Sylvie Vandenhoucke, PhD in the Arts

This research project focuses on how the limitations of a digital/technological toolbox can be used - via domain shift (Sennett) - to question the failing system as a strategy in art practice, particularly from the perspective of the glass discipline. Within the extensive domain of systems in contemporary art, failure or deviation from the perfect system occupies a special place. Departing from a digital set of tools, specifically 3D scanning technology, and its limitations for registering glass, the project explores how this technology, when disconnected from its function, can generate innovative strategies and ways of thinking in art practice. From the perspective of the glass discipline, industrial glass, natural glass (volcanic) and artist-manipulated glass (e.g. pâte de verre) will all be investigated. The research is situated in the broader discourse of the artist-machine dichotomy (e.g. Ingold, Sennett, Polanyi, Heidegger, Elkin, Gottschalk).


  • Dr. Lut Pil (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Dr. Volkmar Mühleis (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)

Research unit: Image

Duration: 2020 - 2024