Dr. Erik Hagoort

1962, The Netherlands

Started teaching in Visual Arts in 2006


Hagoort received a PhD in the Arts in 2017 from the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), which unites Antwerp University & Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Royal Conservatory Antwerp. His practice developed in the 1990s from his research into ethical motifs in relational art practices. This interest came from his training in philosophy of ethics and social work, as part of his theology studies at the University of Amsterdam (drs., graduated 1989).


Hagoort is tutor at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures since 2006. He conducts the module Relational Artistic Research Practice and the visual arts research seminar (together with Mariska van den Berg), and thesis supervising. For the Avans Centre of Applied Research in Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), he developed two long-term artistic researches in teaching and learning: Using usership (2016-2017) and Thirteen ways to mould agency (2017-2018).


Erik Hagoort develops artistic practices of thinking together. He invites others to explore with him other than usual ways of thinking, speaking, writing, and interacting together.

Exhibitions & Bibliography 

Hagoort's initiated projects in the Netherlands and internationally, a.o. at Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, NL (2020); Enough Room for Space, Brussels, BE (2018); The Alfred and David Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, IL., USA (2018); Parliamentary Reporting Office, Dutch Parliament, The Hague, NL (2016); Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE (2015); Tranzit, Bucharest, RO (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL (2014), Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland (2009); W139, Amsterdam (2008); Pro Arte Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia (2006). Hagoort is the author of:
- Good Intentions. Judging the Art of Encounter (Mondriaan Foundation, 2005);
- I don't know what you are going to say (Jap Sam Books, 2018);
- On encountering and improvising (Erik Hagoort, 2020).

Hagoort published widely on contemporary art, a.o. in the Dutch daily journal De Volkskrant (1997-2000) and in Metropolis M, Dutch magazine for contemporary art (since 1995). He has contributed to publications on relational art practices, such as Mobile Autonomy. Exercises in Artists’ Self-Organization (2015), Valiz publisher, and Hospitality, Hosting Relations in Exhibitions (2016), Sternberg Press.

www.erikhagoort.nl & e.hagoort@avans.nl