Theatre Studies
Date of appointment 01.09.2006
Inaugural lecture date 18.01.2008

Maaike Bleeker is professor in Theatre Studies in the Department of Media & Culture Studies. She studied Art History, Philosophy and Theatre Studies, and received her PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. In her work she combines approaches from the arts and performance with insights from philosophy, media theory and cognitive science. Much of her research focuses on processes of embodied and technologically mediated perception and transmission, with a special interest in the relationship between technology, movement and embodied perception and cognition. Current research subjects include social robotics, spectacular astronomy and the intersection of performance studies and space studies, posthuman performativity, corporeal literacy, digital archiving of artistic work, and artistic creation processes.

Bleeker is an experienced dramaturge, having collaborated with theatre directors and choreographers for more than fifteen years. She performed in several lecture performances, ran her own theatre company (Het Oranjehotel) and translated five plays that were performed by major Dutch theatre companies. She was an artist in residence at the Amsterdam School for the Arts, taught at the Piet Zwart postgraduate program in Fine Arts (Rotterdam) and at the School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). She was member of the jury of the Dutch National Theatre Festival TF (2007-2008) and she served as president of Performance Studies international (2011-2016).

She received a VENI research grant for her project “See Me, Feel Me, Think Me: The Body of Semiotics”. January-June 2012 she was a visiting scholar at NYU (Performance Studies), September/October 2015 visiting research fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, Sydney and, May-July 2016, Thinker in Residence at the Deakin Motion Lab, Melbourne.

Her monograph Visuality in the Theatre was published by Palgrave (2008). She (co) edited several volumes including Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008) Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (Routledge 2015) and Transmission in Motion. The Technologizing of Dance (Routledge, 2016). She is member of the editorial team of the book series MediaMatters (Amsterdam University Press), Thamyris (Rodopi) and Thinking Through Theatre and Performance (Bloomsbury), member of the editorial board of Theatre Survey, the journal of the American Society for Theatre Research (2017 and 2018), associate editor of Performance Paradigm, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP), and chair of the Board of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Curriculum vitae

01-09-2006 -   Full Professor in Theatre Studies, Department of Media & Culture Studies, UU

2003-2006  Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies, UvA

2002- 2004 Teacher (theory & composition, research advice), School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam.

4 July 2002 PhD (cum laude) Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, UvA

1999-2003 Tutor and lecturer at the Piet Zwart Institute, postgraduate program in fine arts, Rotterdam.

1995 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) Philosophy of Art & Culture, UvA

1994 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) cum laude Theatre Studies, UvA

1994 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) Art History, UvA


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Key publications

Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance. (244 p.). London and New York: Routledge.

Bleeker, M.A., Nedelkopoulou, Eirini & Foley Sherman, Jon (2015). Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations. (254 p.). New York and London: Routledge.

Bleeker, Maaike & van der Tuin, Iris (2014). Science in the Performance Stratum - Hunting for Higgs and Nature as Performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10 (2), (pp. 232-45) (14 p.).

Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Visuality in the Theatre. The Locus of Looking. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilan.

