Opening Academic Year

Refik Anadol shows his art

The academic year 2022-2023 of Erasmus University Rotterdam was opened on September 5th. The theme ‘AI and us: imagining the future’ provided a special programme in which science, art and artificial intelligence (AI) got together.

Aftermovie - Opening Academic Year 2022-2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers unprecedented opportunities but also has risks. How do we deal with this as a university and society? And what is the role of art and science in this? In the special and interactive meeting, various perspectives on this were featured. The visual highlight was undoubtedly the digital data-driven art of Refik Anadol, who overwhelmed the attendees with his art on enormous screens.

(Re-)watch the Opening of the Academic Year online

Did you miss the Opening of the Academic Year? Via the link below you can watch the recordings of the event.

MEAU touches the audience with her songs and voice
MEAU touches the audience with her songs and voice
Arie Kers

Rotterdam writer and performer Elfie Tromp hosted the event and singer-songwriter Meau (known for her number 1 hit ‘Dat heb jij gedaan’) provided the music. The opening took place in the Aula of Erasmus University Rotterdam and was livestreamed simultaneously with real-time subtitles in Dutch, translated by AI.

Re-watch the OAY here
Het cortège loopt over het regenboogpad
Het cortège loopt over het regenboogpad
Alexander Santos Lima
Refik Anadol talks about his AI art
Refik Anadol talks about his AI art
Alexander Santos Lima

Refik Anadol’s AI art

Refik Anadol is a world-leading artist who breaks boundaries between the physical and digital with data-driven machine learning. He talked about his inspirations and way of working, while his dreamlike art was displayed on huge screens in the Aula.

Award ceremony

As always, the Opening of the Academic Year is the moment to award prizes to outstanding members of our academic community. This year's Education Prize was awarded to Marloes Nederhand (assistant professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences), who created considerable societal impact by continuously emphasizing the importance of education in research designs, teaching, management and policy making.

The Student Societal Impact Award 2022 was awarded to GIDS, an agency that connects students with parties in society and vice versa. The Rotterdam Thesis Award was won by Ingrid Blankesteijn for her thesis ‘The Elephant in the Treatment Room; acknowledging and treating the consequences of racism and mental and physical health’. Lastly, vice chair of the Executive Board Ellen van Schoten awarded the Sustainability Award to the Eurekaweek Board, who made over 5000 students aware why sustainability is so important with measures from reusable ponchos to bottles for tap water.

Looking back in photo's

Refik Anadol shows his art
Opening Academic Year 2022-2023
  • The cortège walks the rainbow runway
  • Refik Anadol talks about his AI art
  • MEAU touches the audience with her songs and voice

Opening Academic Year 2022-2023

Refik Anadol laat zijn kunst zien
1/6 Refik Anadol laat zijn kunst zien
Arie Kers
Het cortège loopt over het regenboogpad
2/6 Het cortège loopt over het regenboogpad
Alexander Santos Lima
Refik Anadol vertelt over zijn AI-kunst
3/6 Refik Anadol vertelt over zijn AI-kunst
Alexander Santos Lima
MEAU raakt het publiek met haar muziek en stem
4/6 MEAU raakt het publiek met haar muziek en stem
Arie Kers
Said Kasmi en Farshida Zafar bespreken AI in relatie tot de universiteit en de stad
5/6 Said Kasmi en Farshida Zafar bespreken AI in relatie tot de universiteit en de stad
Arie Kers
Het cortège is op weg naar de Opening Academisch Jaar
6/6 Het cortège is op weg naar de Opening Academisch Jaar
Arie Kers
Refik Anadol shows his art
The cortège walks the rainbow runway
Refik Anadol talks about his AI art
MEAU touches the audience with her songs and voice
Said Kasmi en Farshida Zafar discuss AI in relation to the university and the city
The cortège on its way to the Opening Academic Year

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