Target group

Research MA and PhD students and more advanced artists and researchers in the field of Arts, Performance, Media and Cultural History. 
This course is conducted in English. 

Required: Background (obtained BA) in the field of Arts, Performance, Media or Cultural History or the History of Science, Knowledge and Technology. 


This summer school takes place at Stadscampus (Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp) of the University of Antwerp. This campus is located in the city centre.

Micro-credential and study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 6 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.  

Day to day programme

The 5-day programme consists of public keynote lectures, lectures by international and national experts in the field of cultural and performance studies and the histories of science, knowledge and media; artist talks and a series of interactive hands-on workshops providing a more practice-based approach to the subject.

The programme also includes 2 field trips and social and artistic evening activities.

Monday 26 Aug: Performing media archaeology

  • Nele Wynants - "Introduction to Performing media archaeology"
  • Edwin Carels - "Cameras in the museum"
  • Deirdre Feeney - "Re-imagining forgotten media: A practice-based exploration of the (im)materialities of obsolete optical image apparatus"
  • Student presentations "Bring your own dead medium"
  • Erkki Huhtamo  - Public keynote Lecture "Media archaeology as an archival practice, with the mechanical theater as an example "
  • Welcome drinks (5.30 – 7 pm) @ s.K. foyer (TBC)

Tuesday 27 Aug: Eye – touch

  • Frank Kessler - "Performing Cinema as a Screen Medium c. 1900"
  • Evelien Jonckheere - "Projecting musical paintings: Fin-de-siècle occult vibration-mania"
  • Student presentations "Bring your own dead medium"
  • Guido Devadder - "Quantum Loop: Revisiting the Phenakistiscope"
  • Annie van den Oever - "BOEM! or Experimental media archaeological reflections on re-enactment and “crazy” avant-garde performances as part of media history"

Wednesday 28 Aug: Sound

  • Melissa Van Drie - "Spectacular sensory stagings: Re-enacting 19th- century somatic experiences of sound"
  • Bart Moens & Pauline Lebbe - "Magic lantern performances: Let there be music!"
  • Student presentations "Bring your own dead medium"
  • Floris Vanhoof - "Soap bubbles"
  • Andreas Fickers - "Making objects speak. Experimental media archaeology, object biographies, and transmedia storytelling"
  • Magic Lantern lecture and performance (7.00 - 8.00 pm) at Klooster Grauwzusters by Ditmar Bollaert, Els Prevenier & Kurt Vanhoutte 
  • Social dinner

Thursday 29 Aug: Agency of media objects @ GUM (Ghent)

  • Marjan Doom - "Curating scientific media and objects through the lens of art"
  • Guided tour Ghent University Museum (GUM) + botanical garden and green houses
  • Sarah Vanagt - In waking hours
  • Workshop "Make your own camera obscura and experiments with microscopes"
  • Freely visit the museum and botanical garden and greenhouses  

Friday 30 Aug: Space & time @FOMU (Antwerp)

  • Leen Engelen - "On the panorama and its contemporary virtual afterlives"
  • Visit Kaiserpanorama at FOMU Antwerp
  • Kurt Vanhoutte - "On Walter Benjamin and the topography of modernity"
  • Kristof Timmerman, Benjamin Verhoeven & Kurt Vanhoutte,  - Workshop "Doing ludological media archaeology with VR"
  • Concluding debate and opportunity to review the week over drinks