Projects

Dance Engaging Science
The goal of Dance Engaging Science has been to: (1) survey the current state of the field of interdisciplinary dance-science research; and (2) lay the foundations for future interdisciplinary research in which dance itself plays a greater constitutive role. Dance Engaging Science is part of the Motion Bank.

New Media Dramaturgy
New Media Dramaturgy (NMD) is a project funded by the Australian Research Council. Its aim is to formulate a new framework for analysing and creating contemporary new media performance including multimedia theatre and dance, video performance and installation. The project also explores how the synthesis of new dramaturgy and new media has changed the experience of live arts for the spectator. See also this link.

The Didascalic Imagination: Contemporary theatrical notebooks as genetic documents of the artistic process
The Didascalic Imagination is a four year research project, funded by the FWO – Research Foundation Flandres. The project traces the heritage of the Regiebuch in contemporary, post-dramatic theatre. The aim of the project is to inventory and analyze the use of documents, partitions and notebooks during the creation processes of eight theatre directors. It’s hypothesis is that the media and techniques used (sketches, storybooks, video, drawings, (sound and image) montages, etc.) not only give an insight in the creative process but also are determining factors (or at least, significant entries) in(to) the way in which the aesthetics of performances are developed.

Besides this, Maaike’s research includes:

  • International collaborator in the research project Spectacular astronomy: historical and experimental explorations into the visual and spatial experience of planetariums, 19th-21st centuries. ICAVS (Interdisciplinary cluster for the advancement of visual studies), coordinated by Charlotte Biggs (CNRS, Centre Alexandre Koyré) and Kurt Vanhoutte (Antwerp University)
  • International collaborator in the research project The Didascalic Imagination. Contemporary Theatrical Notebooks as Genetic Documents of the Artistic Process funded by the Flemish Organization for Scientific research (FWO)
  • International Collaborator in the research project New Media Dramaturgies funded by the Australian Research Council (P.I. Prof. Edward Scheer)


PAST PROJECTS (SELECTION)

Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience
Maaike Bleeker is Conference Director of Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience, the 17th edition of the annual Performance Studies international (PSi) conference. Camillo 2.0 is an initiative of the Theatre Studies department at Utrecht University and Festival aan de Werf, in cooperation with the Faculty of Theatre at the Utrecht School for the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht – HKU). Camillo 2.0 combines science, scholarly pursuit and art in a five-day program consisting of lectures, presentations of current research (both theoretical and practical), performances, debates, workshops, and ‘shifts’ (i.e., hybrid programmatic components introduced by participants or initiated by the organizers in order to pave the way for unconventional presentations). The goal is to combine the most productive elements of international theory while ensuring maximum interaction, thus highlighting cutting edge research, allowing for structured dialogues in unexpected shapes and formations, and making space for informal encounters between scholars and artists.
Related links: www.psi17.org www.psi-web.org

See me, Feel me, Think me: The Body of Semiotics
In this NWO (VENI) sponsored research project, Maaike Bleeker works towards a ‘fleshing out’ of ‘the subject of semiotics’ (Kaja Silverman) using the theatre as a ‘theoretical object’ with which to explore the embodied aspects of experience and meaning-making. See this link for more information.