Ula Sickle: Into the Gray Zone: A Research on the Inter-mediality of Choreographic Exhibitions

Doctoral Project

Ula Sickle, PhD in the Arts

An artistic and theoretical research into the choreographic exhibition, its historical precedents and complex inter-mediality. Examining the inherent tensions as live dance based practice enters visual arts institutions, my research will look at key aspects such as audience attention, in terms of individual and collective spectatorship; artistic labor and value; as well as technology and the influence of social media. The very multi-medial nature of the choreographic exhibition and its porosity towards online platforms and communication provides a more accurate reflection of the mediated environments we are currently surrounded by and living within than the black box theater. How can a dance based practice be implemented in this gray zone of highly individuated and distracted attention, which reflects to a great extent our contemporary condition, in ways that can make this condition visible as such? How can it potentially, if temporarily, remediate these environments?


  • Rudi Laermans (Supervisor, KU Leuven)
  • Steven Devleminck (Co-supervisor, LUCA)

Duration: 2020 – 2024