What happens when the arts step out of the realm of aesthetics? Our dealings with art, whether in repertoire or creation, sometimes expose societal privileges and injustices. The artists themselves know this, and all too often they are forced to occupy the harsh no man's land between voluntary recalcitrance and involuntary precarity.
What about the relationship between art and political revolution? More questions, and even a few answers, can be found in the new Spring issue of FORUM+.
Learning from precarity. How a perfect storm of crisis, precarity and imagination might be able to cultivate and nurture fundamental, and much needed change in the arts.
Triggered by the course ‘The Arts in Times of the Corona Crisis’, Louise Vanhee started exploring the cultural difference between Belgium and The Netherlands in their appreciation of and support for …
Between two revolutions. Early nineteenth-century keyboard methods as an artistic playground.
Using keyboard methods from the first part of the nineteenth century, Jeroen Malaise’s academic research, titled Les doigts acrobatiques , la fantaisie libérée , focuses on the era’s keyboard …
Caring for fugitive imaginations. Co-elaborating with the poetics of care of former youth centre Rzoezie
In this essay, Robin Vanbesien reflects on his artistic approach of ‘co-elaboration’ with regard to the social imagination of the former youth centre Rzoezie (1978-2006) in Mechelen. As he explains, …
Reflections on unisono. The politics of uniformity in contemporary dance
In his article, Tuur Marinus delves into the various manifestations of unisono in dance. Affirmative or reflexive, kaleidoscopic or activist: unisono performances turn out to come in many guises, but …
Primary musical formalism. Arriving at an honest appreciation of musical form through experience
Musical formalism, or the idea that the beauty or meaning of music lies in its form, has taken quite a beating in philosophical debates. We find it too intellectual and too far removed from the …
Words, spoken during the doctorate by Lucas Vandervost
Rebekka De Wit
Lucas Vandervost, actor, director, teacher and co-founder of theatre company De Tijd, defended his doctorate in the arts on 8 December 2019. (The day, by the way, did not sound like a defence. There …