Erik Hagoort (1962)

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Erik Hagoort (1962)
Erik Hagoort's practice comprises theoretical and performative research into encounter.

Encounter is subject matter ànd form of his work.

After his graduation in theology (drs., University of Amsterdam, 1989 – specializations social work and philosophy of ethics) he started to write about contemporary art, focusing on the relation between ethics and social art practices. Writing about these practices brought him to participating in them. Participating turned into staging encounters and this eventually developed into his own art practice of encounter. Next to his artistic practice Hagoort contributes with essays, articles, lectures and presentations to the discourse of social art practices.
Since 2006 Hagoort works as tutor of the master fine art course of the St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Den Bosch/ Breda, the Netherlands. He works on his doctorate in the arts, titled 'Resuming Encounters. Sensibility for Asymmetry' at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, Belgium.
Erik Hagoort lives with his husband Albert van Westing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


- Guest Professor Research Methodologies in the Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (22-9-2015 – 20-9-2016).

- PhD candidate, Research of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (1-1-2014/ 30-06-2017).

- Tutor master fine art St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Den Bosch/ Breda, since 2006.

- Research of the Lectorate visual arts of St. Joost Academy of Art and Design Den Bosch/ Breda, 1-2-2016 / 31-1-2017.

- Research of the Lectorate visual arts of St. Joost Academy of Art and Design Den Bosch/ Breda, 2009-2011.

- TransArtists, Amsterdam, 2001-2015.

- Jurymember Individual Subsidies Foundation for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund), Amsterdam, 1999-2002.

- Member of the Editing Board for Contemporary Art, De Volkskrant National Daily Newspaper, Amsterdam, 1997-2000.

- Member of the research group Systematic Theology, Theology and Religion Studies, Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam, 1996-2001.



- BOF-research project Resuming Encounters, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp (1-1-2014/ 31-12-2015).

- Foundation for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund) subsidy for Art & Reciprocity, in the framework of Mutualisms, Chicago, 2011-2013.

- Foundation for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund) subsidy for the project INERTIA, 2006-2008.

- Essay 1, Good Intentions. On Judging the Art of Encounter. Commissioned by the Foundation for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund), 2004-2005.

Works & Projects
Symprovisation “Hey, there’s something on your face”.

A Private Rehearsal followed by public broadcasting.

15-5-2015, Studio Erik Hagoort, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Motif of this symprovisation: the impossibility to see oneself from the outside.

To see yourself, you need the other to see you.

Participants: Tudor Bratu, Ilse Bulhof, Erik Hagoort, Emke Idema, Bruno Listopad

Weaving Encounter

22-11-2014/ 1-12-2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp & Natalya Vasílevna Gobelin Atelier.

To make an encounter by weaving toward each other. That was the motive of the Weaving Encounter, which I organized end of 2014 in St. Petersburg. In the gobelin studio of Natalya Vasilevna-Pershina at Petrogradskaya island we produced a gobelin, without a loom, without a plan, by hand. We created the tapestry using a horizontal frame in the form of a table. Sitting at all sides of the table frame we weaved toward each other and formed the tapestry as an encounter.

Symprovisation on Art and Empathy

A Public Rehearsal followed by a Private Performance

5-11-2014, Sector 2337, Chicago IL, USA

Five participants worked with the motive of art and empathy while they practiced to avoid questions and answers. The rehearsal took place from 3 to 6 pm and was open to the public. As the gallery closed at 6pm, the symprovisation was created privately, behind closed doors; the piece was recorded, and only then became accessible to the public.

Participants: Kirsten Leenaars, Jason Pallas, Caroline Picard, Tricia Van Eck, and Erik Hagoort
Symprovisation: “What is good, is given back?” (after Lewis Hyde)

12-4-2014/ 14-4-2014, Tranzit, Boekarest, Roemenië

For three days on a row, during three sessions, seven Dutch and Romanian art practitioners gathered at Tranzit to share experiences of reciprocity in social art practice. This private exploration resulted in a public symprovisation. The audience, which was invited to join in, played a substantial role.

Participants: Data Chigholashvili, Raluca Croitoru, Erik Hagoort, Maud Oonk, Daniela Palimariu, Lorelinde Verhees, Raluca Voinea.

