post-graduate program project, research center project


1 September-30 November 2009




Researchers Participants in the Postgraduate Program

Agnese Cornelio
Alejandro Petrasso
Ana Casimiro
Charlotte Bouckaert
Dianne Weller
Fanny Zaman
Fien Wauters
Heike Langsdorf
Iuliana Varodi
Jozef Wouters
Julie Pfleiderer
Kurt Van Overbeke
Marcelo Mardones
Maria Lucia Correia
Sara Vilardo


Research End Presentations

Ariane Loze
Constanze Schellow



De Singel
Bourla Theater
PAF (Performance Art Forum, Reims, France)



Contributors for workshops

Arco Renz
Benjamin Verdonck
Hans Op de Beeck
Laurent Liefooghe
Lotte van den Berg
Meg Stuart
Moritz Kuhn
Nicolas Y Galeazzi
Rabih Mrouéh
Renée Copraij
Stefan Heinric
Stijn Bussels
Timothy De Paepe


Coordinators a.pass

Bart Van den Eynde   

Elke van Campenhout



Fall 2009


‘Performance in public Space’ : reading sessions & artist talks by de Singel and a.pass

The Theaterfestival offers a perfect occasion to make the a.pass training more visible. Three participants show their researches in the context of the festival ( Ariane Loze, Michel Yang and Jozef Wauters) and the reading sessions are open to outsiders. Several artists will be invited to discuss the theme of ‘performance in public space’ with the participants (Benjamin Verdonck, Moritz Kuhn and Lotte van den Berg), combined with a close reading of theoretical texts.  


Fall 2009


workshop by Arco Renz  and Stefan Heinrich

A scenography workshop with a choreographer seems a necessity for a.s. Working on a new project, Arco Renz works with the participants on the development of a – hypothetical – stage design for his choreography. Without the help of a ‘performance text’ the participants will enter his world and find connections with their own interests, measure up the artistic and practical limitations of the project and find a scenographic vision which inscribes itself in Arco Renz’ universe.  


Fall 2009


workshop by Nicholas Y Galeazzi

Nicolas Y Galeazzi’s workshop ‘The art of misunderstanding’ explores the different ways in which artistic research is or can be organized. In a very practical setting, the participants will develop one (room-sized) ‘paper’ on artistic research, using their own attitudes and methodologies for a more thorough mapping out of the field. The workshop both challenges the imagination of the field of knowledge production, as offering a lot of theoretical texts explorations, introducing artistic examples and opening up a lot of discussions.


Fall 2009


journey to art biennale by a.pass 

The visit of the Venice Biennale is a possibility for a focussed confrontation with the referential current visual arts context. Hybridity and the confrontation of cultures, identities and art languages are at the heart of the festival and the context of a cultural event of that proportion, exposure and ‘fame’ is in itself an important issue of discussion. Parallel with the Biennale there will be also other major exhibitions in Venice: the opening of  Punta della Dogana Art Museum and In-Finitum in the Palazzo Fortuny. There will be no organized workshop and there will be no fixed itinerary, participants will be free to completely self organize through the four days in Venice.


Fall 2009


Two weeks workshop with artist Rabih Mrouéh, in the framework of the RITS research project Art as a document/The document as art. Participants will join in first instance in day-long discussions on central topics within the working field of Mrouéh: what is history, what is fiction? can you create your own history? what is latency? when does your personal history become shared? how to create documents? how do documents function? how can you be your own actor?

In a second phase, the participants will work with the material in a performative way.


Fall 2009


Choreographer Meg Stuart discusses her development as an artist, the evolution of her work and how she relates to other art forms than dance. Being very aware of the artistic research context of a.pass, she will elaborated on working processes and tools for collaboration as well as the dramaturgy of her performances. 


Fall 2009


An hybrid program of reading sessions, discussions with guests and practical interpretation of the concept of Hope, ending by the preparation of a ‘hope dinner’ in a.pass kitchen.

‘Radical Hope, Ethics in the face of Cultural Devastation’, Jonathan Lear

‘Hope, New Philosophies for Change’, Mary Zournazi: interview with Brian Massumi and Isabelle Stengers

Guests : Renée Copraij: choreographer, dancer and curator of Huis aan de Werf, Utrecht and Laurent Liefooghe: architect, performance maker


Fall 2009


Visual artist Hans Op de Beeck discusses his development as an artist, the evolution in his work and how he relates to other arts. Using a lot of visual material from his installations and models and fragments of his videoworks, he will sketch an artistic process and an evolution through trial and error. Also elaborating on the practical circumstances of his life as an artist: economics, reception, education, the relation with critics and galleries and museums, etc..


Fall 2009


artistic practices in public space

For this workshop we will join the workshop program of CIFAS in Brussels. ‘Contaminate the city’ is a workshop on artistic practices in public space, trying out different practices and actions, and gradually developing individual projects within the city.


Fall 2009


reading sessions by Katie Verstockt

Starting with a minimal historical introduction from dance as a ritual to the dance history in Europe (focusing on the act of seeing and the scenographic performativity), dance theoretician Katie Verstockt will discuss mainly the important 20th century movements (Modern Dance, Ausdruckstanz, Ballet Russes, Ballets Suédois, Post Modern Dance, Butoh, Contemporary dance, …) in their more general cultural context. 


Fall 2009


lecture by Timothy De Paepe at Bourla Theater

Scenography researcher Timothy De Paepe will give a lecture on theatre architecture, stage machinery & scenography in the baroque era 1600-1750 based on his research and reconstruction of theatre buildings and stages out of the area of Antwerp. With an historical introduction on the evolution and social context of theatre and illustrated with an impressive visual documentation, this presentation will a perfect introduction to a visit of the Bourla Theater.


Fall 2009


lecture-workshop by art historian Stijn Bussels around the term ‘theatricality’. 

Following Collins Dictionary it means ‘of or related to the theatre or dramatic performance’, but also ‘exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour’. How the theatre is related to society? How the theatre is used as a concept that explains conduct outside the norm? However, this negative connotation is historically determined. In the Renaissance, the metaphor of theatrum mundi became a dominant model to show that society is fashioned by role play and scenario’s. This view, however, was not primarily put in a negative context. There is a clear shift in eighteenth-century thought. In this period, our contemporary use of the term ‘theatrical’ comes into being.

The lecture will focus on the early modern era. By doing so, it will try to make clear how the theatre is divergently appraised in its representational aspect. The theatre is evaluated as reprehensible deception, but also as revealing deeper truth. This evaluation can be linked with views on historical societies where artificiality is not always predominantly coupled with dishonesty, but with skill and learning. 


Fall 2009


workshop-research by Maria Lucia Cruz Correia and Bart Van den Eynde

“The reality: “The Giant Scenario”? Are we participants in a scenario created by humans? Is our reality a scenario built in real scale? Does the space feel that we are there? Does our existence depend on the space, or is it the space that depends on us?” Starting from the distinction between what is “visible” and what is not the participants are invited to join a research of the city in the city. Together with coordinator Bart Van den Eynde a syllabus is proposed (Simmel on ‘Metropolis’, Debord on ‘Derive’ and Marc Augé on ‘non-places’) and the creation of a context for city walks and consequent mapping and reporting. 





post-master program
pre phd-program
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