Lopende onderzoeksprojecten

Lopende onderzoeksprojecten

gefinancierd met EU middelen

Resilience in Resonance. Teaching children at risk to play an instrument through music and motion (uitgevoerd aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen) (2020-2021)


In this small-scale project, the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (part of Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerp) will deploy easily accessible instrument teaching (clarinet) in order to help children at risk finding their voice, sharing their experiences, and building resilience through musical expression. In this project, we will apply a previously developed, novel pedagogy of kinemusical improvisation (that is: improvisation through music and motion) in three well-chosen informal learning settings for children at risk in Belgium, Cyprus, and Poland. Within these informal learning settings, we will enable children to share their learning process with each other and with their counterparts abroad through digital sharing technology, setting up an interactive learning community. At the same time, we will monitor local educators within these settings in order to mainstream best learning practices and to perpetuate learning benefits beyond the terms of the project. Finally, we will develop guidelines on how to transfer learning benefits from this small-scale project to other informal learning settings of children at risk in Europe.

Project team:

Dr. Luc Nijs (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)

The "Resilience in Resonance" project (June 2021- May 2022) is funded by the Creative Europe Programme (call N° EAC/S53/2019. “Music Education and Learning” 🔗 ). The beneficiary is the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen), the coordinator is dr. Luc Nijs.

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Z Elements: Artistic experiences and exchanges to attract a younger audience through Transmedia co-creations (uitgevoerd aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) (2019-2022)


Z elements is a project whose main goal is to attract young people to the arts through transmedial co-creations. The project will develop cultural exchanges between the established art and the “Z generation”, born between 1995 – 2005, also referred to as digital natives. 

Through residencies, workshops, co-creation, interactive approaches and digital outputs, the possibilities for artists to assemble the more traditional arts with new technologies and digitalization processes will be explored.

In artistic residencies including workshops there will be an exchange of ideas, expertise, methodologies and approach between different artists, experts and young volunteers.

The project expects to attract a new audience through both co-creations, in which new and traditional elements will be integrated, and digital processing that will enable an easier distribution of art. 

In addition to the local exposure of the artistic works, Z Elements foresees to reach out to more than 200,000 young people. This will be accomplished by digital distribution through social media and other platforms.  

The European Project “Z Elements” is founded by through the Creative Europe program of the EU, 

Project team:

Kristof Timmerman (Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp)

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DCDT - Detect than Act. Taking Direct Action against Online Hate Speech by Turning Bystanders into Upstanders (uitgevoerd aan Sint Lucas Antwerpen) (2020-2021)



Detect Then Act uses human activism and AI to monitor online hate speech and campaign with positive counternarratives. We promote and support bystanders to stand up, fostering citizens to be better equipped to deal with toxicity and harassment.


Detect Then Act uses Explainable AI to identify online hate speech, assisting upstanders to deflate toxic discussions in a self-regulatory approach. The project reports illegal cases of hate speech in accordance with the EU’s Code of Conduct and local legislation.


Online hate speech is on the rise. Social media networks may (involuntary) function as echo chambers where extreme views proliferate before spilling into the public debate. Europol's Terrorism and Situation Report (TESAT 2019) observes that violent extremism is expanding, "partly fueled by fears of a perceived Islamization of society and [partly by] anxiety over migration".


Detect Then Act are citizens, NGOs, universities and tech companies in Belgium, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, supervised by a board of security, legal and ethics experts. We are co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (REC-RRAC-ONLINE-AG-2018).

Project team: Tom de Smedt (Sint Lucas Antwerp)

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Breda Photo International Talent Program (uitgevoerd aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) (2019-2023)


The BredaPhoto International Talent Program is a long-term support program for emerging talents that tracks youngartists from the art schools into their international professional career.The ITP has a strong tradition of scouting talent, talent support and bringing talented emerging photographers in contactwith big names and internationally recognised photographers. Top meets Talent is an important sub-line in theprogramme.The goal of the International Talent Program is• to scout new talents,• give them a stage to present themselves,• and to support them in their professional career.To achieve this goal ITP developed partnerships with art schools, first in Holland in Belgium, and now also with partnersin Germany, Czech Republic, Finland and Hungary . Together with 7 art schools the International Talent Program isgiven continuity and impact. It became an important steppingstone for talents who found their way in the internationalphotograph market.The experience that has been build up during the past 4 editions underlines the importance of this type of cooperationand exchange of knowledge, network and art.Not only the students and alumni that participate in the program, but also the institutions in general benefit from theresults of the International Talent Program

The outcome is 26 exhibitions of 26 young talents from 7 different art schools from 5 different countries in Europe.presentend on he BredaPhoto International festival, one traveling exhibition presented in 5 different countries, Est.160.000 visitors , a catalogue (5000 copies), two 7-week residents with each 7 alumni from 5 different art schools from 5different countries in Europe. Lots of new connections, possible initiatives en new forms of collaboration contribute to theflourishing European photography and art world.

