ACPA Conference: Is This Thing On?

ACPA Conference: Is This Thing On?
The Public Dimensions of Artistic Research

A two-day conference hosted by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University and the University of The Arts, The Hague. In addition to presentations, performances, and participatory sessions with and by members of the ACPA research community, this year’s conference has a special focus on artistic research being conducted at the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and will be held at these two institutions in The Hague.

'What is the role of the public in artistic research? What types of public engagement does artistic research seek?'

In artistic research the public can be an integral and active part of the combined project of creating art, knowledge and societal relevance. To what extent do artistic researchers take into account this expanded role of the public in their choice of research approach, methods or forms of dissemination? In some instances, the collaboration and responses of participants become the very material of the research, while in other cases the researcher resists the pressures of the public gaze.

The 2019 ACPA conference provides a platform to explore a range of practices along this public-private spectrum, and to elicit the productive tensions and correspondences between different forms of engagement such as listening, viewing, interacting, and experiencing. It seeks to problematize the notion and condition of publicness and to investigate both actual and potential relations between the artist-researcher and a real or imagined public.

Confirmed speakers and performers:

Nicolas Bourriaud, curator, art critic & director, Contemporary Art Center of Montpellier
Darla Crispin, pianist, scholar & director, Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research
Heloisa Amaral, contemporary music curator and researcher & DocArtes candidate, ACPA Leiden University
Richard Barrett, composer, performer, ACPA Leiden University & Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Hue Blanes, jazz pianist, composer & tutor, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Marcel Cobussen, professor, Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy, ACPA Leiden University
Mel Chan, artist & alumna, Royal Academy of Art The Hague
Eleni Kamma, artist & PhDArts candidate, ACPA Leiden University
Guy Livingston, pianist and radio maker
Maria Pask, artist & tutor, Royal Academy of Art The Hague
The Rodina, designers & tutors, Royal Academy of Art The Hague
Anna Scott, pianist-researcher, ACPA Leiden University & Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Ilona Sie Dhian Ho, violinist & tutor, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
Jonas Staal, visual artist & alumnus, ACPA Leiden University



Thu 10 October 2019 09.30 - Fri 11 October 2019 17.00


Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire

Entrance fee

Registration is closed and the conference is now fully booked