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Gijs Van Oenen:

The Inter­passive Trans­formation of
Demo­cratic Life, The Habitat of Interpassivity, The Sphere of Art

Salt Beyoğlu

July 9, 2011 18.30 – 20.00


Gijs van Oenen suggests that we have become overburdened by the responsibilities implied by emancipatory citizenship, and hence we tend to outsource elements of our daily responsibilities to external institutions, organizations, and designs. Alongside political and legal intervention, supervision and control is increasingly exercised through new forms of environmental design, that may physically or electronically guide or restrain us whenever we threaten to transgress the norms of society. It is via these contexts that van Oenen will discuss the concept of interpassivity in relation to art.

Gijs van Oenen studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy of law from the University of Amsterdam in 1994. In addition to Erasmus University, he has been affiliated with Haarlem Polytechnic, University of Amsterdam, Webster University Leiden and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. He is currently a senior lecturer of practical philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam and heads the research program “Interpassive metal fatigue,” sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). His book on interpassivity will be published November 2011.