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Interfaculty ArtScience formerly known as Image & Sound | 2009 - 2021


Between 2012 & 2019 I developed several projects & performance courses for the ArtScience program. Being part of the interfaculty, these projects are obviously instructive, but they are also considered an extension of my professional practice. In these projects, a small group of international students (BA/MA) work together under one method or technique and develop their performance in the context of a professional theatre production. More information on the ArtScience program: interfaculty.nl
This One Movement | 2017
This One Movement
is probably the most succesful edition from this series. Both in precision and composition and in terms of collaboration and educational format.
“[...] The theater as a diorama, where life comes to a complete standstill. Visual artist Michiel Pijpe and 7 students from the ArtScience Interfaculty focus on the concept of the diorama in This One Movement. With his multidisciplinary project, Pijpe seeks the essence of the stage and looks at how the theater can be used to study all the miniscule details of life” - John de Weerd, curator ZAAL3/HNT

Tension Machines | 2015 - 2018  Conceived and co-directed with Charlotte ‘t Hart.
“[...] what happens in the future matters to us, so it should not be surprising that how the future unfolds has a direct effect on how we feel.The mechanisms of expectation and anticipation triggers the curiosity of psychologists and cognitive scientists, but it also raises questions that attract the attention of the “practitioners” of these mechanisms [...] It is no coincidence that the performing arts have figured prominently in attempts to understand the dynamics of expectation. Over hundreds of years, illusionists, poets, actors and comedians have developed a whole range of techniques that make use of cognitive systems that manipulate audiences in their anticipation of future events. Tricks so to say, that feed the audience tendency to predict”  - David Huron, Sweet Anticipation (MIT-Press, 2005)
For this project participants developed eight ‘tension machines’ that each, in their own distinct way, build towards such an illusion. The ‘machine’ as such is not a mechanical or technical apparatus, but is presented as a philosophical idea. The machine thus refers to a psychological mechanism. A singular moment in which the audience is pointed towards the mechanism of their own anticipation, and how this mechanism has been thouroughly manipulated.

in collaboration with Het Nationaal Theater/ZAAL3

Mark