Research Centre for Visual Poetics


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.

Current Affairs

  • We gladly welcome our new colleague prof. dr. Kyoko Iwaki, who joins our team with the start of this academic year. 
  • The MA Theatre-and Film studies is again involved in the interview series 'De Dinsdagen'. This year, our students collaborate with students from the Antwerp Conservatory's drama department and take the interviews. The general topic is: collectives. Our guests will be: K.A.K., Jan Joris Lamers and Osei Bantu. 
  • Visual Poetics members Kyoko Iwaki and Kristof van Baarle co-curates the conference stream 'Ends' during the Performance Studies international conference 'Crises of Care' in Rijeka (postponed to summer 2021).