Pieter van Boheemen & Lucas Evers
Lex van den Broek
Michael van Hoogenhuyze
Gideon Kiers & Lucas van der Velden
Jan Robert Leegte
Pieter van Boheemen works as a project developer for Waag Society’s Open Wetlab. Pieter is a Life Science Technologist. In his work he mixes his Genomics degree with lots of experience in IT. He gets his every day inspiration from working with great people, then do cool stuff to maximize everyone’s motivation and performance.
Lucas Evers is currently leading Waag Society’s Open Wetlab. In This role, he is actively involved in several projects at the crossroads of locativity and narrativity, like ViVo Arts, Creative Commons Netherlands and the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award. Besides his job at Waag Society, Lucas is also an advisor at DasArts, second phase theater and performance education.
Lucas Evers has an education as an artist and teacher in the creative arts and studied politics at the University of Amsterdam. He worked at the cultural centers De Balie and De Melkweg in Amsterdam, programming cinema, new media and politics. He organized an extensive program around the French cinematographer Chris Marker at De Balie and was closely involved at programs such as ‘net.congestion – international festival of streaming media’, Next 5 Minutes, e-culture fair, Archeology of Imaginary Media and a number of programs in the field of the so-called ‘life sciences’.
Lex van den Broek finished his studies Electronic Engineering and Information Technology at the Hogeschool Rotterdam in 1993. After a couple of years designing sound amplifiers for active speaker systems, he started working as the head of the Electronics Workshop at the Royal Conservatoire in 1997. He gives courses to students of Sonology, The Art of Sound and ArtScience departments. He also guides students in realising their own projects involving electronics. In its long history, the Electronics Workshop at the KC has collaborated on many impressive interfaces and installations and is a center for developing musical interfaces and computer installations. Lex has been developing various interfaces and controllers that are available for students to assemble, such as the IpSonLab, Microlab and MTVlab.
Marcus Graf studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in 1993, Information Technology at the TU Delft in 1994 and Music Technology at the Utrecht School of Arts (1996-2002), where he received his BA in Applied Composition. He graduated from the master ArtScience in 2012. He has worked as a composer for television, film, web and theatre. As a composer he has been part of the collectives Tsah Dzil and Normally Invisible, which have played at events such as the Sonic Acts Festival 1995, Het Bal at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam 1998 and Noorderslag 2000.
Since the beginning of the new millennium his focus has shifted towards the areas of new media and computer sciences. Starting with small interactive investigations created in Director in the mid-1990s, his work has evolved to more complex generative and interactive pieces written in Flash and Processing. His installations have been exhibited on occasions like the unDEAF/DEAF06 festival 2006 and TodaysArt 2008. Since 2008 he has been active in the contemporary dance world as performer of audiovisual work. He has also worked as VJ, interaction designer and multimedia specialist for the European Space Agency.
The installations of Zoro Feigl (1983) seem to be alive. His materials dance and twist. Placed together in a space, the separate works become one: large and ponderous in places, nervous or gracious elsewhere. Feigl’s forms are constantly changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. The exhibition space becomes an enlarged microscope: single-cell creatures, primitive organisms are twisting, groaning and convulsing. Without beginning or end the objects seem to be locked into themselves. As a viewer you become entangled in their movements: they embrace and amaze, but sometimes also frighten you. Zoro Feigl lives and works in Amsterdam.
Michael van Hoogenhuyze studied History of Art at Leiden University. Since his graduation in 1975 he has worked as an art historian and art history teacher, contributing to many curricula and working as school manager for many years. Next to his work as a teacher he is active in areas where art criticism and the reflection on art are transformed intoactual contributions to the creative process. He participated in many projects of artists as a collaborator, researcher or dramaturge. In these projects he further his ideas about music, theatre and the geography of art. As part of his lectorate at the KABK, for several years he researched and wrote about his views on the creative process of the artist. As a result he published “Het Muzisch Denken”, “Thinking of the Muses” in 2007. Also he wrote many articles about artists and their work. Beside this field of interest he is a specialist in theories about space, the relation between visual art and music and the history and theory of teaching in the arts.
