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Within the artistic research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, the relationship between art and ecology plays an increasingly important role. Based on the need to give ecology a permanent place within the Academy's fabric, we established the new interdisciplinary research group ‘Art & Ecology’, which will be launched during the research festival ARTICULATE I ECOSYSTEMS. Among the other research groups as well, social and political engagement and artistic activism linked to ecological issues have long been part of their identity.

To inspire a young generation of artists to delve deeper into the theory and practice of eco-art or to even move with their own practice into the field of art and ecology, ARTICULATE I ECOSYSTEMS presents a comprehensive programme that encourages critical reflection and engagement.

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Tue 17 Oct

ARIA Symposium ‘Sensing Earth – Cultural Quests Across a Heated Globe’

14:00 - 20:00

Science and technology alone won't save the Earth. Eco-capitalism misleads; climate change is also a cultural issue. This symposium challenges our ecological senses, rediscusses (cultural) mobility and ecological responsibility, and winks at creative approaches to cooler futures.
__ Free entrance for students and researchers of the Academy (mail to
__ at De Studio

Fri 20 Oct


18:00 - 19:30

‘Carved to flow – Germination’, Otobong Nkanga in dialogue with Emanuele Coccia
We open the public programme with an exceptional conversation between Emanuele Coccia - eco-philosopher and author of 'The Life of Plants' - and visual artist Otobong Nkanga.
__ at Lange Zaal


Opening exhibitions with drinks and food
- 'Forms of Life'
- 'Ecosystems’ 
__ at entrance hall, Lange Zaal & Wintertuin

21 Oct - 9 Nov

Exhibition ‘Forms of Life’ 

Wed - Sat
12:00 - 18:00

An exhibition by the 'Forms of Life' research project: Max Beets, Pieter Eliëns, Kristí Fekete, Rafaela Figurski Vieira, Christophe Gallois, Tina Gillen, Nina Gross, Malena Guerrieri, Paul Müller, Diana Murray Watts, Oona Oikkonen, Laurence Petrone, Pit Riewer, Maren Katharina Rommerskirchen, Alexandra Vitalyevna Samarova, Maria Sawizki, Rune Tuerlinckx, Witold Vandenbroeck
__at Wintertuin

21 Oct - 9 Nov

Exhibition ‘Ecosystems’ 

Wed - Sat
12:00 - 18:00

An exhibition with printed matter by the early land-, earth- and eco- artists, and works by Mirja Busch, Charo Calvo, Jeroen Cluckers, Tim Theo Deceuninck, Eline De Clercq, Els Dietvorst, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Sascha Herrmann, Patricia Johanson, Ilaria Lupo, Jarek Lustych, Dries Segers, Kristof Timmerman, Saskia Van Der Gucht, among others.
__at Lange Zaal

21 Oct - 9 Nov

Ecosystems reading table

Mon - Fri
09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00

A reading table with inspiring and thought-provoking books on ecosystems, and art & ecology, selected from the Academy Library's collection.
__ at the Library

23 - 27 Oct

Research Classes

Mon - Fri
10:00 - 18:00 

The five-day experimental and reflective research classes for master students focus on various facets of ecosystems. The students work around art and ecology, climate change, community gardening, rituals, food, embodiment, landscape, nature and activism, under the guidance of artist-researchers Eline De Cercq, Charlotte Koopman, Delphine Wibaux, Bart Van Dijck, and Andrea Cammarosano.
__ at the Academy

Tue 24 Oct

ARIA Symposium ‘Pacifism. Commitment or cowardice, idealism or opportunism?’

14:00 - 20:00

The war in Ukraine challenged our idea of pacifism. What with art and culture in times of war?
Debate organised by Alexandra Tryanova, Jan Beddegenoodts and Pascal Gielen.
__ at De Studio

Tue 24 Oct

'Dying Bear Meditation'

19:00 - 22:00 Organized and guided by Marius Popa & Bart Van Dijck, in the context of the research class 'The Bear and the Smooth Snake'. 'The Dying Bear Meditation' reflects on the autumn equinox and invites you to take a break from daily life, to have attention for what is ending, where we need rest, and what things come up in the darkness.
__ at the Portal
Wed 25 Oct

ARTwork. Conversations about Care for Artists’ Careers

14:00 - 17:00 

Debate organised by the Young Academy, with Nicolas Baeyens, Lodewijk Heylen, Kevin Trappeniers, Sergio Servellon, Stella Lohaus, Laurence Petrone, Maarten Inghels, Bart Vanderbiesen, Vedran Kopljar, Nikol Wellens, among others. 
__ at Havenhuis

Thu 26 Oct

Conversation ‘Artificial Ecologies’


Talk with Johan Pas, Nico Dockx, Roel Arkesteijn, Eline De Clercq and Luc Deleu (T.O.P. Office), on the topicality and current relevance of the land and eco art of the 60s and 70s, reflecting on the role of printed matter, photography and video in documenting temporary interventions. 
__ at Lange Zaal

Fri 27 Oct

Presentations by students

13:00 - 15:00

Presentations 'Research Classes'
The master students of each Research Class get the opportunity to present their experiences and reflections, and to make visible the process.
__ start entrance hall

15:00 - 17:00

Presentations workshop 'UTM -Urban Travel Machines'
By students BA3 Graphic Design in collaboration with Artemios Moulis, María Estíbaliz Espinosa Río, Motswitla Hlakotsa, Marius Povilas Martynenko, Julie Lombé, tutored by Janna Beck, Annelise Cerchedean, Kris Meeusen, Olga Wroniewicz, Philip Meersman.
__ at entrance hall

Sat 28 Oct

ARTwork. Conversations about Care for Artists’ Careers

15:00 - 18:00

Wrap-up symposium organised by the Young Academy, with Nicolas Baeyens and Annelies Van Assche.
__ at Havenhuis

Tue 7 Nov

Talk ‘Patricia Johanson: The World as a Work of Art’


Talk on the American eco-artist Patricia Johanson and her impressive artistic-ecological programme, which she has developed since the late 1960’s, prominence as one of the best practices for eco-artists.
__ at Lange Zaal

Wed 8 Nov

Lecture-workshop 'Silver nor Gold' by Tim Theo Deceuninck

14:00 - 17:00

Within the framework of the Hydromedia project and the 'Ecosystems' exhibition, artist Tim Theo Deceuninck will introduce you to the development of organic ink. 
__ at Lange Zaal

Wed 8 Nov

(postponed) Talk ‘Augurism, the intriguing world of Baloji’


Conversation between transdisciplinary artist Baloji and Brandon Wen, creative director of the fashion department of the Academy, organized by MoMu and Expanding Academy.
__ at MoMu

Thu 9 Nov

Laser Talk ‘Restoring the Human Element’

18:00 - 21:00

An evening of lectures and debates with Frank Theys, Eva- Maria Lopez, Ronny Blust, Edith Doove, Marjolijn Dijkman, Florian Zanatta, a.o., organised by Alexandra Dementieva and Kristof Timmerman (research group MAXlab)
__ at Lange Zaal