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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
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2017). Naar een typologie van kunst in de publieke ruimte. Boekman : tijdschrift voor kunst, cultuur en beleid, 29 (111), (pp. 44-49).
Merx, S., Verhoeff, N. & de Lange, M.L. (2017). Onderzoek naar media, kunst en performance in de stad. BLIK, (pp. 12-15).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. () Peer reviewer Contemporary Theatre Review (Journal) Op verzoek van editors peer review gedaan voor 1 artikel
Merx, S. () Editorial board member International Theatre & Film Books (Publisher) Together with Nirav Christophe I have been asked to edit the manuscript of Current Movements - Future Landscapes and to provide editorial advice
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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (02.10.2016) Organiser [OUT]TOPIAS Athens (22.09.2016 - 20.11.2016) Between Realities # Athens<br/><br/>Between Realities #Athens is a collaborative live action research project into the scenography of public spaces. We were asked to curate this project as part of the exhibition [OUT]TOPIAS, curated by Thanos Vovolis
Merx, S. (04.09.2016) Participant Culturele Zondagen Colleges (04.09.2016) Kunst ontregelt<br/><br/>Lezing over kunstzinnige interventies in de publieke ruimtes in het kader van de Culturele Zondagen Colleges
Merx, S. (10.11.2016) Organiser Why Theatre XL Utrecht (10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016) Playful Participation<br/><br/>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.
Merx, S. (28.01.2015) Invited speaker Performing the digital Luneburg (27.01.2015 - 29.01.2015) Lecture on the performative nature of collective digital mapping methodologies
Merx, S. () Guest editor Theatermaker (Journal) guest editor for a special edition of Theatermaker (vol. October 2015) on scenography
  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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (17.06.2015) Organiser Prague Quadriennal for Performance Design and Space Prague (17.06.2015 - 28.06.2015) Dutch Exhibition Between Realities<br/><br/>I am part of the team that curated the Dutch Exhibition Between Realities
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (19.09.2014) Organiser Exposium Thinking-Scenography (19.09.2014 - 21.09.2014) Mobile conference on scenography shaped as a bus tour from Utrecht to Rotterdam and back. Attempt to understand scenography as a form of material thinking.<br/>Organized by Prague Quadriennal
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.
Merx, S. (2014) Chair Platform-Scenography (External organisation) artistic direction Platform-Scenography<br/><br/>I am one of two artistic directors of Platform-Scenography
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (29.06.2013) Invited speaker PSi19 conference Stanford Stanford (29.01.2013) Becoming market. Performing the market of the future
Merx, S. (26.07.2013) Invited speaker IFRT conference Barcelona (Intermediality Panel) Barcelona (26.01.2013) From ‘in-between’ to ‘node’: shifting conceptions of intermediality
Merx, S. (2013). The politics of scenography. Disrupting the satge. Performance Research, 18 (3), (pp. 54-58) (5 p.).
  2013 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (22.01.2013) Invited speaker Cologne Media Lecture Series (Keulen) (22.01.2013) Staging, performativity and theatricality in contemporary media culture
  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 2014) Member Performance Studies international (PSi) (External organisation) board member
Merx, S. (2011). Public Pie: Performing Public Space. Performance Research, 16 (2), (pp. 132-137) (6 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (27.07.2010) Invited speaker Cultures of Modernity. IFTR 2010 World Congress International Federation for Theatre Research. 25-31 July 2010 Munich (27.01.2010) Figuring Intermediality from the Perspective of Modernity
Merx, S. (2010 2014) Member International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) (External organisation) convener working group "Intermediality in Theatre and Performance"
Merx, S. (2010) Member Performance Studies international (Event) Conference Manager International Conference Camillo 2.0
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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (16.11.2010) Invited speaker Lezing en masterclass voor Bex-to-school/ Najaar (Bex communicatie) (Eindhoven) (16.01.2010) Alles is theater
Merx, S. (15.11.2010) Invited speaker Talkshow hosting Studium Generale serie "I don't like Mondays" van ARTEZ (Arnhem) (15.01.2010) 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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (08.12.2009) Invited speaker Masterclass Kunstkritiek - Virtueel Platform ism Domein voor Kunstkritiek en Tubelight (Amsterdam) (08.01.2009) Hedendaagse ontwikkelingen op het gebied van theater en nieuwe media
Merx, S. (16.04.2009) Invited speaker Kunst en digitalisering: bedreiging of kans? (Groningen) (16.01.2009) 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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (25.05.2007) Invited speaker VIIII. colloque international du CRI et du LANTISS (Montreal, Canada) (25.01.2007) Searching a new vocabulary: using the Deleuzean concept of the crystal-image in intermedial performance analysis
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Merx, S. (2006) Invited speaker samenwerkingsverband universiteiten (18.01.2009)
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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (14.10.2006) Invited speaker Theater und Medien (Erlangen, Duitsland) (14.01.2006) 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. (25.08.2004) Invited speaker Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research: The Director in the Theatre World Alexandrinsky Theatre, Sint Petersburg (25.01.2004)
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 - Popularising publications
Merx, S. (26.06.2004) Invited speaker Symposium van het Lectoraat Nieuwe Theatraliteit (Toneelacademie Maastricht, Maastricht) (26.01.2004) Avond na avond op zoek naar de verloren tijd
Merx, S. (03.08.2004) Invited speaker Jaarvergadering Nederlandse Marcel Proust Vereniging (Openbare Bibliotheek, Amsterdam) (03.01.2004) De kant van Swann
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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

Completed projects

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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Full name
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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