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Knowing as Distributed Practice - Twenty-First Century Encounters with the Universe. Studies in Material Thinking, 16, (pp. 1-12) (12 p.).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Introduction. In Maaike Bleeker (Eds.), Transmission in Motion - The technologizing of dance (pp. xiix). London and New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. & deLahunta, Scott (2016). Movement Across Media - Twelve Tools for Transmission. Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance (pp. 3-15). London and New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance. (244 p.). London and New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. & Jansa, Janez (2016). War & P.E.A.C.E. In Gay Morris & Jens Giersdorf (Eds.), Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (pp. 223-240). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). What if this were an archive? Abstraction, enactment and human implicatedness. Transmission in Motion - The technologizing of dance. (pp. 199- 214). London & New York: Routledge.
  2016 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). "Mick Douglas' Pickled Butoh: - 'Sal de Sal' as NatureCulture". In Mick Douglas (Eds.), Performing Mobilities - exhibition catalogue (pp. 57). Melbourne: RMIT University.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). The Tour of all Tours - Bill Aitchison's meta-tourism. In Mick Douglas (Eds.), Performing Mobilities - exhibition catalogue (pp. 109). Melbourne: RMIT University.
  2016 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (07.06.2016) Maaike Bleeker and Scott deLahunta held an informal talk and discussion session last Tuesday, talking about a series of interdisciplinary dance & digitisation projects they have worked on together in European contexts and addressed questions such as; how does dance open up new ways of thinking about the digital, what can science bring to the study of creative process in dance, how does technology change practices of meaning making and knowledge transmission.
M.A. Bleeker (06.05.2016) So Close Yet So Far Away: the Proximity of the Universe The universe may seem an unlikely subject for a talk about conventions of proximity. Yet, it is all around us, and the question how to stage ways of grasping it in its vastness has informed a long history of practices of staging spectatorship and dramaturgies of proximity. This history of astronomy gains new relevance in the context of contemporary technological developments, including high-tech sensors that perceive things humans cannot, computers that process data in ways and at speeds humans cannot, and massive amounts of communication going on between machines in ways that remain imperceptible to humans. The contemporary phase of technogenesis—the co-evolution of humans and technology—foregrounds something that perhaps always has been the case but has now turned into a daily reality, and this is how human ways of experiencing and knowing the world, as well as the universe, take shape in a condition of immersion. This situation requires increased awareness of what Mark Hansen (Feed Forward) has termed ‘human implicatedness’: awareness of how human practices of doing and understanding are implicated within larger apparatuses and from within the universe that is also the object of experience and knowledge. This condition of implicatedness does not mean an end to agency but requires rethinking agency in line with Karen Barad’s (Meeting the Universe Halfway) posthuman understanding of agency as the correlate of enactment of the apparatuses in which we are implicated. Referring to historical examples from astronomy, as well as Eric Joris/CREW proposal for a 21st century planetarium, I will explore aspects of human implicateness and how they affect our understanding of agency, knowledge, and closeness and distance.
M.A. Bleeker (01.12.2016) This presentation proposes reenactment as perspective on the potential of media articulations to live a “life” beyond the medium that generated them. Such ‘lifeness’, Kember and Zylinska argue, is a fundamental yet often overlooked aspect of mediation. Reenactment draws attention to this aspect and how this raises important questions about reinterpretation as a strategy of preservation.
