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Performing Working

Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

“I’m still me! Even if I can no longer perform the job,” said a former doctor who is now unable to work because of chronic illness. “But when I open my wardrobe, I still see, and can step into, all the roles I played in my work”.

Performing Working harnesses the ambiguities of the terms ‘work’ and ‘performance’ in a fertile crossover of the two. If we consider every job, the work we do, as a performance, what can that tell us about what that work demands from us, how it shapes our sense of self, what we need to work in a sustainable and joyful way, and how we can support and be supported in that work? Using performance as a research methodology, it will show how this discipline can contribute to work in fields in and beyond the arts. And by expanding the label of work to roles and activities normally not given that label but requiring essential labour – such as the work of a patient – the research looks out how different roles and work performances – of patients, care professionals and medical students f.e., but also of spectators, artworkers and artists – can understand and support each other better.

Linked to this research Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist and Miriam Hempel were also on What is Work?arrow A series of collaborations and interviews in which they, in collaboration with Kunsthal Gent, exchanged with many voices about ‘work’ and what we desire from it.


Ongoing research, March 2022-March 2023

Principle researcher
Philippine Hoegen

Core team
Philippine Hoegen, Nirav Christophe, Sebastian Olma, Debbie Staverman, Veerle Spronck, Valentijn Byvanck, Stefan Geelen.

In Cooperation with
The Professorship Performative Creative Processes, HKU, Utrecht.arrow
Caradt, Avans University, Breda.

Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastrichtarrow
UMCU – University Hospital of Utrecht.arrow

Supported by

‘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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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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