Performing the Spectator - on the performativity of looking

by Annelieke Holland

Research & project

Performing the Spectator - on the performativity of looking’ is a research project by interdisciplinary artist Annelieke Holland, developed within the framework of the master's program Artistic Research in and through Cinema at the Netherlands Film Academy. Through an experiment-driven approach, the research operates at the intersection of theatre, film and expanded cinema. 'Performing the Spectator' explores ways we look and perceive each other.

Through various works, Annelieke revisits intimate relationships, memories, personal archives and cultural sites for spectatorship, all through the lens of giving and receiving gazes. By doing so, she questions the internalised male gaze, image construction and family dynamics, among others. At the same time, the research draws inspiration from the theatre, where attentive observation goes back and forth.

Annelieke Holland

Annelieke Holland

Master of Film

Annelieke Holland is a performer, theatre director and video artist, based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Netherlands leading theatre school Toneelacademie Maastricht in 2017, where she majored in Performance. In recent years, Annelieke lived and worked between Amsterdam and Morocco where she joined the Queens Collective Marrakech. In addition, she supervises solo projects of the students at the MBO theatre school in Rotterdam. Annelieke's work is shown at the European Media Art Festival, Festival Cement and Le 18 Marrakech, amongst others. Currently Annelieke is finishing her master’s ‘Artistic Research in and through Cinema’ at the Netherlands Film Academy, exploring the intersection of theatre, film and expanded cinema. 

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