28 April 2022 - CCHA (cultuurcentrum Hasselt)

Organized by PXL-MAD School of Arts, RITCS School of Arts, UHasselt, VUB, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts), and Brussels Arts Platform​

Is the body the primary locus of our knowledge of the world? Does it enable us to know ourselves as being-with-others? In the social sciences these ideas have only gained traction in recent decades, but in artistic practice they have long been fundamental. For artists it is obvious that much of our practice is spent developing our knowledge of how to do something. This not only goes for musicians, dancers, and other performers, but equally for visual artists in their disciplinary variety and hybridity. Artists have acted out know(ledge)-how and have shared it through the “show and tell” of art development and education for centuries. Perhaps artistic research has then earned its right-of-way in the development of “embodied knowledge.” Originating from real-time physical action and intuition, however, embodied knowledge is often tacit or unconscious and thus remains hard to communicate.

In the one-day symposium Bodies of Evidence, researchers from different artistic disciplines will take up this seminal challenge. In a series of talks, lectures and interventions they will attempt to map out corporeal knowledge as a crucial aspect of artistic research.


  • 09:30 - 10:15  Keynote Lecture Stefan Prins, Hybrid and Mediated Bodies
  • 10:15 - 10:30  Coffee Break
  • 10:30 - 11:45  Panel 1 - Multisensoriality
    • Moderator: Nadia Sels (PXL-MAD School of Arts)
      • Umut Eldem (ARIA)
      • Ira A. Goryainova (RITCS School of Arts / VUB)
      • Lydia Hannah Debeer
  • 11:45 - 13:00  Panel 2 - Body/Power
    • Moderator: Petra Van Brabandt (Sint Lucas Antwerp / ARIA)
      • Margaux Schwarz (UHasselt / PXL-MAD School of Arts)
      • Sanja Mitrović (RITCS School of Arts / VUB)
      • Dominique De Groen
  • 13:00 - 14:00  Lunch Break
  • 14:00 - 15:15  Panel 3 - Corporeal Memory
    • Moderator: Klaas Tindemans
      • Tine Guns (LUCA School of Arts)
      • Maria Konschake (PXL-MAD School of Arts)
      • Adilia On-ying Yip (Africa Museum, Brussels; Royal Conservatory Antwerp)
  • ​15:15 - 15:30  Coffee Break
  • 15:30 - 16:30  Keynote Lecture Manuela Infante
  • 16:30 - 17:45  Panel 4 - Dark Ecologies
    • Moderator: Maarten Stragier
      • Andrea Mancianti (Aalto University)
      • Ella de Burca (LUCA - School of Arts)
      • Bart Naessens (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel/ VUB)
  • 17:45 - 18:15  Sound Performance Inne Eysermans
  • 20:00 - 21:15  Keynote Lecture (online) Laura U. Marks, Soul-Assemblages: From Your Body to the Cosmos


CCHA (cultuurcentrum Hasselt), Kleine Theaterzaal, Kunstlaan 5, 3500 Hasselt


Participation is free but registration is necessary. Please register via the button below before April 14 and indicate whether you will attend the morning session, the afternoon session or both. After April 14 we cannot guarantee your lunch (cash payment of 5 euros). You can also register for the evening lecture by Laura U. Marks only (you will receive a Zoom link on April 27)

For any questions, send an e-mail to Inge.Pieters@vub.be