This session is part of the PhD seminar series “Re-worlding” art and design research.
MAD-Research (PXL-MAD and UHasselt) and ArcK (UHasselt)


Lecture by Maria Barnas: Maria Barnas (1973) is a writer and visual artist. She lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. Both in her written (novels, essays, poetry) and visual work she focuses on the way in which ‘writing and documenting’ constructs - and distorts - reality. Barnas studied visual arts at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the American Academy in Rome. Barnas received the C. Buddingh' prize for her first collection of poems Twee Zonnen (2003) and has since published well-received collections such as Er staat een stad op (2007) and Jaja de oerknal (2013). In 2011 her collection of observations appeared in Fantastisch for NRC Handelsblad. Barnas is currently working on research into visual essays. A first sample of this, 'On News Desks and Getting Lost', was presented in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2012).

Abstract of the lecture: Maria Barnas on the artworks that are not in her portfolio

“There are probably more artworks in my mind than artworks I actually produced, the pieces that mostly end up in crates in the attic I rent.  I call this place my studio, and I am uncertain what the status is of the pieces that no one but myself has access to. No one would notice if I tipped everything in a bin. But what about the pieces I never actually produced? The artworks, that for various reasons, remained a sketch, an idea? For this lecture I will gather a selection of artworks that never happened (if we can say that an artwork happens), assuming that this will give a lively impression of the way I work, the things I tend to do and think about.This selection may even portray me in a sharper way than if I were to present my usual portfolio.”


For whom?

  • Lecture - open to all
  • Doctoral seminar - open to PhD students from UHasselt (Faculty of Architecture and Arts), PXL-MAD and LUCA School of Arts
  • Researchers from other institutions who would like to participate are kindly asked to first contact the coordinators by email ( -


  • October 20, 2021
  • Lecture - 13:00-14:00
  • Doctoral seminar - 15:00-17:30


  • The lecture and doctoral seminar will take place on-campus (PXL-MAD, room tbd)
  • The lecture will also be streamed online, please indicate in your registration whether you will attend on-campus or online


  • Registration has been closed since October 10, 2021 
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • category 'advanced discipline-specific knowledge'