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ARC (art_research_convergence)

ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, and the University of the Arts The Hague, for the active communication of artistic research.

What is ARC?

ARC hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every second Tuesday of the month. The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.
ARC plays a connective role in the network of artistic and investigative practices. It strengthens the knowledge infrastructure in the dynamic field of practice-based research as well as brings it into the public eye. In doing so, it contributes to the knowledge economy in the region.
This project acts as a forum or laboratory, in which artist-researchers work together with other cultural players on new works, designs and performance practices.


  • What? Performances, exhibitions, installations, lectures and other formats suitable for the communication of artistic research
  • Who? Artist-researchers, including graduate students, doctoral candidates and lecturers at artistic research institutions as well as independent artists who regard and represent their work as research
  • For whom? General audience interested in the relationship between art and research, artists, researchers and students whose field has to do with artistic and/or research practices
  • When? 12 January, 9 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May and 8 June, starting at 19:30.

Where? Studio Loos, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20B, 2518 RA, The Hague/ Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE, The Hague  OR online (depending on the covid-19 situation).



Programme 2021

9 February 2021

Lectorate Music, Education & Society Royal Conservatoire with Paul Craenen en Richard Barrett // Studio Loos and/or Online

Improvised music has been in a constant state of evolution since it emerged from both jazz and contemporary composition in the 1960s. Various influences have shaped this evolution, such as the development of new technologies for creating sounds and instruments, the increasing acceptance of improvisational skills as a valuable aspect of music education, and the ways in which improvisational practices in other artistic disciplines can inform and inspire the work of improvising musicians. This last influence has become more pervasive in the 21st century as a result of increasing interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, and the central purpose of Richard Barrett's research project as part of the lectorate "Music, Education and Society" at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague is to investigate how practices in other disciplines might further enrich approaches to musical improvisation. In this session, Richard Barrett will present his research, both verbally and through performance, together with practitioners from the world of improvised music for whom interdisciplinary thinking has been a crucial influence.


Due to the Corona-measures we're not sure whether this will be a live event at Studio LOOS in The Hague or an online event or a combination of both options. We'll update this event as soon as we know more!


9 March 2021

Lectoraat Design KABK, Walking as a Method in Artistic Research, Alice Twemlow// Korzo Theater

The act of walking is a familiar and well-theorized research methodology in the social sciences, especially geography. Its value for new forms of situated, embodied, relational, and material research is also increasingly recognized in the field of artistic research. Whether they wander, stroll, dérive, crusade, trespass, or consciously follow the coordinates of a map; whether they bring with them a camera, audio recorder, facial recognition software, pen and paper, or nothing at all; walking can provide designers and artists with ways to think and make in solitude, to talk and exchange with others, or to simply co-exist with non-human companions.
In this session Dr. Alice Twemlow and a panel of visual arts and design researchers explore the cross currents and the points of differentiation between their various approaches to walking as a research method. Among other topics, they will address the relationship between walking and other strategies and tactics such as writing, mapping, image-making, archiving, sensing, speculation, listening, and place-making, and between walking and issues and themes such as rhythm, public space, climate crisis, the Anthropocene, and slowness. The session also invites a discussion on how walking could be situated more critically in what theorists Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman have labeled a “more-than-human” methodological discourse, with the potential to engender “solidarity, accountability, and response-ability.”

13 April 2021

Musicians Playing With Their Computers | Musicians Interacting With The World // Studio LOOS

Event moderator: Ilya Ziblat

The use of technology in music encompasses different practices – algorithmic composition, live-electronics interfaces, live-coding, etc. But the different ways in which musicians play with computers (or other digital instruments) reflect not only a human relationship with technology, but also a broader and more universal relation – between humans and the world surrounding them.

How do music technologists design their tools and interfaces in order to address the potential needs of a future performance situation? How do they address questions concerning technology and human behaviour or perception? How do they choose to digitally document and study the world around them, and to use computer instruments as a critical tool to retheorize political, cultural, and social issues?

In this session, three presenters will discuss their work and research in music technology: Jenn Kirby (University of the West of Scotland), Anıl Çamcı (University of Michigan, PhD alumnus Academy of Creative and Performing Arts), and Ilya Ziblat (PhD alumnus Academy of Creative and Performing Arts). Their approaches intersect live electronics, virtual reality, and gestural software instruments with improvisation, human-computer interaction, performer agency, and audience engagement.

11 May 2021

Jed Wentz: Historical Acting, Theatre and Declamation // Korzo Theater

The quest to rediscover historical acting techniques places the modern actor/researcher in a dialogue with contemporary and past conceptions of the body. These are often closer in spirit (if not in exact understanding) than many would suppose: recent research into emotion, muscle engagement and nerve stimulation can throw light on historical acting treatises and vice versa. This presentation will show the artistic result of our research, and pose questions about our current dogmas concerning naturalism, acting and emotion.

8 June 2021

Anna Scott/Dan Wilkinson: REFUSE/NIKS: Classical Music Performance Norms—Resist orObey? // Studio Loos

Why aren't classical music performances more varied and imaginative? As this session's special guest respondent has provocatively argued, classical music is a police state: one that demands absolute conformity to the wishes of long dead composers, imaginary traditions, and other utopian delusions (Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, 2016). Miniscule departures from its norms are applauded; radical divergences are harshly punished.

In dialogue with Challenging Performance: Classical Music Performance Norms and How to Escape Them, artist-researchers are invited to present persuasive musical and/or discursive arguments either for or against confronting this system. What tools, methods and mindsets are needed; who can resist and who must obey; what is at stake, who are the stakeholders, and who really cares?


Past ARC-sessions in 2021

12 January 2021

Book Presentation Joost Grootens: Blind Maps and Blue Dots// Studio LOOS

The shift towards digital modes of production has fundamentally changed both cartography and graphic design. The omnipresent computer, the interactive possibilities of digital media and the direct exchange of data through networks have obscured the distinction between designers and users of visual information.

Blind Maps and Blue Dots is the first comprehensive publication to explore the disappearing boundaries between producers and users of maps. Joost Grootens examines three mapmaking practices—the Blue Dot, the location function in Google Maps; the Strava Global Heatmap, a world map showing the activities of a fitness app; and the ‘Situation in Syria’ maps, a regularly updated map of the Syrian conflict made by an Amsterdam teenager. Through these examples and numerous visualizations, the book shows the blurring of the binary distinction between producing and using, ultimately offering a whole new approach to graphic design.

Joost Grootens is a graphic designer, educator and researcher. He is a University Lecturer and researcher at the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University. In April 2020 Grootens obtained his doctorate at PhDArts, Leiden University and KABK The Hague. 


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