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PhD Defence

Taking Place: Parrhesiastic Theater as a model for artistic practice

  • E. Kamma
Date
Thursday 2 December 2021
Time
Address
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

You are cordially invited to the PhD defence by visual artist Eleni Kamma of the research project entitled Taking Place: Parrhesiastic Theater as a Model for Artistic Practice. On 2 December at 10.00, Kamma will publicly elucidate her artistic work for the doctoral examination committee in the exhibition Casting Call: The Collector of Proverbs, The Animal, The Fool, The Selfie-Junkie, The Innocent, The Child, The Drunk, The. At 13.45 on the same day, Kamma will defend her dissertation in the Academy Building of Leiden University. 

Eleni Kamma examines how local and traditional European forms of parrhesiastic theater relate to and provide new insights into critical artistic practices today. Kamma’s understanding of parrhesiastic theater comprises events, actions, and performances staged by characters who speak their minds through scenes of excess and laughter. Parrhesiastic theater takes place in public view and incites the spectator’s agency to speak their mind. 

Kamma’s research resonates in Casting Call (2017–ongoing), a series of artistic attempts, events, and manifestations that address aspects of miscommunication between citizens of the European Union due to its many languages and regional rituals. Kamma employs performative strategies inspired by old, stereotypical characters from European popular culture, art, theater, and cinema, brought together in the format of a parade. Kamma developed the Parade through a collection of commissioned texts and props and invited professionals, extras, and respondents to speak their minds by using this collection in playful ways.

 

PhD Defence Eleni Kamma

2 December at 10.00

WEST Den Haag

Lange Voorhout 102, The Hague

 

2 December at 13.45

Great Auditorium

Academy Building, Leiden University

Rapenburg 73, Leiden

 

EXHIBITION CASTING CALL: THE COLLECTOR OF PROVERBS, THE ANIMAL, THE FOOL, THE SELFIE-JUNKIE, THE INNOCENT, THE CHILD, THE DRUNK, THE…

26 November 2021 – 30 January 2022

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 12.00 – 18.00

WEST Den Haag

Lange Voorhout 102, The Hague

 

SUPERVISORS

Prof. dr. Janneke Wesseling, Professor in Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University

Prof. dr. Bart Verschaffel, Professor at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University

Jean Bernard Koeman, visual artist, exhibition maker and scenographer

 

 

PhD dissertations

PhD dissertations by Leiden PhD students are available digitally after the defence through the Leiden Repository, that offers free access to these PhD dissertations. Please note that in some cases a dissertation may be under embargo temporarily and access to its full-text version will only be granted later.

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