​Thijs Witty

Thijs Witty is a core tutor for theory and writing at the MA Artistic Research. He leads monthly reading groups, hosts research workshops, and supervises individual thesis projects.

Thijs studied cultural theory and analysis at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam, and is currently a PhD candidate there. His dissertation is about various uses of the essay genre in both literature and visual arts, specifically in relation to concepts of essayistic measure. Case studies include writer Roland Barthes, dancer/choreographer Yvonne Rainer, cultural critic John D’Agata, novelist Zabel Yessayan, and filmmaker Hito Steyerl.

Thijs's current artistic research project involves the video essay and considers the afterlives of “unadaptable” screenplays, specifically from Hollywood’s silent era and the post-War New Waves of the US and Europe. This is work relates to a wider research collaboration he has initiated with US filmmaker Tina Bastajian on the nature of images in an age of digital abundance and screenplays from the fringes of commercial culture.

Thijs is a visiting tutor at a number of art academies and universities in the Netherlands. Since 2015 he has also been a mentor at DAS Choreography, Amsterdam, a program for professional choreographers interested in further developing research skills for their artistic practice. He also regularly does editorial work for art festivals and academic journals, including the 2017 Documenta text performance by MAR colleague Yael Davids.

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