Intrepid Tongues is the result of the collaboration of ten students studying Dutch in their final year at the University of Sheffield. Our parting project is to organise and promote a cultural evening with performances from Dutch and Flemish artists. We invited the cabaret duo, De Gebroeders Fretz, and the poet and finalist of the Leids Cabaretfestival, Maud Vanhauwaert because:
- they blend different artistic modes;
- they question the relationship between art and society through their work;
- we believe they catch the mood of young artists today;
- we think they are very good and great fun and a London audience should meet them.
But there is more..
In addition to organising the event we will investigate the relationship between art and society through a dialogue with the artists and through theoretical exploration. During our weekly group sessions, we endeavour to underpin a few key concepts and examine various attitudes and ideologies. Questions we debate include:
- What are the features of postmodernism?
- Is there a collective aspect to humanity which ties us all together?
- What is irony?
- What is the function of art in / for society?
- Does literature (still) change the world?
- Should artists feel responsible for society or is art simply an expression of the individual?
The students involved with the project are:
- Joel Baker
- Victoria Beardwood
- Christina Barningham
- Savannah Dawsey-Hewitt
- Melanie Hale
- Rachel Jackson
- Amy Seager
- Amy Sheffield
- Louise Snape
- Glenn Turner
Our module leader is Dr Henriette Louwerse and we are grateful to the Embassy of the Netherlands, Flanders House in the UK, the University of Sheffield, The Nederlandse Taalunie for their generous support.