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Artistic Research in Situ

Artistic Research in Situ; the ENCI area as a basis for new research methods through the arts. Academic year 2022 – 2023, period 3 (early February – mid April, 10 weeks)
Abstract and Target
‘Artistic Research in Situ’ (ARiS) is an interdisciplinary minor for students from all disciplines of the arts (including design and art education) and other disciplines from HBO (higher education and universities of applied sciences in the arts), offered by the Maastricht Institute of Arts (Zuyd University of Applied Science) in the Netherlands. The aim is, on the one hand, to develop artistic research methods and skills for students who have had little or no introduction to these yet (broadening), and, on the other hand, to deepen artistic research on site for students who want to further develop and implement such methods and skills in their artistic practice (deepening). In this cross-training research module, the connection with the environment in situ is central. It focuses in particular on the complex, layered (geologically, historically, socially, culturally, ecologically) ENCI area. The purpose of this module is to examine the field in a bottom-up approach: from its extant opportunities and possibilities (bricolage) to an elaboration in concrete, site-engaged art. Walking and sensory methods are used to investigate this complex layered landscape from different perspectives, to (re)map the area, to formulate questions and to activate the area in the transformation process towards the future.

The transformations cover the following areas:
1. Development and Research,
2. Industry and People,
3. Nature and Ecology.
These themes involve collaboration with parties who have conducted previous research in the area and who have developed special artistic and/or ethnographic methods for researching these types of areas and subjects. This, with the intention that students become acquainted with and learn about the complex layered ENCI area, learn different research skills, be able to formulate their own research questions and most importantly: develop their own research trajectory from the outset (relevant to their own field and practice) within the aforementioned research frameworks. It is important that the students have a collaborative attitude within their research and are willing to share their research results. The final results of research and work will be presented at the end of the period in words and images, and shown via a research log and website.
The minor or training module Artistic Research in Situ (ARiS) is interdisciplinary and both broadening and deepening. Broadening in the sense that it is open to students who want to develop artistic research as a method for their own practice, and in-depth for those students who have already been in contact with artistic research and want to develop and implement this further in their artistic practice. It is a cross-programme arts-wide module (i.e. Visual Communication, Architecture, interdisciplinary Arts and other disciplines such as Theatre etc.) and also a connecting module between the Fine Arts, Design and Education programmes, which anticipates future collaborative and synergetic programmes for the Maastricht Institute of Arts. The collaboration with iArts (the Maastricht Institute of interdisciplinary Arts) specifically agendised collaboration by defining ARiS as one of its Spectrum project options for 2nd year students. However, ARiS is also open to other curriculums, both within Zuyd Universities and beyond (in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond).

As said, in this research module, which is offered in 10 weeks in period 3 (February – April, academic year 2022-2023), the connection with the environment (in situ), and in particular the ENCI area, is central focus. This unique area forms the basis for new research methods from the arts, and in particular walking and other sensory methods to explore, map and reflect on complex, layered landscapes (such as the ENCI area). The ENCI area is marked by years of a transformation process, which, rooted in history – the marl excavation and cement/clinker production from 1926 – has drastically changed the landscape, but paradoxically has also resulted in special scientific research and nature development. This has led, among other things, to the discovery of the first, but also the last Mosasaurus 'Lars'. Furthermore, the area also hosts a special species of fly. But also a variety of artists has conducted research in the area in recent years, such as in the 'TRANSITION ZONE' project (https://overgangszone.nl/ ). The cement industry of the location closed down definitively a few years ago, and the environment was designated to become a ‘new nature area’. The challenge is how this might be developed further. Different parties have different frames of perception of the area, different notions of nature, different notions of the identity of the area. Not infrequently this has revealed paradoxical situations, and many different interests play a role in this until nowadays. However, these parties and interests are important for the research and can play an important role as 'external client' or public.

It is the explicit intention of this module not to enter into any political position, but to explore the area bottom-up from its initial opportunities and possibilities. To this end, walking and sensory methods are used to investigate this complex layered landscape from different perspectives, to map the area, formulate questions and activate the area in the transformation process towards the future. These transformations cover the following areas: 1. Development and Research, 2. Industry and People, and 3. Nature and Ecology. Various types of knowledge productions are used, including embodied and local knowledge, and last but not least the art itself as knowledge production. This involves collaboration with parties who have conducted previous research in the area and who have developed special artistic and/or ethnographic methods for researching these types of areas and subjects.

