Integrated is a biennial international conference organised by St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp (Karel de Grote University
College), ARIA/UA- Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (University of Antwerp) and the Royal Conservatoire (Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp) in collaboration with deSingel international arts campus, FWO (The Research Foundation, Flanders) and Valiz Amsterdam.

The conference highlights the changing positions of designers, visual and performing artists, architects and scientists
and examines how they can be the connecting actors in this restless and complex society. The conference aims to stimulate the development of new practices that, from political, social and environmental motives, create connections as a fundamental contribution to our society and the creative community.
The diversified program with different formats has been compiled in part by means of an international Open Call.

Under the banner ‘Radical Imagination’, Integrated2019 is inviting leading international (performing) artists, designers, architects, scientists, politicians and activists who offer us a radically different view of the world and of our future. We are not talking about creative dreamers with some otherworldly idea, nor about ‘mainstream influencers’ who want to saddle us with the latest trends. What we are offering, rather, is a platform for original perspectives that speak to the collective imagination, panoramas that realign our image of art, technology and design, that readjust our understanding of the city, the country or society as a whole and that, as a result, make us restless and self-critical in the best possible manner.

Workshops are scheduled on Tuesday 5/11. More info about this will follow.
The conference itself is scheduled for Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November 2019.


Imagine for a moment that, not Donald Trump, but Bernie Sanders had been elected US President. Imagine also the skyline of Antwerp, with not only the cathedral, but also a mosque and a synagogue. And what would we think of contemporary art if our references included, not only the likes of Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, but also Andrea Fraiser and Kara Walker? What would contemporary dance mean if, after Maurice Béjart, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had not broken through? What would our view of humankind and society be if, instead of Jean-Paul Sartre and Pierre Bourdieu, we had taken Audre Lorde and Donna Haraway as our reference points? How would we handle our everyday affairs if we didn’t allow ourselves to be swayed by the issues of the day through social media? And imagine for a moment that the news included as much cultural news as sport.

Under the banner ‘Radical Imagination’, Integrated2019 is inviting leading international artists, designers, architects, scientists, politicians and activists who offer us a radically different view of the world and of our future. We are not talking about creative visionaries who hold this or that otherworldly idea, nor about those who, under the diktat of ‘mainstream influencers’, want to saddle us with the latest trends. No, what we’re talking about is a platform for unique perspectives that speak to the collective imagination, panoramas that realign our image of art, technology and design, that readjust our perspective on a city, country or society and that, as a result, make us restless and self-critical. These new visions – whether they are political, scientific or aesthetic – not only have the power to move our world view, but also inspire us to think and act differently. So the imagination speaks not only to the individual in the first place, but also to the collective consciousness, or as, Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish, the sources of inspiration for this Integrated edition, put it: ‘we understand the imagination as not merely the “private property” of the individual. Through shared experiences, language, stories, ideas, art and theory we share part of our imagination. We create, with those around us, multiple, overlapping, contradictory and coexistent imaginary landscapes, horizons of common possibility and shared understanding. These shared landscapes are shaped by and also shape the imaginations and the actions of their participant individuals’ (Haiven & Khasnabish, 2014: 4).

Radical Imagination thus shows the real power of creativity, i.e. the ability to create a new world and to depict an alternative world view. In doing so, the conference wishes to inspire the artistic and creative sector (in the broadest sense), to challenge researchers at university colleges and universities, but also to sharpen our political thoughts to help us get out of the social and ecological impasses we find ourselves in today.

According to philosopher Slavoj Žižek, we will only overcome today’s problems if we dare to push back the boundary between the possible and the impossible. That is why he demands that contemporary scientists once more ‘learn to think’ the impossible (Žižek, 2013). Translated into an artistic context: how can the imagination be used to perform the impossible? Simply by today already feeling, smelling, hearing and seeing how another world could be possible, we can learn to experience something as possible which we considered impossible beforehand.

Integrated 2019 offers a platform for people who challenge us to think beyond the contemporary dogma of pragmatics, functionalism, market realism and realpolitik, precisely because, to return to Žižek, today ‘the only realist option is to do what appears impossible …’ To that end we are inviting artists, politicians and scientists to dance together on the ‘aesthetic horizon’. A horizon which, according to Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (2009), is not the place for putting on airs and graces, for slick beauty or seductive designs. In the aesthetic horizon, it is precisely the sharp border between fact and fiction that is traded for a fluid area in which logics and aesthetics, the cognitive and the sensitive come into contact with one another and sometimes blend inextricably. Wary of distant utopias or such daydreams, but with the artistic ability to translate that world here and now. This aesthetic experience thus becomes a form of prefigurative politics (Boggs, 1977): to let people experience tangibly in the present already how a better future could look and especially how it could be ‘experienced’. It is precisely the ground of this fiction and the sense of play that offer us the laboratory to experiment today already that other, possible future.

