How Technology influences Art - a Professorship at the Faculty of Arts Zuyd Univeristy

Technology Driven Art is a professorship at the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd University),
dealing with the influence of technology on the evolution of the Arts.
Technology Driven Art organises practice based, artistic research projects across all the Art departments,
involving the Arts students of Zuyd University.
Technology Driven Art works in close collaboration with the artistic research centre
Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts by Ruth Benschop at the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd University).

Most of the projects of this professorship have their own website.
For more detailed information you can consult these sites:
(some are still under construction - it's an ongoing proces…)

Current projects are:
Implementation of 3D printing in 3D Design
a research project by Sascha Bien with the support of Eric Steenman (ABK Design)

Dear Lollipop
Researching the artistic taste of Artificial Intelligence.
a research by Max Wind, Casper Wortman and Peter Missotten.

Smart Design with Arduino's
a collaboration between MAFAD and MAMD-T with Eric Steenman, Vincent Sijben, Sophie Hermans and Hans Lasschuit

Opera as an intermedium
a research project in collaboration with the European Opera Academy

Interfacing Data
a research project by Rob Delsing and Tom Luyten

3D scanning for the stage
a research project by Hans Lasschuit and Woody Laurens (Toneelacademy)
a contest for art research projects by students
a contest for the best art thesis

Projects in the picture:

Thesis prize Faculty of Arts – Winternights Festival Maastricht
Winners of the thesis prize 2017/2018 have been presented at the Winter Nights Festival at Kunstfront Maastricht!
Both research centres within the Faculty of the Arts organize an annual contest for the best thesis or documentation of work. The contest is aimed at both bachelor- and master students. The aim is to stimulate an original and inspiring approach to theses within the Faculty of Arts of Zuyd.

This year, the prizes have been awarded during the Winternights Festival in Maastricht, to:
Irini Birliba – Grafting Memory: The phenomenology of memory between space and individual
Feya Foppen – Het geschreven woord: een wonderbaarlijke onvolmaaktheid.
Sarah Gluschitz – Corpse in the Copse: human taphonomy and disarticulation of the skeleton in 2d and 3d for archaeological applications
Ayisha Siddiqi – Mijn Bollywood droom.

The jury consisted of:
Jasper Coppes, Anne Geene, Marcel van der Klink, Peter Missotten, Arjan de Nooy, en Ruth Benschop

The thesis prize is founded by the two research centres of the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd Hogeschool) to encourage students to make theses (and/or documentations of artistic processes) that do justice to their own artistic practice. Too often, reflection within arts education falls back on semi scientific ideals of validity and objectivity. This removes critical reflexivity from artistic practice. The research centres TDA and AOK support theses, documentations, reflection and research within arts education that are relevant to artistic practice.
All winning theses – as well as the winners of the past few years, will be presented at the website
The jury report can be downloaded there.

Winternights presents work-in-progress from talents of the performing arts of today, the forefront of tomorrow: unfinished projects from a-typical makers, artists whose work doesn’t fit in the known disciplines. Choreographs, theatre makers, performers, composers, film makers and visual artists all develop a new visual language through daring projects and mix performance, installation art, dance and theatre. Winternights is an initiative from SoAP Maastricht, VIA ZUID talentontwikkeling in de podiumkunsten Limburg and C-TAKT.

More info on the 3D-scanning project


Titanic / Untergang is an international collaboration between (a platform of European Theatre Academies) and the professorship on Technology Driven Art. 8 students of seven different countries joined forces to investigate the use of technology in a live performance. As a challenge, Woody Laurens and Peter Missotten - the research coaches for this project - haven chosen the old gasometer of Maastricht as their platform. A huge space, 50 meter in diameter and some 13 meter high, with an echo time of 13 seconds.
How to transform this space into a panoramic setting for the sinking of the Titanic, in reverse? The answer is cables: lots of cables and some 15 video projectors, all of them controlled wirelessly. The participating students created media installations in which they improvised performances around the theme of the sinking of the Titanic. Alongside, they worked with 3D scanning techniques to get full body scans, using the affordable Structure 3D sensors. The quirks of the technique delivered fascinating wireframe models they integrated in the performance. Next stop was Bierbeek (B) where they shot loads of underwater movies in a lifesize watertank. Combine this with a golden, inflatable Titanic of their own making and a shabby, plastic iceberg, and you got yourselves a fascinating performance in a 360° panoramic setting. A bloody hot setting it was (due to the weather), sometimes resulting in a few projectors refusing to start up and a wobbly melting iceberg. That didn’t stop the students to perform in a hightech evocation of the sinking of the Titanic. Backwards.


The research centre of the Faculty of the Arts offers lecturers, teachers and students... time to work on (artistic) research projects. For the first time, for the coming year, teachers and/or students can submit their own proposal for a research project. They can do this jointly or individually. The proposals can be connected to existing courses and should preferably be executed together with students, but they can also be more detached from existing curricula. They can also be executed with external partners.
The proposals should always be related to the program lines of the Technology Driven Art research centre. It is primarily interested in the question how new technology provides cause for new artistic practices. To get a more precise idea of the domains of interest of this research centre, you can browse through the 'Lectoraatsplan' section of this site - unfortunately, Dutch only for the time being...
If you have an idea – articulate or still somewhat vague – for a research proposal within the boundaries of the research subject (Art and Technology), please contact us any time.
For more information or a friendly chat...
please contact Peter Missotten, using this contact form.

Programmamanager Onderzoek: Ghislaine Boere
Telefoon: 0433466414