Students are provided with research frameworks and methods and are encouraged to develop their own methods and develop their own research trajectory. From the outset, students are challenged to do their own research and create work, which is also supervised by a number of (guest) lecturers. In addition, almost weekly walking lecture series (the so-called ENCI-WALKS) are provided by various guest lecturers and experts (science/art/design/education and stakeholders), who shed light on the area from the different perspectives mentioned above. Central is a workshop on location organised by Miriam Sentler and Elena Khurtova, in which they directly use the quarry, the soil, the marl as tactile, sensory material to work with. Students actively participate in this and work together.

In addition, students formulate their own research questions and keep a research log, which is evaluated on a weekly basis. Both a personal and a collective logbook are developed from the outset, included in the process and supervised, and serve as an important reflective source for individual and collective research and work. The students also show a collaborative attitude within their research and the willingness to share their research results and develop them into a presentation (relevant to their field) that shows the embodiment of their research. Finally, the students work on a joint publication, in which their findings and results are presented. This publication will be organically maintained on the website of 'TRANSITION ZONE', but will also be bundled in a paper version in due course. This creates a 'Living Archive', with which we also want to clarify the final goals of the module. Students are guided throughout the process by the aforementioned (guest) lecturers and Krien Clevis. Two additional guest lecturers (Fine Arts, Design and Education) are also deployed for educational supervision from their own department. Krien Clevis is primarily responsible and chief educational supervisor for the entire research in situ. She teaches and supervises all candidates on a weekly basis. The own research and developed work are presented during the assessment of Block 3 in the form of a kind of workshop/public moment, organised by the students.
Work forms
1. Tutorials, walking research and presentations of the research: organising (bi)weekly ENCI WALKS on the subject
2. Developing your own research trajectory, which arises from your own questions, doing and making
3. Reflection talks and personal teaching support (on site and/or online): Krien Clevis (Artistic Research, main responsible) and others. Weekly evaluation of research log
4. Central workshop in the ENCI area, in which students actively participate
5. Presentation of the students own research and work in an appropriate form
6. Documentation of the students own research log and on the website.

Ad 1: Lecture series/ENCI WALKS in which the ENCI area serves as a basis for new research methods from the arts, and in particular walking and other sensory methods to explore and to map complex, layered landscapes (such as the ENCI area) to convey and reflect on. Including: Froukje de Boer (artist, MA Cartographies of the Vanishing Now, Den Bosch), Dr. Riyan van den Born (associate professor Socio-Ecological interactions and studies human-nature relationships, Radboud University Nijmegen; Director of the Centre Connecting Humans and Nature), Prof.dr. Ernst Homburg (emeritus professor of history of science and technology, Maastricht University), Dr. John Jagt (paleontologist and curator of The Natural History Museum Maastricht), Dr. Joep Orbons (archaeologist lime quarries Zuid Limburg), Dr. Wim Peumans (writer/anthropologist), Joep Vossebeld (curator/ writer/artist and artistic director of the Odapark Venray (L)), Dr. Roy Erkens (biologist) and Dr. John Sloggett (botanist) from the Maastricht University and Natuurmonumenten. Under the supervision of Martine de Rooij (researcher/coach, ethnographic methods), Dr. Marike Hoekstra (researcher art education), Dr. Krien Clevis (artist/researcher/curator) and with the cooperation of the Lectorate What Art Knows (http://lectoraataok.nl/english/ , Maastricht Institute of Arts).

Ad 2: Highest priority, in addition to the range of walks and workshops has going out and looking yourself, conducting active research yourself and immediately developing work right from the start. Precisely by doing and making/trying/experimenting yourself, an active and reflective attitude is created right from the start and contributes to positive development (individual and group).

Ad 3: Teaching/Reflection talks by the following lecturers:
Martine de Rooij (researcher/coach, ethnographic methods),
Dr. Marike Hoekstra (education/research),
Dr. Krien Clevis (main responsible for ARiS, interdisciplinary research).
Research logs, both individual and collective, are reviewed weekly. The collective research log is evaluated every Monday prior to the walk. After the walks, students experiences are discussed, both in groups and individually. On the Monday days when no walks take place, the students are supervised at the academy/at their studio.

