Robbrecht Desmet, PhD in the Arts

My doctoral research project explores contemporary urbanity via a series of films focussing on specific notions of space and of architectural and artistic work. The dialectic of public and private space, and their transformation and development, form the basis for a cinematographic research of a bodily understanding of space. My film-work uses spaces as a narrative motor in four exemplary cases: the literary text and the city landscape, the artist’s studio, the art-collective in the abandoned warehouse and the lover in the bedroom.

Robbrecht Desmet (°1985) lives and works in Brussels. He studied cinema and fine arts at Sint Lukas Brussels. His films have been presented at filmfestivals such as Courtisane Festival, BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Brussels Art Film Festival, and in screenings and exhibitions Beyond The Picturesque (S.M.A.K. & Artcinema OFFoff), Documented Now! (de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam), An Evening with Auguste Orts (Beursschouwburg, Brussels). He has been artist in residence at Capacete Int. in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo and at SIC (SoundImageCulture) in Brussels. He is lecturer Film Studies and coordinator of the MA film directing programme at the Film Department of the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. He is currently working on a PhD in the arts on lived space and mise-en-scène.

Keywords: transformative reality, film as spatial critique, public space, physicality


  • Dr. Rudi Laermans (Supervisor, KU Leuven)
  • Pascal Vandelanoitte (Co-supervisor, LUCA)

Research Unit: Intermedia

Duration: 2016-21

Contact: robbrecht.desmet@luca-arts.be