Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences

22 February: Art-Knowledge #1

Writing Worlds: Debate about Creative Writing in Research


KNAW & ARIAS, in collaboration with the UvA Art History department

What could scholars and scientists learn from different forms of writing, such as poetry, prose and science fiction narratives? And what can artists gain from entering the community of academic writers? In contrast to the UK and the US, Dutch BA students gain little experience in creative writing. Even in debates on Artistic Research, Creative Writing has long been ignored. And it is only now that hybrid forms of writing gain attention. This evening, four artists, writers and scholars will help towards producing new ways in writing both in the academic world and in art.

With: Maria Fusco (writer, lecturer), Tine Melzer (artist, writer), Miriam Rasch (writer, scholar) and Maria Barnas (artist, writer).

Moderators: Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes (University of Amsterdam) & Diederik Oostdijk (Vrije Universiteit)

22 February, 19.00 (doors open), 19.30 (start), Literair Theater Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86. This evening is English spoken. (Entrance is free, please sign up by sending an email to


Four evenings on Art-Knowledge

What can the sciences learn from the arts? And vice versa, what can the arts learn from academia? The KNAW and ARIAS offer a series of four evenings, during which artists and researchers will show, perform and lecture about the way art-research operates in the interface of art and academia. From new ways of writing, to new concepts of wellbeing, experimental forms for researching big climate questions and experiments in education.


Thursday 22 February: Writing Worlds (Perdu)

Thursday 29 March: Art, Culture, Health (KNAW)

Thursday 19 April: Art, Culture, Ecology (Perdu)

Thursday 31 May: Art & Education (Perdu)


What is ARIAS?

In June 2016, five higher education institutions in Amsterdam decided to start a new platform for cooperation on research in, with and through the arts. ARIAS, the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences, aims to foster collaborative research between the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). All five institutions are represented in the ARIAS board as well as in the ARIAS advisory committee. Goal of ARIAS is to facilitate new joint research programs, funding applications and to give visibility to research in and through the arts. Drawing from important research themes at NWO and the Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, the three main research clusters of ARIAS are: ‘the city as a site of research’, ‘art, culture & health’, ‘art, research and education.’


Turfdraagsterspad 9 Amsterdam