- Public debate (in Dutch)

THURSDAY, MAY 8 – 20:00 - Moderator: Yves Dejaeghere

Kardinaal Mercierzaal – HIW1 01.01


Publiek debat met

THOMAS DECREUS (politiek filosoof KU Leuven)

BLERI LLESHI (politiek filosoof, columnist en documentairemaker)

KATHLEEN VAN BREMPT (Europees lijsttrekker sp.a)

JOHAN VAN OVERTVELDT (Europees lijsttrekker N-VA)





- Podiumgesprek met Fred Louckx (in Dutch)

SATURDAY, MAY 10 - 13:30-14:30 - Moderator: Arne De Winde

Museum M


FRED LOUCKX, professor Gezondheids- en Welzijnssociologie aan de Vrije Universiteit van Brussel (VUB), gaat aan de hand van een aantal fragmenten uit cRISEs up, de documentaire film van de sociaal-artistieke organisatie Victoria Deluxe, een gesprek aan over cruciale thema’s, zoals de interferenties tussen protest- en vakbondbewegingen, de spanningsverhouding tussen globale dynamiek en lokale verankering, de transfer van historische (protest-)modellen en actuele modi van protest etc. Op basis van het door hem gecoördineerde initiatief.


De Toekomstfabriek heeft hij het vooral ook over creatieve alternatieven.


Andcompany & DNT Weimar


THURSDAY, MAY 8 - 14:00-15:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


Sarah Vanhee


FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 16:15-17:45

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


Franziska Bergmann / Gin/i Müller


FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 09:00-10:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)

Sonja Lau / Armando Lulaj


FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 13:30-14:30

Faculty of Arts - Monseigneur Sencie-Instituut, MSI1 01.20


Giorgos Moutafis


SATURDAY, MAY 10 - 11:00-12:15

Museum M


Benjamin Van Tourhout / Ruth Mellaerts


SATURDAY, MAY 10 - 13:30-14:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


Frank Theys

The Tragic Sciences ►

FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 16:15-17:45


Roundtable discussion (in German) with


Moderator: Silke Horstkotte


In 2007, a group of French intellectuals called for a coming insurrection (L’Insurrection qui vient) – but what lessons can past insurrections teach us in the present, and what points of connection do they offer to contemporary theatre and art? What forms of theatric practice emerge when contemporary theatre engages with Friedrich Schiller’s concept of aesthetic education, on the one hand, and his history writing on the Dutch revolt on the other – or with Martin Luther and Thomas Müntzer’s antagonistic doctrines about secular and spiritual dominion?

These are the topics of a round table discussion with Alexander Karschnia and Joachim Robbrecht (andcompany) and Beate Seidel (German National Theatre Weimar) about the two recent productions „Der (kommende) Aufstand nach Friedrich Schiller“ and „Vom Lärm der Welt oder Die Offenbarung des Thomas Müntzer“.

andcompany, Der (kommende) Aufstand

nach Friedrich Schiller © andcompany

Artist Talk with Sarah Vanhee


Moderators: Sarah Kesenne

Sarah Késenne have a podium discussion with the Belgian performer, conceptual artist and writer Sarah Vanhee on the ambivalent sociopolitical dimension of art.


Sarah Vanhee's artistic practice is linked to performance, visual art and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. Vanhee creates fluid, temporary but well-defined spaces in which she analyses existing paradigms and confronts them with an absurd, utopian or poetic idea. Within the friction that emerges from this, different perspectives, scenarios, discourses and voices present themselves, as well as alternative relations to dominant systems of meaning-creation and societal functioning.


Her work has been presented in various contexts such as Contour (Mechelen), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), De Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), CAMPO (Ghent), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), iDans (Istanbul), Centre Pompidou (Metz), Impulstanzfestival (Vienna), Artefact festival (Leuven), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon) etc.

Her latest works are “Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts)”, “Untitled”, “Lecture For Every One”, “I screamed and I screamed and I screamed”.

She published “Untranslatables” and “The Miraculous Life of Claire C” with Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and De Appel (Amsterdam), and she published one short novel, "TT", with Campo (Ghent).


© Sarah Vanhee

Franziska Bergmann / Gin/i Müller



Franziska Bergmann has a roundtable discussion with the Viennese performance artist, dramaturg and ar/ctivist Gin/i Müller, whose work operates at the intersections of theatre/performance, political activism and theory.

In their conversation Bergmann and Müller will investigate if theatre can function as a heterotopic space (in the Foucauldian sense) in which political utopias emerging in activist and academic theoretical contexts can be temporarily experienced. A basic thesis of the discussion is that theatre can become a laboratory for enacting new ways of collectivity, political life, queer bodies and affects.


At the same time, they will question theatricality as a means for political intervention in the public sphere. In this sense, Müller makes use arah Késenne & Jeroen Laureynsof theatrical agency for situationist guerrilla actions in cities and institutions and employs elements of performance art in the context of political demonstrations.