The project "Breda Photo Interational Talent Program" is funded through the Creative Europe program of the EU, 607639- CREA-1-2019-1-NLCULT- COOP1

Project team:

Steven Humblet (Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp)

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Multidisciplinary Skills for Artists' Entrepreneurship (uitgevoerd aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen) (2020-2023)


Cultivating the Entrepreneurial mindset in Education’ is a key goal of the European policies in the last years, with a special emphasis in the 2014-2020 programming period, for coping with the severe consequences of the worst economical crisis met by the Europeans after the second world war.In today’s society, entrepreneurs are celebrated for creating successful businesses and leading the people out of the economical stagnation. On the other side, based on the cliché of the starving artist, parents discourage their kids from becoming artists in fear that they will end up struggling to support themselves.Buts artists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common: both are individualist and risk takers and both need to create. Nevertheless many artists fail at business, mainly because they don’t identify a viable market to fill. Creating art good art is difficult. But creating good art isn’t enough.According to several surveys, many artists say that learning how to make the best work is crucial, but being able to disseminate in an effective way is equally as important. They all highlight how they would have greatly benefitted from developing strategic plans for their career goals while learning how to market and promote their work. Likewise, art entrepreneurs wish they had had the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and skills.Over the last years the so called creative and cultural industries have greatly increased, proving to be driving factors of economic growth and development even in countries suffering from high crisis.Thus the project main aims are:-to professionalize HE in PS, TN and UZ in a variety of knowledge-based creative fields focusing on three macro-areas (Music, Visual Arts, Performing Arts) and their interactions by providing the future artists with entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary skills - to prepare future artists in order to enhance in a more effective way their (self) employability and capacity to access the Creative Economy

The project "Multidisciplinary Skills for Artists' Etrepreneurship" is funded through the Erasmus + program of the EU, 609821-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

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AMIE - Arts and Mindfulness in Education (uitgevoerd aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen) (2020-2023)


In rapidly evolving, hyper-connected and performance-oriented societies, the mental health of citizens increasingly requires priority attention and care. Indeed, research shows that about 20% of European adults suffer from mental health problems, a percentage that rises to about 50% if depression and anxiety are also taken into account. Research confirms that in the field of mental health care, in addition to curative measures aimed at adults, there is an increasing need for preventive measures aimed at children (Van der Gucht et al., 2016).

The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership 'AMiE' helps to meet this need by providing European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education (age group 3 to 12). AMiE is unique in that it uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context.

The project "Arts and Mindfulness in Education" is funded through the Erasmus + program of the EU, 2020-1-NO 01-KA203-076517.

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European Opera Academy - Competence centre for shared education in opera training (uitgevoerd aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen) (2018-2021)



EOALAB is the Erasmus+ SP project that aims to trigger innovation in the field of opera based on the innovative concept of shared education.

This SP will act as a think tank of the European Opera Academy to jointly elaborate, test and further develop innovative approaches in opera education and training to be disseminated to and exploited by other EOA members as well as other High Education Institutions and associated institutions.


EOALAB strives to contribute to creating the new generation of opera makers by reinforcing the link between education, training and labour market. This project intends to offer new answers to the emerging needs of contemporary opera making.


The core partnership is made up of 8 partners from 7 European countries:

AEC (Association Europeene des Conservatoires), Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (BE), Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito, Parma (IT), Instituto Politecnico do Porto – ESMAE (PT), Jazepa Vitola Latvijas Muzikas akademija, Riga (LV), Lietuvos Muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius (LT), Stockholm University for the Arts, Stockholm (SE)

The project "European Opera Academy" is funded through the Erasmus + program of the EU, 2018-1-NL01-KA203-038930

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Empty Mind. Researching Digital Art Platforms’ (uitgevoerd aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten en het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen) (2020-2021)


Our goal is to research and modify existing, open-source digital art platforms, while artistically focusing on interdisciplinary content. Virtual creations will determine the foundation of a new hybrid, digital art form, consisting of virtual art, music, dance and spoken word, and will open a door for new possibilities regarding artistic creation, experience, and distribution.

As a result, contemporary (performing) art(s) will become accessible for an audience that normally is being excluded from a cultural and artistic experience, because of physical, geographic and/or economical disadvantages.

Thanks to the DARIAH Theme 2020-2021 funding, we are able to include researchers and professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds: ICT developers, a graphic design company, musicians, mocap specialists and digital artists.

Our main outcome is scheduled for October 28th 2021, where we will present the hybrid performance of Empty Mind for flutes, live electronics and live visuals during the research festival ARTICULATE at the Wintertuin of the Royal Academy for Fine Arts Antwerpen.

Besides the live performance, our main focus actually lies on the virtual experience online. The flutist will perform the piece in a motion capture suit. The movements of the performer will create the virtual surroundings in realtime, while the virtual audience can interact and influence the scope of the performance.

The Project " " is funded through the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) of the EU.

Project team:

Ine Vanoeveren, Kristof Timmerman ( Royal Conservatoire Antwerp  and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp)

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