25 & 26 March 2024 - Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp


Initiated by Vivi Touloumidi, Umut Eldem and Adilia Yip

The sixth edition of METHOD/ART will be organised at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp on March 25th and 26th 2024.

The main topic of this year’s edition is unpredictability in artistic research methodology. We seek to gain control over the research process and output at every level and stage of the project. This pursuit of control and the fear of obstacles are bound to the recognition and success of the research, as well as the fulfillment of the requirements of the existing academic rules and structures.

However, including chaotic processes, obstacles, and dead ends can also become part of the methodology of artistic research. In the fabric of cultural and social structures, uncertainties and failures can be integrated into the crafting of methodology, gathering and treating data, and even, generating unanticipated output as the research result. The capacity and resilience in dealing with unwanted uncertainty may bring new perspectives to the artistic research process.

We welcome contributions that discuss the application and integration of uncertainty and obstacles in the quest of research. We also welcome stories of dealing with uncertainty and failure, how the experience has enriched the artistic research process, and whether it has led to the expected research output or not. The METHOD/ART seminar is looking for proposals of lectures, performances and workshops with a specific focus on artistic research methodology in general, and interesting to the work of researchers and practitioners of other artistic disciplines. Here are some detailed questions:

Obstacles during process: Can we predict failure, and involve it in the construction of a practice-based methodology? What approaches of resilience have helped you to reach development in artistic research?

Uncertainty as a methodology: How do we incorporate uncertainty as a part of the methodology? How do setbacks and obstacles become valuable to the production of new knowledge? How can we translate this uncertainty into new methodological structures?

Unpredictability of output: How do we anticipate our future research output? Can we yield concrete output from the unpredictable research processes?


Monday 25 March 2024 - Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

  • 11:00 - 11:50  Rethinking Research through Labyrinths and dead ends
    Nadia Sels – PXL-MAD School of Arts, UHasselt, Ghent University
    Jesse Magee – PXL-MAD School of Arts, UHasselt 
  • 11:50 - 12:20  Reflective book making method – An excerpt from a doctoral thesis focused on a method of working through difficult experiences
    Joanna Ambroz (University in Siedlce, Poland)
  • 12:20 - 12:50  Collecting unpredictable discovery and thoughts by tag and connected by Obsidian
    Xiaoyun Chen (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, University of Antwerp)
  • 12:50 - 13:00  Cut-ups of/on artistic research
    Inge Henneman and Yorgos Maraziotis (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, University of Antwerp)
  • 13:00 - 14:00  Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 15:00  Keynote lecture
    Johan De Walsche (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, University of Antwerp)
  • 15:00 - 15:30  An act of deviation: when objects carry memories
    Maria Konschake (PXL-MAD School of Arts, UHasselt)
  • 15:30 - 15:45  Coffee break 
  • 15:45 - 17:30  Workshop - FRAMED project
    Janna Beck, Anneliese Cerchedean & Philip Meersman  (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, University of Antwerp) 

Tuesday 26 March 2024 - Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

  • 11:00 - 11:30  The making of a performance that (n)ever took place
    Bob Selderslaghs (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)
  • 11:30 - 12:30  Presentations by researchers of research group “UP - Performance Practice” 
  • 12:30 - 13:30  Lunch break
  • 13:30 - 14:30  Keynote lecture Madness in method - some personal experiences
    Luk Vaes (Orpheus Instituut)
  • 14:30 - 15:00  Turning points - navigating unpredictability in the creative process based on “WOMEN ARE” (2021)
    Ewelina Hajda (The Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland)
  • 15:00 - 15:15  Coffee break
  • 15:15 - 15:45  Behind the Façade -  Exploring the Different Layers of Meaning in an Organ Performance
    Francesca Ajossa (LUCA School of Arts – KU Leuven)
  • 15:45 - 16:15  Lecture-performance by Caeso (Leiden University / Orpheus Institute)