Ad. 4: Central Workshop led by Miriam Sentler (MA Artistic Research UVA) and Elena Khurtova (PhD candidate Artistic Research Rietveld Academy), in which the ENCI quarry is central as material to work with. This will be introduced with a one-day drawing/notation workshop led by Martine de Rooy, Marike Hoekstra and Krien Clevis. Students actively participate in this workshop.

Ad 5: During the assessment of the module (week 11), the students present their own research and work that they have developed during the minor. The presentation takes place in an adequate form that fits the interest and field of work of the student (presentation, performance, workshop, etc.).

Re 6: The students must properly document their own research process by keeping a weekly logbook in words and images. In addition, work is being done on a collective research log, which contains joint questions and shows a reflexive group spirit. The research results and the joint log are published on the website.

N.B. In principle, the students follow practically every week (8 weeks) 1 to 2 walks from 1 or 2 different guest lecturers (fixed at 1 day) = 3 hours, + 1 hr. preliminary meeting and 2 hrs. debriefing (KC) = 6 h. per student/week. Furthermore, the students participate in the central workshop for three days = max. 24 hours/period. Finally, the students have educational guidance from Krien Clevis (supplemented by the two regular guest lecturers) = 30 min. per student/week, and 1 Monday in the week that no walks take place. During two moments, weeks 10 and 16, presentations by the students will take place, on which they will receive feedback. Total student hours = max. 14h/week. The module is designed in such a way that students have maximum time to develop and carry out their own research and work.
Preliminary program 2022-2023 (with reservation)

The collaboration with Natuurmonumenten (NM) is evident, since they will manage the area from February 2023. Collaboration is limited to opening the walks by John Jagt (Natural History Museum) and Maastricht University and is combined with a short introduction by Natuurmonumenten. In return, NM asks students to participate in the annual Lamb Days (March).

Furthermore, it is evident that we are doing this research module in collaboration with the Lectorate What Art Knows (http://lectoraataok.nl/english/ , Maastricht Institute of Arts), and propagate its ideas about research. We do this by operating in close consultation with them and, if necessary, by including lecturers active in the research group in our team.

iArts (interdisplinary Arts, https://www.zuyd.nl/en/programmes/interdisciplinary-arts ) also contributes to the effort, and offer the module as one of their SPECTRUM projects. This could mean that the walks will be in English, if foreign students participate.

Preliminary program 2022-2023 (with reservation)
1. Week 6: Monday, February 6: theme 1: Development and Research. Introduction to Artistic Research in Situ and ENCI walk: Martine de Rooij, Marike Hoekstra and Krien Clevis, with an introduction workshop on walking and other sensory methods (from 12 noon to max. 17.00),
2. Week 7: Monday, February 13: theme 2: Industry and people. Walk: Ernst Homburg and Froukje de Boer: 12.00-13.00 pre-talk -> 13.00 start walk
3. Week 8: Monday, February 20: Carnival holiday: free space for students (no supervision)
4. Week 9: Monday, February 27: theme 3: Nature and Ecology. Talk and walk: Riyan van den Born with 2 PhD candidates: 12.00-13.00 discussion -> 13.00 start walk
5. Week 10: Monday March 6: supervision in situ accompanied by an intro workshop on research methods such as notation, drawing and observing/documenting by Martine de Rooij, Marike Hoekstra and Krien Clevis, followed by two days of Central Workshop led by Elena Khurtova and Miriam Sentler (Thursday 9 and Friday 10, 10.00 – 17.00).
6. Week 11: Monday, March 13: Wim Peumans: 12.00 -> John Jagt: 13.00 start walk
7. Week 12: Monday, March 20: free space for students and supervision (on Monday)
8. Week 13: Monday, March 27: walk: Joep Orbons and Joep Vossebeld: 12.00-13.00 pre-talk -> 13.00 Start walk
9. Week 14: Monday, April 3 (or Tuesday 11): walk: Nature and Ecology, Roy Erkens and John Sloggett, Maastricht University: 12.00-13.00 pre-talk -> 13.00 start walk *
10. Week 15: Wednesday, April 12: free space for students and guidance
11. Week 16: to be determined: Assessment: Student presentation: Own Research Proposal
* Depending on the weather, the workshop will be in week 14 or 15. ENCI walkers will be added later.
** In principle, the Walks take place in the ENCI area and start with a preliminary discussion and end with a debriefing. Time from 12:00 – 17:00 (12.00 – 13.00 pre-talk / 13.00 – 17.00 walk including debriefing). All walks start from the Chalet d'n Observant. Excluding of guidance at the academy. Some walks are accompanied by PowerPoints or film screenings. These are also shown in the Chalet d'n Observant: https://www.chaletobservant.nl/route
See for the module: https://overgangszone.nl/artistic-research-in-situ/ and for earlier research in the ENCI area: https://overgangszone.nl/


