FORUM+ for research and arts

FORUM+ is the peer reviewed journal for research and arts in Belgium and the Netherlands. The journal explores the latest trends in research in the arts, which is gaining importance in higher arts education in Flanders and the Netherlands. FORUM+ stimulates the dialogue between research in the arts, critical reflection and the social context in which it is established: this way the journal offers a platform for creative approaches and critical reflections on our world.

Aims and scope
FORUM+ is primarily aimed at researchers, teachers and students in the field of music, theater, dance, (audio)visual and applied arts, but it also brings current developments of research in the arts to the art-loving public. For this FORUM+ delivers accessibility in form and content, positioning itself in between an academic journal and a cultural magazine. It publishes articles and visual essays in Dutch and English that stem from original research and are peer-reviewed by the editorial staff and a member of the editorial advisory board with specific expertise in this field. The editorial board also welcomes short contributions such as visual essays, podcasts, interviews, reviews and reflective essays. In this way FORUM+ provides a platform for the many ways in which research in the arts is expressed and articulated today.

FORUM+ is published three times a year (autumn, spring, summer) by Amsterdam University Press and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp


Open Access
FORUM+ is published in Diamond Open Access with the following Creative Commons-licence: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Articles in this journal have Digital Object Identifiers (DOI’s) that are registered at CrossRef. A DOI is a unique number sequence which identifies a published article.

Proposals in Dutch or English can be directed to the editors via redactie@forum-online.be.
FORUM+ uses endnotes for bibliographic references in the MLA style (8th edition).

The authors' guidelines can be downloaded here.

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I Had a Dream…

Marcel Cobussen

At present, artistic research can draw on many already existing research methods, methods tried and tested in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. In and through art, in and through artistic research, in and through artistic explorations and experimentations, however, these methods can also be rethought, rethought as a form of cultural cannibalism or antropofagia.

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Pathways to a fertile valley. On methods and methodologies in artistic research

Falk Hübner & Joost Vanmaele

Onderzoek in de kunsten is de laatste decennia sterk gegroeid aan de kunsthogescholen en universiteiten: de herformulering van de artistieke praktijk als een onderzoekspraktijk (‘alle kunst is onderzoek’) heeft in toenemende mate plaatsgemaakt voor de actieve uitdieping van kunst als een ...

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The constellation of things and practices. Pluralistic paths in artistic research methodology

Adilia Yip

Artistieke onderzoeksmethodologie is pluralistisch, veranderlijk en buigzaam. Ze vormt een constellatie van onderzoeksdingen en -praktijken die een veelheid aan opties en mogelijkheden in zich dragen. Er is bovendien een dualistisch concept op gestoeld: het vooraf uitgestippelde pad bepaald door de ...

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Unpacking the self. Autobiography as a means to find hidden narratives

Manju Sharma

In dit essay buigt beeldend kunstenaar en schrijfster Manju Sharma zich over het gebruik van autobiografie als een methodologie om in de beeldende kunsten aan storytelling te doen. Ze focust op de methodes die ze aanwendt om het ‘ik’ te verk...

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Teamwork in songwriting. Co-creation as a method for multilingual songwriting

Ronja Maltzahn

In dit artikel gaat Ronja Maltzahn dieper in op voorbeelden en ervaringen van cocreatie als een methode om tot meertalige songwriting en muzikale vertaling te komen. Ze maakt een onderscheid tussen een hiërarchisch en een niet-hiërarchisch perspectief – wat ze w...

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Are there things only artists can do? Archiving through a treadmill

Carolina Bonfim

Dit artikel deelt de methodes en strategieën van het praktijkgeoriënteerde onderzoeksproject Ninety movements on TECHNOGYM G6508D. Het onderzoek ontleedt lopen als activiteit in al zijn dimensies door het unieke en persoonlijke in elk gebaar en elke manier va...

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Customizing a methodological approach. Researching Giacinto Scelsi’s performance practice through animated scores

Marco Fusi

Dit artikel zoomt in op het definiëren en vervolgens toepassen van de onderzoeksmethodologie die Marco Fusi aanwendde om het creatieve proces van de Italiaanse componist en dichter Giacinto Scelsi te bestuderen. De gebruikte methode is bewust zo ontwikkeld dat z...

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Artistic research: ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t’

Vincent Meelberg

Artistic research, being a relatively young academic discipline, is sometimes characterized as being ‘methodless’. Artistic research has no method, some maintain, and instead proceeds from an intuitive, informal basis, and therefore cannot be considered a proper scholarly practice. If this inde...

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Artistic research … Where to start? – Why not with a handbook?

Falk Hübner

As the various contributions to this thematic issue on methods undoubtedly show, it is safe to say that both the discipline of research in and through the arts, as well as the discourse on methods within the discipline are still ...