Integrated2019 brings together the world of fiction with that of science and politics precisely in order to explore in practice where we can make possible the impossible. In doing so we hope to give the work of Haiven and Khasnabish a proverbial boost and to help shape the space for radical imagination: ‘a space where an awareness of difference can lead to new ideas, alliances, solidarities and possibilities’ (2014: 244).

As during the previous editions, Integrated welcomes a large and diverse public composed of students, teachers, policy-makers, scientists and professionals from the creative and cultural sector. For the first time, it will be organized in collaboration with St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts). This collaboration offers more opportunities to bring speakers in contact with students and professionals via discussion platforms, round-table discussions, intensive workshops and master classes. The iconic building of deSingel is a wonderful location for a ‘speakers’ corner revisited’, where anyone and everyone can declaim, act, present or perform.

Integrated has more than ten years’ experience in bringing together leading international artists, architects and designers such as Cecilia Azcarate, Matthew Carter, Christo, Sara De Bondt, Uta Eisenreich, Anja Groten, Julia Hasting, Morag Meyerscough, Moniker, Mike Monteiro, MVRDV, Dan Perjovschi, Post Brothers, Recetas Urbanas, Lucienne Roberts, Stefan Sagmeister, Paul Sahre, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Storm Thorgerson, Oliviero Toscani, etc. The speakers who feature on the wish list for this edition reflect a very special spectrum.

Hugo Puttaert & Pascal Gielen (Antwerp, Brussels, March 2019)

This essay is available in Dutch and English and can be downloaded from the info page.


deSingel is an arts center for theatre, dance, music and architecture, meant for a broad art-loving audience. It is a place for contemporary and interdisciplinary interaction as well as for artistic creation, where new trends and insights are challenged. deSingel’s intention is to bring performing artists and audiences together in a climate of critical reflection and pioneering the creativity on the basis of an ambitous international programme.

The Blue Hall (966 seats) is the stage for 4 x 40 minute lectures per day by our keynote speakers. The program is interrupted by 6 intriguing micro-lectures or performances (20 minutes) per day. Experimental performances are shown in the music studio, next to video screenings. There are also public interventions and installations inside and outside the building, discussion groups and last but not least: an open platform: the Integrated Speakers Corner.


Integrated 2019 is organised by St Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp (Karel de Grote-University College), ARIA/UA- Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (University of Antwerp), KCA - Royal Conservatoire (Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp), FWO (The Research Foundation, Flanders), Valiz Amsterdam and deSingel, International Art Campus, Antwerp.


Ticketing (only groups):

General info:


Integrated is a non-profit organisation of the three art institutions involved. The entrance fees are kept as low as possible and the participants are fairly compensated. Coffee breaks are included. Catering is provided by food trucks (to be paid separately). As with every edition, a work by one of the speakers will be realized as a multiple and donated to all participants.

Tickets are sold for the two-day event and can only be booked via the deSingel website. At the time of payment, a confirmation e-mail will be sent and the tickets will be sent to the address provided by you.

All ticket prices include 21% VAT. Only professionals receive an invoice on request.
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€150 Professionals
€75 Students
€75 Teachers
o/r Groups*

Max Haiven


Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014). His latest book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, was published by Pluto in Fall 2018.

Bahia Shehab

Bahia Shehab is an artist, designer and art historian. She is associate professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo where she has developed a design curriculum mainly focused on the visual culture of the Arab world. She has taught over fourteen courses on the topic. Her artwork has been on display in exhibitions, galleries and streets internationally. The documentary Nefertiti's Daughters featuring her street artwork during the Egyptian uprising was released in 2015. Her work has received a number of international recognitions and awards; BBC 100 Women list (2013), TED Senior fellowship (2016) and a Prince Claus Award (2016) among others. She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab culture. Her publications include "A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif" and the co-authored book "A History of Arab Graphic Design."