The elective module can be found in the Dropbox environment of Fine Arts as well as that of the Maastricht Institute of Arts: broad minor folder. It is a training module and does not have its own course code. It is not yet offered as an official minor this academic year, but it does have the official ECs.
The registration for this goes as follows:
1) in writing (incl. letter of motivation of max. 500 w.) to Krien Clevis (and Monique Eillebrecht: monique.eillebrecht@zuyd.nl ),
2) the student must register for the course code 'Own Proposal' of KO3: Z-EV-ZM003-16 and possibly block 4 (Extended minor): KO 4/block 4 = course code Z-EV-ZM004-16)
3) the student asks the Board of Examiners for permission to follow the module (formality for all registrations via course codes 'Eigen Voorstel').
4) this must be completed in the Free Minor Form. After going through and completing these three steps, a student is correctly registered for this module. All this must be completed before November 14, 2022, as this is the deadline for the block 3 free profiling space.
5) students from other academies and institutions (also outside the Netherlands) address themselves directly to Chequita Nahar (chequita.nahar@zuyd.nl ) and Nienke Kordenoordt (nienke.kordenoordt@zuyd.nl) from the Maastricht Institute of Arts.


ENCI-terrein Maastricht : uitzonderlijk cultuurhistorisch belang | Nieuwsbericht | College van Rijksadviseurs​
Fabriekscomplex Eerste Nederlandse Cement Industrie te Maastricht - CRIMSON Historians and Urbanists (crimsonweb.org) 


Before and after the various ENCI walks, relevant articles are shared with students.

Contact: Krien Clevis: krien.clevis@zuyd.nl / +31 6-53938283
Teachers of this module:
Marike Hoekstra
Marike Hoekstra (1966) is an artist-teacher-researcher, working in the Netherlands. In 2018 she graduated as a PhD at the University of Chester, UK, with a doctoral thesis titled “Artist Teachers and Democratic Pedagogy”. Marike works as a researcher and an artist and teaches at different institutions for higher art education in the Netherlands. As an artist she works with drawing and installation art. Previous research publications concern altermodern art education, artist teachers, young children, professional learning communities and inclusion, and art-based education research. Marike is interested in the way artist teachers and studio spaces can contribute to art education as a site for third space pedagogies. She is the initiator and artistic manager of foundation De Resident, which facilitates artistic residencies in a studio in a primary school, with the aim to create artistic communities with young children.
www.marikehoekstra.nl | www.stichtingderesident.nl

