Rini Hurkmans
Flag of Compassion Archive
2011 – 2012

Small Science Group

As part of LAPS, research Institute for Art and Public Space, Rini Hurkmans brought together a group of students and alumni of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the University of Amsterdam, the SSG, to analyze and discuss together several point of views of the artwork. This resulted amongst others in the refining of the Manifest and the Atlas Flag of Compassion. The Atlas, an overview or map that reveals how the artwork functions, shows the topics, questions and contradictions that the work touches upon. To finalize the research all participants of SSG wrote an essay or made a visual presentation.

The final Atlas Flag of Compassion, designed by SSG, serves as the backbone for the next step of the research. Several thinkers, writers and artists discussed and researched from philosophical, ethical, aesthetical and sociological perspectives what Flag of Compassion is about.
This gave rise to the book Compassion. A Paradox in Art and Society. This book is compiled by Jeroen Boomgaard (lecturer LAPS), Rini Hurkmans (also initiator of the book) and Judith Westerveld (artist, alumnus GRA) and in 2017 it was published by Valiz as part of the series Making Public. Three participants of the SSG developed and deepened their essays and these are included in the book.

SSG (Small Science Group)
Period of existence: April 2011 up to December 2012
Theoretical research that investigates the functioning of the artwork Flag of Compassion.
Average of 9 members, 1st meeting 21-04-2011, 10 meetings