­pie van de Bogaerde: Bimodal Bilingualism

7 Decem­ber 2017
Izabel­la Finch: The Pussy Tutorials

Rafael Roozendaal
Chantell Hassan

Part 2 - Spring 2018

8 Feb­ru­ary 2018
Hans Aars­man: Zoom­ing in Zoom­ing out

9 Feb­ru­ary 2018
Marisya Lewandows­ka: Dis­tri­b­u­tion of Ethics: Archive as Lexicon

15 Feb­ru­ary 2018
Wilco Tuine­brei­jer: Beau­ti­ful Distress

22 Feb­ru­ary 2018
Mar­cel Feil: Alter­na­tive Facts

15 March 2018
Paulien Oltheten: Synopsis

22 march 2018
Lau­rens ten Kate: Impos­si­ble Truth

29 March 2018
Leen­dert van der Valk: Voodoo Music
Ella John Spe­cial Act

5 April 2018
Grace Schwindt: The­atre and sculpture

12 April 2018
Yvonne Droge Wen­del: Rela­tion­al things

19 April 2018 J
Jan­neke Stege­man: The Bible as a Book of Con­flict. How to Learn to Fight Gracefully.

17 May 2018
Rico Sneller: Talk­ing Gib­ber­ish? Socrates’ Daimonion

24 May 2018
Kata­ri­na Zdje­lar: Chore­og­ra­phy of Language

31 May 2018
Bas kosters: My life in Fashion

Sculpture for Hans Aarsman
Artwork for Hans Aarsman, curated by Chantell Hassan and created by Nicolas Magris and Philip!
poster Dayna Casey
Hallway artwork made by Maartje Balkestein and Erik Kamaletdinov


A com­mon say­ing goes that in times of war the truth is the first casu­al­ty” opens Mar­cel Feil’s arti­cle in Foam Mag­a­zine #47 on Alter­na­tive Facts. Feil goes on to turn this state­ment around and won­ders whether sac­ri­fic­ing the truth puts us into a state of war (yes, pos­si­bly a media war).
What is the truth, actu­al­ly? Accord­ing to Van Dale it is the real, the faith­ful, the agree­ment with an over­ar­ch­ing notion, a sto­ry or a mes­sage and the case in as it is. But how do we know that the case in point real­ly is as it is?

In 2016 post truth’ was named word of the year and entered into the Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary, as being relat­ing to cir­cum­stances in which objec­tive facts are less influ­en­tial than appeals to emo­tion and per­son­al beliefs.

This Studi­um Gen­erale inves­ti­gates how we com­mu­ni­cate with one anoth­er, of which the con­cept of truth’ is an unavoid­able part. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is an activ­i­ty through which we exchange mean­ing by respond­ing to each other’s sig­nals. The Latin word com­mu­ni­care’ refers to mak­ing some­thing shared. Still, this does not always lead to mutu­al under­stand­ing. How do we com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er? With words but also with ges­tures, with our faces and with hid­den sig­nals. How is it that such wild­ly dif­fer­ing inter­pre­ta­tions of a shared expe­ri­ence can some­times come to exist? 

Or need we con­sult Fou­cault, who says: you must speak the truth and choose the sto­ries of truth that the sub­ject can speak of itself, sole­ly our own sub­jec­tive truth. Typ­i­cal forms of this include the con­fes­sion, the admis­sion, soulsearch­ing and diaries.

We inves­ti­gate oth­er forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion:

How does sign lan­guage work and how then exact­ly can you express your­self?
Pro­pa­gan­da, what is it and how does it work? Per­son­al con­vic­tions, not objec­tive facts, are in the dri­ving seat.
What is fram­ing exact­ly and how can you pre­vent your­self from becom­ing a vic­tim? Gos­sip. How do ani­mals com­mu­ni­cate with one anoth­er and what can we learn from this?
Hans Aars­man explains that if you zoom out and look at a sit­u­a­tion from a dis­tance, then there is much more space for inter­pre­ta­tion. Because that is ulti­mate­ly the goal — to make the world big­ger, to offer our lives as much space as possible. 

This Studi­um Gen­erale will inves­ti­gate the broad ter­rain of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, not only in how we con­vey some­thing but also in the what’, with all of its mis­un­der­stand­ings and limitations. 

Sign lan­guage, how, alter­na­tive facts, pro­pa­gan­da, fram­ing, sto­ry telling, argu­ments, can words be trust­ed, inter­pre­ta­tion, ver­bal/non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lan­guage sys­tems, rules of lan­guage, who can speak the unspeak­able, cod­ing and decod­ing lan­guage, non-human lan­guages, meth­ods of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, voice, body lan­guage, media train­ing, advertising.

Cura­tor: Hanne Hage­naars
Coor­di­na­tor: Jean­nette Slüt­ter
Posters: Day­na Casey