Dhfm is located in the Intermedia research unit of Luca School of Arts, Brussels. It is connected, through its membership, to the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre (KU Leuven-UC Louvain), the art institute Netwerk Aalst, 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 the blog will become the map of these convergences.

who is?

The research group is fluid, but centers around a core group: Wendy Morris, Hilde Van Gelder, Pieternel Vermoortel, Alexandra Crouwers, Mariske Broeckmeyer, Hoda Siahtiri, Joeri Verbesselt, Laurens Dhaenens, Hannah Van Hove.


Wendy Morris

Professor in contemporary art at Leuven University and Luca School of Arts, protagonist at Netwerk Aalst, audio-visual artist. Wendy is currently working on the research project Nothing of Importance occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century Angolan Midwife at the Cape.

Pieternel Vermoortel

Artistic director of Netwerk Aalst, curator and writer, and co-founder/director of the curatorial institute FormContent.

Joeri Verbesselt

Joeri Verbesselt investigates how to connect ecological activism with future imagination. His work can result in various forms: writings, films and performances. From November 2019 onwards, his research will be clustered in a PhD in the arts on Dystopian Optimism.

Laurens Dhaenens

Dr. Laurens Dhaenens is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation – FWO at the University of Leuven. His research project focusses on art criticism, exhibition politics and cultural diplomacy at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. He is specialized in art from South America.

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.

Hilde Van Gelder

Professor of Art History at Leuven University, co-director of Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture.

Alexandra Crouwers

Crouwers is a visual artist working in the digital realm. From October 2019 on, she’s working a PhD in art and animation at Leuven University/Luca School of arts, Brussels. Her research uses the full scale diorama as a portal on thoughts and works about screen culture, simulations, and ‘the appeal of the unreal’.

Hoda Siahtiri

Hoda Siahtiri is currently putting forward her art-research on Female voices within the frame of Ph.D studies in KU Leuven and Luca School of Arts in Brussels. Her focus is on Iranian women folk songs and female narrative forms of Iranian Nomads of Zagros region, in relation to contemporary Audio-visual story telling.

Mariske Broeckmeyer

Mariske Broeckmeyer is a singer, composer and PhD Researcher at the Department of Composition, LUCA School of Arts campus Lemmens. Her research currently focuses on the artistic relation between migraine and music and is entitled: Migraine Music: a Submersive Dive into the Absurd World of the Migraine Sufferer – Towards the Creation of an Experimental Opera.