Research Group 2015-2016

The Research Group 2015-2016 was chaired by Janneke Wesseling, head of Lectorate Art Theory & Practice

Participants Research Group 2015-2016

Anja Hertenberger

Anja Hertenberger, tutor in BA Interactive/Media/Design:
Anja Hertenberger works with so-called ‘wearable technology’ and ‘e-textiles’. In these fields, the relationship between body, technology and environment takes centre stage. In her proposal she combines theories about the body, movement and the senses with material-technical and technological experiments and an exploration of body awareness methods. The aim is to develop new teaching tools for alternative uses of sensor technology and soft electronics in art practices.

Els Kuijpers

Els Kuijpers, tutor in BA Graphic Design:
Graphic design as a form of visual communication is part of a long and interdisciplinary history of communication. Els Kuijpers asserts that conventional research did not invest (enough) in this rich and complex design discourse. In order to address this lacuna, a history of mentalities of the design practice would need to be written. The insights following from this account may constitute the preconditions for a broader concept and practice of design, because of its socio-economic orientation.
PhD research project at PhDArts (started in 2017).

Ewoud van Rijn

Ewoud van Rijn, tutor in BA Fine Arts:
This project aims to shed light on the relationship between contemporary art practices and spiritual practices. Ewoud Van Rijn departs from the question of how spiritual practices manifest in our time, how they influence our thinking and doing and from which historical cultural developments they are incurred. To this purpose, research, play and ritual are brought together in a setting which allows participation and contributions from the public. Van Rijn has developed a ritual game that helps participants to travel into their imagination, activated through and propelled by guided meditation, shamanic journeying and storytelling.

Judith van IJken

Judith van IJken, tutor in BA Photography:
Today, more than ever before, we are surrounded by pictures of ourselves, states Judith van IJken. With these images in our head we are well aware of what we look like from different points of view. What is the influence of this (hyper)consciousness of one’s own representation on the development of the photographic portrait? Van IJken combines sociological, art historical and philosophical literature research with practical, photographic experiment. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the meaning and significance of the photographic portrait in our time and to open up discussions and debate with students.
PhD research project at PhDArts (started in 2017).