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Tactile composition

Marloeke van der Vlugt

Marloeke van der Vlugt creates sculptural and spatial installations that invite an audience to interact with bodies, organisms, objects and materials in a non-hierarchical manner. Her aim is to raise awareness of our reciprocal nature of being in the world. ...

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Thinking Movement

Timmy De Laet

Is a dancing body also a thinking body? Choreography is commonly considered to be either a matter of internalized technique or the expression of intuitive impulses. In both cases, a surplus of consciousness or reflection would be obstructive – if not no...

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Contemporary dance education. Gaps and goals

Natalie Gordon, Caroline D’Haese

Dance education faces many challenges today. Both our society and the field of contemporary dance have changed to such an extent that dance educators are required to critically rethink traditional teaching methodologies. Based on their two-year research project ‘The Role of...

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Artistic research as an integrative force

Paul Craenen

From academic demands to professional needs[^The text is a revised and elaborated version of a lecture presented at the EPARM conference for artistic research 2019, held at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj Napoca (Romania) on 28-30 March 2019.] ...

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Once around the Theatre: Walking as Choreographic Practice

Martin Nachbar

Walking, strolling, running – these are everyday activities that everyone often does unknowingly. But these are also forms of movement that can be the subject of choreographic research. In this article, choreographer and artistic researcher Martin Nachbar sheds light on how he...

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Conducting Silence

Thomas R. Moore

Silences are an essential part of music. When rigorously measured, like in Michael Maierhof’s Zonen 6 for guitar orchestra, silences can structure an entire composition and help the listener make sense of a piece. Their artistic usage also has a dr...

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The suitcase

Wendy Morris

De koffer staat in de studio. Leeg. De duizenden brieven die er ooit in gepropt zaten, zijn intussen gesorteerd op datum, gelogd, gelezen, sommige uitgetypt en andere gefotografeerd. Muriel Leysen, de eigenares van de koffer én van zijn inhoud, stierf i...

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Junction Between the Senses

Umut Eldem

Synaesthesia and Cross-modality in Music

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Soma or Imagining the Body

Nele Wynants

Oona Libens’ Scientific Shadow Theatre Soma is the final work in Oona Libens’ trilogy of poetic-scientific performances. With Nausea (2014), the artist uses primitive projection techniques to explore the wonderful and mysterious underwater world. In an episode reminiscent of a dated natu...

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TALOS/Talos. What sort of future do we want to see performed?

Jonas Rutgeerts and Nienke Scholts

In 2016 the Israeli choreographer Arkadi Zaides and a team of collaborators embarked on a two-year artistic research initiative based on TALOS, a European project aimed at developing a mobile robot for protecting and securing Europe’s borders. The article uses th...

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Between Realities #Athens. Or how scenography can facilitate the re-imagination of public space

Sigrid Merx

In 2016 the scenographer Thanos Vovolis organized an exhibition on the social and political dimensions of public space as a performance space. For the occasion Platform-Scenography developed an adapted version of their Between Realities exhibition. During a period of four days ...

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Dwell / Act / Transform. Three views of an exhibition on artist research

Anke Coumans, Peter Sonderen, Ruth Benschop and Sara Malou Strandvad

In November 2017 the Image in Context lectorship of Academie Minerva in Groningen took, in its annual exhibition and symposium, the way in which research is made public as its central theme with the name Artistic Research in the North. If ...

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In Quest of the Humanities (Again). What We Can Learn from Research in the Arts

Pascal Gielen en Nele Wynants

De academisering van het hoger kunstonderwijs leidde het afgelopen decennium tot stevige discussies over hoe onderzoek in de kunsten eruit moest zien. Niet zelden waren het de universiteiten die de richting aanwezen. Met dit essay houden de auteurs een pleidooi ...

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Authors' rights in the creative economy. Perpetually a work in progress

Ellen Loots

Authors’ rights in the context of the arts is a thorny ques­tion. Ellen Loots outlines the complexity of existing legal systems and the tense relationship between moral rights and authors’ rights in relation to the dynamics of the crea­tive industry.

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The Museum of Internet

Nanó Wallenius

It has never been easier for people to get their hands on pictures and photographs. Of course many artists have realized this as well. Nowadays we see artists of various ages referencing the internet for their work.

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Against the supplement. Some reflections on artistic research

Dieter Lesage

There are many misunderstandings about artistic research. Contrary to those academic trends that expect artistic research to conform to scientific standards, Dieter Lesage argues for the recognition of the arts as a specific form of writing.

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Depictions of reality. Past, present and future in a fictional framework

Neye Wynants

The artistic projects of Thomas Bellinck, Elly Van Eeghem and Chokri and Zouzou Ben Chikha share the characteristic that they depart from real historical sources. However, the result is no documentary theatre in its strict sense.

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