M.A. Bleeker (12.07.2016) Tim Knowles’ Tree Drawings and Theo Jansen’s Beach Animals are artistic explorations of non-organic intelligence and agency. They are highly imaginative art projects that suggest an understanding of agency and intelligence as emerging from possibilities for enactment. They invite a rethinking of agency and intelligence from a nonanthropocentric perspective and as grounded in materiality. The issues addressed, and questions raised, by these analogue and relatively low tech art projects are remarkably similar to some of the issues and questions we find ourselves confronted with in the face of current high tech developments made possible by digital technology, thus confirming observations by Mark Hansen, N.Katherine Hayles and others, that the challenge posed by these technological developments is not only that of the emergence of new kinds of intelligence but also that of having to rethink fundamental human centered assumptions about intelligence and agency. This seminar aims to contribute to such rethinking starting from Knowles’ and Jansen’s artistic proposals and the relationships between these speculations on non-organic intelligence, and similar explorations in the field of robotics and other intelligent systems by Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane (Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine) and John McCormic and Steph Hutchinson (Emergence). This will be followed by a discussion with Jondi Keane and John McCormic.
M.A. Bleeker (31.03.2016) Transmission in Motion: Dance, Cognition and Technology Dance makers eagerly explore the potential of new technological possibilities of capturing, storing, processing, and transmitting information, and incorporate these in their practice. Their expertise is highly relevant in the context of increased acknowledgement of the fundamental role played by movement in how perception and cognition is enacted, and relation to technological developments that allow for movement to become increasingly part of modes of interaction between bodies and technologies.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). De sekse van Peter Pan en de feministische theaterwetenschap. In Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate (Eds.), Handboek Genderstudies in Media, Kunst en Cultuur (pp. 329-346) (17 p.). Bussum: Couthino.
Bleeker, M.A., Foley Sherman, Jon & Nedelkopoulou, Eirini (2015). Introduction. Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations (pp. 1-19) (19 p.). Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Movement and 21st-Century Literacy. In Nicolas Salazar-Sutil & Sita Popat (Eds.), Digital Movement - Essays in Motion Technology and Performance (pp. 95-105) (10 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Movement as Lived Abstraction - The Logic of the Cut. In Maaike Bleeker, Eirini Nedelkopoulou & Jon Foley Sherman (Eds.), Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations (pp. 35-53) (18 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A., Nedelkopoulou, Eirini & Foley Sherman, Jon (2015). Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations. (254 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Reenactment and the Rhythm of Thinking Together. Maska, Winter 2015 (169-171 (Triple Issue)), (pp. 132-141).
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Thinking No-One's Thought. In Pil Hansen & Darcey Callison (Eds.), Dance Dramaturgy - Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (pp. 67-83) (16 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  2015 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). De Sekse van Peter Pan en de feministische theaterwetenschap. In Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate (Eds.), Handboek Genderstudies in Media, Kunst en Cultuur (pp. 329-346) (17 p.). Uitgeverij Coutinho.
  2015 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (06.05.2015) Invited lecture at the Dance Department
M.A. Bleeker (19.02.2015) Keynote Dialogue with Prof. Jean Paul van Bendeghem
M.A. Bleeker (05.11.2015) Keynote lecture titled: “Enacting a Sense of these Things that Happened: Performance as Thought Apparatus”
M.A. Bleeker (11.06.2015) lecture at the seminar Voir/Savoir : images et cultures visuelles dans les sciences,
M.A. Bleeker (27.02.2015) Plenary Lecture titled: “The Epistemology of Cargo”
M.A. Bleeker (29.09.2015) presentation “Who Knows”? A New Materialist Approach to Agency in Astronomy”
M.A. Bleeker (17.12.2015) Presentation of research and artistic work in progress for a general audience
M.A. Bleeker (10.10.2015) Presentation The Epistemology of Cargo, Part 2
M.A. Bleeker (28.08.2015) PSi Fluid States Tohoku: Beyond Contamination: Corporeality, Spirituality and Pilgrimage in Northern Japan.
M.A. Bleeker (21.09.2015) Skeletons walking on the wind and the materiality of experience
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2014). Challenging forth the Truth - Rabih Mroue's On Three Posters. Reflection on a Video-performance. In L.C. Felman & M. Blazevic (Eds.), MISperformance - Essays in Shifting Perspectives (pp. 171-182 ) (12 p.). Ljubljana: Maska.
