The Hague – On Monday July 2 at 18:00, the first ARC (art_research_convergence) forum will take place at the Anna van Buerenplein in The Hague. ARC is a new platform for the artistic-academic discourse in the Netherlands and is an initiative of the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA).

ARC's first session is about POWER. Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Since acting and causing others to act is precisely what puts society in motion, then social life must be about power too, that is, about acting in relation to one another. But is there anyone behind the wheel? Who are the players in the network of power that keeps the world turning? Different versions of these questions are explored by the artists-researchers featuring in this ARC session, the first one of the season 2018. Admission is free. Refreshments and snacks are included

Presentations by:
Ingrid Verweijen - Audition Audition (performance). The work discusses the format of auditioning and the power relations of all parties that are present during an audition.
Lucy Cordes Engelman - Heresy of the free spirit (performative lecture). In what ways are fiction and story through the medium film/video able to operate and resist the traditional values and subjectivities that continue to hold us captive as both audience and participant?
Bjarni Gunnarsson - Command and Autonomy (algorithmic composition). A short discussion of concerns regarding generative processes and algorithmic composition focusing especially on the polarity of 'command' and 'autonomy', followed by a musical performance reflecting on these issues.
GVN908 - MAREA (video). A film composited algorithmically with live security camera footage, the purpose of which is to empower the events and actors that have been historically made bureaucratic, mundane and insignificant.


Upcoming sessions

The Grey Space in the Middle - 3 September - 6 PM- 8 PM
Studio Loos - 1 October - 6 PM- 8 PM
De Nieuwe Regentes - 5 November - 6 PM- 8 PM
Korzo Theater - 3 December - 6 PM- 8 PM
Online session – date and time t.b.a



A new platform for artistic research

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What is ARC?

ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University for the active communication of artistic research. ARC hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every first Monday of the month in the cultural hotspots in The Hague. The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.

ARC plays a connective role in the network of artistic and investigative practices. It strengthens the knowledge infrastructure in the dynamic field of practice-based research as well as brings it into the public eye. In doing so, it contributes to the knowledge economy in the region.

This project acts as a forum or laboratory, in which artist-researchers work together with other cultural players on new works, designs and performance practices.



  • What? Performances, exhibitions, installations, lectures and other formats suitable for the communication of artistic research.


  • Who? Artist-researchers, including graduate students, doctoral candidates and lecturers at artistic research institutions as well as independent artists who regard and represent their work as research. No institutional affiliation is required.


  • For whom? General audience interested in the relationship between art and research, artists, researchers and students whose field has to do with artistic and/or research practices.


  • When? Every first Monday of the month (except August), from 18:00 to 20h00.


  • Where? Anna van Beurenplain, The Grey Space in the Middle, Studio LOOS, De Neuwe Regentes, Korzo, Leiden University Campus Den Haag.


The 101 questionnaire


Lately, 'research' and 'researcher' have become buzzwords in academic institutions and artistic communities. The conversation about practice-based research in the arts is lively, to be sure, so much so that it also can be baffling at times. 

'I'm an artist'—you might say—but how do I know if I'm an artist-researcher?' 'Is ARC something for me?' To find out, take this 101 questionaire:


The production of art is a fundamental part of my research process


Art is partly the result of my research 


I do see myself as a researcher.

I do represent my own practice as research


If you tick all boxes, then yes, ARC is definitely something for you. 'But do I need some kind of diploma? How about an institutional affiliation, like, being a student or an instructor somewhere?' 

No and no. ARC is open to you regardless of your previous studies, your ties to the academia and the stage of your career. 

Want to know more about artistic research? Here is a good introduction to the concept (see Ch. 2)

Should you have any questions

Don't hesitate to contact us!

ARC is an initiative of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) 

          a collaboration between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague


Points of convergence

The Grey Space in the Middle is a space for fundamental creativity. It is an open laboratory and presentation space where art and digital culture unite with science and philosophy in an anti-disciplinary state, connecting [zeitgeist] + [network] + [technology].

De Nieuwe Regentes is a theatre with a single vision: to further cultural and social connections. Its motto 'for and by the neighborhood' gives expression to the 'grassroot' motivation of the professional team and the diverse group of volunteers, artists and partners that make it come to life.

Studio LOOS is a workspace, laboratory and public presentation place for research, experimentation, development, innovation and production of interdisciplinary electro acoustic music, sound art & audio art, improvisation and composition, monomedia, bimedia, polymedia and hypermedia

Korzo has a reputation for being an adventurous venue in the old city center of The Hague, but also for being one of the largest production houses for the dance in the Netherlands. After a major renovation of the building in the Prinsestraat Korzo finally comes home!