Shervin Kianersi Haghighi, PhD in the Arts

This research will examine the different parameters of the invisible performance such as its relation with the audience and different spaces and its documentations. By "invisible performances", I mean performances that take place in everyday life and in spaces where the audience is not conscious of the fact that they are spectators of the performance and possibly its actors. They happen to be there by chance. In my work, I use materials from the public realm, my surroundings and daily routines to closely connect with everyday life and experiment with its codes and communal spaces. Each of these spaces is structured though not completely closed off and impervious to emancipatory forces. Hence, I explore the possibilities for escape from one structured space to another by doing two kinds of performances, categorized in accordance with the visibility or invisibility of the performance to the audience.


  • Prof. dr. Bart Philipsen (supervisor, KU Leuven)
  • Dr. Bart Geerts (co-supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)

Research Unit: Image

Duration: 2013 -