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OSK PhD Progress Reports: Thijs Hagendijk, Marijke Goeting, Sumihiro Oki and Marijke Goeting (Utrecht)
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January 30, 2019
Drift 21 (entrance via Drift 27), zaal 0.03
Paul Koopman
All welcome. Please send an email to osk-fgw@uva.nl

OSK PhD Progress Reports

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 13.00-17.00h

Utrecht, Drift 21 (entrance via via Drift 27), room 0.03


At the Progress Reports, PhD candidates give a presentation of the status of their research for a learned audience, among which the promotors and peer reviewers. After the presentation, the course of the research will be evaluated and discussed by a specialist in the field, who will provide the participant with useful feedback.


The presentation lasts max. 20 minutes. After the presentation, the referent will reflect on the research method (10 minutes). After that 15 minutes will be available for a group discussion.


Auditors are welcome to attend the progress reports. To register, please RSVP to info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl 



13.00-13.15:       Welcome with coffee/tea


13.15-14.00:      Thijs Hagendijk (UU)

Title presentation: ‘Artisans bothering with Books. Textual Communication of Artisanal Skill and Technique in the Early Modern Period’.

Promotores: Prof. Sven Dupré (UU), Dr. Marieke Hendriksen (UU), Dr. Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)

Progress: ca. 75%

Referent: Dr. Jill Hilditch (UvA)


The early modern period witnessed a great increase in the production and dissemination of artisanal handbooks, manuals and recipes. This project studies how artisanal knowledge was communicated in text and how textual practices interacted with material practices. Three fields are studied in particular: 1) gold- and silversmithing; 2) painting; 3) glassmaking. To gain a better understanding of the written sources, this project employs historical methods combined with historical re-enactment and experimentation.


14.00-14.45:      Marijke Goeting (RU)

Title presentation: ‘Designing visual communication in the age of digital fluidity, automation and speed’

Promotores: Prof. Volker Manuth (RU), Dr. Mette Gieskes (RU), Dr. Wouter Weijers (RU)

Progress:  ca. 75%

Referent: Dr. Stefan Werning (UU)


Marijke’s research investigates how contemporary technological developments like algorithms, automation, digital imaging, big data and fast processing are reshaping the way visual information is produced and understood. Digital technologies are significantly changing the way we interact with each other, how we understand the world and how we see ourselves. This historical situation requires a new approach of the designers of visual communication who can no longer rely on existing design methods connected to previous media like print, typography and illustration.

By examining four aspects of new media technologies – the characteristics of the digital image, the influence of algorithms, the nature of automatic image recognition and the changing experience of time – I hope to gain insight in the inherent problems and qualities of these technologies. How do they shape the nature and experience of visual communication? In addition, I analyze a number of contemporary works of art and design that reflect on these technologies. In so doing, my research aims to map possible methods to engage critically with 21st century media.


14.45-15.00:       Coffee/tea 


15.00-15.45:       Annemarie Kok (RUG)

Title presentation:  ‘Searching for actors encircling the People’s Participation Pavillion’

Promotores: Prof.Ann-Sophie Lehmann (RUG), Dr. Patrick van Rossem (UU)

Progress: ca. 60%

Referent: Dr. Sanneke Stigter (UvA)


This research project is concerned with participatory art in Europe in the long 1960s and focuses on three case studies: the People’s Participation Pavillion by John Dugger and David Medalla, Mesures à Prendre by Piotr Kowalski and Documenta der Leute by telewissen. These three participatory art projects were created by artists who lived and worked in Europe in the 1960s and have in common being exhibited at the fifth documenta in Kassel in 1972. With the help of concepts and methodological principles related to the Actor-Network-Theory (as formulated by Bruno Latour), this research traces actors that can be connected to the coming into being of these three pioneering artworks and the ideas and motives behind them. The project aims to give insight into the relationship between the flourishing of participatory art in the 1960s and a broader web of contextual factors. In addition, it aims to shed light on the dynamics of freedom and control that played a role in the artists’ shaping of their participatory artworks and in their vision of participation.


15.45-16.30:     Sumihiro Oki (UvA)

Title presentation: ‘Konrad Witz–Light and Shadows’

Promotores: Prof. Hugo van der Velden (UvA), Dr. Machtelt Brüggen Israëls (UvA)

Progress: ca. 20%

Referent: Prof. Jeroen Stumpel (UU)


The PhD project is titled Konrad Witz and the Visuality in the Era of the Council of Basel, of which purpose is to investigate the assimilation or repudiation of Early Netherlandish painting in the Upper Rhine and Swabia in the first half of the fifteenth century, specifically focusing on the painter Konrad Witz (c. 1400/10 - 1445/46).


16.30-17.00:       Discussion


17.00-18.30:  Drinks at Hofman café (Janskerkhof 17A)

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