Martine de Rooij
Martine de Rooij is an anthropologist of science. She obtained a master's degree at the University of Amsterdam (2012) with an ethnographic research into time and identity within an archaeological excavation in Vlaardingen. The excavation received international attention because of a genetic match between the fossil DNA of an excavated skeleton and the living DNA of a contemporary man from Rotterdam. This Rotterdammer was labeled as Oer-Vlaardinger. De Rooij researched the creative process of this wonderful character. Previously, De Rooij obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology (UvA) and a propaedeutic year as a teacher of visual arts and design (Fontys). From 2010 to 2016 she worked at the department of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. From 2015 to 2021 she was affiliated with the Research Group ‘What Art Knows’ (before: ‘Autonomy and Public Space in the Arts (ZUYD). She also taught artistic research skills at the Maastricht Institute of Arts (FADE). Her knowledge lies in the fields of ethnography, anthropological fieldwork, senses and notation, and the cross-fertilization of academic and artistic research methods.
Krien Clevis
Krien Clevis (1960) is an artist/researcher/curator (PhD), having long term changes as a central theme in her work. She did so for projects in Rome and the Netherlands. In her PhD research (LOCVS, 2013), she investigated the notion and quality of ‘place’– especially in the power of transition – and has confronted this artistic research with archaeological debates about place. Her research combines historical, archaeological, artistic and personal exploration of locations, with the aim of adding new or alternative meaning to these layered places. After her PhD she developed the concept ‘TRANSITION ZONE’ (2016-2021) which is an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on artistic research in collaboration with various stakeholders. For this she focused at the ENCI-area – an old limestone quarry near to the city of Maastricht – that is not in use anymore and undergoes a transformation. In Rome, she focused at the Via Appia Antica where she looked to the viewpoints of historical image-makers at miles V and VI. This resulted in the project REVISITED Via Appia (2022, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen) where she collaborated with archaeologists, 3D-data experts and software developers (https://revisited-via-appia.nl ). Furthermore, she has worked as a curator on a new interdisciplinary research project on the Via Appia: Exploded View, in collaboration with the Interfaculty Research Institute CLUE+/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has performed in Rome (2019) and Amsterdam (2022, Arti et Amicitiae). Krien Clevis is lecturer Artistic Research at the Maastricht Institute of Arts and developed a research module Artistic Research in Situ (https://overgangszone.nl/artistic-research-in-situ/ ). See also: http://krienclevis.com/
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Ernst Homburg
Ernst Homburg (1952) studied chemistry in Amsterdam and did a PhD in history in Nijmegen. From 2002 until his retirement in 2018 he was professor of history of science and technology at Maastricht University. From 2009 to 2013 he organized a research project for students of Arts and Sciences about the Saint Pieter's hill and the ENCI. Next to that he was the chairman of WIEL (the Working Party on Industrial Heritage in the Province of Limburg), form 2012 until 2022, and in that role he was involved with the ENCI as well. 
Froukje de Boer
Froukje de Boer (1994) works as an artist/researcher with closed systems as structures. She builds installations that question whether material can stand on its own. With a background in theater design, she obtained her Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Art Academy in Maastricht in 2019. Froukje graduated from the Master Institute of Visual Cultures in Den Bosch in June 2022. Here she followed the Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice course.
Riyan van den Born
Riyan van den Born is associate professor Socio-Ecological interactions and studies human-nature relation-ships and societal aspects of nature conservation and water management. Despite many efforts, biodiversity is still declining. Successful nature conservation needs public support and connectivity to nature and motivations to act for nature are crucial components for that. Recently, Riyan has been working on an EU project investigating motivations to act for nature and national projects into motivations of green volunteers, citizen scientists (biodiversity monitoring) and ecological citizenship of youngsters. Since December 2018, she is director of the Centre for Connecting Human and Nature. In this research centre, financed by several nature conservation organisations in the Netherlands, research will focus on the role of childhood experiences for engaged citizenship.
Inge Dekker
Inge Dekker (1992) is doing a PhD research in socio-ecological interactions about the recent arrival of beavers in the Dommel river basin, inspired by cultural anthropology and STS approaches. After their extinction in this area 300 years ago, beavers are now modifying the landscape by damming, digging, felling and channelling. They therefore cherished as "ecosystem engineers," and biodiversity restorers. At the same time local residents and landscape managers experience them as a nuisance or a threat to water management. This ambivalent entanglement, which is re-shaping landscapes across Europe, is an opportunity to better understand value negotiations, power dynamics, and affections in human-wildlife relationalities. Her analytical focus is on how empathy, river infra- structures and tracks and traces mediate the relationship between humans and beavers.
Helen Verploegen and Riyan van den Born
Helen Verploegen (1995) is PhD student at the Radboud University’s Centre Connecting Humans and Nature in Nijmegen, where she studies affective responses (such as mourning) to species extinction. She is especially interested in the role of digital media in experiences and expressions of affects. She studied Cultural Studies at Maastricht University, during which she developed her interest in more- than-human species and landscapes, with the Sint Pietersberg area as inspiring backdrop.

