Re-discovering the world of artistic and design research and beyond

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 Bart Verschaffel: Bart Verschaffel (1956) is full Professor of Theory of Architecture and Architectural criticism at Ghent University (Belgium). He holds an MA in Medieval History and a PhD in Philosophy (KU Leuven, 1985). He has published widely in the fields of Architectural Theory, Theory of History, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Culture.

Monographical publications include: De glans der dingen. Studies en kritieken over kunst en cultuur (1989); Figuren/Essays (1995); Van Halewyck/De Balie, Leuven/Amsterdam; Architecture is (as) a Gesture (2001), Quart, Luzern; À propos de Balthus (2004); A&S/books, Gent; Van Hermes en Hestia. He has also published numerous texts. Bart Verschaffel is the author of a series of documentary films produced between 1992 and 1996 on artists such as Jan Fabre, Henri De Braekeleer, René Magritte, Thierry De Cordier e.a. in collaboration with Jef Cornelis (BRTN). He was curator of two major exhibitions: ‘Giambattista Piranesi. The Print Collection of Ghent University’ (Gent, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, 2008) and ‘b0b Van Reeth. Architect’ (Brussels, BOZAR, 2013). 

Abstract of the lecture: Can Art / Architecture save the World?

Architecture is rather boring but important, art is interesting but probably not so relevant. Can art save the world? Or architecture? Yes, and Yes, perhaps, although not twice in the same sense of the word. It is already quite something when architecture does not harm but takes care of the world, and when art does its own work well.


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 ( -


  • December 16, 2021
  • Lecture - 13:00-14:00
  • Doctoral seminar - 15:00-17:30


  • Both the lecture and doctoral seminar will be organized online


  • Registration is now closed
  • 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'