Public Defense The Variational Mode

The public defense by visual artist Riccardo Giacconi of the research project entitled 'The Variational Mode: Three cases about documents, artworks and animation' consists of two parts. On 13 November at 12.00 Giacconi will publicly elucidate his artistic work for the doctoral examination committee in the exhibition 'The Variational Mode'. At 16.15 on the same day Giacconi will defend his dissertation in the Senate Chamber of Leiden University.

Giacconi researches particular historical documents and, more specifically, explores their narrative potential. In his dissertation, Giacconi argues that in order to investigate their latent stories, documents need to be used in a specific way. This argumentation resonates in his artistic work through which he conceives an alternative mode of existence of documents.

13 November 2019 at 12.00
Gravensteen, Leiden University
Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden

13 November 2019 at 16.15
Senate Chamber
Academy Building, Leiden University
Rapenburg 73, Leiden

12 November–14 November 2019
Opening hours: 10.00–18.00
Gravensteen, Universiteit Leiden
Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden

Prof. dr. Frans Willem Korsten, Senior University Lecturer, Centre for the Arts in Society, Leiden University
Prof. dr. Janneke Wesseling, Professor in Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University
Dr. Yasco Horsman, University Lecturer, Centre for the Arts in Society, Leiden University
Roy Villevoye, visual artist

Riccardo Giacconi and Herlyng Ferla, 'El diablo en el pozo' (detail), 2015, courtesy the artists.