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Helen Westgeest

Senior University Lecturer

Name
Dr. H.F. Westgeest
Telephone
+31 71 527 2744
E-mail
h.f.westgeest@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Fields of interest

The role of the medium in meaning production in visual arts
Contemporary art
Theory of photography
Theory of video art
Interactions in art between East and West

 

Research

Dr. Helen Westgeest's PhD research explored the interest of several American, French, German and Japanese artists in Zen Buddhism in the 1950s, in which early experiments in performance art played an important role. Subsequently, the focus of her research gradually shifted to intercultural research of contemporary art and theory of photography/video art. Her current research zooms in on the role and nature of photography and video in mixed media works of art, while she also engages in comparative research into media in contemporary art. Her next book will focus on socio-critical painting (including painting-like photographs and video art) in contemporary art. The working title is Slow Painting: Contemplation and Critique in the Digital Age (to be published by I.B.Tauris Publishers). In various respects, this book will be a sequel to Video Art Theory: A Comparative Approach (2015) and Photography Theory in Historical Perspective, (2011, co-authored by Hilde Van Gelder).

 

Curriculum Vitae

Helen Westgeest studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (division Painting) and Leiden University (Art History). In 1996 she obtained her PhD degree, with a dissertation on Zen in the Fifties. Interaction in Art between East and West. Since 2000 she has been working as an assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history and theory of photography at Leiden University. She worked as a lecturer in art techniques at the Vrije University (VU) in Amsterdam from 1995-2006, and as a lecturer in Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht from 2002-2004. In January 2007 she won the Teacher of the Year Award from Leiden University.
As a guest curator, she curated exhibitions in several museums in the Netherlands and Germany.
In 1994 she obtained a Research Fellowship from the Canon Foundation for a research project of one year in Tokyo, New York, Paris and Munich. In 2007 she was convenor of the session ‘Photography between Poetics and Politics’ at the Contestations conference of the AAH (Association of Art Historians) in Belfast and co-editor of its proceedings. She is currently involved in several international research projects. In September 2012 she will supervise a workshop about theory of photography for students, scholars and curators in Beijing. In 2012 (January-December) she served as a member of one of the committees of the Dutch Raad voor Cultuur (Cultural Council). In 2014 she has been appointed as Fellow of the Leiden Teachers’ Academy, and as Field Editor for Photography at the American art journal caa.reviews.

 

Key publications

 - Video Art Theory: A Comparative Approach, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2015 [book].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Photography Theory in Historical Perspective: Case Studies from Contemporary Art, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011 [book, co-author H. Van Gelder]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Kunsttechnieken in historisch perspectief, Turnhout: Brepols, 2011 [co-edited book].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Making Research Visible to the World, Amstelveen: Canon Foundation in Europe, 2010 [co-edited book].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Take Place. Photography and Place from Multiple Perspectives, Amsterdam: Valiz, 2009 [edited book].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Photography between Poetry and Politics, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2008 [edited book, co-editor H. Van Gelder].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Zen in the Fifties. Interaction in Art between East and West (diss. Leiden University), Zwolle: Waanders, 1996 [book].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.15a

