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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


Vivi Touloumidi

Vivi Touloumidi is a contextual artist, researcher and a craftswoman.

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

Since 2010, her work has been published and shown in museum exhibitions internationally, such as the Pinakothek der Moderne (DE), CODA Museum (NL), Grassimuseum (DE), Imatra  Art Museum (FI), ITAMI Museum (JP), Hellenic Museum (AUS), World Crafts Council (BE) and Lithuanian National Museum (LT). Art fairs include SOFA (USA) and COLLECT (UK), while her artworks belong to the public collections of Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (DE) and the MARZEE Collection (NL), among others.


She is lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2018-present), a co-curator of the artistic research seminar METHOD/ART and contributing author for Art Jewellery Forum. 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 concluding a PhD in the Arts at ARIA and University of Antwerp.


Vivi’s research is an on-going enquiry into the social significance of wearable craft and body-related objects in engaging with the current times. On this trajectory, in 2022 her publication “Pharmakos” was launched, as also her article in forum+ magazine under the same title. She has been repeatedly an invited speaker on the theme at events such as PARSE, the 4th Biennial Research Conference in Sweden.


Adilia On-ying Yip

Adilia is a marimba/percussion performer and artistic researcher from Hong Kong, and based in Belgium. She 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”. The project was financed by the Antwerp conservatoire in 2012-16, and supervised by Prof. dr. Kathleen Coessens and Prof. dr. Henk De Smaele. She is currently a researcher of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren (Belgium), focusing on the historical xylophone collection and music practice of the Azande in northern DR Congo. The project is supported by the BELSPO scientific fund (2023-26), and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (2023-25). Her research scopes encompass the West and Central African xylophones, music embodiment, cross-cultural exchange, autoethnography and ethnomusicology. As an active solo and chamber musician, she is frequently invited as guest artist for interdisciplinary and intercultural music projects at international festivals, cultural venues and organisations. She has founded the chamber music groups "The Bracket Percussion" and "Duo Antwerp" to support the creation and organization of new marimba/percussion compositions and performances. She is also the founder of the ARIA seminar METHOD/ART since 2019, and the KLINKEN percussion festival.


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.

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