This is the sixth newsletter of the Research Centre for Visual Poetics. Visual Poetics is a research group in theatre, film and related artistic media at the University of Antwerp.
Newsletter #6 February 2016

This is the sixth newsletter of the Research Centre for Visual Poetics. Visual Poetics is a research group in theatre, film and related artistic media at the University of Antwerp, divided in 4 areas of research: performative, intermedial, artist's and textual poetics. <read more> With this biannual newsletter we aim to inform our peers, colleagues and friends on our upcoming activities, projects and publications. Enjoy your reading! We hope to see you on one of the following occasions. 
Genetics, Genes and Genealogies of Performance 

Conference | 09-11 March 2016 | International Arts Campus DESINGEL, Antwerp |
Pre-Conference Day and PhD Forum on 8 March 2016 
| University of Antwerp |

With the conference only 3 weeks away, the “Tracing Creation”-team is getting ready to receive all delegates in Antwerp. Preparations are being made to make everyone’s stay and participation in the event a pleasant and inspiring experience. 
"Tracing Creation" will gather about 50 speakers from various countries presenting their research in 14 plenary sessions. Looking at the variety of topics and approaches, our conference promises to give a representative sample of the current tendencies in genetic studies of the performing arts. If you want to know more about who is presenting and which themes will be addressed, please visit our website where you can download the conference program.
To keep everyone updated with the latest news on the conference, we have created a “Tracing Creation”-Facebook page. Feel free to like and share this page and to post anything that might be relevant in terms of the conference themes.

“Tracing Creation” welcomes anyone who is interested in finding out more about creative processes in the performing arts, but registration is mandatory. More information on how to register can be found on the conference website.
See you all soon!
The “Tracing Creation”-Conference Team

PhD-defence | Saturday, 12th of March 2016, 15:00 | Hof Van Liere, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp | Please confirm your attendance before Thursday 10 March 2016 by sending an email to |

All friends of VP are invited to attend the public defense of Timmy De Laet's dissertation, entitled “RE-INVENTING THE PAST. Strategies of Re-enactment in European Contemporary Dance” on the 12th of March 2016. More information on the research of Timmy De Laet you can find here

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Kurt Vanhoutte (UAntwerpen)
Co-supervisor: Prof. dr. Rudi Laermans (KULeuven)

Doctoral Jury: Prof. dr. Henk de Smaele (UAntwerpen); Prof. dr. Luk Van den Dries (UAntwerpen); Prof. dr. Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University, UK); Prof. dr. Rebecca Schneider (Brown University, USA)


ARIA-launch | 4-6 March 2016 | Meir 78, 2000 Antwerp | 

VP-members Thomas Crombez, Kurt VanhoutteFrank Peeters and Nele Wynants will participate in  the festive launch of ARIA with a panel on ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE IN ANTWERP, Saturday March 5 from 16:00 until 18:00. 

ARIA, the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, joins the forces of the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Schools of Arts (the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and Sint Lucas Antwerp). ARIA will be launched in the city feast hall (stadsfeestzaal) of Antwerp. By artistic interventions, lectures and debates ARIA will intervene in this former PUBLIC SPACE which was turned some years ago into a SHOPPING MALL. Can art still have any meaning in this commercial hub with its hyper visual culture? Has art still any power to restore its former public role again?
INTERRUPTING THE CITY: will experiment ‘live’ with those questions by ARTISTIC INSTALLATIONS and PERFORMANCES. During three days a POP-UP BOOKS SHOP will open its doors where LECTURES and DEBATES will be organized which deal with subjects such as THE ROLE OF ART IN SOCIETY, its relationship with the city, the public sphere and its relationship with artistic research.

PHD students and researchers affiliated with the Research Centre for Visual Poetics present and discuss their research projects with group members and external peers during seminars that are organized on a regular basis.

