Public talk by Laura Mudde


Laura Mudde (1985, NL) graduated in the masters art history and philosophy of science. Her key interests are in the ‘in-between-areas’: where art blurs with life, philosophy and sociology meet; art conflicts with science or when they reinforce each other. Since 2010 she worked independently as (assistant) curator on the exhibitions ‘Yes Naturally, how art saves the world’, ‘Uncommitted Crime, how art and biotech affect us’ and ‘Hacking Habitat, hightech control & lowlife survival’. At the moment she is doing research for an international group exhibition on (new) forms of mobility in Europe: ‘The Measure of our Traveling Feet’ together with Claire van Els (supported by the Mondriaan Fund).


Description planned lecture

In the presentation I would like to introduce the exhibitions ‘Yes Naturally, how art saves the world’ (GEM/Photomuseum, the Hague, 2013) and ‘Uncommitted Crime, how art and biotech affect us’ (Quartair, the Hague, 2012), and their interdisciplinary nature. I will also share the outline and aims of the research I am doing currently. Together with Claire van Els we are developing an international group exhibition and discursive program ‘The Measure of our Traveling Feet’. The project places itself within the social and political debate about finding ways of living together in contemporary Europe. In a time where the consequences of the ideals underlying the formation of the union become clear, while our concepts, symbols and vocabulary still seem to be based on old oppositions. ‘The Measure of our Traveling Feet’ researches how contemporary art can play a role in the imagination, conceptualization and redefinition of different forms of mobility in contemporary Europe. What do these new and at the same time constant flows of migration mean for the condition humaine? How absolute is our freedom? And what is its function and value in a globalized society? How do the borders in a frontierless Europe look like? We are aiming to develop a traveling group exhibition presented at three institutions in respectively The Netherlands, Hungary and Romania. A public program consisting of lectures, debates, performances, screenings and gallery talks will accompany the exhibition. At the end of the presentation I would like to use the opportunity to open up a conversation about the topics mentioned above, like the consequences of being part of the EU for the (cultural) life in Hungary and the role of the arts in imagining a shared future.