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Z-Files #8: Looking For Europe

Z-Files: 29 / 01 / 2015
Location: WORM

On Thursday 29 January 2015, Z-Files # 8 goes looking for Europe. Has Europe become an old, aging world that can no longer follow the pace of globalization? Is Europe merely a Jewish-Christian stronghold that must guard itself against external influences? Or are we just not looking well? According to the French philosopher Edgar Morin, Europe exists by the grace of the conflict: between social classes, states, religions and ideas. 'Europe' as a dynamic complex, in which the center is constantly shifting: new conflicts arise every time Europe thinks it is realized. Or should we look for answers outside of Europe, as Frantz Fanon already noted in 1961. The Berlin exhibition and research project In Search of Europe? tends towards the last option: the most important thing about Europe was its imperial power over other parts of the world, which had to compete with Europe. Europe's exceptional position has now come to an end.

In WORM, Ernest van der Kwast talks to a number of guests about Europe. Artist Daniela Swarowsky presents her film Messages From Paradise #2 (2014), in which Dutch people of Moroccan descent and Moroccans in the Rif area talk about their perspectives. Together with Samuli Schielke she made the exhibition In Search Of Europe? (ISOE) in Berlin. This event took place at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien and was funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The artist collective Bofa da Cara made the short film in the context of ISOE My European Mind / RE-branding Europe. And the Rotterdam historian Zihni Özdil gives his own vision of Europe in a guest column. How is Europe doing?

Trailer Messages from Paradise #2 Information about and the trailer of My European Mind / Re-branding Europe from Bofa da Cara Starting: from 19: 30 In collaboration with WORM LOOKING FOR EUROPE is also part of EURO-FUTURISM, a program in which WORM examines the future of Europe.

Z-Files, Art and the City

Z-Files is a series of programs from Sculpture International Rotterdam and Visual Art & Public Space in which art, public space and the city are discussed through lectures, workshops and excursions. The aim of the program is to bring attention to the special collection of artworks in the public space of Rotterdam and to investigate current developments with regard to art and the city.

TENT is the platform for contemporary art in the context of Rotterdam with exhibitions, new productions, educational projects, performances and events with makers from the city and beyond.
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Sculpture International Rotterdam manages the international sculpture collection of Rotterdam, brings it to the attention and develops a metropolitan international art policy.
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Forest polder fox, Florentijn Hofman, Schiedamseweg, 2020. Photo: Otto Snoek

BKOR manages and renews the extensive city collection in collaboration with Rotterdam residents, companies and institutions. BKOR advises the municipality, citizens and artists on the realization, placement, relocation and remediation of public works of art.
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Art Office mediates, informs and supports visual artists from Rotterdam with regard to their professional practice. For artists, institutions and individuals.
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