John Jagt
John Jagt (1960) first studied English linguistics and literature at Nijmegen University and subsequently did volunteer work at the Geologisch Bureau (Heerlen). From January 1991 he has been employed as curator of palaeontology at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht; in 2000 he defended his doctoral thesis on all echinoderms from Upper Cretaceous and lower Paleogene strata in the vicinity of Maastricht, focusing on patterns of extinction, migration and origination across the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary. Currently, he works on a range of invertebrate and vertebrate groups, publishing often in collaboration with colleagues at home and abroad and is a member of the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Many of the > 300 new taxa described and named by him (and colleagues) originate from the former ENCI quarry, south of Maastricht.
Wim Peumans
Wim Peumans (1984) is a writer and anthropologist. He obtained a PhD in anthropology (KU Leuven) and was affiliated with the universities of Kent (Canterbury) and Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Wim has published a political biography and two award-winning academic books on sexuality, migration and religion, including 'Queer Muslims in Europe' (2018, Bloomsbury). In 2022 he was the Flamish writer-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academy. At the moment Wim is working on a literary non- fiction book about the Meuse river. He lives in Kanne, the Belgian front garden of Maastricht.
https://wimpeumans.be/about/ | https://www.janvaneyck.nl/participants/wim-peumans

Mirjam Sentler
Miriam Sentler (b. 1994, DE, currently based in the Netherlands) is a contemporary artist and artistic researcher. She graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht and received a certificate from Goldsmiths, University of Arts London. In 2020, she was awarded the Mondriaan Fund Stipendium for Emerging Artists. Sentler's interdisciplinary work emphasizes the continuous changing of landscapes, focussing on the cultural and environmental legacy of (fossil fuel) industries and the modern era. In her work, she often deal with questions of belonging and sacrifice. Through residencies, she looks for fitting mediums to highlight (dis)appearances in changing landscapes. In the field, she collaborates with scientists and inhabitants next to learning new skills affiliated with the landscape. For example, she became a fisher and ceramist in order to replicate a fish fossil from a lignite pit for ‘Descent into the Future’ (2020/2021), functioned as a hobby ornithologist in the endangered woods of the Hambacher Forst for ‘the Chase’ (2020) and explored the Atlantic Ocean as a modern-day shark hunter for ‘Cairban’ (2021).
Elena Khurtova
Elena Khurtova is an interdisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam. Reflecting on the interplay of fragility and resilience of human and environmental conditions, Khurtova’s work explores the overlaping notions of care and control. She works across performative and sculptural installations, drawings and artist books, building poetic relationships with concrete and fluid materials and mapping the transience between human and nonhuman agencies. Elena Khurtova was awarded the Established Talent Grant from the Mondriaan Funds, the artistic research fellowship of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has exhibited internationally, with institutions such as 3bisF Contemporary Art Centre with Manifesta 13, Arti & Amicitiae, NL, Looiersgracht 60, NL, Kunsthalle Lottozero, IT and Korean Ceramic Biennale. In conjunction with her artistic practice, she teaches at the Art and Research programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie / UvA and the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, NL.
Joep Orbons
Joep Orbons (1964) is a native Maastricht born and grew up with the limestone quarries and other underground structures in the region surrounding Maastricht. Most people consider the underground systems as dark, cold, and scary but to him it feels like a home coming in a cozy surrounding. Joep studied physical engineering and archaeology where he approached the underground space as an archaeological artefact, using all different technical research methods on the underground. Professionally Orbons is an archaeologist specialized in archaeological data gathering, analyses, processing and visualization. He teaches this subject at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer.
https://www.archeopro.nl/archeopro team.htm
Joep Vossebeld
Joep Vossebeld (1989) is a curator, writer and artist. As a curator he is affiliated with the Odapark, a center for contemporary art in a nature reserve in Venray. Between 2016 and 2019 he worked as a guest curator for the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Together with Paula van den Bosch, he developed an exhibition model to activate the archives of deceased artists, based on the idea of 'Posthumous Collaboration'. In 2021 he collaborated with Fabian de Kloe on the exhibition 'In Search of Sharawadgi: landscape works with Piet Oudolf & LOLA' for Museum SCHUNCK in Heerlen. Joep works as a teacher at the Toneelacademie Maastricht and writes for the cultural monthly magazine Zuiderlucht. Between 2016 and 2020 he was a guide in the cave systems of Sint Pietersberg and was a participant in 'TRANSITION ZONE'/’OVERGANGSZONE’.
Roy Erkens
Roy Erkens (1976) is Associate Professor at the Maastricht Science Programme of Maastricht University. Here he teaches evolutionary plant biology and biodiversity, in the lab and in the field. He tries to understand where the enormous plant diversity on earth comes from. That is why he studies tropical forests in Central and South America, the most biodiverse region on earth in terms of plants. In recent years, he has also become involved in developing biodiversity research in Limburg, for example in the context of the Grensmaas project. Finally, he regularly gives lectures and workshops for young and old, and he is a guest on radio and television to talk about evolution.
https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/nl/roy.erkens | www.royerkens.nl
Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson (1991) is a biology lecturer at the Maastricht Science Programme of Maastricht University where she teaches botany and scientific illustration. Her research focuses on bryophytes (mosses and their relatives) and the microbes, such as fungi and bacteria, that live in symbiosis with them. She is fascinated by the complexity of community ecology and the great diversity of plants and microbes and is passionate about sharing this excitement with students and the public. She is also very interested in the intersections of art and science.

