Elke van Campenhout
Elke van Campenhout is the research coordinator of a.pass.
Formerly she worked as a freelance dramaturg and researcher on artistic research projects in nadine brussels, paf (performing arts forum) reims, TQW (tanzquartierwien), kunstenfestivaldesarts brussels, gasthuis amsterdam and many others. she was a critic for the newspaper de standaard, and the classical radio station klara, and head editor of the performance magazine etcetera.
As research coordinator elke van campenhout is in charge of the artistic and pedagogical profile and functioning of a.pass on the PhD-level, and she is in charge of the a.pass research center.
Elke Van Campenhout Who’s Afraid of the Subject?
18-22 January 2016 / a.pass
In this theoretical and discussion workshop, we reconsider the notion of the subject today:
why, after all the turn-arounds of becomings, vibrant objects and a decentralisation of the human perspective, do we need to reconsider the subject as an important player in our discourses and practice?
well, to start with, because there is no personal agency or ethics without it. and also because there is a need for a consciousness of what it is that subjects us, what it is that turns us into speaking, experiencing and affecting human beings. but even more so, when and why these powers are denied to us, and why? Read more..
article, project, workshop
Bureau d'Espoir - Elle SELF-INTERVIEW Elke – Elle
1 September-31 December 2015 / Abbeye de Forest
Elke (a.pass researcher):
Elle, with the new project ‘Mobile MNSTRY’ you again tackle some of the issues you have been dealing with in your extended project Bureau d’Espoir already for some years: the recuperation and embrace of practices and terms that have been categorized, marginalized and recuperated by capital strategies.
For example: you worked on the mobilization of the concept of ‘anorexia’ in the Hunger and Anorexic practices as tools for rethinking our relation to the consumption of food, and our own place in the ‘food chain’ of capitalism. You worked in ‘Battery’ on the embrace of circumstances that are considered detrimental to the ‘healthy’ development of the individual: 21 days of imprisonment, hunger and lack of private space as a spiritual-aesthetic machine for the production of hope and change.
Now you propose the Mobile Monastery: a practice that is based on rethinking the monastic rule, the disciplining and deep experience of the everyday, introducing ‘poverty’ and social service (karma yoga) into the practice. Your proposals all seem to verge on the extreme, uncomfortable, and frankly, possibly moralistic. How do you plan to make this collective practice seem inviting to collaborators. Read more..
2 November-31 March 2016
Bureau d’Espoir is a long-term research project on hope, initiated by Elke Van Campenhout. Bureau d’Espoir researches the possibility for a new engagement with the concept of hope, both on a political, social, physical and spiritual level. Read more..