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In the Making #5: Barbro Scholz and Li Lorian, Experiencing Text and Textile, with Guest Speaker Suzanne Knip-Mooij

Sunday 28 April 2024
West in the former American embassy
Lange Voorhout 102
The Hague

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University and art institute West Den Haag are pleased to announce their close collaboration in the new public series In the Making. In six public sessions they will present to the public different practices of research in the arts.

Artistic production has always expressed the forms in which we know, explore, and sense the world we live in. The current practice of research in the arts consciously assumes this exploration. In the past decades the focus on research in the domain of the arts has grown – as well as its role in universities and other research contexts – expressing its engagement with the realities of the world at large.

In the Making will address how artists conduct their research. Guest artist researchers and artist researchers from Leiden University will present their projects, approaches to research, methods and results. Each session will address questions inherent to these projects. In the Making aims to deepen a perspective which conceives of artistic practice not as the sole product of individual visionaries but as a collective endeavor embedded in society. It addresses the role of art in the construction of the present and the creation of possible futures.

In the Making #5

In this session researchers Barbro Scholz and Li Lorian ask the following questions: How does light feel on the body? What sort of togetherness is there in reading text?

They will explore tangible and intangible experiences of voice and textile light. In their practice, both artists are interested in ways of communicating aesthetic experience. Procedures of documentation and transmission bring up questions concerning audience, spectatorship and participation in the art field and artistic research. They aim to open up for participative thinking and valuing aesthetic and experiential knowledge of themselves and others.

About the speakers

Artist and designer Barbro Scholz deals with experiential qualities of tangible (textiles) and intangible (light) materials, and how their interplay invites for novel forms of performativity.

Performer and artist Li Lorian is interested in practices of reading text, to oneself and outloud, voicing and finding new means of commonality. Both of them have an interest in movement, affect, and entanglement to be investigated in a playful, participatory, collaborative research. This session is a great opportunity for them to find ways to share their yet unformulated thoughts in an experiential method with an audience.

Joining as a guest speaker, researcher, writer, and lecturer Suzanne Knip-Mooij conducts PhD research on contestations of life in contemporary theatre and performance at the Theatre Studies Department of Free Universität Berlin.

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