Bleeker, Maaike (2014). I.M.Thinking Theatre/I.M. dans la pensée du theatre. In Eliane Beaufils (Eds.), Quand la scéne fait appel... - Le theatre contemporain et le poétique (pp. 135-147) (13 p.). Parijs: 'l Harmattan.
Bleeker, Maaike & Freitas Vale Germano, Isis (2014). Perceiving and Believing: An Enactive Approach to Spectatorship. Theatre Journal, 66 (3), (pp. 363-383) (21 p.).
Bleeker, Maaike & van der Tuin, Iris (2014). Science in the Performance Stratum - Hunting for Higgs and Nature as Performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10 (2), (pp. 232-45) (14 p.).
  2014 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2014). Merchants or Maths? Thinking Bodies and Dancing Selves. In D Brown & M Vos (Eds.), Ballet Why and How? (pp. 69-80) (12 p.). Arnhem: ArtEZ Press.
  2014 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (28.05.2014) Lecture "Subversion and Self-design in the Age of Digital Media"
M.A. Bleeker (28.10.2014) Lecture titled "The Mise-en-Scene of Trial: From the Construction of Truth to Thought Image" in the Performance and Politics Distinguished Speaker Series
M.A. Bleeker (24.09.2014) New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital: 5th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2013). Being Janez Jansa. In M Causey & F Walsh (Eds.), Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject (pp. 138-153) (16 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2013). Lecture Performances as Contemporary Dance. In S Manning (Eds.), New German Dance Studies (pp. 232--246) (15 p.). Urbana, Chicago & Springfield: University of Illinois Press.
Bleeker, Maaike (2013). Performing (I) Live. Choreographie—Medien—Gender (pp. 111-123) (13 p.). Zurich: diaphanes.
  2013 - Other output
Bleeker, M.A. & van der Tuin, I. (26.06.2013). Curated panel ‘The Big Bang Show: Everything you always wanted to know about causality but were afraid to ask'. Now Then: Performance&Temporality, Performance Studies international #19.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). (Un)covering Artistic Thought Unfolding. Dance Research Journal, 44 (2), (pp. 13-26) (14 p.).
Bleeker, M.A., Bal, M., Korsten, F.W. & Carpenter, B. (2012). Cultural Analysis-The Joseph Plays. In J Bloemendal & F.W. Korsten (Eds.), Joost van den Vondel. Dutch Playwright in the Golden Age (pp. 317-340) (652 p.). Leiden / Boston: Brill.
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Introduction Memory & Technology. Performance Research, 17 (3), (pp. 1-7) (7 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Limited Visibility. In M Hernández-Navarro & M.G. Bal (Eds.), Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Conflict, Resistance, and Agency (pp. 143-160) (350 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Media Dramaturgies of the Mind: Ivana Müller’s Cinematic Choreographies. Performance Research, 17 (5), (pp. 61-70) (10 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Movement, Images, Imagination: The Argument from Dance. In G. Brandstetter & G. Brandt-Risi (Eds.), Hold it! – Zur Pose zwischen Bild und Performance. (pp. 68-79) (12 p.). Berlijn: Theater der Zeit.
  2012 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Performing the Image: Rabih Mroué’s Lecture-Performances. In M. Hlavajova & J. Winder (Eds.), Rabih Mroué: A BAK critical Readers in Artists’ Practice (pp. 178-199) (255 p.). Utrecht/Rotterdam: BAK & Post Editions.
  2012 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (13.04.2012) (Un) Covering Artistic Thought Unfolding
M.A. Bleeker (09.02.2012) (Un)Covering Artistic Thought Unfolding
M.A. Bleeker (13.09.2012) Ballet Why and How: The Present. A Point of View
M.A. Bleeker (26.04.2012) Dancing Data
M.A. Bleeker (06.12.2012) I.M.Thinking Theatre
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2011). "Of Passing and Other Cures: Arjan Ederveen's Born in the Wrong Body and the Cultural Construction of Essentialism". In M Aydemir (Eds.), Indiscretions. At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory (pp. 129-142) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  2011 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (28.08.2011) "Literacy on the Move"
M.A. Bleeker (08.07.2011) "Motion Capture and Corporeal Literacy"
M.A. Bleeker (23.02.2011) "The Locus of Looking, Revisited"
M.A. Bleeker (27.10.2011) "The Performative Impact of Intermedial Theatre"
M.A. Bleeker (02.07.2011) "Thinking in and out of Step"
M.A. Bleeker (17.07.2011) "Thinking in and out of Step"
M.A. Bleeker (23.04.2011) "What if this were and Archive?"
M.A. Bleeker (16.02.2011) “Staging the Cave”
M.A. Bleeker (29.04.2011) “Welcome to What you Think you See”.
M.A. Bleeker (24.11.2011) Opening Lecture Encounters in Synchronous Time,