Symprovisation: Doing Something for Nothing

21-2-2014, Museum of Arte Util, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

The motive of this symprovisation was the urge to do something with art for others who cannot do anything in return. We all shared this, and tried to think together about the reciprocities and asymmetries of our expectations.

Participants: Garazi Ansa Arbelaitz, Nick Aikens, Robert Glas, Eleni Gogou, Erik Hagoort, Laurie Jo Reynolds.

Tea Ceremony Circuit

23-4-2014/ 26-4-2014 april, CAC Brétigny, Frankrijk

Collective work with participants of the masterclass “Latent Encounters”, on the occasion of the doctorate-happening of Nico Dockx, in the Centre d'Art Contemporain Brétigny. We resumed a classic Japanese tea ceremony, in a circular form.
Symprovisation: “Ending from Scratch”

17-4-2012/ 20-4-2012, ExtraCity, Antwerp, in collaboration with Nico Dockx. A four day event of improvisation on artistic research by the master fine art students of three Art Academies (St. LucasAntwerp, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, and St. Joost Academy of Art and Design, Den Bosch/ Breda).

Art & Reciprocity Dinner Symposium at the Beach House
18-1-2012, The Beach House artist-in-residence Chicago

A dinner to talk with our mouths full about art and reciprocity (after Lori Waxman: “I Married an Artist: Tales of a Relational Critic”, in: Talking with Your Mouth Full (Chicago: Green Lantern Press, 2008).

Participants: Tricia van Eck, Erik Hagoort, Lise Haller Baggesen, Mary Jane Jacob, Kirsten Leenaars, Karsten Lund, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Abigail Satinsky.

9-9-2011/ 25-9-2011, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Verenigde Staten

By invitation of curators Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars.

Together with artist, poet, publisher Caroline Picard I formed one of the duo's who were asked to research contemporary artistic strategies of hospitality. We developed a blog on art and reciprocity, and organized a symposium-day.

Art & Reciprocity Symposium

11-9-2011, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL., USA

Blog Art & Reciprocity

SpreekselReeks #6

9-4-2010, Extrapool, Nijmegen, with Ronald Saeijs.

15-4-2010, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, with Nico Dockx

By invitation of curators Danielle Lemaire and Lieke Wouters.

Two crossing-border conversational performances about art and encounter.

10-9-2010, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

By invitation of Sands Murray-Wassink as part of the 'Becoming Minority' Conference.

A improvisation-conversation-performance in collaboration with Sands Murray-Wassink.

Trailerpark. Mobile Interventions in Public Space

24-8-2009/ 28-8-2009, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen.

Concept, organisation, and coordination of the Summer Academy Trailerpark, in collaboration with Holger Nickisch, supported by the Lectorate Art and Public Space of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.
A week long Summer Academy in situ at the fortress of Vijfhuizen, of theory, workhops, and interventions in public space.The Observatory Project

7-1-2009/ 23-1-2009, Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland.

A seven day placement of seven artists' duos at the local Police Head Office, the Protestant Church, the Kokkola daily Newspaper, the City Hall, and public space. We resumed the relational tactics of the Artists' Placement Group from the 1970s of Barbara Stevini and John Latham. How far does the responsibility for hospitality go?


5-9-2008 – 12-10-2008, Amsterdam, W139

Exhibition with Anatoli Osmolovsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Sergej Bugaev Afrika, Ivan Razumov, Gluklya & Tsaplya, Viktor Alimpiev, Vladimir Kustov, Iris Kensmil, Maarten Heijkamp, Fokke Sukke (John Reid, Bastiaan Geleijnse and Jean-Marc van Tol), Albert van Westing, Sands Murray-Wassink, Irene Janze, Roos Theuws, George Korsmit.
Symposium with: Tiers Bakker, Ilse Bulhof, Sjto Delat (Alexei Penzin, Gluklya & Tsaplya), Maarten Doorman, Geurt

Imanse, Olesya Turkina, Viktor Mazin, Andrei Fomenko, Anatoli Osmolovsky ,Pavel Pepperstein, Philip Westbroek.

Guest Chief Editor of HTV de IJsberg #75, INERTIA, September-October 2008.
Chief Editor and Producer of INERTIA, catalogue, as edition of Kabinet, Freud's Dreams Museum, St. Petersburg, 2008.
Encounter in Public Space

16-2-2008/ 23-2-2008, Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland.