SV Damenkraft/Gustav/Sissy Boyz:

Orlanding the Dominant. Eine queere Burlesque

© Magdalena Blaszczuk

Sonja Lau / Armando Lulaj


Until recently, one could still perceive the traces of a monumental inscription nearby the Albanian city of Berat: In the 1960s, the country’s dictator Enver Hoxha had commissioned the sketching of his first name, “ENVER”, onto the surrounding mountains.

After a failed attempt in the 1990s to eradicate the then nearly haunted name, the huge inscription – each letter measuring 150m in height – uncannily persisted. In the summer of 2012, the Albanian playwright, film maker and producer of conflict images Armando Lulaj succeeded to re-write the dictator’s former commission, implementing, however, a distinct alteration: ENVER became NEVER.


In his documentary film with the same title, Lulaj offers a closer glimpse at his laborious ‘re-dedication’ and the process of (un-) naming the recent past whilst in a sense re-enacting the historical incident. The “NEVER-Chart” – a diagram the artist developed to accompany the film – suggests further possible layers of meaning and intertwining discourses that encompass the work.

How “corruption” relates to “déjà-vu photography”, “courage” to “cannibalism”, or “land art” to Lacan, are only some of the aspects which will form the basis of a comprehensive talk with the artist on his specific strategy of performing protest.



© Armando Lulaj


Giorgos Moutafis in debate with Carmen Dupont (Amnesty International Europe) and Eva Brems (UGent)

Moderator: Hilde Van Gelder


On Saturday May 10, the Greek freelance photojournalist Giorgos Moutafis will present his work in Museum M. His work has been published in Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, etc. Moutafis has produced pictures of humanitarian crises and conflicts in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Kosovo, Gaza Strip, Turkey, South Sudan, Haiti and Swaziland. His most recent work and projects focus on the European paths and gates of immigration.


After this presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion with Eva Brems, Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Ghent; Carmen Dupont, European Campaign Coordinator on Migration of Amnesty International Europe; and, Hilde Van Gelder, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Leuven and director of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography.


© Giorgos Moutafis


Artist Talk with Benjamin Van Tourhout and Ruth Mellaerts


In 2011 Troubleyn, Jan Fabre’s company, performs Prometheus Landscapes II with the leitmotiv “We need heroes now.” “Where have all the heroes gone,” Fabre wonders. “Who can show us the way and can make us dream”? And for which unquenchable fire are they prepared to die if necessary? In their roundtable discussion, theatre makers BENJAMIN VAN TOURHOUT en RUTH MELLAERTS reflect on the role of heroic figures in an allegedly postheroic age. Are these figures (still) able to keep the dream alive that collective happiness can be installed and protected by people who are at the same time reflective and, strengthened by moral persuasion, actional? And how such – historical – figures are being (re-)constructed, problematized and staged in theatrical performances?


Benjamin Van Tourhout ist playwright and director at NUNC theatre company. He’s the author and director of Het Geslacht Borgia, Evariste, Raisonnez, Zwerfkei, IJzergordijn, etc. He’s conducting a PhD project on the theatrical imagination of historical heroes (“How to touch the untouchables?”) at LUCA – School of Arts.


Ruth Mellaerts is a dramaturge at theatre company fABULEUS. She wrote and co-directed Playground love, Ik ben geen racist, Speeldrift, etc. Currently, she’s working on the monologue Stand Up, which, on the basis of the 15-year-old activist Barnaby Raine and the texts by Stéphane Hessel, explores the affect of indignation.


Het geslacht Borgia © NUNC


Frank Theys


Frank Theys is a philosopher, filmmaker and visual artist. His work is situated on the border between art, science and academics. Theys’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the modern world springs from his fascination for technology and science, and its effect on how we see and experience the world. In 2006 he created ‘Technocalyps’, a critical documentary on both the seduction and the danger of a future transhuman society. Currently he works a new feature-length documentary called ‘Lab-Life’ in which he follows a few confrontations of ‘the two cultures’ on the work floor of the laboratory: a social scientist who gets initiated in the research of a lab while trying to trigger social reflection in the minds of the researchers.

Frank Theys will present and discuss his projects in an artist talk with Sarah Késenne.



A Performance Exhibition

FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 21:00-00:00

STUK, Ensemblezaal


Students and lecturers of the different departments of LUCA – School of Arts are invited to present work in a performance evening on the conference theme. The aim of the evening will not be to talk about artistic practices as such, but to see and experience what these practices might signify. Different positions on the possibilities of performing and enacting protest will be highlighted in an evening filled with performances, screenings, installations, …

They came to stay for just three hours

Gruppe International


FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 13:30-14:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson / Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi / Jerome Reyes

SEEING DIFFERENCE TOGETHER: Notes on Visuals from Delhi – San Francisco – Tokyo ►

FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 18:00-18:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


LABO vzw

Rehearsing for Reality

Intervention by Pieter Baetsw

FRIDAY, MAY 9 - 18:00-18:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)

Liberate Tate


SATURDAY, MAY 10 - 14:40-15:40

Museum M

Gruppe International - STADT IN AUFRUHR


In June 2013, Gruppe International created a side-specific performance called Stadt in Aufruhr/ Ein theatraler Stadtrundgang with the help of hundred inhabitants of the city of Trier (a small German town close to the finance-capital Luxemburg). This performance dealt with the question what people in Germany would feel like and what they would do, if the crisis would hit them hard. Together with hundred non-professional actors and singers, Gruppe International created a city tour that showed what the town in the year 2025 might be like.


