The Performative Defiance Lecture Series is an initiative of the Cultural and Creative Industries Chair, organised in collaboration with and hosted by the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, Den Bosch. Its aim is to provide within Avans University of Applied Sciences an open, public forum where some of the foremost national and international voices challenge us to think about and discuss the role of art and design for the creation of a different future, to imagine another kind of world, the kind of world we wish to live in.
The notion performative defiance refers to creative practices that depart from the idea of the future as a mere update of the present and calls for a recharge of aesthetic practice that turns complicity into defiance. What is required of art and design is an aesthetic mobilisation to unsettle and then create the conditions that will ensure our survival and enhance our capacity to create and resist in the future. Performative defiance is therefore an articulation of a creative longing for a desirable future that lends itself to a counter position set against the deadlock of the present and against the symbolic misery of our time.
Watch the lectures online
The Performative Defiance Lecture Series took place in 2019 and 2020 but can be viewed online.