The beautiful RASL Compositions publication, designed by Studio Template was launched with an introduction by Wilma Franchimon (Chair of the Executive Board of Codarts Rotterdam) Dr. Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens (Lector Education innovation at Codarts, associate professor at Education Innovation at Erasmus School of Philosphy), Renée Turner (Research Lecturer, Hybrid Publishing at Willem de Kooning Academie) and Jeroen Chabot (Director of Willem de Kooning Academie).
The launch was made official by handing over the publication to Director of VSNU Babs van den Bergh, Vice-director of the Vereniging Hogescholen Carola Hageman, Account holder Art Education at the Ministry of OCW Hester van den Blink and RASL student Jasmijn van der Linden.
Liesbeth explained the choice of the word Compositions, and here we gain another definition. Composition is “the act or process of composing. Specifically: arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form”.
The book is a compilation of essays into and around all that RASL is comprised of. It’s online existence lives at publications.rasl.nu. The word composition was chosen as a way to express an importance in these texts to a reader; that we should perceive them as distinct parts while being able to form a whole. Work that is relational and pluralistic, is this an ethos for collaboration perhaps?
Club Gewalt, Rotterdam based musical theatre “sing better than Mariah Carey”, closed the publication launch in wild, ritualistic style. During which RASL Compositions went through a baptism of drums, guitar, mooing and mythical monologues, through an immersive performance with “overactive salivary glands”, and a clear love for trans-disciplinary practice.
We digested this performance during the panel discussion with Marleen Stikker, Ellen Walraven (Artistic Director of Theater Rotterdam), Dr. Robin van den Akker (Erasmus Lecturer and part of RASL’s Research group) and Double Degree student Jasmijn van der Linden. They discussed what restricts research? Again the issue was raised that the difficulties lie in the institution. Teana Boston-Mammah asks us if existing hierarchies within institutions torpedo these discussions, and we are reminded of the voices still to be listened to.