Laetitia Sonami


Laetitia Sonami is a sound artist, performer and researcher. Born in France, she settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music and studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman.

Sonami’s sound performances, live film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects.

Best known for her unique instrument, the elbow length lady’s glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body, she has performed worldwide and earned substantial international renown.

Recent projects include the design of a new instrument, the Spring Spyre, based on the application of neural networks to real-time audio synthesis; an improvisation duo, Sparrows and Ortolans, with James Fei; and Le Corps Sonore, a fully immersive sound installation on six floors of the Rubin Museum, NYC in collaboration with Eliane Radigue and Bob Bielecki.

Dieter Roelstraete


Dieter Roelstraete is the curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. His curatorial interests concern the relationship between art and politics, art as a species of knowledge, art work as intellectual labor, and the conception of exhibition-making as a form of writing. As a critic and theorist, he has lectured and published extensively on the art & research nexus, as well as the “problem” of pleasure in art. Other long-standing research interests concern the realist tradition and the enigma of thingness. Roelstraete was initially trained as a philosopher at the University of Ghent in Belgium; the long history of art’s tangled relationship with philosophy decisively colors much of his curatorial and critical work.

Wood & Harrison


John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research with existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works feature the actions of their own bodies, a wide variety of static and moving props, or combinations of both to illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and having a life.

Jennifer Walshe

“The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (Irish Times) and “wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), composer and performer Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Walshe has written a large number of operas and theatrical works, including XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! an opera for Barbie dolls, and TIME TIME TIME, with the philosopher Timothy Morton, which the Wire described as “a sprawling opus that spans the history of the planet… like Robert Ashley meets Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”. Her visual work has been exhibited in the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Project Arts Centre, Dublin and the ICA, London.

Lara Garcia Diaz

Lara Garcia Diaz is a cultural activist, Phd candidate at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) and part of the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Since 2016, and thanks to the prestigious Odysseus Grant of the Flemish Scientific Fund (FWO), she is investigating cultural practices with commons-based approaches via feminist theories. Lara has published in Academic journals such as Frame: Journal of Literary Studies (2017) or Art and Identity Politics (2018). She has contributed in books such as What’s the Use (Valiz, 2016), Exploring Commonism (Valiz, 2018) or Prekariart (Universidad del País Vasco, 2019). She often collaborates in exhibitions and conferences as lecturer/researcher such as The reBirth of Marx(ism): Haunting the Future (Dublin, 2018), This is not a Love Song (Amsterdam, 2018), Living Research: the Urgency of the Arts (London, 2019), Culture for Solidarity (Seville, 2019), Prelude Symposium (Oslo, 2019) or Historical Materialism (Barcelona, 2019).

Loraine Furter


Loraine Furter is a graphic designer and researcher based in Brussels since 2007, specialized in editorial design, hybrid publishing and intersectional xfeminism. She designs and edits paper publications as well as web and digital ones, and is particularly interested in the interaction between these media.

Studio Renate Boere

Studio Renate Boere is a design studio that explores the latest graphic design practices. We like to work with students, artists, companies, agencies and governments on innovative products.

We develop and invent, apart from classical graphic design, interactive installations, hybrid publishing and self-initiated innovative products. Research into new channels to create visibility for these innovative products is an important part of our work.

Sandrine Teixedo


Sandrine Teixido is an author, researcher and artist living in Toulouse. She created the association Le Monde en Critique in 2009 and the publishing project ISSUE in 2015. She is Music curator at the ‘New Patrons’ initiative supported by Fondation de France, and holds a PHD in ethnology and social anthropology from Centre Georges Simmel at EHESS, in Paris. In collaboration with Geneva-based artist Aurélien Gamboni, she has had various artistic interventions at the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (2013), the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva (2014-2015), the MAC Contemporary art museum in Niterói (2016) and the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva (2017).

Seham Sultan

Seham Basel Sultan is a Yemeni graphic designer and an alumni of Tomorrow's Leaders; a program that targets students of Arab background who have the potential to become the community, business, and national leaders of the future. Seham graduated in 2017 from the American University in Cairo with honors, and a minor in sociology focusing on community development. Seham’s work merges design and research with the purpose of sending messages that ignite change and evoke thought. Seham is currently working as a Coordinator for the Graphic Design program at American University in Cairo and working on several projects that promote critical thinking and observational reflections of society.

