Kristof van Baarle is researcher and dramaturg. His research interests are posthumanism, the nonhuman, ecology and end times and extinction studies. In his work, Kristof seeks to analyse the dramaturgical strategies directors, choreographers, visual artists and performers develop to tackle these issues.
Kristof received his PhD in art sciences at Ghent University in 2018, titled From the cyborg to the apparatus. Figures of posthumanism in the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben and the contemporary performing arts of Kris Verdonck. Currently he is post-doc (doctor-assistant) researcher at Antwerp University, where he also teaches dramaturgy (2018-2020), guides various BA and MA dissertations and graduate research, and organises the lecture cycle Visual Poetics Invites.
As a dramaturge Kristof is a longtime collaborator of Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company, and Michiel Vandevelde. He has also worked with Heike Langsdorf, Thomas Ryckewaert and Alexander Vantournhout. Together with Kris Verdonck, he conducts a three-year artistic research project on the convergences between Samuel Beckett and Noh-theatre at KASK - School of arts. Kristof has published about his research and dramaturgical works in various academic and other journals and book chapters, such as Performance Research, Etcetera and Documenta. From 2015 until 2020 he was editor of the performing arts journal Etcetera, and since 2018 he is on the editorial board of Documenta. From 2021, Kristof will be associate editor of Performance Research. His MA-thesis, Language: Impossible. Giorgio Agamben en het theater van Romeo Castellucci was published as a monograph. He is co-editor, with Peter Eckersall, of Machine Made Silence. The Art of Kris Verdonck and of Performance and Posthumanism (with Christel Stalpaert and Laura Karreman).
Statute & functions
Assisterend academisch pers.
- principal research fellow