By invitation of Jaana Erkilla

Improvisatory encounters in public space, with students of the Nordic Art School.


24-9-2006/ 24-10-2006, Sint-Petersburg, Rusland

As part of the PRO ARTE festival 'Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum'

Exhibition Inertia with: Voebe de Gruyter, Sands Murray-Wassink, Pavel Pepperstein, Ivan Razumov, Albert van Westing, Freud’s Dreams Museum.

Exhibition Inertia with Kerim Ragimov, Irene Janze, State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul fortress.
Exhibition Inertia with Fokke & Sukke, Printing Museum.
Symposium Inertia

24-9-2006/ 26-9-2006, Freud’s Dreams Museum

Talks and presentations with Ilse Bulhof, Maarten Doorman, Geurt Imanse, Olesya Turkina, Viktor Mazin, Andrei Fomenko, Pavel Pepperstein, Erik Hagoort.
Publication Fokka & Sokka ne terjaioet nadezjdi / Fokke & Sukke can't stop, translated into Russian by Hans Boland and Alexei Purin, in collaboration with the Netherlands Literature Production- and Translation Fund, and the Netherlands Institute of St. Petersburg.
Grensgevallen Show, Art and Philosophy Competition

Co-concept and co-organisation with Marli Huijer, Irene Janze, Loet Hin

25-1-2001, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht

Eight artist and philosopher duos had to explain a given concept to the audience, in search for an encounter of the borders of their disciplines.

With amongst others Guy Widdershoven, Suchan Kinoshita, Benoit Hermans, Petra Kaiser.
At Ease

1-1-2001/ 15-6-2001, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss

Guest curator, by invitation of Nan Groot-Antink and Albert van Westing

An encounter of art works of intimacy.

Grensgevallen Show, Art and Philosophy Competition

Co-concept and co-organisation with Marli Huijer, Irene Janze, Loet Hin

13-6-2000, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

Eight artist and philosopher duos had to explain a given concept to the audience, in search for an encounter of the borders of their disciplines.

With, amongst others, Paul van Tongeren, Samuel IJsseling, Joep Dohmen, Kuno Terwindt, Dick Tuinder, Gijs Müller.


Presentations, Lectures (selection)

Art, and Empathy, workshop in collaboration with Kirsten Leenaars, as part of "A Lived Practice Symposium”, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 11-11-2014.

Reciprocity, Art, and Dana, “Gifts of Cooperation” masterclass, Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Centre for Global Cooperation Research of the University Duisburg-Essen, 21-9-2014 – 26-9-2014.

Anders dan wederkerig, (Other than Reciprocal) on the occasion of the book launch of Heimwee naar krijt of Bart Lodewijks, SMAK, Gent, 23-2-2014, Gent.

Reciprocity and its complexities, addressing the ethics of social art practice

A week of daily lectures at the Moscow Curatorial Summer School, v-a-c foundation Moscow & State University of the Humanities, Moscow, 10-7-2013/ 21-7-2013.

Pertaining Dissymmetry. Curatorial theories on Art Practices of Encounter

Conference Hospitality - Hosting Relations in Exhibitions, Hochschule für Grafik und Druckkunst/ Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, 13-14 December 2012.

Receptive Reciprocity, Nordic Culture Point, Helsinki, 22-9-2011.

Lust en het goede leven, (Lust for the good life), a public encounter with Hans Christiaan Klasema, Day of Philosophy, University of Tilburg, 26-4-2011.

Encounter # 4 with Madelon Hooijkaas, in the framework of the Encounter Series of the Ketelfactory, Schiedam, 26-9-2010.

The Next Step; Community Arts in a Wider Perspective, University College, Utrecht, 30-6-2010.

The Incidental Person. Re-enacting Artists' Placements, lecture at the Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland, 13-2-2009.

Art of Encounter, Wallhouse, Groningen, lecture, Academy Minerva, 9-2-2008.

Judging the Art of Encounter, Studium Generale ‘Doing Good’, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 1-3-2006.