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "Corporeal Literacy: New Modes of Embodied Interaction in Digital Culture”. In S Bay-Cheng, M.J. Kattenbelt, A Lavender & R Nelson (Eds.), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (pp. 38-44) (304 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination. Hotel Modern and the Representation of the Unrepresentable". Arcadia, 45 (2), (pp. 277-296) (19 p.).
  2010 - Popularising publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "What if this were n Archive?". RTRSRCH journal, 2 (2), (pp. 2-5) (45 p.).
  2010 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (24.02.2010) “Cover: What’s in a Name?”
M.A. Bleeker (12.06.2010) “Going Public: Rimini Protocoll and the Anxiety of Audience”
M.A. Bleeker (02.09.2010) “Some reflections on ‘On Three Posters. Reflection on a video performance by Rabih Mroué’”
M.A. Bleeker (12.11.2010) “What if This Were an Archive?”
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A., van Heteren, I., Kattenbelt, M.J. & Zalm, R. (2009). Concepten en Objecten. (115 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Let's Fall in Love. Staging a Political Marriage. In M. Aydemir & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory Settings (pp. 57-76) (20 p.). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Peter Pan's Gender and Feminist Theatre Studies. In R. Buikema & I. van der Tuin (Eds.), Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (pp. 163-177) (15 p.). New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Thinking Through Theatre. In L. Cull (Eds.), Deleuze and Performance (pp. 147-160) (14 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Visualität als Ereignis. In K Röttger & A. Jackob (Eds.), Theater und Bils. Inszenierung des Sehens (pp. 77-92) (16 p.). Bielefeld: transcript verlag.
  2009 - Popularising publications
Bleeker, M.A., Gevers, I. & M'Charek, A. (2009). Niet Normaal. Diversiteit in Kunst, Wetenschap en Samenleving. (379 p.). Rotterdam: NAi Uitgevers.
  2009 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (28.02.2009) Spectacle, Representation and Other Things Dangerous
M.A. Bleeker (06.03.2009) Tickle Your Catastrophe!
M.A. Bleeker (04.12.2009) Welcome to what you Think you See.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). ’All the World’ in a Bathtub. Prospero’s Books and the Construction of Theatrical Imagination. In M. Denana & J. Hillgaertner (Eds.), Blick, Spiel, Feld (pp. 331-339) (9 p.). Würtzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Being Angela Merkel. In E. van Alphen, M. Bal & C. Smith (Eds.), The Rhetoric of Sincerity (pp. 247-262) (16 p.). Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Martin, Massumi and the Matrix. In m. Bleeker (Eds.), Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (pp. 151-164) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Passages in Post-Modern Theory: Mapping the Apparatus. Parallax, 14 (1), (pp. 55-67) (13 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Visuality in the Theatre. The Locus of Looking. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilan.
  2008 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (18.04.2008) Coordinator Questions of meaning and movement
Bleeker, M.A. (18.01.2008). Grenzen aan verbeelding. n.v.t.: Digitaal tijdschrift Lucifer, Uni.
M.A. Bleeker (18.04.2008) Meaning, Movement, and Corporeal Literacy
Bleeker, M.A., Kessler, F.E. & Verhoeff, N. (2008). PhD seminar Media and performance studies.
M.A. Bleeker (09.05.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
M.A. Bleeker (09.05.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
M.A. Bleeker (09.05.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
M.A. Bleeker (24.10.2008) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World (Keynote Lecture)
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Theatre of/or Truth. Performance Paradigm, 3 (17 p.). THE END OF ETHICS? PERFORMANCE, POLITICS AND WAR.
  2007 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). De sekse van Peter Pan en de Feministische Theaterwetenschap. In R Buikema & I van der Tuin (Eds.), Gender in media, kunst en cultuur (pp. 172-186) (15 p.). Bussum: Coutinho.
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). De spagaat van theater en politiek. Een reactie op Gerard Mortier's lezing Waarom maken wij theater?. Tech Mess Atm, 11 (maart), (pp. 32-35) (4 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Make The Most of Now. Of Bodies, Mayflies and Fear of Representation. In M Schavemaker & M Rakier (Eds.), Right About Now. Art and Theory since the 1990s (pp. 26-40) (15 p.). Amsterdam: Valiz.
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Playing Chess on Stage/ Schaken op het toneel. In J Fabius & I van Schijndel (Eds.), Company in the School: Between Experiment and Heritage (pp. 24-35) (12 p.). Amsterdam: AHK/EGPC.
