The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts Joins ReCNTR!

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University has officially joined as the fourth supporting institution of ReCNTR! This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our mission to foster practice-based and multimodal methods in the field of social science and humanities. With the addition of Leiden University’s esteemed Academy, we are further expanding our network of talented individuals and institutions dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic and scholarly expression.

Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is a research institute within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University, where it offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and (graphic) designers the opportunity to perform research in and through artistic practice. ACPA also offers education in the arts for Leiden University students, and provides academic electives for students of the University of the Arts The Hague.

Erik Viskil

As a result, Erik Viskil will join us as co-director. Erik Viskil is professor of Research and Discourse in Artistic Practice and academic director of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) at Leiden University, and Lector of Film at the University of the Arts The Hague. Since 1994, he served the interest of a variety of institutions, primarily as an independent researcher, writer, educator, and adviser. These include art and design schools (Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, ArtEZ Arnhem, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Design Academy Eindhoven), museums and platforms (Stedelijk Museum, De Appel), and scientific organizations (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences KNAW, The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NOW, University of Amsterdam). He was executive board member, director of education and head of department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and chaired the examination board of Design Academy Eindhoven.

Erik studied Museology at the Reinwardt Academy and Dutch Language and Literature, with a specialisation in Speech Communication and Argumentation Theory, at the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained his PhD in 1994. His interest in writing as a medium and an attitude in the visual arts lies at the basis of the department of Image & Language at Rietveld, which he founded in 2002, and has led to film programmes, lecture series, seminars, and articles on themes ranging from the depiction of political violence to the essay film as auto-ethnographic research tool. He contributes to various programmes as guest tutor and lecturer, for instance at the master departments of Design Academy Eindhoven, and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.

Image credit : ACPA

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