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PhD defence Bob Selderslaghs

"When you’re making things up,
nothing can ever be wrong."

Lisa (9 years old)
(photo by Barbara Vandendriessche, detail)


MoE 2.0
from dramatic-inquiry towards an artistic result in art education

Artistic presentation and defence of the PhD research ‘MoE 2.0’, conducted by Bob Selderslaghs between 2018 and 2022 at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (AP Hogeschool), within the research group CORPoREAL, and ARIA (UAntwerp).

Promotors: Annouk Van Moorsel (promotor Conservatoire) and Kurt Vanhoutte (promotor UAntwerp)

15:00 - 15:30

'De Experten IV' is the closing piece of the four-part project that Bob Selderslaghs created in DE SINGEL with different groups of primary school children between 2019 and 2022. Together with a new group of children, Bob Selderslaghs worked on a non-scripted drama performance: a short presentation moment without a fixed text in which the participants put on the figurative 'mantle of the expert'.
Location: Muziekstudio DE SINGEL
→ Book your ticket via DE SINGEL (5 euro)


- One wall exhibition 'The Experts in the Picture'
- Art installation ‘PLAY NO PLAY’
- Publications
- Video performance ‘De Toneelratten: the making of van een performance die (n)ooit plaatsvond’  
Location: entrance hall of the Witte Zaal and Witte Foyer 

16:30 - 18:30

Jury: Elke Struyf (chairwoman), Annouk Van Moorsel (promotor Conservatoire), Kurt Vanhoutte (promotor UAntwerp), Kathleen Coessens (member of the individual doctoral committee), An De bisschop (external member of the jury), Dominique Collet (external member of the jury)
Location: Witte Zaal
Language: Dutch
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Little research has been done on how to create a healthy balance between process and product in arts education. Yet researchers, artists, teachers, teaching artists, teacher trainers, students and audiences alike recognise the need for such a balance: without a high-quality process, it is impossible to achieve a high-quality product. And a product of a poor or dubious standard will, at best, be overlooked by spectators if they have an emotional connection to the artist(s) or if they know that a valuable (social) process did precede the product. The MoE 2.0 doctoral research project explores how the dramatic-inquiry approach to learning and teaching Mantle of the Expert, a form of process drama, can be enriched into a methodology in arts education for creating non-scripted theatre performances with young audiences and thus create a harmony between the artistic process and product.