The Hague – On Monday October 1st at 19:00, the third ARC (art_research_convergence) forum will take place at Studio LOOS 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).

Artistic research projects presented this evening have in common the fact that they critically re-assess the media of art, using these very media as both tool and method. Judith Ijken’s artistic exploration of the history of portrait-making seeks to understand today’s culture of liking, sharing and displaying of photographic portraits while Benjamin Schoonenberg considers film media in order to explicit the relation between time and the moving image. Sabin Garea, in turn, proposes a performative inquiry into purposelessness: what are we left with when the artwork is but the destruction of another artwork? Finally, Miguelángel Clerc rethinks the ontology of immersive sound environments through processes of decomposition. Looking inside out at their own practice they ask themselves: what is this? Respondent is Marijke Cobbenhagen, Designer of Dialogue at The Grey Space. Free entrance.


Judith IjkenLes cliches sont conservés

Benjamin SchoonenbergEmbalming time

Sabin GareaHow I added value to my work

Miguelángel Clerc(De)Composing feedback

More information on ARC:

The Venue:

Studio LOOS:

Address: De Constant Rebequeplein 20B, 2518RA Den Haag

Upcoming sessions

De Nieuwe Regentes - 5 November 
Korzo Theater - 3 December 
Online session – date and time TBA


ARC SESSION October 2018:

What's this?

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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), starting at 19:00.


  • Where? Anna van Beurenplain, The Grey Space in the Middle, Studio LOOS, De Neuwe Regentes, Korzo Theater.


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!