Sue Spaid

Tuesday 5 November

Belgium-based philosopher Sue Spaid, Ph. D., has been active in the artworld as a collector, curator, art writer, university lecturer and museum director since 1984. Her traveling exhibition “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots,” funded by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, concluded its tour in 2013. While Executive Director at the Contemporary Museum, Spaid co-launched "Baltimore Liste," in support of younger artists and galleries, and wrote A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Works: Proposed, Built, Published and Collected to accompany a touring retrospective.

A current contributor to H Art, she is a former member of the artUS Contributors Board. Between 1997 and 2010, she published 54 articles in this LA art publication and 12 in its predecessor ArtText. While Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (1999-2002), she authored the book Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies that accompanied the 2002 exhibition she co-curated with Amy Lipton. In addition to having written three books on eco-art, she has published over 60 essays in exhibition catalogs or take-away brochures.

As an independent curator, she has organized well over 50 exhibitions for artist-run spaces, university galleries, commercial galleries and museums such as Santa Monica Museum of Art, Armory Center for the Arts, SPACES and the Abington Art Center and Sculpture Park. She has also served as curator of both the Bellevue Art Museum's "Pacific Northwest Annual" (2001) and the Mississippi Museum of Art's Mississippi Invitational (2006). During her “Yes Brainer Tour” (2005-2006), she traveled via car to 38 states presenting “The Gist of Isness” along the way. From 1990-1995, she ran Sue Spaid Fine Art, a scrappy Los Angeles gallery that launched dozens of local artists’ careers.

Sylvia Jeanne Hinz Strieder

CATENATION first evolved 1996, went on a hiatus for some time, and was remodelled in 2012 featuring the artists Sylvia Hinz and Jeanne Strieder. They combine improvisation, live performance, visual and audio art. Sylvia and Jeanne are both musicians who extravagate the worlds of Dissonant Art Music, Industrial, Noise, Electro and Metal. Jeanne Strieder (born 1980 in germany) is a composer and artist. The purpose of her work is to create solace and compassion for the invisible suffering of the many and the few. The results are individual aural bodies that seek connection with those who experience darkness. praised for her equally fierce and bold dramatic performance style, Sylvia Hinz is one of the leading recorder players worldwide, specialised in contemporary music and improvisation.

Post Collective

The Post Collective is an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism for refugees, asylum seekers, sans papiers and accomplices. It seeks to introduce a range of artistic, cultural and work opportunities and to provide a collaborative environment for its members regardless of their legal status. The collective arose from the 2018 Open Design Course participants, KASK school of arts, Ghent. Generative modes of dialogue and storytelling form the basis to our speculative and experiential approaches to art+design. We aim to develop creative alternatives beyond the dominate systems of control and exclusion we are facing. This means facilitating the position where we do not struggle to be assimilated but instead rethink and re-conceptualize critically a future together as community.

Ine Vanoeveren


Belgian flutist and Doctor of Musical Arts, Ine Vanoeveren (b. 1986), is specialized in contemporary music performance. She obtained her Master’s degree at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège, in the class of prof. Toon Fret, a Master in Advanced Studies in Contemporary Music Performance and Interpretation in the class of Mario Caroli, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance in the class of Prof. John Fonville, at the University of California, San Diego.

She performed at several contemporary music festivals and concert series, such as Lanterna Rossa in Lugano, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Wednesdays @7 in San Diego, Festival Musica Sacra Maastricht, Images Sonores in Liège, Complicated Europeans Festival in New York, FIME in São Paulo and the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles. In 2017, Ine toured through the US with her solo program UN(!)limited(?) and lectured at several renowned universities, such as University of California, San Diego, New York University, City University of New York and McGill University at Montréal, Canada.

Ine won awards at the Action Classics Competition, Benelux Fluitconcours and was rewarded with a Belgian American Educational Foundation grant in 2013, to continue her research in contemporary music performance in the US. In 2016 she was awarded with the Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreise for Interpretation by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.

Wouter Gysemans


Anna Spool


Anna holds a BA in philosophy and political science from Columbia University. She almost had a minor in visual arts but was 1 credit short in photography because she was afraid of the dark room. After a post 9/11 move up to Boston, she completed MassArt’s graphic design certificate program where they gave her shiny gold stickers. Previous design positions were at Brandeis University's Office of Communications and at Hecht Design. In 2015, she launched Spool Design, an independent freelance studio based in Brookline, MA.

