Participation on Trial


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detailed programme of

Participation on Trial

and practical information.


This autumn Castrum Peregrini will host a two-day international conference on participatory art. The aim of the conference is to unfold the complex ethical and philosophical issues that surround participatory art projects, and to encourage the audience to form an opinion and determine their own position. Participants include Mieke Bal (cultural theorist and critic), Ruth Noack (curator and writer), Henk Oosterling (philosopher), Chrissie Tiller
(Programme Convenor at Goldsmiths College), Nina Folkersma and many others.

juryThe first day of the conference, Friday October 10, will be an enacted court case. During this public court hearing questions around participatory art will be addressed in a polemic manner. All speakers and participants get a specific role: as judge, prosecutor, lawyer, witness or external expert. Taking up these roles they will discuss all the arguments in a playful but serious manner.

CheikhDjili_STUDIO200The second day, Saturday October 11, will focus on the practice of participation: how to do it? Which approach works and which does not? The toolkit  that was developed in the TimeCase project will be launched and some inspiring case studies will be presented and discussed.

We hope to welcome you on both days. Please mark the dates October 10 and 11 in your calender. The full programme will be published very soon on

If you do not want to wait any longer and be immediately assured of a ticket, please register at

Yours sincerly,

Nina Folkersma (curator and keynote speaker)
Michael Defuster and Lars Ebert (Castrum Peregrini)
Jan Jaap Knol (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie)
and partners
Barbara Honrath and Joachim Umlauf, Goethe Institut
Thera Jonker and Nelly van der Geest, Utrecht School of Arts


Participation on Trial is organised by Castrum Peregrini in close collaboration with curator Nina Folkersma and in cooperation with the Fonds Voor Cultuurparticipatie, Goethe Institut, Utrecht School of Arts, and Rietveld Academie Amsterdam; in the framework of the Erasmus project TimeCase. 


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