Research

Since mid-2014 I combine my performance practice with a part-time doctoral research in the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Studies at Ghent University.

I’m employed on a bilateral research project directed by Prof. Dr. Christel Stalpaert (Ghent University). Which also involves following partner institutions: the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Leeds and the School of Arts Ghent. My collaborator on this NRF-FWO-funded research project, titled “Masks, Puppets and Performative Objects in Relation to Trauma, Reconciliation and Performance in South Africa,” is fellow PhD student Sofie de Smet.

I approach this research from my background as a performer. Studies in the design and performance art acknowledge a transformative power inherent to performative objects. I question how much this power can be a guideline in creating new performative encounters: meetings between an unpsychologized performative body and an audience member. Therefore I explore the possibilities to internally objectify myself as a performer. How can a body act as a mirror for the individual visitor and function as a performative object? Equally, I investigate the possibilities to move the body as an object in public space. Can one mediate the space by objectifying oneself and by doing so mediate the people who experience the space?

Publications:

de Smet, S., & Breyne, M. (2015). ‘Als de mensen het vergeten zijn, moet je hun geweten schoppen’: Interview met Luk Perceval. Testimony: Between History and Memory, 121, 15-19.

de Smet, S., Breyne, M., & Stalpaert, C. (2015). When the past strikes the present: Performing requiems of the Marikana massacre. South African Theatre Journal, 28 (3), 1-20.

de Smet, S., & Breyne, M. (2015). Requiems in post-apartheid-mineur. Documenta, 33 (2), 95-127.

de Smet, S., & Breyne, M. (2015). Kaapstad will never be the same again: Hoe het public arts festival Infecting the City omgaat met de herinneringen aan apartheid. Etcetera, 143, 23-38.

de Smet, S., & Breyne, M. (2016). Wanneer we spreken over RE-acties op geweld –
Interview met Mokhallad Rasem. Documenta, 34 (1), 194-199.

de Smet, S., & Breyne, M. (2016). A day for us to mourn: Unsettling performative encounters in remembrance of Marikana. Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, 5.2 http://csalateral.org/wp/issue/5-2/day-us-mourn-unsettling-performances-marikana-de-smet-breyne/

Breyne, M., & de Smet, S. (2017). “As the body must appear: Contemporary performances in post-Marikana South Africa” Afrika Focus,30 (1), 11-29.

Breyne, M. & de Smet, S. (2017) Lichamen in Re-volutie. In gesprek met regisseur Mokhallad Rasem tijdens het internationale congres ‘Re-Moving Apartheid’, Testimony: Between History and Memory, (124), 21-27.

Breyne, M. (2017). Sharing Out Past with Our Present/ce. Performing living sculptures in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Volume on Performing Painful Pasts, Editor: Tanja Schult,  (forthcoming).

Conference contributions:

Breyne, M., & de Smet, S. (2014). Developing a Situational, Embodied and Postdramatic Approach for Dealing with the Cultural Trauma of Apartheid. The Arts in Society Conference, Rome, 25-27 June 2014.

Breyne, M. (2014). Developing a Situational, Embodied and Postdramatic Approach for Dealing with the Cultural Trauma of Apartheid. Poster presentation at GAPSYM8, symposium of the Ghent Africa Platform, Ghent, 27 November 2014.

Breyne, M., & de Smet, S. (2015). “When the past strikes the present: Performing requiems of the Marikana massacre”. First Trauma, Evil and Anxiety Research Symposium (TEARS-1), PhD and early career symposium at the University of Hildesheim, 11-12 December, 2015.

Breyne, M. (2016).”Sharing our past with our present/ce – An exploration of Site-Specific artistic work in South Africa, Performative commemoration of painful pasts, Conference at Stockholm University, 14-17 July, 2016

Attendance of national and international conferences

‘Psycho-analyse in the Arts’ , organized by Stichting ‚Pyscho-analyse en cultuur’ in Ghent, 22 November 2014

Remaking Place’, organized by GIPCA (University of Cape Town) in Cape Town, 8 – 14 March 2015

‘No strings attached’, organized by SoundImage Culture (SIC), KASK-School of Arts Ghent, Beursschouwburg, UGent, Platform 0090, LUCA School of Arts – campus Sint-Lukas Brussels, Argos – Centre for Art and Media and deBuren in Brussels, 29 October 2015

‘Etnography and Artistic Research’, organized by Arts Platform and the School of Arts of Erasmus University College and RITCS in Brussels, 12 November 2015

‘Grand Narratives, Posthumanism, and Aesthetics’, organized by Posthuman Aesthetics, Aarhus University, Aarhus, 22- 24 March 2017

Research Seminar on Translation and Performance, organized by Mark Fleishman and Sruti Bala, UCT, Cape Town, 8-12 May 2017

Academic lectures / teaching

Marieke Breyne & Sofie de Smet, BA course “Methodologische Oefening in de Podium- en Mediale Kunsten” at Theatre studies, Ghent University (2015-2016).

Marieke Breyne, Assist students in writing their assignment for the BA course “History of Performing Arts and Media Arts” at Theatre studies, Ghent University (2015-2016)

Marieke Breyne & Sofie de Smet, BA course “Methodologische Oefening in de Podium- en Mediale Kunsten” at Theatre studies, Ghent University (2016-2017).

Marieke Breyne, Assist students in writing their assignment for the BA course “History of Performing Arts and Media Arts” at Theatre studies, Ghent University (2016-2017)

Invited guest lectures

2016, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, 8 to 12 February , Lectures/Workshops: The transformative power of the performative object, Product Design students UA, Co-facilitator: Dirk Van Gogh

2016, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch,  29 March to 26 April, Lectures/Workshopseries : Site-specific performance and the transformative power of the performer as a performative object for Honours Course Physical Theatre.

2016, Ghent University, Ghent, 21 November, Lecture Performance Analysis, Master of Science in het sociaal werk.

2017, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, 18 April to 12 May, Lectures/Workshopseries : Site-specific performance and the transformative power of the performer as a performative object for Honours Course Applied Theatre

2017, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, 8 May, Lecture Reseach Methodologie (together with dra. Sofie de Smet), Honours Course Drama.

Member of organizing committee

2014, 24 – 26 November. Masks, Puppets and Performative Objects as Tools of Critique, Resistance and Agency in South Africa. Developing a Situational, Embodied and Postdramatic Approach for Dealing with the Cultural Trauma of Apartheid, doctoral school with Marie Kruger (UStellenbosch), Jane Taylor (University of Leeds, Wole Soyinka Chair of Drama and Theatre Studies, Petrus Du Preez (UStellenbosch) and South-African artist Estelle Olivier. (promoter Christel Stalpaert)

This 3-day specialist course included lectures and workshops on the development of a postnarrative, embodied and postdramatic approach for dealing with the cultural trauma of apartheid. The target audience of this specialist course consisted of doctoral students in art theory and practice but also other doctoral students whose research is situated within or relates to memory studies, trauma theory, conflict studies and performance studies.

2016, 28 – 30 September , Conference Re-Moving Apartheid, Organized by Ghent University – research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) in collaboration with KULeuven, the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Leeds

http://www.re-movingapartheid.ugent.be

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