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Noud Heerkens

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

‘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.

Noud Heerkens is a filmmaker, curator and producer. He briefly studied philosophy and architecture. Since 1978, his practice he has focussed on film. In his work he investigates how film, autonomously or in connection with other disciplines, can express the human condition of ‘being alone’. Noud’s work has been presented (inter)nationally on many platforms. His films are included in the film collection of the EYE Film museum, Amsterdam. 

Noud taught at various Dutch art academies, including the Royal Academy of Visual Arts, the Hague, the Theatre Faculty of the Utrecht School of the Arts, and the CoDarts choreography programme in Rotterdam. 

Since 2000 he has been affiliated with the bachelor and master programmes of St. Joost School of Art & Design and Master Institute of Visual Cultures. 

An Invitation to DANCE

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

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New Media & Performance Workshop

Noud Heerkens provided a five-day exhibition workshop that stemmed from his research An Invitation to DANCE. By looking, hearing, moving and associating the visitor can create his ‘own’ story in this installation: the audience becomes a co-author of the work. This concept formed the starting point for new media & performance exhibition workshop. During the workshop, the participants were divided into six interdisciplinary groups in which they developed an interactive work.

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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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