About - Method/Art  (Methods in Artistic Research Seminar)

Since its inception in 2019 spring, Methods in Artistic Research aims at bringing artistic researchers from different artistic disciplines to discuss their research methodologies. Each edition centers on a set theme during two days of presentations by four keynote speakers and ten presenters, via an open call. The floor is open for debates and thoughts sharing in the Q&A, roundtable discussions and networking moments.  The event is part of the seminar series of ARIA - Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, University of Antwerp.

Organizing committee


Dr. Adilia Yip

Marimbist/percussionist and artistic researcher based in Belgium. Adilia has obtained the Doctoral in arts degree (PhD) jointly offered by the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the University of Antwerp in 2018, with artistic research project “Inventing New Marimba Performance from the West African Balafon Practice”, supervised by Prof. dr. Kathleen Coessens and Prof. dr. Henk De Smaele. She was also alumnus of docARTES, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, and research assistant (2015-16) and project officer (2012-14) of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp. Her research scopes encompass the West and Central African xylophones, music embodiment, cross-cultural exchange, autobiography and ethnography. She was invited for lecture-recitals, masterclasses and conference presentations in Europe, Asia and the States, including the Royal Conservatory Brussels, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Fontys Conservatorium Tilburg, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, ICTM and EPARM. She is currently working for the Africa Museum, Brussels for research project on the xylophone collection of northern Congo.

As a solo and chamber musician, she was invited to present her projects at international festivals, venues and institutions. Not only having cross-cultural projects with traditional African, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese percussionists, she also initiated interdisciplinary projects with contemporary and electronic musicians, and socio-cultural projects with local choir and traditional singers. She is founder of ensemble group "The Bracket Percussion" to support the creation and organization of new marimba/percussion projects and performances.

Vivi Touloumidi

Vivi Touloumidi is a contextual artist, researcher and a craftswoman trained in contemporary craft and jewellery. 

Since 2018, she is lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Vivi was born and studied in Athens, Greece, before continuing her education in Germany and Canada. She holds an MFA in the Crafts from Konstfack University in Stockholm and is currently conducting a PhD in the Arts at ARIA and University Antwerp, under the title “Pharmakos”. 


Her work has been published and shown internationally in several curated gallery and museum exhibitions, such as the Pinakothek der Moderne (DE), COLLECT (UK), KunstRAI (NL), ITAMI Museum (JP), Hellenic Museum (AUS), CODA Museum (NL), GRASSIMESSE (DE), World Crafts Council (BE), SOFA (USA) and is part of the public collections of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (DE), Cominelli Foundation (IT) and the Marzee Collection (NL), among others. She is contributing author of Art Jewellery Forum and member of the CCQO (Culture Commons Quest Office).

She is interested in exploring adornment as a multifaceted cultural phenomenon and in its manifestations of the human condition. Her practice investigates the wearable and the body-related object as a medium of agency to carry sociopolitical messages, evoke discourse and position a body in the public realm.

Umut Eldem

Umut Eldem (°1993) is a composer, pianist, and researcher. His musical works and research focus on the exploration of synaesthesia as an artistic medium.

He has given lectures on his research of synaesthesia, and had his audiovisual works and installations combining sound and colours presented in Belgium, Turkey, Romania, Luxembourg, and Russia. In 2020 he has won the 7th Sampo Composition Contest. His research project ‘Synaesthesia and Sound-colour Associations as An Interdisciplinary Metaphor’, with the support of Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, has explored the phenomenon of synaesthesia as an interdisciplinary analysis and performance method.

Umut Eldem is currently a PhD researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and musical director of the theatre collective Mixed & United. He gives lessons and workshops on music history, musical analysis, and audiovisual design. He is also the keyboardist of the bands Starblind = Earthbound and Transport Aerian. His current PhD research entitled ‘The Hearing Glass: Synaesthetic Correspondences in The Musical Practice’ intends to take the results of his previous research and develop them into an inter-sensory theory of audiovisual art.