Arne HermanPhD Researcher
Giuliana CiancioPhD Researcher
Hanka OttePostdoc Researcher
Lara Garcia DiazPhD Researcher
Louis VolontPhD Researcher
Maria Francesca De TullioPostdoc Researcher
Thijs LijsterPostdoc Researcher
Walter van AndelPhD Researcher
Arne Herman (1991) is a PhD researcher in the field of music aesthetics at the University of Antwerp. His research pivots around questions of sustainability in the field of symphony orchestras. The influence of the musical canon on aesthetic development, social patterns and organisational structures of symphony orchestras, will be the main focus for cases studies in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Antwerp. Arne Herman holds a master’s degree in Musicology and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the KU Leuven and a master’s degree in Clarinet from the LUCA School of Arts. As a freelance dramaturg, Arne Herman was engaged in various projects for Flanders Opera House, La Monnaie and Flanders Festival. In 2014, his master’s thesis on German romantic music aesthetics was awarded the René Lenaerts Prize by the Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, an extended version of this book will be published as Gesamtkunstwerk: de ontwikkeling van een idee (Gesamtkunstwerk: the development of an idea). Arne Herman is regularly invited as a guest speaker and writer at deSingel, Concertgebouw Bruges, Flemish Opera House, La Monnaie, Bozar and Davidsfonds.
Giuliana Ciancio is a PhD researcher and cultural manager in the field of the live performing arts. Her research focuses on the relation between top-down policies and bottom-up movements in four European cities in the context of performing arts and cultural policies. Active in the cultural sector since 2000, Giuliana is also a lecturer in cultural management and co-author of awarded project proposals at national and European level. Since 2014 she is also the co-curator and project manager of “Be SpectACTive!”, an EU-funded large-scale project on active spectatorship in the performing arts sector.
Hanka Otte has a postdoc position in the project and focuses on the relationship between the creative biotope and cultural policy of several European cities. Her research question is what conditions are needed for a balanced creative biotope and what policy efforts can be made to generate creative commons. Her main interest is on how cultural policy could strengthen the relation between the arts and the civil domain they are part of. Hanka has done a PhD research on the relationship between arts participation and social cohesion. She did this research in cooperation with the regional government of the province Drenthe in the Netherlands, where she worked as a policymaker for arts and culture from 2005 to 2010. Next to this project, Hanka is a boardmember of the Arts council of the city of Groningen.
Lara Garcia Diaz
Lara Garcia Diaz is a PHD researcher at the University of Antwerp – Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). She is doing research about political formations of Precarisation in immaterial and cognitive capitalism and the conditions of sustainable creative labour in different European cities. Lara has contributed in books such as What’s the Use (Valiz, 2016) and collaborated in platforms such as Open! Platform on Art, Culture and the Public Domain. She performed as a guest editor in Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact (Kunstlicht, 2016) and she is currently working as an assistant editor in the upcoming Art and Autonomy Reader (Afterall, 2017).
Louis Volont (1989) is a PhD researcher in urban sociology, active within ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts) and CCQO (Culture Commons Quest Office). He currently completes his PhD entitled “Shapeshifting: The Social Production of Common Space”. Bridging the theoretical field of the commons and the practical field of architecture, the latter project sets out to uncover socio-spatial tactics within commons-based ‘urban praxis’.
Previously, as a research fellow at SMart Belgium, he has worked and published on topics such as career paths of artists/creative professionals, sustainable creativity and ‘third places’. His general research interests currently relate to: spatial commons, biopolitical production and the social production of space.
– Volont, L. (2019). DIY urbanism and the lens of the commons: observations from Spain. Forthcoming in City & Community.
– Gielen, P., Volont, L. & Van Andel, W. (2019). Creativity under pressure: the effects of de-institutionalization and marketization on creative labour. Forthcoming in Art & Identity Policies.
– Van Andel, W. & Volont, L. (2018). Blockchain: tragedy in cyberspace? How the commoner could benefit from the free-rider. In N. Dockx & P. Gielen (Eds.), Commonism: A New Aesthetic of the Real, pp. 237-249. Amsterdam: Valiz.
– Volont, L. (2018). Who steals the goose from off the common? An interview with Peter Linebaugh. In N. Dockx & P. Gielen (Eds.), Commonism: A New Aesthetic of the Real, pp. 315-327. Amsterdam: Valiz.
– Volont, L. (2016). An uncommon sociology of the common: elucidation, review & agenda for research. Secessio: Imagination & Experience after Modernity, 12.
– De Brabandere, A., Burton, R., de Ghellink, Q., Rajabaly, H. & Volont, L. (2015). Tiers-lieux, ateliers partagés d’artistes & coworking in Belgium. Brussels: SMartBe.
– Volont, L. & Dujardin, A. (2014). De start van een loopbaan als kunstenaar/creatieve professional: een sinecure? Definitie, determinanten, motieven. In A. De Brabandere & J. De Boe (Eds.), Starten in een Creatieve Loopbaan (pp. 18-33). Leuven: Lannoo.
Lectures & Conferences
– Volont, L. (2018). The commons in urban praxis. Lecture given at Transurban: The City as A Laboratory for Creative Practices, September 20th, Antwerp, BE.
– Volont, L. (2018). De-fetishize! From art-as-commodity to art-as-commons. Lecture given at SOTA State of the Arts Annual Camp on Fair Practice, September 1st & 2nd, Brussels.
– Volont, L. (2017). “We don’t construct objects, we construct communities”. Framing Spanish DIY urbanism through the lens of the commons. Paper presented at Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An International Academic Conference for Critical Urban Studies (RC21), September 11th-13th, Leeds, UK.
– Volont, L. (2017). From the white cube to the concrete metropolis. Iconoclash in Antwerp & Berlin. Paper presented at Framing Street Art: Cross-Disciplinary International Conference, June 8th-9th, Nice, France.
– Volont, L. (2017). The city as a commons. Guerrilla architecture in Madrid. Paper presented at Traders Summer School No. 1: Participatory Art and Design and the Public Space, March 28th, Hasselt, Z33.
– Volont, L. & Gielen, P. (2017). ZZP’er: vrij of vogelvrij? Lecture given at Hoe Vrij is de ZZP’er in de Kunsten?, March 8th. Amsterdam: de Balie.
Maria Francesca De Tullio
Maria Francesca De Tullio is PhD candidate in “Human Rights. Theory, History and Practice”, at the University of Naples Federico II, with a research stay at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, CERSA, funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. Her thesis is in Constitutional Law, concerning Substantial Equality and New Dimensions of Political Participation.She works in the Commons Culture Quest Office of the University of Antwerp within the projectCultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. Maria Francesca is practicing lawyer, as well as former intern at the Bank of Italy and at the Court of Naples – Division for copyright and patents law, corporation law and public contracts law. She is a member of the “Constitutions in the Age of the Internet” research group of the International Association of Constitutional Law (I.A.C.L.). Her main research areas are: political representation and participatory democracy, counter-terrorism and legal states of emergency, communication surveillance, competition law on the Internet, the collective dimension of privacy in the era of big data. Moreover, she is acquiring specific competences by acting as juridical expert in the dialogue on commons between grassroots movements and administration in different cities of Italy.
Pascal Gielen is full professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor in-chief of the international book series Arts in Society. In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. His research focuses on creative labour, the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
Thijs Lijster (1981) studied philosophy at the University of Groningen and the New School for Social Research in New York. In 2012 he received his PhD in philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Groningen, for a dissertation on Walter Benjamin’s and Theodor W. Adorno’s concepts of art criticism. He lectured on philosophy of art and culture at the Faculties of Philosophy and Arts of the University of Groningen, and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Currently he is researcher at the Culture Commons Quest Office of the University of Antwerp and assistant professor of philosophy of art and culture at the department of Arts, Culture and Media studies of the University of Groningen. Lijster won several awards: in 2009 he received the ABG/VN Essay prize, in 2010 the Dutch/Flemish Prize for Young Art Criticism, and in 2015 the NWO/Boekman dissertation award. He contributed to books such as Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (eds. De Boer and Sonderegger), Institutional Attitudes and No Culture, No Europe (ed. Gielen) and was coeditor of De Nieuwe Duitse Filosofie (The New German Philosophy, 2013), De Kunst van Kritiek (The Art of Critique, 2015), and Spaces for Criticism. Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (2015). He is also a regular contributor to magazines such as De Groene Amsterdammer and Metropolis M. He recently published the book De grote vlucht inwaarts. Essays over cultuur in een onoverzichtelijke wereld (The greap leap inward. Essays on culture in a complex world). In 2017 his book Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno on Art and Art Criticism: Critique of Art will be published by Amsterdam University Press.
Walter van Andel is a PhD researcher on entrepreneurship and creativity at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. His research focuses on the role of business models in harnessing organizational tensions at architectural companies. In 2012 he authored the book “Creative Jumpers” in which business models for fast-growing companies in creative industries are examined. Walter received a bachelor and master degree in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a MBA from Western Illinois University. Before joining the Culture Commons Quest Office of the University of Antwerp, Walter worked as a program manager for international educational programs in the United States and Mexico, was a marketing research analyst at the academic competence center Institute Intelligence of Western Illinois University and worked as a researcher and instructor at Antwerp Management School.