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Look Who's Crosstalking Now

Call for PhD propositions on artistic research

P-Trains (Astrin Phosphora)

copyright  Ann Eysermans


On 14 and 15 December 2017 ARTO and the Arts Platform Brussels will organise the PhD symposium ‘Prepositions in Artistic Research’ on the topic of artistic research in the Arts.

The four keynote speakers will comment on these issues on different levels of abstraction. 

Jean Paul Van Bendegem starts from a wordplay on the hyphenation of verbs, denoting research attitudes, to ask questions about the relationship between different forms of ‘presence’ of science in the arts, and of arts in science.

In her keynote, Kathleen Coessens will situate artistic research in an ‘ecology of practices’, borrowing Isabelle Stengers’ term referring to the specificity of contextualization of scientific and artistic practices.

Clive Brown situates the methodological idiosyncrasy of artistic research, in questions of historically informed musical performance, in a historical context.

Karel Vanhaesebrouck points out that in the field of ‘theatre’ – performance on stage and audiovisual representation – the previously strict distinction between fiction and reality becomes more and more troubled, resulting in ‘ontological theatrical doubt’ (the term of Carol Martin).

Starting from this reflection, the PhD student can find and explore new lines of approach to guide his research. 

ARTO is the VUB research group for artistic research and the Arts Platform Brussels is the common research environment of the VUB, RITCS and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Starting from specific examples of research in the arts, this two-day symposium aims to create a breeding ground for dialogue and reflection around frequent questions and problems related to artistic research.

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Roger Casterman, topographe en Congo 1926-1936




Ce livre est un hommage à Roger Casterman, le père de Cécile Casterman, qui - ensemble avec son mari Raymond Hamers - est un des fondateurs du Chaire History & Philosophy of Sciences.

Comme cité dans l'introduction du livre: "Que faire lorsqu’on se retrouve gardien d’une archive de dessins inédits, d’aquarelles et d’huiles, ainsi que de photographies et autres documents ayant trait à trois régions du Congo Belge – le Katanga, le Kivu et le Maniema – de 1926 à 1936 ? (...) L’archive méritait publication, il fallait écrire un livre. Le titre fut vite trouvé : Roger Casterman. Topographe au Congo 1926-1936."

Pour commenadre le livre (25 euros), envoyez un email à

“Today we no longer have the right to pretend that we command a unique position from which we can view the truth about the world. We must learn not to judge different areas of knowledge, culture, or art, but to combine them and to establish new ways of coexistence with those who enable us to meet the unique demands of our time.”

Ilya Prigogine & Isabelle Stengers,
Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue With Nature, 1984

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