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Dr Sigrid Merx is an Assistant Professor Theatre Studies at Utrecht University where she teaches in the BA program Media and Culture Studies and in the MA program Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy. She is coordinator of the BA program since September 2013. Previously she was a middle school drama teacher and was active as a playwright, writing coach and dramaturge in several youth theatre productions.

June 2009 she finished her PhD thesis on video and the (re)presentation of time in the Proust-cycle, a series of four performances by Flemish director Guy Cassiers. In this thesis, drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s work on time-images, she developed a conceptual framework to analyze time in intermedial performances. She was co-convener of the IFTR working group ‘Intermediality in theatre and performance’ from 2010-2013.

Her current research focuses on the dramaturgy of contemporary socially engaged theatre and performance practices, in particular  performative interventions in public space. Sigrid is part of the UU research group Urban Interfaces and one of the core members of Platform-Scenography.

March 2009 Sigrid won the Prijs Jong Docenttalent 2009, for being the most inspiring and innovative young Utrecht University teacher of the year. In 2013-2014 she participated in a one-year program of the Centre of Excellence in University Teaching to develop leadership skills in initiating and managing innovation in teaching and education. 

 




Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
theatre
performance
dramaturgy
public space
Skills
dramaturgy
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Key publications

Merx, S. (2011). Public Pie: Performing Public Space. Performance Research, 16 (2), (pp. 132-137) (6 p.).

Merx, S. (2006). Verdubbeling en transformatie. De rol van video in de Proust-cyclus van Guy Cassiers. In H. Havens & C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Theater en Technologie (pp. 48-60) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Theater Instituut Nederland.

Merx, S. (2006). Swann's way: video and theatre as an intermedial stage. In F. Chapple & C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Intermediality in theatre and performance (pp. 67-80) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2018). Urban Interfaces. Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2016). Mapping invisibility - Surveillance art and the potential of performative cartography. In Martina Leeker, Imanuel Schipper & Timon Beyes (Eds.), Performing the digital (pp. 157-171) (11 p.). Bielefeld: transcript.
  2016 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2016). Buffered and porous selves. In Nirav Christophe, Sigrid Merx, Pam De Sterke, Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink & Nienke Scholts (Eds.), Current Movements Future Landscapes (pp. 84). Utrecht: International Theatre & Film Books.
  2016 - Other output
S. Merx (10.11.2016) Public lecture and workshop with the German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll about the relationship between theatre and games and the incorporation of ludic elements and structures in performance
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Merx, Sigrid (03.03.2015). Doing phenomenology - The empathetic implications of CREW’s head-swap technology in ‘W’ (Double U). Performance and phenomenology - Traditions and transformations (pp. 204-221). Routlege.
  2015 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2015). The argument for autonomy - The Missing Link in the Discursive Arena. In Konstantina Georgelou, E. Fotiadi & Manolo Tsipos (Eds.), The Art of Lawlessness (pp. 31-37) (7 p.). Athens: Live Arts Institute.
  2015 - Other output
S. Merx (28.01.2015) Lecture on the performative nature of collective digital mapping methodologies
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2014). L'image-cristal et le spectacle vivant: l'effet de dédoublement du temps produit par les images en temps reél. In Jean-Marc Larrue (Eds.), Théâtre et intermédialité (11 p.). Rennes: Presses universitaires du Septentrion.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2013). The politics of scenography. Disrupting the satge. Performance Research, 18 (3), (pp. 54-58) (5 p.).
  2013 - Other output
S. Merx (29.06.2013) Becoming market. Performing the market of the future
  2012 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2012). Public - private: re-activating the distinction. Walking theory (Teorija koia hoda) (print), 20, (pp. 64-71) (7 p.).
Merx, S. (2012). The argument of autonomy: the missing link in the discursive arena. Walking theory (Teorija koia hoda) (print), 20, (pp. 22-30) (8 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2011). From doing to performing phenomenology: implications and possibilities. Foundations of Science, 16.3 (Opening up the in-between).
Merx, S. (2011). Public Pie: Performing Public Space. Performance Research, 16 (2), (pp. 132-137) (6 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Groot Nibbelink, L.W. & Merx, S. (2010). Presence and Perception: Analyzing intermediality in performance. In Sarah Bay-Chang (Eds.), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (pp. 218-229) (12 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2010 - Other output
S. Merx (16.11.2010) Alles is theater
S. Merx (27.07.2010) Figuring Intermediality from the Perspective of Modernity
S. Merx (15.11.2010) Tussen fictie en realiteit
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2009). Theater, video en kristallisering van de tijd. In L. van Heeteren & M. Bleeker (Eds.), Theater Topics: Concepten en objecten (pp. 61-70) (10 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2009 - Other output
S. Merx (08.12.2009) Hedendaagse ontwikkelingen op het gebied van theater en nieuwe media
S. Merx (16.04.2009) Theater en digitalisering: bedreiging of kans?
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2008). Filmic photogénie in the theatre. In H. Schoenmakers & S Bläske (Eds.), Theater und Medien. Grundlagen - Analysen - Perspektiven (pp. 425-429) (5 p.). Bielefeld: transcript.
  2007 - Other output
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2006). Swann's way: video and theatre as an intermedial stage. In F. Chapple & C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Intermediality in theatre and performance (pp. 67-80) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  2006 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2006). Onder ogen zien. Esthetiek en ethiek bij Hotel Modern. In H. Havens & C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Theater en technologie (pp. 154-165) (12 p.). Amsterdam: Theater Instituut Nederland.
Merx, S. (2006). Verdubbeling en transformatie. De rol van video in de Proust-cyclus van Guy Cassiers. In H. Havens & C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Theater en Technologie (pp. 48-60) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Theater Instituut Nederland.
  2006 - Other output
S. Merx (14.10.2006) Contemporary intermedial theatre practice: viewed in the light of the early French film debate
  2005 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2005). Een esthetica van het verschil. Rekto:Verso, 2 (5), (pp. 43-53) (11 p.).
  2005 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (2005). Naar een ontkoppeling van woord, beeld en klank. Muntmagazine (68), (pp. 12-13) (2 p.).
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2004). Bewogen Beelden. In E. Jans & M. de Poel (Eds.), Proust 3: de kant van Charlus. (pp. 110-120) (11 p.). Rotterdam en Amsterdam: het ro theater en Uitgeverij IT&FB.
  2004 - Professional publications
Merx, S. (2004). Guy Cassiers, Proust en het gebruik van video. In C. Kattenbelt (Eds.), Zoekboek 1 (pp. 72-77) (6 p.). Maastricht: Toneelacademie Maastricht.
  2004 - Other output
S. Merx (26.06.2004) Avond na avond op zoek naar de verloren tijd
S. Merx (03.08.2004) De kant van Swann
S. Merx (25.08.2004) The side of Swann: the interaction of video and theatre in the representation of time
  0 - Other output
S. Merx () guest editor for a special edition of Theatermaker (vol. October 2015) on scenography
S. Merx () Op verzoek van editors peer review gedaan voor 1 artikel
S. Merx () Together with Nirav Christophe I have been asked to edit the manuscript of Current Movements - Future Landscapes and to provide editorial advice
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Project:
[urban interfaces]
13.05.2014 to
General project description 

