Date:21 October 2014
    Time:15:00 - 17:00
    Price:Free entrance
    Location:Baltan Laboratories
    Street:Kastanjelaan 500
    Zip code:5604 EA
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    Posted in presentation, 11th of August, 2014


    The Prison Triptych Talks
    Age of Wonderland Talks by Klaas Burger and Rein Gerritsen

    Local expert Klaas Burger, who worked with ex-prisoners and developed art projects with Roma, will be sharing his experiences. Together, Burger and the second guest, ex-prisoner, philosopher and writer Rein Gerritsen, tap into the stigmatization, criminality, society organization and the way in which different prison systems affect their prisoners, and discuss possible solutions for the future.

    The Prison Triptych TalksThe Prison Triptych Talks
    The Prison Triptych TalksThe Prison Triptych Talks

    The Prison Triptych #1 as part of Age of Wonderland is an international research collaboration consisting of a publication and a mobile lab. Artist José Montealegre from Nicaragua collaborates with Eindhoven-based artist Griet Menschaert to investigate social aspects related to crime, prison architecture, stigmatization of minorities, and how these differ in countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua and The Netherlands. Their publication contains artistic reflections on the development of prison systems, stories about their research, and drawings related to the future of crime. During Age of Wonderland they will question innovations in this field, using their mobile unit as a research lab tapping into the different locations in the city of Eindhoven. 

    As part of the Prison Triptych Project, the artists have invited two guest speakers working at the intersection of art, philosophy, (ex-) prisoners and crime reduction in society. The lectures will be used to further develop art works and reactions to what is happening in our society in the field of imprisonment versus freedom.

    Klaas Burger (1977) is visual artist and theologian. His last work, ‘Welcome to the Future’, is a triumphal arch in Mungo (Suriname). It’s not finished yet, because of protests by some Pentecostal groups, who suppose the gate is idolatrous. Earlier works concerned Roma groups in Breda and Kosice, and the way artists think about themselves. Burger works context- and location-based. The main focus of his work is perception: how do we build the images we use to organize the world? Since 2014 Burger has been artistic director of Academie voor Beeldvorming, formerly Het Makershuis.

    Rein Gerritsen (1959) was convicted for bank robbery. In his autobiography ‘Knock-Out’ he describes how he, as a young man, got caught up in crime. How he fared in his  years as an ex-convict he describes impressively in the book ‘13 accidents’. Nowadays, he works as a writer and is a frequently requested speaker. He is also involved in setting up a new scientific discipline in which the study of philosophical foundations in the criminal justice chain takes center space. Last year, Reins latest book, ‘Filosoof in de bajes’ (Uitg. SVW) (Philosopher in prison). (Publ. SVW).


    Rein Gerritsen: http://www.reingerritsen.nl

    Klaas Burger:


    This project is an initiative by Baltan Laboratories and Hivos, developed as part of Age of Wonderland for Dutch Design Week 2014. 

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