Research of the students 2022:

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Ernst Homburg
Ernst Homburg (1952) studeerde scheikunde in Amsterdam en promoveerde in de geschiedenis in Nijmegen. Van 2002 tot zijn pensioen in 2018 was hij hoogleraar geschiedenis van wetenschap en techniek aan de Universiteit Maastricht. Van 2009 tot 2013 deed hij met studenten Cultuur-wetenschappen een onderzoeksproject over de Sint Pietersberg en de ENCI. Daarnaast was hij vanaf 2012 voorzitter van de Werkgroep Industrieel Erfgoed Limburg, in welke hoedanigheid hij zich ook met de ENCI bezighield. 
Froukje de Boer
Froukje de Boer (1994) werkt als maker met gesloten systemen als structuren. Ze bouwt installaties waarin bevraagd wordt of materiaal op zichzelf kan staan. Met een achtergrond in theater-vormgeving behaalde ze in 2019 haar Bachelor in Fine Arts op de Kunstacademie te Maastricht. Momenteel studeert ze in Den Bosch – Master Institute of Visual Cultures. Hier volgt ze de opleiding Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice.  
Eline Kersten
Eline Kersten (1994) studeerde in 2015 af van de Bachelor Fine Arts in Maastricht, en behaalde in 2017 een Master in Curating van Goldsmiths University in Londen. In haar artistieke praktijk navigeert Eline Kersten door verschillende voorstellingen van klimaatverandering. Welke ongelezen pagina’s van onze geschiedenis zullen voorgoed verdwijnen door smeltende gletsjers? Hoe verandert de taal die we aanwenden om een landschap te beschrijven, wanneer het landschap verandert? Samen met klimaatwetenschappers, historici en componisten zoekt zij manieren om met nieuwe ogen naar het landschap om ons heen te kijken. Door middel van films, prints en kunstenaarsboeken maakt zij deze verhalen over landschappen zichtbaar, en de wijze waarop ze historisch, ecologisch of politiek gekleurd zijn.  
Emile Hermans
Emile Hermans (1988) studeerde aan de Maastricht Institute of Arts (BA Fine Arts) en behaalde zijn Master aan LUCA School of Arts Brussels in 2017. Sinds 2018 is hij lid van Nowhere Collective, waar-mee hij samen events en tentoonstellingen organiseert. Emile was van 2016 tot 2021 deelnemer van ‘OVERGANGSZONE’, waarvoor hij de film Amplifications produceerde. (Amplificatie is een onderdeel van Jung’s methode van droominterpretatie waarbij gebruik wordt gemaakt van mythische, historische en culturele parallellen om materiaal te verhelderen, te versterken en, als het ware, het volume hoger zetten van materiaal dat mogelijk onduidelijk, ijl en moeilijk aan te raken is. De film kan worden gezien als een reconstructie van een droom waarin het werk van Carl Jung en Robert Garcet tot vuursteen werd verenigd in de alchemistische oven die de Eben-Ezer toren is)
John Jagt
John Jagt (1960) studeerde eerst Engelse taal- en letterkunde in Nijmegen, werkte daarna als vrijwilliger bij het Geologisch Bureau (Heerlen) en sinds 1991 als conservator paleontologie aan het Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht. In 2000 promoveerde hij op een proefschrift over alle stekelhuidigen in het Laat-Krijt en vroeg-Paleogeen en wat er met die dieren gebeurde over de Krijt/Paleogeen-grens heen. Hij werkt momenteel aan diverse fossielgroepen, vaak met buitenlandse collega’s, en in hoofdzaak afkomstig van de voormalige ENCI-groeve.
Mirjam Sentler
Miriam Sentler (1994) is beeldend kunstenaar en artistiek onderzoeker. Ze studeerde cum laude af aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (MA Artistic Research, 2020) en de Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht (BFA Fine Arts, 2016). In 2020 ontving ze de werkbijdrage Jong Talent van het Mondriaanfonds. Sentler nam deel aan internationale tentoonstellingen, residenties en artistieke onderzoeksprojecten in o.a. Nederland, Italië, Duitsland, Schotland, Noorwegen en België.
Wouter Osterholt
Wouter Osterholt (1979) is een Nederlandse beeldend kunstenaar, werkzaam en woonachtig in Berlijn. Hij behaalde zijn Bachelor aan de Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2001 (Vrije Richting). Zijn werk is plaats- en contextgebonden en manifesteert zich vaak in de publieke ruimte, langs de breuklijnen en breekpunten van ons (politieke) landschap waar sociale onrechtvaardigheid, conflicten of problemen aan het licht komen. De projecten zijn zo opgezet dat ze als een seismograaf de spanningen in het sociale veld in kaart kunnen brengen. Osterholt was artists-in-residence onder meer bij V&A Londen (UK), Townhouse Gallery in Caïro (EG), het MAK Center in Los Angeles (US), Capacete in Rio de Janeiro (BR), IASKA in Perth (AUS), en bij PIST in Istanbul (TR). 
Aliki van der Kruijs
Aliki van der Kruijs (1984) is ontwerper en onderzoeker. Zij bevraagt en verbeeldt de relatie tussen mens, landschap, kleur en ruimte, met een sterke focus op het medium textiel. Na haar afstuderen aan het Sandberg Instituut in 2012 (MA Toegepaste Kunst bij de Dirty Art Department) begon zij haar eigen studio. Sindsdien heeft ze een rijke textuurdatabase opgebouwd van materiaal ontwikkeld vanuit haar grote interesse in het weer met zijn watercycli en atmosfeer en de verweringsprocessen op aarde. Aliki initieert vaak zelf onderzoeksprojecten en samenwerkingen, waarvan de resultaten in binnen- en buitenland getoond worden. In 2020-2021 was zij participant aan de Jan van Eyck Academie, een internationaal postacademisch instituut voor beeldende kunst, ontwerp en reflectie in Maastricht.

