Symposium, Conference and Workshop: Jeronimo Voss / Anton Pannekoek at KNAW

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Date: June 8-11

Language: English

Entrance: Free, but registration required

Public tour of Jeronimo Voss 'Inverted Night Sky' exhibition at SMBA (June 8), KNAW Symposium (June 9), International Conference 'Ways of Viewing Science and Society' at KNAW (see programme and abstracts attached) (June 9 & 10), and 'Economies of Time' workshop at SMBA (June 11).

UPDATE: Conference presentations now online

Weren't able to make it to the conference, or want to familiarise yourself with some of the talks? The presentations are now viewable on the KNAW website:




Date: June 9, 7 - 9 p.m.

Location: KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Entrance: admission is free, but registration is required. Register:

For his exhibtion 'Inverted Night Sky', Jeronimo Voss was inspired by the Milky Way drawings of Anton Pannekoek. Pannekoek is not only considered to be the founder of astrophysics in the Netherlands, he was also a radical socialist. Although Pannekoek attempted to separate science and politics, there are striking similarities. The speakers at the symposium will critically discuss the aesthetic, scientific and socialist aspects of Pannekoek's work.


Ed van den Heuvel, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam; Robert Smith, Professor of History of Science, University of Alberta, Canada; Gerrit Voerman, Professor of Development and functioning of the Dutch and European party system, University of Groningen; interview with Jeronimo Voss about his exhibition 'Inverted Night Sky' conducted by Johan Hartle, art historian, Universty of Amsterdam and Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany.

This symposium is organized in collaboration with IISG, KNAW, Anton Pannekoek Instituut, Stedelijk Museum and SMBA.


Public tour 'Inverted Night Sky' by Jeronimo Voss

Date: June 8, 6 p.m.

Location: SMBA


Ahead of the international two-day conference 'Ways of Viewing Science and Society', Jeronimo Voss will give a public tour around the exhibition 'Inverted Night Sky', on view until June 26 in SMBA.


International Conference


Date: June 9 and 10, 2016

Location: KNAW, Tinbergenzaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam

Entrance: admission is free, but registration required. Register:

In connection with the exhibition 'Jeronimo Voss - Inverted Night Sky' in SMBA, a two-day international conference 'Ways of Viewing Science and Society' will take place at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This conference is organized in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Academy and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam and explores how scholarship, arts and political ideology interacted during the early twentieth century.


Gerard Alberts, University of Amsterdam; David Baneke, University of Utrecht; Klaas van Berkel, University of Groningen; Johan Hartle, HfG Karlsruhe; Alex de Jong & Joost Kircz, International Institute for Research and Education; Bart Karstens, University of Amsterdam; Alexei Kojevnikov, University of British Columbia; Sven Lütticken, VU University Amsterdam; Paul Mattick, Adelphi University, New York; Daniela de Paulis, University of Amsterdam;Annemarie Rullens, Leiden University; Eric-John Russell, Kingston University, London; Robert W. Smith, University of Alberta; Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University; Gerrit Voerman, University of Groningen; Alena J. Williams, University of California, San Diego.


SMBA Workshop

'Economies of Time'

Date: Saturday, June 11, 4pm.

Location: SMBA

Entrance: Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Please write to

The Dutch council communists of the 1930s outlined "the social revolution is nothing more than the introduction of the labour-hour as the unit measure regulating and controlling the whole of economic life” (The Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution, GIK Holland). Today, a calculation of the distribution of goods based on labour time appears outdated, given the industrial conditions of enormously increased productivity. Yet, under present conditions of chronic overproduction, what we lack the most of is time. How does the "Economy of Time“ determine our present perspective on politics, or even the visual arts of time based media?

A workshop with Paul Mattick (NYC), Eric-John Russel (London), Bart van der Stehn (Leiden), Martin Stiehl, Jessica Sehrt, Jeronimo Voss (Frankfurt am Main), amo.


Image: Jeronimo Voss, Inverted Night Sky, 2016. Full-dome video projection. Image by Gert Jan van Rooij.