Interactivity, referent of Right About Now with Nicolas Bourriaud, Claire Bishop and Margriet Schavemaker, Universiteit van Amsterdam/ Stedelijk Museum, 30-11-2005.

Judging Qualities of Relational Aesthetics, symposium Architecture of Interaction, Veemvloer, Amsterdam, 7-11-2005.

Ethics and Contemporary Art, symposium Intermedial Reflections of the Dutch Aesthetics Federation, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 30-9-2005

Listening. Philosophical Visions on Music and Contemporary Art, symposium Il Corpo Eterno, University museum, Utrecht, 11-12-2004.

Listening. Philosophical Visions on Music and Contemporary Art, Symposium Il Corpo Eterno, Netherlands Institute, Rome, 2-7-2004.

Encounters between disciplines, ‘ThRu’ symposium, Lokaal 01, Breda, 13-9-2002.

Art and Existence, Studium Generale University of Amsterdam by invitation of Marli Huijer, 5-6-2000.

Art and Ethics, Individual Religious Acts, by invitation of curator Nina Folkersma, De Begane Grond, Utrecht, 7 juli 1997.
Guest Tutor, Examinator

- Examinator DasArts (Master of Theatre, Amsterdam), Master Proof Project Emke Idema, februari 2014.

- Mentor of Ive Leemans at "a.pass" (advanced performance and scenography studies), Brussels, 2012-2013.

- Guest Tutor Sandberg Instituut Masters Vormgeving, 10-12-2007.

- Examinator graduation bachelor fine art, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, 4-6-2007.

- Examinator graduation bachelor fine art, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, 14-5-2007.

- Examinator graduation bachelor fine art, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, 1-3-2006.

- Guest Tutor werkcollege ‘Engageert!’, AKV/ St. Joost/ Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, 8-11-2005.

- Examinator graduation master fine art, St. Joost Academy of Art and Design, Breda, 19-1-2000.

- Guest Tutor, St. Joost Academy of Art and Design, Breda, 17-3-1999.


- Jurymember 'Grant Lord Mayor Camille Huysmans' 2010. With: Rinus van de Velde, Steven Op de Beeck, Marc Ruyters, Ellen Loots, Liene Aerts, Menno Meewis en Jan Rombouts. Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, 2-12-2010.

- Jurymember Individual Subsidies Foundation for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund), Amsterdam, 1999-2002.

Research group of the Lectorate visual arts of St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Den Bosch/ Breda, 2009-2011.

Levinas Association Netherlands, since 2011.

Board member of Foundation Grensgevallen, 1999-2011.

AICA, Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, since 2001.

Netherlands Association of Aesthetics (NGE), since 2004.

Missing Links, Interdisciplinary research group ‘Art, Religion and Reality’, ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) 1996-1999.
Publications (selection)

“Pertaining Asymmetry” in: Beatrice von Bismarck (ed.), Hosting Hospitality, Cultures of the Curatorial serie (Berlin: Sternberg Press, verwacht begin 2015).

Vier boeken over sociale kunst: Nato Thompson, Pablo Helguera, Claire Bishop, Grant Kester, in: Metropolis M, (no. 2) 2013, pp. 26-27.

"Face to Face or Shoulder to Shoulder", "Great Friendship", "Complementarity"', in: Kirsten Leenaars, Lise Haller Baggesen (ed.), Proximity Magazine Chicago (no. 10), Autumn 2012, pp. 30-68.

Autonomy and Commitment (Breda: Lectoraat beeldende kunst, Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost, 2012)

"The Other", "Encounter", "Practice of Everyday Life", in: Viktor Misiano, Erik Hagoort (ed.), The Impossible Community, (Moscow: Moscow Museum of Modern Art-Maier Publishing, 2012).

Being Able to Receive”, in: Nico Dockx, The New Conversations, (Antwerpen: Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten 2011).

"Die Scum Cigarettes", in: Margriet Kemper (red.), Objekt/ Affekt, (Den Bosch: Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, 2010).

"Een houding van inertie. F.M. Dostojevski, Cornelis Verhoeven, Michel de Certeau", in: Erik Hagoort, Viktor Misiano, (red.), INERTIE (St. Petersburg: Skifia publishers, 2008), pp. 327-352.

“Dead against Consensus. The Thinking of Chantal Mouffe", in: Metropolis M (no.5) 2007.

