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Workshop New Media and Performance | 2-7 Nov

Caradt researcher Noud Heerkens provides the workshop New Media and Performance from 2 to 7 November at the Master Institute of Visual Culture in Den Bosch. The workshop is based on the practiced based research project An Invitation to DANCE which Heerkens developed and realized for Caradt.

From 2016 to 2019, filmmaker and Visual Artist Noud Heerkens developed and realized his media installation An Invitation to DANCE within the Situated Design lectorate of Avans University of Applied Sciences. An installation where dance, cinema and technology are organically linked. By looking, hearing, moving, associating and fantasizing, the visitor can create his ‘own’ story in this installation: the audience becomes co-author of the work.

Within the workshop New Media & Performance interdisciplinary groups will develop interactive media installations or performances and, at the end of the workshop, also exhibit. Here Heerkens will pass on his acquired knowledge to students and tutors of St. Joost School of Art and Design and the Studies Communication and Multimediadesign in Breda and Den Bosch. In particular the positive experience and insights that the research offered in involving the visitor in the artistic and software development.

Workshop New Media & Performance

Based on their artistic research and interactive media projects Noud Heerkens and Rob Duyser will present four formats as the starting point of the workshop. Within each format there is a different approach towards new-media, performance and interaction.

These four formats are:
1) Students will show real time and interactive produced images and sound.
2) Performers (singers, actors, dancers, poets) interacts live through voice or body with real time produced clips and visuals.
3) By the students produced content (voice, moving images, texts, graphics, music) will be applied for an installation based on An Invitation to DANCE software.
4) Performers or visitors will interact live with pre-produced images, visuals or texts made by the students.

During the workshop there is a special focus on the roll of the body in the experience of the interactive work, that is to say: the body as interface. Through small observations and interviews with users during the making process students will collect knowledge and insights which can improve the preciseness of the experience students intend to provoke.

Interested in the workshop?

Students who are interested in the workshop please contact Noud Heerkensarrow.


The results of the workshop will be part of what will culminate in a small symposium entitled ‘Interaction & Embodiment’. During the symposium, the installation An Invitation to DANCE will be exhibited to share the visual results of the research with students, teachers and participants in the symposium. In a lecture accompanying the exhibition, Noud Heerkens will discuss the artistic process that led to the installation and the role of the spectator in it. Symposium and exhibition are planned at the end of the 1st semester, January 2021.

An Invitation to DANCE

This research project examines the cinematic experience of a dance performance.  

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‘The essence of the situated, cinematic experience of dance lies in the mental interaction where the public becomes co-author.’

Noud Heerkens was a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group from 2016 until retiring in 2021. He also was a tutor at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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