The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium

The Trouble With The State
RITCS School of Arts, Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, 1000 Brussel

The First RITCS Arts & Politics Symposium will take place at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels on January 10-11-12, 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. 

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Berlin-and-Moscow-based writer David Riff will discuss the fascinating role of Mikhail Lifshitz in the aesthetic discussions in the former Soviet-Union and its own very particular version of 1968. Klaas Tindemans will consider the performative character of the state and choreographer Sanja Mitrovic will present her work, including its most recent developments, such as the preparations for her new piece My Revolution Is Better Than Yours.


RITCS, AULA 1 I Session VII. From 1968 until today. The state of our troubles 
10.30 - 11.30: David Riff (writer, Berlin/ Moscow). Mikhail Lifshitz’s Crisis of Ugliness and the Soviet 1968. Keynote Lecture
11.30 - 12.30: David Riff in conversation with Lara Staal (curator, Amsterdam) and Alice Creischer (artist, Berlin), followed by a public discussion.
12.30 - 14.00: Lunch time. 

RITCS CAFE I Session VIII. The state of performance. Performing the state
14.00 - 14.30: Klaas Tindemans (RITCS & VUB). “I Will Keep My State”. Some Notes on the State as a Performative Construction. Lecture
14.30 - 15.00: Q&A 
15.00 - 15.30: Coffee break
15.30 - 16.30: Sanja Mitrovic, Artist Presentation.
16.30 - 17.30: Discussion. Sanja Mitrovic in conversation with Jeroen Theunissen (RITCS) and Klaas Tindemans, followed by a public discussion.
17.30 - 19.00: Closing drinks. 

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: