Dhfm is located in the Intermedia research unit of Luca School of Arts, Brussels. It is connected, through its membership, to kunsthal Netwerk Aalst, the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre (KU Leuven-UC Louvain), and the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings of the VUB.

The first aim of dhfm is to seek points of convergence between our projects, to share research and artistic methodologies, to be each other’s most engaged audience and to collectively seek to expand each other’s research practices. The second aim of dhfm is to make this research visible, communicable and traceable. As the shared paths, forkings and crossroads begin to appear this site will become the map of these convergences.

who is?

The research cluster is fluid, but centers around a core group: Mariske Broeckmeyer, Alexandra Crouwers, Laurens Dhaenens, Wendy Morris, Hilde Van Gelder, Hannah Van Hove, Anja Veirman, Joeri Verbesselt, Renée Turner, and Pieternel Vermoortel


Wendy Morris

Associate Professor in contemporary art at Leuven University and Luca School of Arts, protagonist at Netwerk Aalst, audio-visual artist. Wendy is currently working on her research project Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century Angolan Midwife at the Cape. Related research sites: midwif & Nothing of Importance. Wendy is one of the Bodies in the Astronaut Metaphor, Netwerk Aalst.

Pieternel Vermoortel

Artistic director of Kunsthal Netwerk Aalst, curator and writer, and co-founder/director of the curatorial institute FormContent. Pieternel is the force behind the Astronaut Metaphor, Netwerk Aalst.

Joeri Verbesselt

Joeri Verbesselt investigates connecting ecological activism with future imaginations. His work is multi-medial: writings, films and performances. Since November 2019, his research is concentrated in a PhD in the Arts.

Laurens Dhaenens

Dr. Laurens Dhaenens is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation – FWO at the University of Leuven and a freelance curator. His research is focused on art criticism, exhibition politics and cultural diplomacy at the end of the nineteenth century & beginning of the twentieth century and art from South America. Laurens is one of the Bodies in the Astronaut Metaphor, Netwerk Aalst.

Hannah Van Hove

Hannah Van Hove is a writer and researcher. She completed a PhD on the fiction of Anna Kavan, Alexander Trocchi and Ann Quin in 2017 and is currently starting a new research project on the work of post-war experimental women writers. She has published articles and reviews on British avant-garde fiction in various academic publications as well as some translations of Flemish modernist Paul van Ostaijen’s poetry. Some of her poems have appeared in Adjacent Pineapple and Gutter. Currently Hannah is promoter of the project Unstable Subjectivities in British Post-War Experimental Women’s Writing

Hilde Van Gelder

Professor of Contemporary Art History at Leuven University, co-director of Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture. Hilde’s website is groundsea.

Alexandra Crouwers

Crouwers is a visual artist working in the digital realm. In October 2019 Alexandra started working on a PhD in art and animation at Leuven University/Luca School of arts, Brussels. Her research focuses on artistic means to deal with ecological grief, using a plot of land – a former forest – as catalyst.

Mariske Broeckmeyer

Mariske Broeckmeyer is a singer, composer and PhD Researcher at the Department of Composition, LUCA School of Arts campus Lemmens. Her research focuses on the artistic relation between migraine and music and is entitled: unVOICING Migraine – A Study of the Failing Voice.

Anja Veirman

Anja Veirman is an art historian-anthropologist who is active in the field of textile studies, audio-visual ethnography and global art history. Her fields of interest are ontologies / epistemologies of biocentric worldviews, embodied knowledge and multiple identities/narratives, ethnography and multimedia co-creation as forms of critical knowledge construction and textile practices. Her research project ‘Textile Dialogues’ focuses on the interrelations between ritual, social and artistic making processes of Senufo mud cloth (Burkina Faso, Mali) in co-creation with Tiécoura N’Daou. Textility, transculturality and decolonisation are key themes in her teaching activities.

Renée Turner

Renée Turner is an artist and writer whose practice engages with digital narratives, archives, and interdisciplinary collaborative inquiry. Whether working collectively or on her own, her research is informed by feminist perspectives, and the entanglement of sites, histories, material encounters, and embodied subjectivities. Currently, she is a Senior Research Lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy, and a researcher within the Rotterdam Arts and Science Lab (RASL), a Renée is working on a doctorate in the Arts at KU Leuven/Luca.