[urban interfaces] is a platform for a critical investigation of urban interfaces for creative and participatory engagement at the crossing of academic research and cultural practices. Focusing on mobile and situated media, arts, and performances, the platform brings together and initiates critical reflections on, and actual interventions in, these socio-spatial activities and their shaping and staging of urban culture. 


[urban interfaces] is an initiative of the interdisciplinary Department for Media and Culture Studies (MCW) at Utrecht University, and collaborates with an expanding (international) network of academic and cultural partners. 


For more information, see urbaninterfaces.net.

Role Researcher Funding
No information available
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Naomi Bueno de Mesquita
  • Karen Lancel
Project:
Platform-Scenography
01.08.2013 to 01.01.2018
General project description 

P-S is an open source movement that uses both analogue and digital platforms in order to increase the visibility of scenographic practices and to improve the quality of reflection on this particular type of design. P-S literally offers a platform for scenographers with various disciplinary backgrounds (connected to for instance the design of light, sound, video, space or costumes) to exchange experience, expertise and reflection. In order to improve reflection and deepen insights into this particular design practice, P-S creates encounters between scenographers, dramaturges and performance researchers, instigating fruitful exchanges between theory and practice. In addition, P-S creates connections with design disciplines that are closely connected to (theatre) scenography, such as architecture, public space design, interaction design, fashion, and more.

Role Researcher Funding
No information available
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Anne Karin ten Bosch; Nienke Scholts; Henny Dörr
  • Trudi Maan

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Additional functions and activities

Bestuurslid Domein voor Kunstkritiek
Tekstschrijver en dramaturg

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dr. S. Merx Contact details
Muntstraat 2-2a

Muntstraat 2-2A
Room 2.02
3512 EV  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6527
E-mail
S.Merx@uu.nl
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