Date: Friday 29th of April, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Room D.424

Hanne Roofthooft (UA), PREPARING THE STAGE: Audio Description for Theatre  
Date: Friday 27th of May, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Room D.424

The forum is open to anyone interested, but it is recommended to register in advance by e-mail at


Creative Reuse of the Magic Lantern by film artist Sarah Vanagt - Looking for slides with organic material 

Within the framework of the EU co-financed project A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning, film artist Sarah Vanagt was invited to develop a project inspired by the magic lantern slides and projectors in the Vrielynck collection. This collection was assembled by Robert Vrielynck, a notary from Bruges with a passion for all objects related to the history and technology of the moving image. After the owner’s death, the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA)acquired the ‘guardianship’ of the collection, which was bought by the Flemish Community. Sabine Lenk (University of Antwerp) is currently re‐organizing the collection in preparation for the digitalization of the magic lantern slides.
Sarah Vanagt will set up an exhibition at M HKA (from October 28 until November 13, 2016) displaying original lanterns and slides next to her own contemporary lantern film, developed for the occasion. 
To this end, Vanagt is looking for original lantern slides that typically conserve organic material (specimen) between two glass plates: flowers, leaves, seeds, algae, but also insects and feathers (such as in the famous Carpenter and Westley series). We welcome any information on this type of slides as well as images. Please contact:

References images: Unnumbered  magic lantern slide from the set “the Crabtree Collection: mounted seeds of plants”. Courtesy: RAMM. "Butterfly" Unnumbered magic lantern slide from a Carpenter & Westley series (circa 1850's) Courtesy: Gwen Sebus. “Utricularia”. Magic lanterns slide 30 of the set Insectivorous plants. Courtesy: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM).


Vito Adriaensens (visiting scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts) has organized a film series exploring the cinematic roots and branches of Belgian Surrealism at Columbia University in New York with the generous support of the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A entitled “From Real to Surreal: Flemish Artists, Belgian Cinema 1910s-1980s”. The entire program runs from 29 January until 6 March and can be found here and on the calendar of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Vito Adriaensens has programmed two silent masterpieces from Denmark’s first Golden Age of Cinema (the 1910s) at Scandinavia House in New York. On 23 March, he will be introducing the highly dramatic and pictorial spy thriller Det Hemmelighedsfulde X (Sealed Orders; Benjamin Christensen, 1914) and on 30 March he will present the beautiful pacifist science-fiction film Himmelskibet (A Trip to Mars; Holger-Madsen, 1918). The program will be available here.

Vito Adriaensens will be presenting a paper entitled Ovidian Violence: Georges Méliès’ Explosive Screen Bodies and chairing his panel Bodies without Boundaries: Tableaux Vivants and Living Statues in Early Cinema alongside Daniel Wiegand and Valentine Robert at the 2016 Domitor conference in Stockholm "Viscera, Skin, and Physical Form: Corporeality and Early Cinema” (14-17 June).
Sabine Lenk and Nele Wynants will participate in the second Workshop of A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning, 14 – 16 April 2016 at the Museu del Cinema in Girona (ES). During the Workshop enitled “Defining guidelines for description and cataloguing” researchers and collection holders will discuss the first results of the cataloguiung process of magic lantern slides.
Sabine Lenk will give a lecture entitled “Voir/Ne pas voir“ during the conference “Cinema History Without Names”, organized in Gorizia by Leonardo Quaresima and his team from University of Udine (Italy) from 9-11 march 2016. Her lecture will be part of the panel “Apparitions, disparitions, transformations” which she will share with Frank Kessler (Utrecht University), Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan (Laval University) and Katharina Rein (Weimar University) (all members of the project "Les Arts trompeurs. Machines. Magie. Médias").