In the fall of 2018, she received a freshly minted MFA in graphic design from Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA); there she received a scholarship called “Future of Design Merit Award” and created a gestamtkunstwerk called Hot Dogs 24/7. She is excited to embark on new adventures in design and performative design research. She also illustrates weekly for the poetry resistance site, Love's Executive Order.

Complete Surrender


Ignace Cami


Ignace Cami (Belgium, °1986) takes his heimat as starting point to make sculptures, performative objects, installations, storytelling and writings dealing with roots, symbols and the contemporary meaning of local history. He also hosts the artist run CRYING space with Ward Zwart and is a part of collaborative projects like Haas & Gaai, Boris & Kitchenknife and Nestvlieders.

Jens Dawn

Anti-Dawn wants to build a network of activists. We must rally campaigns against every form of Jens Dawn graphic design. Together we can make an end to every graphic project Jens Dawn has ever made.

Anti-Dawn stands for:

  • Unity against Jens Dawn.
  • Protect clients against the artistic habits of Jens Dawn.
  • Stop Jens' experimental art-projects.
  • Forbid Dawn to have future graphic projects.

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Kabinet Studio is founded by Freya Clijmans and An Onghena. We focus on visual communication and graphic design from print to digital. We design books, artist publications, brand identities, events design, poster and flyer design. We love to finish all projects from A to Z inhouse: from concept to creation with our own risoprinter or together with professional partners. In 2016 the studio welcomed their Risograph machine. Apart from working for clients, we often do self-initiated projects, together, separately or with other artists.

Marilli Mastrantoni

Performer, Director and Dramaturg, based in Athens-GR and working internationally. Founder of Theatre ENTROPIA and Artistic Director of the homonymous Contemporary Performing Arts Company. As an actress has participated in theatre and live art performances, films and TV productions in Greece and abroad. She’s the director and author of several theatre performances, interdisciplinary productions and international projects, exploring current socio-political issues and the urban environment. Her practice also includes writing, curating, producing, translating, lecturing and instructing seminars and workshops on performance, cultural policies and artivism. Her work has been so far produced and presented in Venues and Festivals in Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, S. Africa, Turkey, U.K..

Evening Class

Evening Class is a self-organised learning environment that has been running in London since 2016. Our format, aims and approach have gradually shifted over time, from replacing a Masters degree to ongoing learning, critical practice and, increasingly, prototyping viable alternatives to existing working structures within design. It was born out of a shared frustration among designers working in the cultural field but lacking scope in their workplaces to discuss practice and theory in an expansive way.

The group’s membership and structure is never fixed: over the past three years there have been 40 members in total. Currently, the group consists of 14 members. Our programme has taken the form of workshops, talks, reading groups, radio broadcasting, performances, walks, and occasionally, designing things. We often work in collaboration with other groups and activist organisations in order to contribute to wider discourses.

We currently operate through different working groups that feed research back into the collective. Some core themes that have informed our activities over time are collaboration, solidarity, care and support.

Institute of Radical Imagination

The Institute of Radical Imagination is a think-tank inviting experts – political scientists, economists, lawyers, architects, hackers, activists, artists and cultural producers to share knowledge on a continuous base with the aim of defining and implementing zones of post-capitalism in Europe’s South and the Mediterranean. The think-tank works nomadically across the nodes of the network – Madrid, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Palestine, Naples – and connects with other nodes in “global south” – Eastern Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia.

IRI is a hybrid between a travelling research centre, a refuge for intellectuals and artists at risk, a radical museum and a policy-making body generating ideas and applied knowledge that respond to specific urgent needs on the ground – more than a structure, an intellectual logistical infrastructure operating across existing arts, academic and activist networks.

Roeland Vanheesbeke

Thomas Byttebier

Thomas Byttebier is the digital director at Base Design in Brussels. At Base he worked on digital experiences for brands like Studio Brussel, ING, Deezer, Bozar, Institut Français de la Mode, MoMu, Axel Vervoordt, Art and History Museum, La Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Delvaux and more. Thomas also teaches the digital design studio at Luca School of Arts in Ghent.

