On 29 August 2011 the festival ‘Nieuwe Vragen / New Questions’ will kick off the academic year. The festival focuses on the theme of ‘research in the arts’ and is part of the study programme for all students of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

“Research” is the current buzzword in the art world. What kind of research is this? How do we do research? Does it introduce a new way of working? Artists, designers and theorists will explore these questions with their own work as a starting point. They will discuss the exchange between making and thinking, and the socio-critical questions art poses. The programme is composed of a keynote lecture and six short lectures.

Paulien Oltheten, Aimee Zito Lema, Ruchama Noorda and Irene Fortuyn during the plenary discussion

The day's events

The day will start with an introduction by JANNEKE WESSELING (1955, NL), professor in art theory and art critic. Philosopher LEONHARD DE PAEPE (1980, NL) will moderate a plenary debate at the end of the day.

Dillemuth is an artist who regards art as a tool for artistic research and critical reflection on the circumstances of contemporary life. Considering the impact of ‘lifestyle’ as a new ideology of self-fulfillment and liberation, Stephan Dillemuth has investigated the Boholand and German Lebensreform movements from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

LUCY COTTER (1973, IRL), art critic and head of the Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, focuses on issues such as cultural translation, cultural decolonisation and critical art practices in the age of globalisation.

SHER DORUFF (1950, USA), artist, has been working in the visual and performance-based collaborative arts in a variety of capacities since the 1970’s. Her doctoral research mapped collaborative creative processes in Live Art performance practice.

SOPHIE KRIER (1976, LUX), designer, explores the peripheries of the design field, with a focus on film, writing and temporary interventions.

THOMAS LOMMÉE (1979, BE), designer, initiator of the OpenStructures project, a hands-on design experiment that explores the possibility of a modular construction model where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid.

PAULIEN OLTHETEN (1982, NL), artist, presents an investigative approach through photographs and video: identifying idiosyncratic moments, gestures, and unintentional performances of people in public space.

AIMÉE ZITO LEMA, (1982, ARG), artist, reflects on socio-political circumstances employing a subjective language. Her research and strategies involve shared working processes and collaborations (with actors, anthropologists, family members, activists and factory workers).

During the festival you can visit the exhibition “Collections” by students and alumni of the Master Artistic Reseach.

Participants: Isfrid Angard Siljehaug, Eva Pel, Aimée Zito Lema, Pernille Lonstrup, Sara Campos, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Ana Smaragda Lemnaru, Kaja Wie van der Pas, Phil Bosch.

The festival will be concluded with a festive launch of the book See it Again, Say it Again. The Artist as Researcher, edited by Janneke Wesseling and published by Valiz, Amsterdam.

An important element of the festival is a continuous film programme. The films, all of them related to the theme of the festival, will be screened simultaneously at different locations throughout the academy.

The programme includes the following films:

  • ‘As The Acadamy Turns’ by Tiong Ang (1961, NL)
  • ‘Monument of Sugar’ by Lonnie van Brummelen (1969, NL) & Siebren de Haan (1966, NL)
  • ‘The hard way to Enlightenment’ by Stephan Dillemuth (1954, DE)
  • ‘Paradise Lost’ by Sophie Ernst (1972, DE)
  • ‘Mono logue: An investigation into presence through absence’ by Pantelis Makkas (1976, GR)
  • ‘11 Fragments of Japan’ by Paulien Oltheten (1982, NL)
  • ‘Pressure’ by Roy Villevoye (1960, NL) & Jan Dietvorst (1953, NL)
  • ‘Shaking Doors II’ by Italo Zuffi (1969, IT)

Practical Information

Date and time

29 August 2011, 10.00 – 18.00 h


Royal Academy of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague


Dutch and English

Study Points

Students who attend the festival will be awarded study points. This will be regulated by a ‘stamp card’. You will be informed about this in detail at the festival.


10.00 – 17.30
Continuous film programme and exhibition

10.00 – 10.15
Introduction by Janneke Wesseling (English)

10.15 – 11.45
Lecture Stephan Dillemuth (English)

10.15 – 11.00
Lecture Thomas Lommée (English)
Lecture Paulien Oltheten (Dutch)
Lecture Aimée Zito Lema (English)

11.15 – 12.00
Lecture Sophie Krier (Dutch)
Lecture Sher Doruff (English)
Lecture Lucy Cotter (English)

13.00 – 13.45
Lecture Thomas Lommée (English)
Lecture Paulien Oltheten (Dutch)
Lecture Lucy Cotter (English)

14.00 – 14.45
Lecture Sophie Krier (Dutch)
Lecture Sher Doruff (English)
Lecture Aimée Zito Lema

15.00 – 15.15
Introduction by Janneke Wesseling (English)

15.15 – 16.15
Discussion with Stephan Dillemuth, moderated by Leonhard de Paepe (English)

16.30 – 17.30
Plenary discussion, moderated by Leonhard de Paepe (English)

Book Launch

Lecture Stephan Dillemuth, Festival New Questions, KABK 2011 from Lectorate KTP & PhDArts on Vimeo.
Lezing Sophie Krier, Festival Nieuwe Vragen, KABK 2011 from Lectorate KTP & PhDArts on Vimeo.
Lezing door Lucy Cotter tijdens Festival Nieuwe Vragen/New Questions 2011 from Lectorate KTP & PhDArts on Vimeo.