We are very excited to announce that on June 11, we will host a livestreamed launch of our newest issue Spellbound as part of Felix Meritis’ program  Cultural Emergency Hospital
This issue focusses on rituals and magical practices within contemporary art and visual culture. Join us online for an evening full of artists’ performances, a studio visit and two presentations from contributing writers, and hopefully a bit of enchantment.

The Magical theme related to ‘spells’ is understood in the widest interpretation possible, as something supernatural, something which goes beyond traditions of rationale or logic. And importantly, Magic also is understood in this issue as something which is at the heart of rationale and logic itself, undermining these epistemologies’ promised security. Why, when, and how do we cast spells? What spells do we need right now? The issue is filled to the brim with contributions answering, nuancing, and broadening our scope.

The language of this program is English. The link to the livestream can be found on this page on the day of the event.

This program is part of the Cultural Emergency Hospital of Felix Meritis: Felix Meritis opens their doors to make their corona-proof facilities available to other cultural institutions or artists who are also struggling due to corona, but want to keep creating. To support that, they are offering our facilities free of charge. That way, Felix Meritis allows others to catch their artistic breathright in the beautiful center of Amsterdam. 

Femmy Otten, detail of “Ontklede dagen”, 2015-2016. Riso print by Riso Wiso, Arnhem.


Off the back of the publication of Kunstlicht 41.4: Assessing Risk: Strategies for Health, Safety and Welfare Within Arts practice, guest editors Eloise Sweetman and Isabelle Sully bring an audiojournal to the airwaves—a play on the audiobook given that, in this case, the form is a peer-review journal and the audio translations of the original content are journalistic and journal-esque in nature. This audiojournal has been made in collaboration with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee. Listen to it here or scroll down to find it embedded. It was launched on May 3 to the the testing sound of the Dutch national nation-wide alarm.

When Sweetman and Sully published the open call for the issue in August of 2020, the aim was to propose different definitions of ‘safe’ and ‘risk’ to work with. For example, within the field of art, how might we come to a mutual and workable understanding of these two terms across so many different agendas and personal experiences and needs? Yet since October 2020, when the first contributions were submitted, a lot has changed. And even before that, back when they first set to work on the topic, neither the editors nor the contributors could have foreseen how timely the topic of safety would become in our lives.

As such, by taking into account the developments of recent events—both locally and internationally—this podcast reflects on what has happened since the issue went to print, translating different forms of contributions to their aural counterpart and inviting you to listen along to what has since been written between the lines. Given that a very real threat to our safety—that of Covid-19—prevented a more traditional launch event, what is presented here could be heard as a launch of sorts. Alongside reflections from the co-editors, the episode includes contributions from artist Anna Daučíková, artist and technician Mark Friedlander, researcher and educator Tom Clark, curator and philosopher Srajana Kaikini and artist Lee Kit.

Image: A pair of medical grip socks (photo taken by Isabelle Sully)

Artist / Organisation: Kunstlicht
Location of the show: Rotterdam, Birmingham, Melbourne, Prague, the west coast of India and Hong Kong
Host: Collette Rayner
Producer: Monty Mouw, Radna Rumping, Joshua Sweetman
Length: 40 min
Language: English

03-05-2021 at 12:00