Good Intentions. Judging the Art of Encounter. Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Augustus 2005, ISBN 90-7693614-5

Elke dag een anti-performance, De deugd van Wally Walter Stevens”, in: Metropolis M (no.1) 2004.

"Listening" in: Krien Clevis (ed.), The Eternal Body (Budel: Damon uitgeverij, 2004) pp. 80-91.

“Enduring Symbols”, in: Crossing Worlds - Woody van Amen, oeuvre-catalogue (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2003), pp. 209-224.

ThRu 2001-2003, Lokaal 01, Breda/ Antwerpen: tien ontmoetingen met kunst, kunstenaars en filosofen.

Zijlmans & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Kitty Zijlmans, professor Art History, University Leiden, ThRu 1.01.

Van den Braembussche & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Antoon van den Braembussche, professor Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, ThRu 2.01.

Bulhof & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Ilse Bulhof, professor Philosophy, University Leiden, ThRu 3.01

Van Gerwen & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Rob van Gerwen, 'House Philosopher' of the Centraal Museum Utrecht, ThRu 4.01

Cobussen & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Marcel Cobussen, lecturer Musicology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, ThRu 5.01.

Kimmerle & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Heinz Kimmerle, professor Intercultural Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, ThRu 6.01.

Pinxten & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Rik Pinxten, professor Anthropology, University Gent, Belgium, ThRu 7.01.

Drenth & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Marjolijn Drenth, lecturer Literary Science and Economy, University Utrecht, ThRu 8.01.

Huijer & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with dr. Marli Huijer, honorary professor Genderstudies University Maastricht

Zwart & Hagoort, Erik Hagoort in conversation with Hub Zwart, professor Philosophy of Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen, ThRu 10.01.

"Feelgood idealism, review of Nice!", Rutger Pontzen, NAi Uitgevers 2001, in: Metropolis M (no.1) 2001.

"The Ethos of the Artificial Miracle" in: Jonneke Bekkenkamp et al. (ed.), Missing Links: Arts, Religion and Reality, Heyendaal Institute - Interdisziplinäre Forschungen zu Religion, Wissenschaft und Kultur (Münster-Hamburg-London: Lit Verlag, 2000).

“"A God and a Talking Hamburger", in: Cold Fusion, Rob Birza, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2000), pp. 68-71.

"The Aesthetics of Deliverance" in: Marjet Derks, José Eijt, Marit Monteiro (eds.) Dying for the World. Practices of Deliverance (19e-20e eeuw) (Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, 1997).

- "Negotiating Rapture: the Power of Art to Transform Lives", Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1996, in: Metropolis M (no.3) 1996.

- "The Experience of Vitality, A study of the Place of the Body in the Congregation of St. Louis, in the Netherlands (1928-1955)", in: Réligiologiques, Revue du Département des sciences religieuses de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, no. 12 (automne 1995), pp. 243-255.

- "The Beauty of Kept Innocence. A moral philisophical investigation into the Aesthetics of Chastity during the 19th Century at the Congregation of St. Louis in Oudenbosch" in: Bulletin Vereniging voor Filosofie en Geneeskunde, no. 3 (1994), pp. 4-10.

De Volkskrant

Dutch National Daily Newspaper

More than 200 reviews and interviews, November 1997 - December 2000.


- Ray Johnson: ontmoetingskunstenaar van het eerste uur, 28-9-2000.

- "In mijn kunst kan ik gaan en staan waar ik wil", Het werk van de Servische Milica Tomic, 26-6-2000.

- Leegte als hoorn des overvloeds, Over de morfoclasten in de hedendaagse kunst, Kunst & Cultuur, 23-4-1999

- Monahan’s performances op papier, 6-1-1999.

- Micha Klein springt slordig om met zijn talent, 8-10-1998.

- Waarneming dronken gevoerd, boek Erik Andriesse, 15-4-1998.

- Requiem voor een tijd die voorbij zal gaan, interview met fotograaf Boris Michailov, 27-6-1998.

- Tracey Emin vindt zichzelf boeiender dan kunst, 31-3-1998.

- "Kunsthistoricus moet het heden vergeten, voor even", interview withJohn Gage, professor Art History, University Cambridge, UK, 6-3-1998.

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