Erik Hagoort

1962, The Netherlands

Started teaching in Visual Arts in 2006


Erik Hagoort received his PhD in the Arts in 2017 at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), which unites Antwerp University & the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where he also taught Research Methodologies in the Arts (2015-2017). He also taught at the Master of Theatre Practices, Arnhem (with Bruno Listopad, 2018), the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (with Nico Dockx, 2014-2017) and at the Moscow Curatorial Summer School (curator Viktor Misiano, 2013).

Since 2006 Hagoort has been a theory tutor at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures and teaches the module Relational Artistic Research Practice, which is a course in relational approaches to artistic research, where specific relational research methods are learned, tested and developed. Between 2016-18, he was a researcher of the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) where he produced Using Usership (2016-2017) and Thirteen ways to mould agency (2017-2018)


Dialogic and social practices, writing, curating and initiating practices of encounter such as reciprocity and asymmetry, uninhibitedness and closeness, freedom and answerability. 
Exhibitions & Bibliography 

Hagoort's conversations, also titled Symprovisations, have taken place at, among others, Museum Rijswijk, NL (2018-2019); Enough Room for Space, Brussels, BE (2018); The Alfred and David Smart Museum, Chicago, USA (2018); Parliamentary Reporting Office, Dutch Parliament, The Hague, NL (2016); Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE (2015); Tranzit, Boekarest, RO (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL (2014). Among his curatorial projects are Weaving Encounter (2014) St. Petersburg, RU; Art & Reciprocity (2011) for Mutualisms at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USA (2011); The Observatory Project at the Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland (2009), and Inertia (2006-2008) at the Pro Arte Institute and the Freud's Dreams Museum in St. Petersburg, RU, and at W139 Amsterdam, NL. Erik Hagoort has published various articles on contemporary art in Dutch daily journal De Volkskrant and Metropolis M, Dutch magazine for contemporary art. He has recently contributed to publications on social art practices, such as Mobile Autonomy. Exercises in Artists’ Self-Organization (2015), Valiz publisher, and Hospitality, Hosting Relations in Exhibitions (2016), Sternberg Press. Previously Hagoort has published the essay Good Intentions. Judging the Art of Encounter (2005) through the Mondriaan Foundation. In his latest book I don't know what you are going to say (2018) Hagoort explores closeness of thinking. The book includes diverse layouts of conversations amidst a series of essays, in which the author builds on philosophical ideas on closeness.