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Henk Slager

Research and visual art have colored the context of many activities developed by Henk Slager over the last five years. Significant contributions to the debate on the situation of research in visual art resulted from his professorship in Artistic Research and his position of Dean of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) leading to productions such as the yearly Dutch Artistic Research Event(DARE) and the publication of the biannual MaHKUzine, Journal of Artistic Research.

In 2006, Henk Slager initiated—together with Jan Kaila and Gertrud Sandqvist—the European Artistic Research Network (EARN), a network investigating the consequences of artistic research for current art education in symposia, expert meetings, and presentations such as A Certain Ma-ness (Amsterdam 2008), Epistemic Encounters (Utrecht 2009), Arts Research: Publics and Purposes (Dublin 2010), Tables of Thought (Helsinki 2010), The Academy Strikes Back (Brussels 2010), and Art as a Thinking Process (Venice 2011).

Departing from a similar focus on artistic research, Henk Slager produced various curatorial projects such as Flash cube (Leeum, Seoul 2007), Shelter 07 (The Freedom of Public Art in the Cover of Urban Space, City of Harderwijk 2007), Translocalmotion (co-curator 7th Shanghai Biennale 2008), Nameless Science (Apexart, New York 2009), Becoming Bologna (Collatoral Project Venice Biennale 2009),Critique of Archival Reason (Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2010), Artistic Anthropology (NJP Art Center, Seoul 2010), As the Academy Turns (Collaborative project Manifesta 8, Murcia 2010) and Any-Medium-Whatever (Georgian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011).

Henk Slager's current positions are Dean of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) and Professor of Artistic Research at the Utrecht School of the Arts; Visiting Professor of Theory and Artistic Research at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki; Tutor Curatorial Program at De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam; and Member of the Academic Committee of the Shanghai Biennale.
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