With her lecture “Inside the human body – the unseen world exposed” Sabine Lenk will also be part of the panel “Projecting the Human Body: a transmedial perspective“ during the 2016 Domitor conference, to be held in Stockholm (Sweden) from 14-17 June, together with Richard Crankle (Exiter University), Sarah Dellmann (Utrecht University), Joe Kember (Exiter University), Frank Kessler (Utrecht University) and Ine van Dooren (Brighton University) (all members of the EU co-financed project "A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning").

Adriaensens, Vito. "In einem anderen Licht - Bourgeois Realismus und Pictorialismus im europäischen Kino (1908-1914).” In Film/Bild/Kunst: Visuelle Ästhetik des vorklassischen Stummfilms um 1910 (Jörg Schweinitz and Daniel Wiegand eds.), Zürcher Filmstudien 35 - Marburg: Schüren verlag, 2015.

Vito Adriaensens reports on the Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Le Giornate del Cinema Muto). His article “Cultivating the Early Canons: the Pordenone Silent Film Festival” can be read in Film Quarterly’s Spring 2016 issue (vol. 69 no. 3, pp. 91-95) or via the University of Antwerp’s website

Cassiers, Edith, Rutgeerts Jonas, van den Dries Luk, De Somviele CharlotteGielen JanHallemans Ann, Van Moorsel Annouk, Roussel Nathalie. "Physiological performing exercises by Jan Fabre: an additional training method for contemporary performers." In Theatre, dance and performance training, 6 (2015), pp. 273-290.

Cassiers, Edith. "Over theater(geschiedenis)grenzen. Een recensie van T. Crombez, J. Koopmans, F. Peeters, L. Van den Dries & K. Vanhaesebrouck, Theater: een westerse geschiedenis." In Forum+ : voor onderzoek en kunsten (Forum+ : for research and arts), 22 (2015), pp. 49-51.
De Francesco, Alessandro. Continuum. Writings on Poetry as Artistic Practice, The Hague / Uitgeverij: Tirana, 2015. 564 pages. French, Italian, English, German. 
De Francesco, Alessandro. Remote Vision. Poetry 1999-2015, New York: Punctum Books, 2016, translated into English by Belle Cushing and Dusty Neu. 342 pages. English and Italian. 
De Francesco, Alessandro. La Vision à distance, Paris: MIX., 2016, translated into French by the author, Caroline Zekri and Fabien Vallos, with the collaboration of Emilio Sciarrino. 136 pages. French. 
De Laet, Timmy. “Moving (in) the Museum: Re-enactment as Research into the Musealization of Dance.” Muséologies: Les cahiers d'études supérieures, vol. 8, nr. 1, 2015, pp. 55-71.
De Laet, Timmy. “De erfenis van de toekomst: over de dialectiek van traditie en vernieuwing in hedendaagse dans.” [The Legacy of the Future: On the Dialectic of Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Dance]. De Witte Raaf, vol. 30, nr. 179, January-February 2016, pp. 5-8.
Lenk, Sabine. “Share the Dream – der inszenierte olympische Traum.” In Montage/AV, 24/2 2016, pp. 179-184.

Lenk, Sabine. “'Napisalem sztukę dla filmu'. Prawa autoriskie przed pierwszą wojną światową w  Niemczech I we Francji.” In KINtop. Antologia Wczesnego Kina (eds. Andrzej Dębski, Martin Loiperdinger), Część II, Oficyna Wydawnicza ATUT, Wrocław 2016, pp. 71-120.

Lenk, Sabine. “Archives and Their Film Collection in a Digital World, or: What Futures for the Analog Print?“ In The Moving Image, 14.2., Fall 2014 (backdated 2014, but published in 2015), pp. 100-110.
Wynants, Nele and Karel Vanhaesebrouck. “Sur l’art, la politique et l’emploi. Entretien avec Shannon Jackson.” In Théâtre/Public n°219 , 2016.
Wynants, Nele. “Betwixt and Between. De plaats van de toeschouwer in immersieve performance.” In Documenta tijdschrift voor theater, XXXIII, 2015 #2, pp. 33-56.
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