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PhDArts Conference

Thursday 18 October 2018 - Friday 19 October 2018
PJ Veth Building
Nonnensteeg 1-3
Exhibition ℞eformat by Ruchama Noorda, 2015. Photo by Gert Jan van Rooij, courtesy of PhDArts.

Celebrating 10 years PhDArts

How do we establish, sustain and nourish a vital research culture in the arts? 

Celebrating 10 years PhDArts
18 – 19 October 2018
Academy of Creative and Performing Arts
Leiden University

Nation-wide research culture in the arts

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague organize a conference on October 18th and 19th 2018 to address the current status and possibilities for the development of a nation-wide research culture in the arts.
Over the past 20 years, artistic research has steadily gained ground as a new research discipline in The Netherlands. PhD programs in artistic research have been established or are being developed, in a collaborative effort between universities and art schools. With this conference, ACPA aims to address ways to consolidate, sustain and nourish a research culture in the arts on a national level. The conference will comprise artistic presentations by researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines enrolled at 3rd level educational institutions across the country, as well as two keynote lectures on the topic of the conference, break-out groups and artistic presentations by ACPA PhD candidates and alumni. 
The aim is to gather experiences and insights from all parties involved in the field, to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between universities and art institutions nation-wide and to build a community that stimulates collaborations between colleague institutions and their different initiatives.



18 October 10:00 – 22:00 
19 October   9:30 – 17:00 


18 & 19 October 
PJ Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden
(entrance via Rapenburg 73, Hortus Botanicus)
See map 

18 October 20:00 – 22:00
Het Leidse Volkshuis, Apothekersdijk 33A, Leiden
More information: acpa@hum.leidenuniv.nl


PhDArts Conference

Thursday October 18

10:00 – 18:00 hrs
PJ Veth Building
Keynote lecture by dr. Henk Oosterling- Art based research as hypocritical reflaction 

Presentations by

Aymeric Mansoux (Willem de Kooning Academy)- Who is your audience? 
David Weber-Krebs (ARIAS, DAS Graduate School)- The actual event 
Yael Davids (ARIAS, Gerrit Rietveld Academie)- A daily practice 
Andrea Stultiens (Minerva Art Academy/PhDArts)- Turning points (in a research on photographs – ebifananyi  in Uganda)

Sound installation Distance / Fiction by Gabriel Paiuk

PhDArts Festival
20:00 – 22:00 hrs
Het Leidse Volkshuis
Artistic presentations by
João Rival/Le Concert D’Apollon
Sophie Ernst and Elizabeth Waagemeester
Ned McGowan and Laurens de Boer
Richard Barrett
Suzan Tunca and Giuliano Bracci
Eleni Kamma and Margo van de Linde

PhDArts Conference

Friday October 19

 9.30 – 18:00 hrs
PJ Veth Building
Keynote lecture by Prof.dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek - Art and technology as experimental philosophy

Presentations by

Marlies Vermeulen and Veerle Spronck (Zuyd)- Tuning in, mapping out 
Riccardo Giacconi (PhDArts)- Notes on animation 
Shailoh Phillips (PhDArts/ Critical Making Consortium)- Inflatable critique: cybernetics and tactics for collaborative direct action 
Anja Groten (PhDArts/ Critical Making Consortium)- The workshop as a site for contestation

Breakout sessions

14.00-15.30 hrs.

The Breakout sessions are meant to prompt a dialogue among the conference participants on some of the challenging areas inherent to the topic of establishing a research culture in the arts. Each of these simultaneous sessions will focus on one area and will be moderated by a staff member of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.

The session on Artistic Research and the Art World will focus on the diverse ways in which notions of research play a role in artistic practices outside of educational institutions and its relevance to the art community at large.                          

The session on Artistic Research and Interdisciplinarity will deal with the transgression of borders between inherited fields as a significant aspect of research in the arts and the emergence of hybrid fields between the arts, humanities and sciences.

The session on Artistic Research and Academia will focus on the deep exchange taking place at the root of the relationship between art and traditional research institutions - how do both domains affect the conditions for the other to exist and flourish.

The session on Artistic Research and Method addresses the challenge of developing a research method, habitually conceived as a requirement for the production of knowledge in traditional domains of research, suited to the context of artistic practice.


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