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Joep Orbons
Joep Orbons (1964) is als geboren Maastrichtenaar opgegroeid met mergelgroeven en andere onder-grondse zaken in het Mergelland. Voor anderen zijn deze ondergrondse stelsels donker, koud en eng, maar voor hem voelt het als thuis komen in een zeer vertrouwde omgeving. Joep heeft Technische natuurkunde en archeologie gestudeerd, waarbij hij de ondergrondse ruimtes als archeologische onderzoeksobjecten benaderd heeft en daar technische onderzoekstechnieken op loslaat. Voor zijn werk is Orbons beroepsarcheoloog, gespecialiseerd in archeologische dataverzameling, analyse, verwerking en visualisatie. 
Joep Vossebeld
Joep Vossebeld (1989) is curator, schrijver en kunstenaar. Als curator is hij verbonden aan Odapark, een centrum voor hedendaagse kunst in een natuurgebied in Venray. Tussen 2016 en 2019 was hij als gastcurator werkzaam voor het Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Samen met Paula van den Bosch ontwikkelde hij hier een tentoonstellingsmodel om de archieven van overleden kunstenaars te activeren, vanuit het idee ‘Postume Samenwerking’. In 2021 werkte hij samen met Fabian de Kloe aan de tentoonstelling ‘In Search of Sharawadgi: landscape works with Piet Oudolf & LOLA’ voor Museum SCHUNCK in Heerlen. Joep is werkzaam als docent aan Toneelacademie Maastricht en schrijver voor het cultureel maandblad Zuiderlucht. Tussen 2016 en 2020 was hij gids in de grottenstelsels van de Sint Pietersberg en als deelnemer verbonden aan ‘OVERGANGSZONE’.