“While we are all watching caregivers, nurses, and doctors giving all they can to our communities, risking their lives for us, we want to find a way to honor them. They should all get a medal, a votive offering given in gratitude or devotion. At some point this crisis will end and there will be a moment when we can thank them for all they do. We propose to present as many health workers as we can with a medal based on a traditional ex-voto, also to mark the moment when we can see a future.”
An initiative of Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Rios
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jewellery Linking Bodies, 1st year participation
The prominent Dutch poet and secretary to stadholder Frederick Henry,
Constantijn Huygens (1596–1687), was a true polymath. He was a
diplomat, an art connoisseur, a bibliophile, collector, musician,
scholar and a perfumer. Mainly by means of his correspondence, he
maintained a vast network of contacts reaching ‘everybody who mattered’
in the Dutch Golden Age. It is estimated that Huygens wrote and
received more than 100,000 letters.
Ineke Huysman: works as a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. At present, she is project manager of the Correspondence of Constantijn Huygens, the Correspondence of Johan de Witt, the Correspondences of Dutch Stadtholders-wives and the Diaries of Willem de Clercq and the digitization of the autograph collection of the Royal Archives.She graduated at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on the life of Béatrix de Cusance, a 17th-century Duchess of Lorraine.
Lecture Synopsis: The etymology of the term queer (which has its roots in the Indo-European word twist) invokes its shifting meaning as a descriptor for non-normative sexualities, and as a spatial and temporal orientation. I want to consider twisting or turning towards someone or something that is needed, wanted, or felt as missing as an act of desire. In offering up the twist or turn and their possibilities I look to examples taken from visual culture—a dance, a gaze, a sensation. How might these moves also call up forms of collectivity and care?
Rosie Haward is a writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Her work engages with queer and feminist studies and visual culture, and the queer potential of experimental fiction. She also is involved with various models of collaborative practice, and currently co-runs the reading group Straight to Hell. She has an MA in Critical Studies from the Sandberg Instituut and a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.