ACPA Conference 2019


Eleni Kamma and Justin Bennett have both been invited as guest speakers for the two-day ACPA Conference in The Hague. This year's edition, entitled Is This Thing On? Public Dimensions of Artistic Research, has a main focus on the notion of the 'public' in artistic research.


10 - 11/10/2019


ACPA Conference 2019:
Is This Thing On? Public Dimensions of Artistic Research
The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) & Royal Conservatoire The Hague (KC)

The first conference day will be hosted by the Royal Academy of Art and the second conference day by Royal Conservatoire.


In artistic research the public can be an integral and active part of the combined project of creating art, knowledge and societal relevance. To what extent do artistic researchers take into account this expanded role of the public in their choice of research approach, methods or forms of dissemination? In some instances, the collaboration and responses of participants become the very material of the research, while in other cases the researcher resists the pressures of the public gaze.


The 2019 ACPA conference provides a platform to explore a range of practices along this public-private spectrum, and to elicit the productive tensions and correspondences between different forms of engagement such as listening, viewing, interacting, and experiencing. It seeks to problematize the notion and condition of publicness and to investigate both actual and potential relations between the artist-researcher and a real or imagined public.


Eleni Kamma is part of the panel Performance and Participation in Artistic Research on October 10th, 14:00h in The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK). Kamma reflects on her recent practice, highlighting experiences with audience interactions within different itineraries of her performative research project Casting Call. Time Choir: Varberg (2019), for instance, is a sung performance realized in collaboration with people who participated in conversations around the theme of self-care. The artist selected and recomposed expressions and gestures oscillating between past and present, here and there, meeting and doing. The resulting score was performed in song by an improvised seven-person 'Time Choir'.


Later that day Justin Bennett will be guiding a listening walk in collaboration with Marcel Cobussun, starting at 17:30h with a short introduction at The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK).


More information on the website of Universiteit Leiden