The viewers could never clearly decide what was “real” and what “fiction”. In this performance Gruppe International tried to connect today’s movements (like Occupy) to the history of the town, which played a radical role in the 1848 struggles.


In this session, Gruppe International will show and discuss parts of the documentary film based on the Stadt in Aufruhr performance


© Gruppe International

Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson / Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi / Jerome Reyes

SEEING DIFFERENCE TOGETHER: Notes on Visuals from Delhi – San Francisco – Tokyo


This lecture-performance departs from the specificities of three localities (Delhi, San Francisco, Tokyo) and their cultural realities. It stages interferences between urban conflicts, global localities and post-war silences.The three performers will enact fluid subjects constantly moving between three places/instances in conversation. Utilizing sonic variations in cadence, voiceover, etc., the presentation will orchestrate the complexities involved in the comparison of disparate locales to see inflections of overlaps, silences and contrasts.


Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson is a French-Japanese curator and artist currently based in Berlin; she is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi is an art writer and historian based in Delhi. His research largely engages with New Media and Video Art practices in contemporary India and their specific relation to the aspect of body politics.

Jerome Reyes (USA) is a conceptually driven artist/researcher and educator who works with the potential crossroads of empathy, alterity and architecture. He is the Artist Liaison for Stanford Universityʼs Institute for Diversity in the Arts, designing long-term programmatic partnerships with artists, curators, scholars, publications, and various sized institutions.


Jerome Reyes, Pharos (Anonymous) (2012)

© Jerome Reyes

Liberate Tate


Liberate Tate is an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change. The group aims to "free art from oil" with a primary focus on the art museum Tate in London ending its corporate sponsorship with BP.


Liberate Tate has become internationally renowned for making performances that explore the relationship of public cultural institutions with oil companies. The collective was founded during a Tate workshop on art and activism in January 2010. When Tate curators tried to censor workshop participants from making interventions against Tate sponsors, even though none had been planned, the participants decided to continue their work together and set up Liberate Tate.


Liberate Tate, Human Cost (2011)

© Amy Scaife

LABO vzw

Rehearsing for Reality

Intervention by Pieter Baets

activist, social worker and facilitator, co-founder of LABO vzw and policy worker at UTV (Union of Turkish Associations)

An interactive intro into Theatre of the Oppressed and popular education… Together we will form images of oppression, feel our resistance and exercise change… get ready for creative action on stage and among the audience!

LABO (Learning, Acting, Moving and Organizing) is a young organization set up in 2013. LABO is a social laboratory where we experiment for creating social change in reality. Our key objectives are enhancing critical citizenship, empowering communities and supporting social movements. To achieve these aims different educational and artistic methods form a crucial part of our work, such as emancipatory education, theatre of the oppressed, despair work, etc… or

Peter Snowdon


Film Screening and Discussion with the Director

SATURDAY, MAY 10 - 16:00-17:45 - Moderator: Isolde Vanhee

Museum M


The Uprising shows us the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.

This chronicle of an imaginary pan-Arab uprising is created from actual (amateur) footage of the Arab Spring revolutions, shot by residents in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen between the demonstrations against Tunisia’s Zinedine Ben Ali in 2010 and the Egyptian Maspero massacre in 2011.


Peter Snowdon (born in 1964, Northumberland, England) studied French and Philosophy at Oxford University, before moving to Paris where he worked in publishing and journalism, and as a consultant for UNESCO. He lived in Egypt from 1997 to 2000. On his return to Europe, he started making agit-prop documentary films.

Over time, his work has evolved beyond the purely political to engage with the experimental traditions. A number of his films were shot in Palestinian territories, and India, where he collaborated with the International Society for Ecology and Culture. His short films have won prizes at Toma Unica (Madrid), Malescorto International Short Film Festival, and Kansas City Film Festival, and have been screened at numerous international festivals. Currently based in Belgium, he is preparing a PhD on vernacular video and documentary practice after the Arab Spring at MAD Faculty (PXL/Hasselt).

Peter Snowdon, The Uprising

© Peter Snowdon



THURSDAY, MAY 8 - 17:45-18:30

Faculty of Arts - Erasmushuis (LETT 08.16)


BLD was established in 2009 as a publication of visual works created by students and lecturers of Sint-Lucas Ghent.

Each issue collects images and visual reflections on a specific topic. By carefully selecting and arranging the contributions each issue wants to offer a visual contribution to the debate in question. In the context of the Performing Protest conference BLD will launch a special issue focusing on PROTEST.


Since 2013 BLD is supported by the Research Unit Image of LUCA School of Arts.