Contact

  • Westgeest H.F. (2017), Complementary Sensitive Approaches to Water and Fire: Understanding Henk Peeters’ Works through His Interest in Yves Klein and Gutai. In: Visser T., Melissen A. (Eds.) Henk Peeters: From Nul to Zero. Düsseldorf: Zero Foundation. 134-143.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2016), Interrogating Tele-Visual Mediation through Photogenic Fragments and Obstructions, PhotoResearcher (26): 70-77.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2016), Spaces of Transition and Framed Passages in a Sphere of Conflict, Short Film Studies 6(2): 209-212.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F., Tajiri G. & Tajiri R. (Eds.) (2015), Shinkichi Tajiri: Universal Paradoxes. Leiden: Leiden University Press.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2015), The Empty-Full Paradoxes of Dynamic Black and White: Uniting West and East from Tobey's and Reinhardt's Paintings to Paik's Screens. In: Wagner M., Lethen H. (Eds.) Schwarz-Weiss als Evidenz: "With black and white you can keep more of a distance". Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag. 112-125.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2015), The Knot and the Warrior as Universal Paradoxes. In: Westgeest H.F., Tajiri G., Tajiri R. (Eds.) Shinkichi Tajiri: Universal Paradoxes. Leiden: Leiden University Press. 33-48.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2015), The “Slideshow Effect” in Video Art: Akram Zaatari’s On Photography, People and Modern Times, PhotoResearcher 24: 58-65.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2015), Video Art Theory: A Comparative Approach. Malden: Wiley Blackwell.book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2014), Video Art Theory: A Comparative Approach. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2012), Digital Appropriation as Photographic Practice and Theory, Depth of Field 2(2).article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2012), Book review: Jae Emerling. Photography: History and Theory. London: Routledge, 2012; Kathrin Yacavone. Benjamin, Barthes and the Singularity of Photography. London: Continuum, 2012, CAA.reviews (October).article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2012), Fotografische historische ervaringen. Het dilemma van het fotograferen van geschiedenis. In: Berghmans T (Ed.) Extra XL FoMu Magazine. Antwerpen: Fotomuseum. 72-79.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2012), Shinkichi Tajiri. Foto’s met een sculpturaal en experimenteel karakter. In: Schoor F. van de (Ed.) Tajiri Meets Sabine Weiss & Leonard Freed. Nijmegen: Museum Het Valkhof. 23-31.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2011), Bridging distances across time and place in photography. In: Vandermeulen B. (Ed.) Imaging History. Photography after the Fact. Brussel: ASA Publishers. 13-25.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2011), Herhalingsstrategieën in het fotografische werk van Idris Khan. In: Houppermans S., Jacobs J., Kruk R. (Eds.) Déjà Vu. Herhaling in culturen wereldwijd. Leiden: Leiden University Press. 181-204.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2011), Het materiaal van de installatiekunst. In: Westgeest et al H.F. (Ed.) Kunsttechnieken in historisch perspectief. Turnhout: Brepols Publishing. 260-267.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (Ed.) (2011), Kunsttechnieken in historisch perspectief. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. & van Gelder H. (2011), Photography Theory in Historical Perspective. Case Studies from Contemporary Art. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.book
  • Westgeest H.F. (Ed.) (2010), Making Research Visible to the World. Amstelveen: Canon Foundation in Europe.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2010), No Meaning, No Composition, No Colour. From Zero to Gutai. In: Visser T. (Ed.) Gutai. Painting with Time and Space. Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale. 121-141.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2010), Visualizing Research and Visual Communication of Research. In: Westgeest H.F. (Ed.) Making Research Visible to the World. Amstelveen: Canon Foundation in Europe. 9-14.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2009), Photography and Painting in Multi-Mediating Pictures, Visual Studies 24(2): 122-131.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (Ed.) (2009), Take Place. Photography and Place from Multiple Perspectives. Amsterdam: Valiz.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2009), The Concept of Place in Photography in Multimedia Artworks. In: Westgeest H. (Ed.) Take Place. Photography and Place from Multiple Perspectives. Amsterdam: Valiz. 97-130.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2008), Complexe relaties tussen lelijk en mooi in moderne en hedendaagse kunst, Frons. Blad voor Leidse classici 28(3): 34-39.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2008), Photographs as Layered Paintings and Places Fraught with Significance. In: Dragt G. (Ed.) Walls of India/Muren van India. Harderwijk: d'jonge Hond. 4-8.conference paper
  • Gelder H. van & Westgeest H.F. (Eds.) (2008), Photography between Poetry and Politics. The Critical Position of the Photographic Medium in Contemporary Art. Leuven: Leuven UniversityPress.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2008), The Changeability of Photography in Multimedia Artworks. In: Gelder H. van, Westgeest H.F. (Eds.) Photography between Poetry and Politics. The Critical Position of the Photographic Medium in Contemporary Art. Leuven: Leuven UniversityPress. 3-16.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2007), From transparent to hypermedial and homotopias to heterotopias, HTV (Photography) 69: 8-9.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2007), Mathieu’s tegenstrijdigheden in een foto samengevat. In: Pronk J., Ruiter T. de (Eds.) Foto Voorkeuren. Antwerpen: Uitgeverij Voetnoot. 192-196.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2007), The Challenge of Interaction between Photography Practice and Theory. In: Lehtonen K., Westphal U. (Eds.) Work. Comments on Commissions. Sunderland: International Photography Research Network. 8-12.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2007), The Invisibility of Work. Redefining the Place of Work through Photography. In: Vroege B. (Ed.) Work. Rotterdam: Veenman Publishers. 150-159.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2006), De dubbelrollen van de ‘tekening’ in Paolini’s Nesso, Kunstlicht 27(2-3): 26-29.article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2006), Redefining the Place of Work in Photography and Society. In: Lehtonen K. (Ed.) Shifts. Archives in Dialogue and New Identities in Documentarism. Sunderland: University of Sunderland. 122-124.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2004), Identity and Materiality. In: Westgeest H.F, Coumans A. (Eds.) The Reflexive Zone. Utrecht: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. 188-201.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. & Coumans A.B. (Eds.) (2004), The Reflexive Zone. Utrecht: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.editorship of book
  • Westgeest H.F. (2004), Zwischen Leben und Tod. Ein interkulturelles Gespräch mit Fotografien von Ryuji Miyamoto über Vergänglichkeit. In: Volkenandt C. (Ed.) Kunstgeschichte und Weltgegenwartskunst. Konzepte - Methoden - Perpektiven. Berlijn: Reimer Verlag. 165-198.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2003), Inleiding. In: tent.cat. Drijfveren. Armando en de Informelen. Amersfoort: Armando Museum. 5-12.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (2002), Energie als Lebensauffassung: Informelle Verbindungen des modernen Westens zu Ostasien. In: Informel. Begegnung und Wandel. Dortmund: Museum am Ostwall. 275-305.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (2001), Growth in the History of Modern Art, Growth and Inspiration .article in journal
  • Westgeest H.F. (2000), Zen und Nicht-Zen. In: Golinski H.G. (Ed.) Zen und die westliche Kunst. Köln: Wienand Verlag. 62-110.book chapter
  • Westgeest H.F. (1999), 'Die Anziehungskraft des Fernen Ostens auf westliche Künstler. In: Museum Ludwig (Ed.) tent.cat. Kunstwelten im Dialog. Köln: Dumont Verlag. 274-279.conference paper
  • Westgeest H.F. (11 September 1996), Zen in the Fifties. Interaction in Art between East and West (PhD thesis). Zwolle. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Gulik W.R. van, Stokvis W.L.PhD thesis
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