The University of the Arts consists of the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire.
The research lectorate Art Theory & Practice (KTP) is situated at
the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) and is headed by prof. dr.
Anke Haarmann.
Coordinator: Emily Huurdeman

Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann
Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann

The lectorate stimulates research in visual art and design. Together with the lectorate Design it constitutes and develops a structural level of research at the KABK. Its task is to stimulate and position artistic practices as research as well as theoretical research. The aims of the lectorate is also to promote the entanglement of theoretical and practical education, and to stimulate students and teachers to engage in research.

The lectorate KTP has within its history since 2007 initiated the Art Research Programme, which consists of interdisciplinary courses and encourages research and critical reflection. The lectorate runs a research group consisting of tutors and staff of the Royal Academy of Art who engage themselves with research in their practice. The lectorate organizes symposia, workshopsand lectures with various partners.

The lectorate closely collaborates with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University, where Anke Haarmann is Professor of Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts and head of PhDArts, a PhD program for artists and designers1.

Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann is a philosopher, artist, and design theoretician. The main focus of her work is artistic research, design research, visual culture, and public space. Anke Haarmann studied philosophy and fine arts in Hamburg, Berlin, and Maastricht and earned her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Potsdam.

Anke Haarmann founded the "Centre for Design Research", a platform for practice-based, design research as well as critical theory, at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. She currently heads the German Society for Artistic Research together with Mathias Zeiske and Michaela Melián and leads the research project "Speculative Space (SpecSpace): Labor zur Erprobung und Erforschung epistemischer Designpraktiken" (2019-2022).

Haarmann is regularly invited to give lectures and publishes monographs, articles, and papers on artistic and design research, including but not limited to: "Die Keimzelle. Transformative Praxen einer anderen Stadtgesellschaft. Theoretische und Künstlerische Zugänge", Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2021; "Artistic Research: Eine epistemologische Ästhetik", Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2019; "Künstlerische Forschung" in: Handbuch Designwissenschaft. Geschichte – Theorie – Praxis. Eds. Thomas Hensel and Oliver Ruf. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2021; "Praxologie der Kunst. Kunst als Praxis" in: Handbuch Kunstphilosophie. Ed. Judith Siegmund. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2021; "Theater of Research" in: The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. Eds. Cull Ó Maoilearca/Alice Lagaay. London: Routledge, 2020.

Janneke Wesseling was hoogleraar in de Praktijk en Theorie van het Onderzoek in de Beeldende Kunsten, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden. Ze was directeur van PhDArts, internationaal doctoraatsprogramma voor beeldende kunstenaars en vormgevers, aan de Academie der Kunsten (ACPA) van de Universiteit Leiden, en hoofd van het Lectoraat Kunst Theorie & Praktijk aan de Hogeschool der Kunsten in Den Haag.

In 2013 is Wesseling gepromoveerd aan de Universiteit Leiden op een proefschrift over hedendaagse kunst en receptie-esthetica, getiteld De volmaakte beschouwer: De ervaring van het kunstwerk en de actualiteit van de receptie-esthetica.

Wesseling schrijft als kunstcriticus voor NRC Handelsblad. Daarnaast publiceert zij regelmatig over hedendaagse kunst in tijdschriften en catalogi in binnen- en buitenland. Zij publiceerde ook een aantal onafhankelijke studies, waaronder:

  • De volmaakte beschouwer. De ervaring van het kunstwerk en de receptie-esthetica. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2015.
  • See it Again, Say it Again. The Artist as Researcher. Red. Janneke Wesseling. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2011.
  • Het museum dat niet bestond. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 2004.
  • Schoonhoven, beeldend kunstenaar. Den Haag/Amsterdam: SDU Uitgevers/Openbaar Kunstbezit, 1990.

Emily Huurdeman is the coordinator of the lectorate Art Theory & Practice. She is also the portal manager for the Research Catalogue and is one of the Research & Discourse tutors at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). In addition, she manages the research project Making Matters at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA), Leiden University which is headed by Prof. Dr. Janneke Wesseling.

Emily is a performance artist, researcher and educator. She works as a research teacher at the Master Education in Arts at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK). She published the peer-reviewed article Essaying art, an unmethodological method for Artistic Research in 2020 with an accompanying lecture performance Essaying Art. She has presented her research at multiple international conferences. She also works as a freelance manager for collaboration projects with art(ists), research(ers) and commercial parties and is the co-initiator of Café Chercher art cafe for unfinished research projects and a board member of Mouse Ear Concerts.

Emily studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts Utrecht (BA), Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam (reMA) and Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam (MEd).

Website: www.egahuurdeman.nl