  2007 - Popularising publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Vertaalde Werken/Translated Works. Witte Raaf (126), (pp. 31-33) (3 p.).
  2007 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (29.04.2007) Dramaturgy as Mode of Looking
M.A. Bleeker (14.03.2007) Limited Visibility (version 1)
M.A. Bleeker (19.09.2007) Limited Visibility (version 2)
M.A. Bleeker (03.11.2007) Living the Code, Moving Along: Dys-embodiment and Corporeal Literacy
M.A. Bleeker (07.06.2007) Of Dys-embodiment and Corporeal Literacy
M.A. Bleeker (31.08.2007) Studiedag Vlaams/Nederlandse Theaterwetenschap
M.A. Bleeker (07.10.2007) This Must Be one of these Projects where Science Meets the Arts
M.A. Bleeker (09.11.2007) Who's Afraid of Representation?
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Bleeker, M.A., Heeteren, L.D.M.E & Kattenbelt, M.J. (2006). Theater Topics 2: De maker als onderzoeker. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, aantal pagina's: 205.
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). You Better Think!. Het denk-theater van Ivana Müller en Carly Wijsz/Ryszart Turbiasz. In M.A. Bleeker & L.D.M.E. van Heteren (Eds.), Theater Topics 2: De maker als onderzoeker (pp. 83-92) (10 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2006 - Professional publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Innerlijke transformaties als gevolg van feitelijke gebeurtenissen: Over het theaterwerk van Carina. In M.J. Kattenbelt, P. de Kort, F. Mineur & L. Swinkels (Eds.), Theater & Openbaarheid (pp. 108-130) (23 p.). Amsterdam: Theater Instituut Nederland.
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Theatricality and the Search for an Ethics of Vision. Maska, 21 (winter 2006), (pp. 41-45) (5 p.).
  2006 - Popularising publications
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Zo niet dan toch. Over keuzes en die niet willen maken. Theater & Educatie, 12 (1), (pp. 63-65) (3 p.).
  2006 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker (29.06.2006) Being Angela Merkel
M.A. Bleeker (05.08.2006) coördinator
M.A. Bleeker (28.06.2006) If you have to ask, you will never know. Response to Jane Taylor.
M.A. Bleeker (09.09.2006) Martin, Massumi and the Matrix
M.A. Bleeker (25.11.2006) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World
M.A. Bleeker (17.11.2006) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World
M.A. Bleeker (27.05.2006) Walking the City
M.A. Bleeker (13.01.2006) Who's Afraid of Representation?
M.A. Bleeker (01.03.2006) Who's Afraid of Representation?
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Kattenbelt, M.J., Bleeker, M.A., van Heteren, L. & Vuyk, K. (2005). Multicultureel drama/ Theater Topics 1. (160 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  0 - Other output
M.A. Bleeker () AUP Geesteswetenschappen
M.A. Bleeker () Grenzen aan de Verbeelding? (2)
M.A. Bleeker () Inside Movement Knowledge
M.A. Bleeker () Member Editorial Board Thamyris Bookseries
M.A. Bleeker () Performance research
M.A. Bleeker () Projectleider Summerschool 'Grenzen aan de Verbeelding?`
M.A. Bleeker () Questions of Meaning and Movement
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Performative Body-Mapping (PBM): a new method towards socialising non-humanlike robots
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2018
General project description 
Situated across the areas of social robotics and performance, this project aims to develop a novel enactive approach to machine learning to investigate the social potential of movement for designing non-anthropomorphic robots. Robots are increasingly becoming part of our lives in the sectors of health, education, commerce and leisure. Yet much of current research in social robotics focuses on humanoid robots and humanlike social behaviours, which is expensive to build and reaffirms problematic humanist assumptions. Our performative body-mapping (PBM) approach, in contrast, embraces the difference of machinic embodiment and its potential of social agency by developing a relational, performative approach that harnesses dancers’ movement expertise to design a non-anthropomorphic robot body and its capacity to move and learn. Rather than relying on superficial human-likeness, this approach builds on our inherent ability to relate to other bodies based on their potential to move, and thus to relate to their environment.
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: Australian research Council, Discovery grant DP160104706
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr Petra Gemeinboeck (UNSW)
  • Dr Robert Saunders (UNSW)
  • Dr Ben Robins.

