Making Identities is the programme’s thematic focus, aiming to foster a critical reflection on the construction and proliferation of artistic, visual, political, ecological, urban, national, narrative, religious, corporate or cosmic identities today. How do they take shape in individual and collective bodies and how are they being sustained? Are identities always in the making and how do they oscillate between inclusivity and exclusivity? To what degree do fiction, stories and (foundational) myths play a role here? And is the artist’s/designer’s position one of complicity or criticality?
With your individual research trajectory at the heart of the program, participants will receive continuous feedback from professionals in art/design and theory, and dedicated forms of personal mentoring. You will look into the manifold ways to share your research with the world, through lectures, publications, exhibitions, performances, conferences and various institutional collaborations.
Our integrated model of practice-based research consists of three modules: production, publication and presentation. Each of these complementary training sections stands for a specific angle on (artistic) research, and is supervised by a core faculty member.
- Production (mentor: Wesley Meuris, visual artist)
This module focuses on the actual praxis underpinning your individual research project. How is your research being articulated, which formats or media are brought into play and how do you envision its future trajectory? What are the relevant frames of reference for your praxis and how do you specify your research scope? You will deal with these issues through in-depth conversations, workshops, group discussions and individual feedback sessions by both the mentor and guest lecturers.
Thematic keywords: praxis, work, process, self-reflection, artistic identity, visual identity
- Publication (mentor: Kim Gorus, lecturer and researcher)
What are the various ways of documenting and distributing your artistic research process? The main focus in this module is on artists’ publications, writings and other editorial practices as well as on methods of documentation and critical reflection. Apart from the individual mentoring, you will attend thematic workshops and symposia, take part in group discussions and develop an artist publication under the guidance of professionals in the field.
Thematic keywords: artist publication, artist writings, archive, retracing, books, editorial practices, documentation, reflection, narratives, autofiction
- Presentation (mentor: Pieter Vermeulen, art critic, researcher and curator)
This module is geared towards the public dissemination and theoretical contextualisation of your research project. Which frames and framings are at stake here? How to present yourself and exhibit your praxis? How do institutional or curatorial discourses come into play? And what about performativity? Regular classes, workshops and group discussions will be combined with lectures by guest tutors and on-site visits.
Thematic keywords: dissemination, presentation, curatorial, exhibition, institution, performativity, frame, framing
- Masterclass: Performing Knowledge. Lecture-Performances in Perspective.
The masterclass typically consists of an intensive, week-long workshop in collaboration with an established arts institution.
For 2018-2019, we will look into so-called lecture-performances as a relatively recent form of art, which has originated from performance art in the 1960s and is still gaining popularity today. This phenomenon will be illustrated not only with historical figures like Robert Morris, Dan Graham, Andrea Fraser, John Cage and Joseph Beuys, but also with more contemporary examples like Sharon Hayes, Rabih Mroué, William Kentridge, Hito Steyerl, Amalia Ulman, Walid Raad, Bruce High Quality Foundation, among many others. What is the dramaturgical elaboration of their performances? Which props are being used, and which roles are being acted out? This art historical overview of the past fifty years will clarify how artists share their research with the world, on the intersection of visual art, lecture and performance. Last but not least, you will be guided in the public presentation of your own lecture-performance.
As part of the programme, you will be attending research seminars organised by ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts).
The research community at St Lucas School of Arts currently consists of five research platforms with their own areas of expertise in art & design, facilitating the mutual exchange between research and education. Participants are encouraged to orient themselves in one of these fields.
CURRICULUM (in ECTS*-credits)
- Production: 30
- Publication: 12
- Presentation: 12
- Masterclass: 6
* ECTS = European Credit Transfer System