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Losing Ground: On holes and other absences

Losing ground poster


Bringing together social scientists, architects, artists, filmmakers and others, the event is perhaps the first of its kind in attempting to analyse the occurrence and subject of holes through a truly multi-disciplinary lens. We hope to foster conversations on bullet holes, potholes, sink holes, black & white holes and other lacks and potentialities through a dedicated workshop and an art exhibition.

The workshop, held on the first day (19 May), featured a series of inter-disciplinary panel discussions and a number of art installations.


Recordings of workshop presentations

The workshop was held in parallel with an art exhibition and a roundtable (20 May). The latter featured segments of Heide Fasnacht’s Suspect Terrain and Jenny Perlin’s One Hundred Sinkholes (both from the New School), and roundtable discussion with Dr. Divya P. Tolia-Kelly (Durham University) and Prof. Teresa Stoppani (Leeds Beckett/ London South Bank University). The event is part of a larger effort to make holes relevant as a subject and site of learning, research and wonder.

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The event was organised by Marijn Nieuwenhuis and Aya Nassar, and is funded by the IAS International Visiting Fellows scheme, the New School and PaiS.

Recordings of the exhibition and roundtable