Dries Wiewauters


Dries Wiewauters is a designer living in Belgium that is interested in typographic systems in all their facets, but especially their inherent restraints and how to by-pas those.
The studio helps people and brands develop a unique visual language based on type by developing typographic solutions that are befitting to the clients by drawing anything from custom lettering to extensive collections of fonts.
There are always multiple personal projects on the back burner that are developed into commercially available fonts with their own unique premise. Other skunkworks activities are developed with an XY-plotter.
Dries received his Masters in Graphic Design at LUCA School of Arts, Gent in 2008 and a Masters degree in Typography at the Werkplaats Typografie in 2010. He is an educator at the KASK School of Arts where he teaches Typography and Type Design since 2014.

Claire Cunningham


Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland and a current Factory Artist with Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany and Associate Artist in The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work 12 made for Candoco Dance Company.

In 2014 she created a new solo: Give Me a Reason to Live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions towards the issue of disability. She is a former Artist-in–Residence at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank, London and of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. In 2016 she was Artist in Residence with Perth International Arts Festival, Australia and Associate Artist at Tramway, Glasgow. Claire is currently touring The Way You Look (at me) Tonight, a duet with Jess Curtis.

Richard Niessen

Richard Niessen (1972) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1996 and became known as a graphic designer for his colourful posters and expressive typography, innovative identities and his collaborations with other artists.
In addition to working on commission, Niessen regularly initiates his own projects, such as the publication series '1:1:1' (2010-2016). In 2015, Richard Niessen launched 'The Palace of Typographic Masonry', a platform that aims to combine experiments and research, connect different disciplines and embed graphic design in a broader cultural and historical context.

Els Dietvorst


Bruce Mau Design/Jelle Maréchal

Jelle Maréchal is an award-winning graphic designer and art director from Antwerp, Belgium. He currently works as Associate Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto, Canada.
Most recently, he was a senior designer at the boutique design studio Mirror Mirror, where he worked with clients in arts and culture and the public sector. As an independent designer, he has also collaborated with several European agencies, publishers, and institutions, most notably M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium. Having started his career in advertising, the contrast between his experience in the commercial and cultural fields shapes his practice to date.

Jelle holds a master’s degree in Graphic Design from St. Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp and a master’s degree in Film Studies and Visual Culture from the University of Antwerp.

St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp

Initiator and organiser of the Integrated conferences since 2007, St Lucas is the art department from the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool, and one of Flanders leading Schools of Arts. It offers through a bachelor/master program three graduation areas, namely: Fine Arts, Graphic Design & Jewellery/Goldsmithing, next to the Master of Research in Art and Design.

Karel de Grote-Hogeschool

Karel de Grote-Hogeschool is a catholic university college that has over 10.000 enrolled students and that employs about 1.000 staff members. This makes us the largest university college in Antwerp and the second largest in Flanders.


deSingel is an arts center for theatre, dance, music and architecture, meant for a broad art-loving audience. It is a place for contemporary and interdisciplinary interaction as well as for artistic creation, where new trends and insights are challenged. deSingel’s intention is to bring performing artists and audiences together in a climate of critical reflection and pioneering the creativity on the basis of an ambitous international programme.

The large-scale infrastructure consists of a medium-sized concert hall (966 seats), a large theatre for drama and dance (803 seats), an exhibition area, a music studio (150 seats) and a theatre studio (270 seats). Visitors are always welcome to use the well resourced reading room. In addition deSingel houses a Grand Café, a brasserie where you can have breakfast, lunch or a beer.


YellowPress is the on- and offline publishing platform of St Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp. YellowPress is a reference to the so-called ‘Yellow Journalism’, a term that derives from a late 19th-century row between Joseph Pulitzer (New York World) and William Hearst (New York Journal). Yellow Journalism is often characterized by misleading news, garish images and headlines and a strong sympathy for the underdog. Notice the ironic wink that clarifies its name.

YP provides publishing services for researchers and/or platforms within St Lucas Antwerp. In addition, YP is researching new publication formats for artistic research in the current media landscape. YP also wants to develop an open and multidisciplinary attitude towards contemporary representation formats in the wider artistic field.

Antwerp University Association (AUHA)

The Antwerp University Association (AUHA) is a structural cooperation of five higher education institutions in Antwerp. Member institutions are: Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Antwerp), Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen (Artesis University Col- lege Antwerp), Hogere Zeevaartschool (Antwerp Maritime Academy), Karel de Grote-Hogeschool (Karel de Grote-University College) and Plantijn Hogeschool (Plantijn University College).

