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#empathyporn 02: Encounters

#empathyporn 02: Encounters

Frascati Producties / Julian Hetzel (DE / NL)

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Encounter 02: Appropriation as a form of critique

The second Encounter focusses on appropriation as a form of critique.

Parasitism is a survival strategy that requires creative solutions: the hijacking of existing neoliberal formats in order to question and disturb the predominant economic system seems to become a successful formula for (artistic) disobedience. To learn the vocabulary and to quote the aesthetics and the appearance of the “enemy” in order to insert critical positions that function as “troyan horses” inside the system, is one of Julian Hetzel’s subversive strategies in making art. It is an ambiguous proposition where activism meets opportunism…

With: Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, Sigrid Merx, Platform-Scenography, Sodja Lotker, Julian Hetzel

Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is a teacher and researcher in theatre and performance studies at Utrecht University. Her areas of interest are dramaturgy, artistic strategies, scenography, and performance philosophy. She incidentally works as a dramaturg and artistic adviser.

Sigrid Merx is a teacher and researcher in theatre and performance studies at Utrecht University. Her areas of interest are performance interventions in public space, dramaturgy, performative research methods and scenography. She incidentally works as a dramaturg as well.

Liesbeth and Sigrid are both members of Platform-Scenography (P-S). Platform-Scenography is an analogue and digital network by and for scenographers which immerses itself in scenographic thinking and working

Sodja Zupanc Lotker works as a dramaturg for independent devised theatre, dance, media and site specific project for instance with CIA Dani Lima, Lotte van den Berg, Farm in the Cave, Cristina Maldonado, TAAT as well as Wojtek Ziemilski and Ahilan Ratnamohan. She was Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2008-2015, and has curated numerous exhibitions and events for the PQ since 1999. She is a course leader of Master in Directing Devised and Object Theatre and teaches dramaturgy at Prague Performing Arts Academy. She has given lectures at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, KhIO Oslo, Central School of Speech and Drama, Kiasma Helsinki and a number of festivals and symposia. She has a PhD in spatial dramaturgy from DAMU and Vienna University, and is currently researching Costume Agency within performance composition (at KhIO Oslo) and use of tools of conceptual art in contemporary performance (at DAMU Prague). She is a board member of Performance Research journal and Theatre and Performance Design journal (both published by Routledge). 


Julian Hetzel studeerde visuele communicatie aan de Bauhaus University Weimar, daarna verhuisde hij naar Amsterdam om zijn opleiding voort te zetten bij het masterprogramma van de AHK DasArts. Al tijdens zijn opleiding viel hij op met spraakmakende performances als PrENTER (2008), die werd getoond op het ARS Electronica festival 2008 in Linz en The Benefactor (2011). In 2016 richtte hij de stichting Ism & Heit op als een structuur om zijn artistiek werk te ontwikkelen, met Utrecht als uitvalsbasis. Julian Hetzel is ook oprichter en drummer van de electro-popband Pentatones.

All Inclusive (Campo & Frascati Producties, 2018)
The Automated Sniper (Frascati Producties en Ism & Heit, 2017)
Schuldfabrik (Steirischer Herbst Graz en Ism & Heit, 2016)
Sculpting Fear (SPRING Utrecht, 2015)
STILL – The Economy of Waiting (SPRING Utrecht, 2014)
I’m Not Here Says the Void (Frascati Producties & DasArts, 2013)
The Benefactor (DasArts, 2011)



Encounters maakt deel uit van het vierdaagse programma #empathyporn rondom het werk van Julian Hetzel. Voor iedere dag is er een kaart te koop die toegang geeft tot het hele avondprogramma. Bekijk hier het hele programmaoverzicht.