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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

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 monthly exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances. 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.


Past sessions 2022 & 2021


ARC session 11 January 2022 // Sonification of Environments: Contemporary Film Sound Research 

Book presentation by ACPA alumnus Budhaditya Chattopadhyay: The Auditory Setting and Between the Headphones .

For documentation go here and here.


ARC session 12 January 2021 // Blind Maps and Blue Dots

Book Presentation Joost Grootens

For documentation go here

ARC session 9 February 2021 // New Inputs

Lectorate Music, Education & Society Koncon, with Paul Craenen and Richard Barrett

For documentation go here

ARC session 9 March 2021 // Walking (as a Method) in Artistic Research

Alice Twemlow

For documentation go here

ARC session 13 April // Musicians Playing With Computers | Musicians Interacting With The World 

Jenn Kirby, Anıl Çamcı, Ilya Ziblat 

For documentation go here

ARC session 11 May // What Method for Erotohistoriography?

Ben Spatz, Jed Wentz, Laila Neuman, João Luís Paixão

For documentation go here

ARC session 7 June - REFUSE/NIKS: Classical Music Performance Norms—Resist or Obey?

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson in Conversation with Anna Scott

For documentation go here

ARC session 25 September- SEI & DUE Dance and Music Performance

Giuliano Bracci and Suzan Tunca

For documentation go here

ARC session 5 November 2021 // Seminar early music LOOK AGAIN

Ines d’Avena & Claudio Ribeiro, Paul Craenen, lectorate Royal Conservatoire

For documentation go here

ARC session 6 December 2021 // Sounding Sonic Materialism 

Kevin Fairbairn, Marcel Cobussen, Richard Barrett, Gabriel Paiuk

For documentation go here.


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