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Friday March 15 | 9:30 - 10:30
De Brakke Grond | Grote Zaal

Art schools as thinking entities


Art schools are places where new generations of practitioners can and must imagine themselves anew. They are thinking entities that make us work and think along with them and are at the same time institutions that we can shape, challenge or queer in order to make them the tools we want to collectively be able to shape the world. Currently however, we are witnessing antagonistic polarization: the institute and the people working within it vis a vis the students who choose to undertake formal education but are extremely critical towards the idea of an institution on the other. How could art schools be sites of complexity instead, as opposed to the harmful process of simplification that is flattening the perception of reality all around us? How can we, with and within schools, engage imaginatively with the philosophical, social and political issues that confront us?

In her contribution, Silvia Bottiroli will explore these questions referring to DAS Theatre and the former DasArts as an example of an art school that has been going through a massive process of institutionalization and that is continuing to think education, the theatre and the world as reciprocal.



Next to her lecture, Silvia Bottiroli also gives a workshop Towards a Performative School. For more information on the workshop and the requirements for the workshop registration, see here

Silvia Bottiroli,

PhD, is a curator, researcher, educator and writer in the field of performing arts.


She has directed Santarcangelo Festival (2012-2016) and curated the artistic and discursive programme ‘The May Events’ for KunstenFestivalDesArts and Vooruit (2018). She regularly co-curates discursive and educational platforms, collaborating a.o. with The School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, Homo Novus Festival in Riga, Gent University, Aleppo in Brussels and BUDA in Kortrijk. Since 2011 she teaches at Bocconi University in Milan. She has contributed to several publications, writing in particular about the political and ethical values of performance, the societal implication of artistic creation and spectatorship and in the issues of curating and rethinking the art institutions. Since September 2018 she is the artistic director of DAS Theatre in Amsterdam.

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