Visual Poetics is a research group in theatre, film and related artistic media at the University of Antwerp, covering four lines of research: performative, intermedial, artist's and textual poetics. Poetics derives from "poiesis", or "active making". The poetics of an artistic medium places the artwork at the center of study and studies the finished work as the result of a process of construction. It mounts explanations how the artwork works and why under certain circumstances it came to look the way it did. It reveals, more specifically, the inextricable weaving together of representation and discourse, the imbrication of visual and verbal experience at the core of performance and cinema.