A State of Exception


27 March – 3 April

Debat Night Wednesday 27 March, 20:00 – 22:00 uur (free entrance)
Exhibition: 27 March – 3 April 
Location: Bureau Europa Maastricht

To conclude the E-WORDS project, Maastricht University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), the Jan Van Eyck Academie, and Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, organise an evening of debate in which artistic, social and scientific perspectives meet. An accompanying exhibition shows works by Christopher Meerdo (USA), Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz (D), Thomas Stratmann (D), and Joram Raaijmakers (NL).

Alongside the short exhibition at Bureau Europa, the debate concludes a research project and collaboration between universities and cultural institutions in Maastricht, Siena, Krakow, and Sibiu. In E-WORDS, the notions of the totalitarian state, ostracism, prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are examined in the design assignment for a new European identity.

According to American sociologist Neil Fligstein, our idea of who we are is framed in response to a group of ‘Others’. However, this us/them dichotomy is also used and abused by totalitarian regimes, both past and present, to maintain structures of control, oppression, and ostracism.
During this debate evening, the us-them dichotomy is examined through one of the most urgent issues in Europe today: migration. The panelists include: social scientist Aline Sierp (Maastricht University), designer Thomas Stratmann, political scientist Maarten Vink (Maastricht University), visual artist/activist Christopher Meerdo, and coordinator refugee centers for the Province of Limburg, Luc Winants. Moderators: Saskia van Stein (Bureau Europa) and Huib Haye van der Werf (Jan van Eyck).

All welcome at Bureau Europa Maastricht


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