Adapt-r

Many ways to Scapa Flow

Koen Broucke

As a visual artist I’m researching battlefields. A first stage of my PhD research into the battle of Waterloo was on display this summer in the Royal Library in Brussels. The title of my research into Scapa Flow (main base of the Royal Navy during the world wars) refers to “Mein weg nach Scapa Flow”, the autobiography of German U-boat commander Gunther Prien. He manipulates chronology, putting Scapa Flow at the end of story as a religious mission, making of his account powerful Nazi propaganda. My reconstruction of the conflicts in Scapa Flow is multiform, intuitive and based on my practice as painter. I study sideways, coincidences and significant details. I draw and paint to understand complex historical events.

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PhD phase
PRS 1

PRS
Barcelona 2015

Disciplines
arts, drawing

Affiliation
ADAPT-r

Researcher
Early Stage Researcher