Completed projects

Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces between the Geologic and the Body 01.03.2016 to 01.05.2017
General project description

Rock/Body brings together researchers from the humanities, social sciences, health and earth sciences alongside artists to investigate the human body as a site that exists in continuity with – rather than cut away from – the geologic. It aims to move beyond the nature/culture divide geologically, by taking performing human bodies as both expressions of geological matter and forces, and prime sites of exposure and response to changes in the dynamics of earth systems. 

Departing from the tension presented in the film Billy Elliot between the hard-labouring landscape of coal extraction and the seemingly feminine or emasculating middle-class and urban world of ballet-dancing, Rock/Body examines the ways in which the labouring bodies of miners and quarrymen and the performing bodies of dancers might, when thought together rather than separately, constitute privileged sites for exploring how geology and biology might converge in concrete human bodies and affect their forms of cultural production. Further, and given the way in which a universal “humanity” has been uncritically posited as dominant geological agent in recent scientific discourses, the project will also focus on concrete bodies in order to problematise such universalising conception of humanity and open it up to existing scholarly debates on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, and the ways in which differentiated bodies might be differently vulnerable to changing earth processes and possess different affordances when it comes to their ability to act as geological agents.

To adequately address those issues calls for collaborative cross- and inter-disciplinary approaches supported by scholars, scientists, and creative practitioners who are seldom given the chance to exchange knowledge and methodologies with one another in a non-hierarchical manner.

Role Researcher Funding
External funding: AHRC Network Funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr João Florêncio (University of Exeter) PI
  • Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster University) CI
  • other participants:
SPECTACULAR ASTRONOMY: historical and experimental explorations into the visual and spatial experience of planetariums, 19th-21st centuries 01.01.2014 to 31.12.2015
General project description

The objective of this project was to bring together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the human, social, and exact sciences as well as artists, visual technicians and planetarium professionals to investigate the history, present state and future of popular astronomical spectacles. Through an historical study and experimental digital reconstruction of planetarium performances since the early 19th century, we wanted to analyse a particularly important locus where spatial and visual cultures of modernity were elaborated and experienced at the intersection of science, technology and spectacle.  

We looked into the material and technological characteristics of these devices, their social and cultural context but also their perception and experience by different audiences. Thereby we also sought to develop new approaches and methodologies for studying visual cultures : science performances are a perfect object to initiate a conversation between history of science and performance studies, fields that have mostly ignored each other so far. 

Integrating perspectives from art history, cultural studies and theory, communication and museum studies, this conversation sharpened thinking about, e.g. the performativity of images, how to analyse their experience and if and how they stimulate belief. The experimental component explored the value of digital reconstructions of historical devices for academic investigation in fields related to visual studies and provided an opening to public thinking about these issues, including about their practical implementation for science communication in or as future planetariums. 

