First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium

Symposium with Vermeir & Heiremans at Cinema RITCS, Brussels

January 10-12, 2018


The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium will take place at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels on January 10-12, 2018. 1968-2018. The Art of Protest. Part One: The Trouble with the State will present a series of artistic and theoretical reflections on the role of the state in our troubled times.


The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium takes the risk, which may also be a chance, of bringing together some of the most outspoken reformist and radical voices in contemporary political and artistic debates, to find out whether we still share a trouble with the state and what that trouble would be, and whether radical-reformist alliances are possible. The international symposium will discuss a range of contemporary issues, such as the state’s relationship to ecological catastrophes, to the people it is supposed to represent, to capital flows, to artistic protests, the role of art and art institutions in our troubled state and the relationship between state and performance. Far from casting a nostalgic retrospective look on 1968, the symposium will primarily consider our contemporary predicament and discuss artistic tools and strategies for protest in our troubled world, drawing a lesson or two from 1968.


The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium is a three days public event, which is embedded in the RITCS Winter School 2018. The RITCS Winter School 2018 is a joint initiative of the bachelor and master programmes in audiovisual arts and performing arts at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels.


Practical info on Vermeir & Heiremans:
On January 11, 2018
Session V. The state and capital (flows), part 1
at Cinema RITCS
15.30-16.30 Vermeir & Heiremans’ artists’ presentation
16.30-17.30 Vermeir & Heiremans in conversation with Florian Wüst and Andreas Sieckmann (artist, Berlin), moderated by Lieven De Cauter, followed by a public discussion


Session VI. The state and capital (flows). Part II
at Cinema RITCS
19.30-22.00 Vermeir & Heiremans, Masquerade (2015, 51 mins.)
Screening followed by a public discussion with Vermeir & Heiremans, moderated by Wouter Hessels (coordinator cinema RITCS)


Except for the evening film screenings at Cinema RITCS on January 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 2018, admission to all the day sessions of the First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium on January 10, 11 and 12, 2018, is free. However, it is strongly recommended to make reservations. Without confirmed reservations, admittance and/or seatings cannot be guaranteed. Please mention your full name and the day(s) or session(s) you will attend in a message sent before January 8, 2018 to:


The address of RITCS (Aula 1), RITCS Café and Cinema RITCS is Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, 1000 Brussels


See flyer for the complete programme of the symposium