On the Hybrid

THE GLASS VIRUS THINK TANK #7. September 22 + 23 2023

About the Hybrid

The arts have long since ceased to be pinned down to the studio principles that are (still) used today within art academies.
Artists realize that art "deals" with content and that the making process in times in which the available resources become more digital and complex, is better left in the hands of facilitating technicians with a feeling and passion for art(s).
This evolution has already begun much faster in the stage arts. We think of the early 1960s activities of the judson dance theater in new york and of all the developments hereafter with exciting sequels. We think of the art of dan graham; of partial aspects of the oeuvre of gerhard richter and of contemporary choreographers such as meg stuart who linked the problem of the hybrid to transparency - a concept that, in a tactile way, allows us as spectator/participant to confront with ourselves.
Glass is very close to reflective glass and mirror. They are materials that the best artists employ to challenge the mental resilience in the creation and in this way also to fragment the artwork in terms of perception and "open" interpretation.
The lecture will be a brief panorama of how the arts can no longer claim the privilege of the artistic means employed, no matter how technically crafted it may be and/or be presented.
Today, all artistic means are "at the service" of what and about which an artist wishes to "speak," and that today this has become a broad and colorful spectrum, prove the countless amassed small and large exhibitions that carry the hybrid as a self-evident dna within them.

Luk Lambrecht
June 2023

Hosted again at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Glass Virus Think Tank # 7 will be the first gathering in person since the pandemic had put a hold on our regular symposia. It will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Glass Virus.

The discussions will be initiated by the keynote lecture provided by Belgium writer, critic, curator and educator Luk Lambrecht. We formulate topics from the lecture to bring into break-out groups for discussion and further contemplation.
The lecture will be a brief panorama of how the arts can no longer claim the privilege of the artistic means employed, no matter how technical and artisanal they may be and/or are presented. Today, all artistic means are "at the service" of what and about what an artist wants to "speak," and that this has today become a broad and colorful spectrum is proven by the countless small and large exhibitions that incorporate the hybrid as a self-evident DNA.
Luk Lambrecht is a critic, essayist, curator and coordinator fine arts at PXL/MAD Hogeschool Hasselt, Belgium.

On the second day, Anna Mlasowsky will invite us to be part of an intervention that charges our physical and philosophical perception and bring the artist’s view into the discussion on the hybrid.
Anna Mlasowsky is a German born artist, who now lives and works between Seattle and Stockholm, where she is Professor for glass and ceramics at Konstfack University.

Preliminary schedule of the Think Tank #7

Thursday sept. 21
18:00 – 21:00 Early arrivals reception / meet & greet

Friday sept. 22
9:30 registration, welcome, intro jens pfeifer
10:30 keynote lecture Luk Lambrecht
11:30 breakout sessions 1
13:00 lunch
14:00 breakout session 2
15:30 coffee break
16:30 plenum feedback
17:30 intervention in hotshop
19:00 dinner

Saturday sept. 23
9:30 coffee, introduction
10:30 intervention with Anna Mlasowsky
11:30 breakout sessions 3
13:00 lunch
14:00 breakout sessions 4
15:30 coffee break
16:00 breakout sessions 5
17:30 plenum, feedback and round up
19:00 dinner (optional)

Book a ticket
You can register by simply sending us an email to theglassvirus@gmail.com State how many people you want to register for and when you are planning to arrive and leave (this due to possible adjustments to the itinerary).
Registration fee is €50 per person. Students do not need to pay but should register per email.

Payments can be made to The Glass Virus:
IBAN: NL19 INGB 0675 0692 38

Please register before September 5, 2023

Exclusively for the symposium, the Olympic Hotel down the road from the Rietveld Academie, offers a special deal.

21 or 22/09/2023
23 or 24/09/2023
Price per room per night
€135 night of 21 september
€175 night of 22 september en 23 september
Prices are always including breakfast and VAT but exclude tourist tax (7% of netto room price + € 3 per person per night)

The hotel holds the rooms until August 1. If you want to book a room, please contact the hotel directly, stating that you are with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Other recommendations for tighter budgets are

Qbic Hotel WTC approx. €165/night (Located in front of Zuid Station. Walking distance 20min, metro is one stop from Zuid Station 10 min.)
See Qbic Hotel WC

Aadam Wilhelmina Hotel approx. €132/night (Located near the Concert Gebouw. 10min from the Rieveld with tram and 20 min walk)
See Aadam Wilhelmina Hotel

Luk Lambrecht lioves and wprks in Brussels, Belgium.
He is coordinator of Fine Arts at PXL-Schjool of Arts in Hasselt, coordinates
art-integration at UZ Brussels, is part of the committee on purchasing art from the Flemish Community and is chairman of the arts-workgroup of the VgC in Brussels.
The most recent major exhibitions have dealt with the oeuvre of Jacqueline Mesmaeker in a triptych (Museum culture Strombeek/Ghent, Bozar & Roger Raveel Museum) and Philippe Van Snick (S.M.A.K., Ghent)
Curating activities in preparation (autumn 2023): "Jef Geys makes school" in Z33 Hasselt and (early October 2023):
Honoré d'O in the PXL-MAD Art Gallery in Hasselt.
Luk Lambrecht regularly publishes in catalogs and in the art press (including Flux News).

Anna Mlasowsky holds a BA in Glass from the Royal Danish Academy and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. Anna is a recipient of a TAG Grant (2015), an IASPIS Grant (2013) from the Swedish Arts Council, an Artist Trust Fellowship (2017) and 4Culture Grant (2019), she was most recently a Haas Fellow at the Science History Institute (2021-22) and an artist in residence at Amazon (2022).
Her work has been featured in American Craft, the Shanghai Museum of Art Magazine, PBS Discovery Channel Canada, and Half Cut Tea. She received an Aldo Bellini Award (2015), the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence (2018) a Toyama Glass Biennial Silver Prize and was a Museum of Art and Design Burk Prize finalist.
Anna’s work is in the collections of institutions such as The Corning Museum of Glass (NY), The Toyama City Art Museum (Japan), the Castello Sforzesco (Milan, Italy) and the Museum of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at The European Museum for Contemporary Glass, The Northwest Museum of Art, The Bellevue Arts Museum and the Stockholm Architecture Museum.

In 2023, Anna was appointed Professor for Glass and Ceramics at Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden. She was visiting Professor in Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy, Poland in 2021. Numerous guest- teaching positions let her around the world, lecturing at Universities and schools as Tyler School of Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, University of Hawaii, Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred University, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Nagoya University, Urban Glass, Pilchuck Summer School and others.

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