Role Researcher Funding
External funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Charlotte Bigg (CNRS
  • Centre Alexandre Koyré
  • Paris) PI
  • Kurt Vanhoutte (University of Antwerp) CI
  • Eric Joris (new media artist /CREW
  • Bruxelles)
  • Prof. David Aubin ( l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Paris / Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu)
  • Dr. Nele Wynants (Université Libre de Bruxelles / University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Sébastien Soubiran (Jardin des Sciences
  • Université de Strasbourg)
New Media Dramaturgy (NMD) 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014
General project description

The central hypothesis of the New Media Dramaturgy research project was that the merging of new media and performance calls for a different approach to understanding composition in the making of performance and the spectator’s role in the reception of performance. NMD is the name we used to designate both the composition of this kind of performance in and through new media art works, and its effects on an audience. NMD as we formulated it is a new framework for analysing and documenting contemporary trends in live performance including theatre, dance, video performance and installation at a crucial moment in the transformation of these forms. Increasingly complex connections between live performance and new media technologies are developing, and this project will contribute to, and enhance scholarly understanding and creative application of these connections. To this end the NMD project had three interrelated aims:

  1. To examine the use and the effect of new media technologies in contemporary theatre and performance, analysing the methods of composition in recent examples of significant performance works;

  2. To critically analyse how these technologies are in turn informing or changing forms of performance;

  3. To explore how the synthesis of new dramaturgy (Kerkhoven) and new media has changed the experience of live arts for the spectator.

Role Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): This project was funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant)
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof Edward Scheer (University of New South Wales
  • project leader)
  • A/Prof Peter Eckersall (Melbourne)
  • A/Prof Helena Grehan (Murdoch)
  • Assistant Prof Marin Blazevic (Zagreb).
See Me, Feel me, Think me. The Body of Semiotics 01.08.2004 to 01.05.2009
General project description
The aim of this project is to rethink processes of semiosis in the theatre in order to develop a conception of the spectator as body involved with the theatrical event through several perceptual systems simultaneously. The goal is to rethink the subject of semiotics (Kaja Silverman) in bodily terms and do so ‘through the theatre’, i.e. using the theatre as a ‘theoretical object’ to explore the embodied aspects of experience and meaning making.
One of the premises of the project is that sense experience as well as making meaning through the senses, are culturally specific practices. Here J.J. Gibson’s account of the senses as perceptual systems provide a point of connection between an understanding of the senses as actively involved in ‘world making’ (Goodman) and an understanding of sense experience as culturally specific practice.
This also raises the question how to think the relationship between perception and cognition. Here, Brian Massumi’s elaboration of Deleuzian ideas of flow and movement presents an approach that starts from the primacy of movement. Massumi then demonstrates how accepting this primacy allows for a reconsideration of experience and meaning making in terms of perceptual cognition and cognitive perception. His notion of mirror vision (as opposed to movement vision) allows for a further reconceptualization of Silverman’s psychoanalytical approach to the subject of semiotics (as well as her critique of some of the implications of this notion of subjectivity) while also presenting a point of connection with the theatre as a culturally specific practice of constructing experiences and making meaning.

Results so far:
- Reading group Corporeal Literacies
- Soirees on Synaesthesia (Feb.-March 2006)
- International conference The Anatomical Theatre Revisited (2006)
- Installing the Body. Special issue of Parallax (# 46, 2008)
- Book publication Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008)
- various lectures and articles
Role Project Leader & Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Additional functions and activities
  • President of Performance Studies international (PSi)
  • Chair of the Board of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)
  • Member of the Board of Sharing Arts Society
  • Member of the board of Theater Kikker
  • Chair of the board of Ism & Heit
  • International Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)
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Full name
prof. dr. M.A. Bleeker Contact details
Muntstraat 2-2a

Muntstraat 2-2A
Room 2.03
The Netherlands

Muntstraat 2-2a

Muntstraat 2-2A
Room 2.03
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6237
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