This fall, Lilo Nein will teach the course Performative Research Practices: Doing, Reporting, Doing Again, which is part of the Art Research Programme of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice.

This course is dedicated to the interrelations of body and space. It is designed as a research lab developed around both practical and theoretical assignments. The individual research outcomes will be discussed within the group and presented in an exhibition in the gallery of the Royal Academy.

Lilo Nein, The Audience Is Present, 2013


Lilo Nein

For whom?

For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students of KABK and LU


September – November 2016

The objective of this course is for the student to acquire an understanding of the interrelatedness of body and space. It aims to advance an awareness of spatial structures both in terms of architecture and in terms of social aspects of space production. Through practical research assignments, >span class="wysiwyg-font-size-medium">constitute the presence of the own body will be sensitized and the quality and meaning of different spaces will be explored. In the course various methods of conducting practical research will be tested and developed.

The course will address both theoretical and artistic content and methods. The course is intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students from all disciplines of the Royal Academy of Art. The course also welcomes students from the Humanities of Leiden University.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (2 EC).

Between 10 to 12 students can participate in the programme.
The course will be in English.

21 September, 28 September, 26 October, 2 November 2016

Three Wednesday sessions on 21 and 28 September and 26 October (10.00 – 16.00 h), followed by a final meeting concluded by the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday 2 November 2016 (10.00 – 18.00 h).

Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application. Apply before 9 September 2016 by sending a brief letter of motivation to: The result of the selection will be announced on 16 September 2016 at the latest.

In the first two sessions we will look at space from the perspective of the body. In the second two sessions we will look at the body from the perspective of space.

Throughout the course, students will be given a series of assignments to be realized within a given time frame. These assignments are oriented toward exploring space and body relations and include drawing, imagining, analyzing, fictionalizing or performing simple actions or gestures in the building of the KABK. After each assignment, students will be asked to share their experiences in the form of a report or presentation which will be followed by a group discussion. The insights gained from the reflection process will then serve as a starting point for the next assignment. The course will be complemented with reading of relevant literature in the fields of language philosophy, gender theory and theories of space.

Throughout the course, students will gather research material in the form of written notes, sketches and reports. In the last session, an exhibition based on selected material will be realized. The exhibition may include performative presentations and will be open to the public for one evening.

The course is taught by Lilo Nein.

LILO NEIN is a visual artist and researcher born in 1980 in Vienna. She works with and on performance and investigates its relation to texts and other media. She is enrolled in the PhDArts programme, the international doctorate programme in art and design that is a collaboration between Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Nein received the Start Stipend (2010) and State Stipend (2013) for Fine Arts by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Performance Award of Kunstraum Niederösterreich (2012). She was a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

The course Performative Research Practices is part of the Art Research Programme of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice.