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SIA KIEM awarded for Performing Working

Philippine Hoegen’s artistic research project, Performing Working, has been awarded a grant by the SIA KIEM GoCI scheme. Performing Working is a joint venture between Caradt’s professorship Cultural and Creative Industries and HKU’s professorship Performative Creative Processesarrow.

Philippine’s research investigates, on the one hand, the hidden performativity of work situations such as a hospital – the emotional, affective performances expected of care personnel, and the work involved in fulfilling the role of the patient.

It also looks into the many facets of the work involved in (performance) art, and tries to describe the – often invisible – labour of (performance) artists and art workers, exploring the many roles they too must assume to work in this complex field, to find out what it takes to carry out the work and what can make the field more sustainable.

The aim of Performing Working is to unravel the multivalency of the labels ‘performing’ and ‘working’, through a fruitful and productive intersection of the two terms, and of the two domains ‘care and welfare’ and ‘arts and culture’. In other words, the research investigates the activity of work through the lens of performance. By using methods of artistic research and performance, the project aims to address a broader social problem: the invisibility of the performative in the work of care, and the invisibility of labour in art and performance.

The artistic project Performing Working is a transdisciplinary collaboration between HKU, Avans, UMCU and Marres. The research builds on previous work (2016-2020) by Philippine Hoegen, who was artistic researcher in the Avans Caradt research group Cultural and Creative Industries, led by Dr. Sebastian Olma.

‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’

Philippine Hoegen was a researcher within the Cultural and Creative Industries research group from 2016 until 2020. In that period, she also was a tutor at St. Joost School of Art & Design and the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. Currently Philippine works as an independent artist and researcher.

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‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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