University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepre- neurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three university institutions previously known as RUCA, UFSIA and UIA. Their roots go back to 1852. The University of Antwerp has about 18 500 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. 13% of the students at the University of Antwerp are international students.The University of Antwerp formes the backbone of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA) a strategic collaboration with 3 university colleges located in Antwerp.


Within the University of Antwerp, ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts) is the point of contact with the Schools of Arts of the Antwerp Association, and supports the development of artistic research. More specifically, ARIA is qualified for the doctorate in arts. ARIA also furthers the contacts between University, Schools of Arts and the artistic world.

Arctic Paper

Arctic Paper is a leading European producer of graphic fine paper and delivers value, reading pleasure and a sense of touch through quality paper grades. The product portfolio includes well-known brands such as Amber, Arctic, G-Print and Munken. Annually Arctic Paper delivers 700.000 tonnes of premium graphic paper – for quality printing, reading and branding purposes – produced by more than 1.250 dedicated employees at three mills and distributed by 14 sales offices.


ANTWERP. POWERED BY CREATIVES. is the design platform for the province of Antwerp. It supports designers, connect them with other industries and advocates the value of design. The platform is an open house that brings together professionals with a background in design, government, education and other industries. ANTWERP. POWERED BY CREATIVES. enables designers to share knowledge, launch new projects and inspire each other. Let's make ideas work.

Digital Agency Network (DAN)

Digital Agency Network (DAN) focuses on collaboration, knowledge-sharing, business support and exploration.

DAN is a global network of carefully selected, highly talented, independently operated marketing & advertising agencies with digital DNA. DAN’s mission is to support member agencies’ businesses and enhance the intelligence, expertise, reach and effectiveness of the members through knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Today, there are more than 500 DAN member agencies operating in 57 cities worldwide. All member agencies are amongst the market leaders in their respective countries in terms of creativity, with an impressive portfolio of campaigns and awards.


In the spring of 2014, Artoos acquired the Brussels based printing company Hayez. Since then the two of us do business as Artoos-Hayez. Driven by the one-stop-shop principle, we relieve you of the burden of all your marketing and corporate communications. Being thé supplier of integrated solutions for on and offline publications, we offer you innovative solutions that shorten the time-to-market of your communications and increase your return on marketing investment. By tailoring our work to your needs, we enable you to optimize your total cost of ownership, day after day.

Present Company

Present Company is a family business since 1999 with offices in Belgium and The Netherlands and is your best source for (green) promotional gadgets. With our inhouse designstudio we can help you visualize and realize your custom made / bespoke merchandising ideas, from a pen to a bag or a complete merchandising line, everything is possible. Check our green division : Feel free to contact us for more ideas and trends in promotional merchandising.


Graphius Group is an umbrella organisation for a collection of printing firms. We operate on 3 locations: Ghent, Beersel (Brussels) and Nazareth, where we have set up vertically integrated industrial print works.

The Graphius production system, with 113 recent Heidelberg print towers and completely integrated bookbindery is among the most extensive on the European market. The whole production, ranging from a brochure to a hardcover book, is done in-house, giving us maximum control over quality, budget and throughput time, and last but not least, the environmental footprint of the production system is kept as minimal as possible.


The digital printing company Triakon was founded in 1998 by Lucien De Schamphelaere, one of the pioneers of digital printing and the founder of Xeikon, the legendary Belgian manufacturer of digital color presses. Nowadays Triakon is one of the leading digital printing companies in Belgium. They deliver 'extraordinary digitally printed stuff' on virtually any material and in almost every conceivable dimension. "Out of the ordinary" is not an empty phrase at Triakon.


Since its founding in 1957, form has been the leading special interest magazine for designers and design-interested readers, that reports across all topics of design and the latest developments in the field. With news, focus themes, and analyses form sets topics, provides orientation and stimulates the design discourse. The publishing house form also offers special editions, art prints as well as design-oriented literature.

form is turning 60 – and on Friday, 13 October 2017 from 19.57 pm form invites you to enjoy music (DJ Hamansutra), drinks and design from the past six decades at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main.

Neon Moiré

Neon Moiré is a curated event guide and a monthly newsletter with on the world's most interesting design-driven conferences and events on our digitized world. The agenda focus on graphic design, typography, interaction design and creative coding, conferences, not to forget design film festivals and an overview of the top design summer schools. Next to the agenda we interview event organizers and speakers in written form as well as in our podcast the Neon Moiré Show.

Neon Moiré is a project by graphic designer Thomas Dahm.

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