Gideon Kiers (1975) studied Interaction Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts, receiving his European Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Portsmouth in 1997. He then went on to study Art and Music at the Interfaculty Image and Sound in The Hague.
Lucas van der Velden (1976) studied Art and Music at the Interfaculty Image and Sound in The Hague. In 2001 they founded the audiovisual art collective Telcosystems. In 2007 they co-founded Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven and served as members of Baltan’s Artistic Board from 2007 until 2010. Since 2003 they have also been part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts, with which they have made numerous festivals, exhibitions and special projects both in Amsterdam and abroad, such as the Kontraste festival in Krems, the internationally touring Vertical Cinema project and the Dark Ecology project in Norway.
Eric Kluitenberg is an independent theorist, writer, curator, and researcher on culture, media, and technology based in Amsterdam. He has been head of the media and technology program of De Balie, Centre for Culture and Politics in Amsterdam since 1999. He taught theory of interactive media and technological culture for a variety of academic institutions, including the University of Amsterdam, the University of Professional Education of Amsterdam, Academy Minerva Postgraduate Studies in Groningen, and he was a scientific staff member of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Recent publications include The Book of Imaginary Media (2006), Delusive Spaces (2008) and the theme issues of Open, Journal for Art and the Public Domain, “Hybrid Space” (2006), and “(Im)Mobility” (2011).
Next to an extensive series of festivals and public events he was project leader for the practice based research trajectory “The Living Archive” at De Balie (2004 – 2010) and currently is Editor in Chief of the Tactical Media Files, an on-line documentation resource for Tactical Media practices worldwide.
Katinka Marac studied theatre design at the Utrecht School for the Arts. Since 1997 she has worked both as a scenographer and lighting designer for contemporary dance performances and installations in the experimental circuit. Among others she has collaborated with Golden Palace, Sara Wookey, Lidy Six, Martin Nachbar, Sanja Mitrovic, Seon-Ja Seo, Daniel AlmgrenRecen en Roser Lopez Espinosa.
Katinka writes regularly on lighting design and scenography in Zichtlijnen, the Dutch technical journal for stage technology. She also advises students at the School for New Dance Development and at the master Choreography at the AHK Amsterdam. Katinka’s preference for experimental works is based on the significant role played by space and spatial experiences, and as co-maker in multi-disciplinary productions in which space and light exist as partners. Her lighting designs possess a particularly physical quality and encourage and generate movement. In addition to her work as a designer, she has made short video films, so-called audio- visual choreographies, which bring together her fascinations for the body, movement, space and rhythm.
In my work, whilst playing with fiction and truth, I search for ambiguity. Using reconstruction and deconstruction I transform objects and situations. Shared experiences and the meeting of the other play a role and physics, chemistry, cooking and sound are elements that reoccur in my actions.
Boukje Schweigman has a background in physical theatre and her performances are always a collision of image, sound, space and movement. The presentation of her work always stresses the physical presence of the performer as well as the audience.
Frank Theys is a filmmaker, writer and visual artist who lives and works in Brussels and Amsterdam. His experimental films have been shown at most major international venues and acquired for the collections of among others, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, the Museum for Contemporary Art (SMAK) Ghent, the Museum for the Moving Image, New York and the Centre National de la Cinématographie, Paris. In 1992 he became director at Victoria Theatre in Ghent, Belgium, where he wrote and directed several award winning plays. In 1994 he received the honourable title of Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.
He started his own film production company in 1997. His recent documentary series Technocalyps, about the notion of transhumanism, was broadcasted in many countries and has generated several scientific and philosophical congresses on the subject, it has been the central work in several art exhibitions and cultural events worldwide. Frank Theys has lectured on the subject in numerous universities, art colleges and congresses in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Frank Theys has taught at St-Lukas Film School (Brussels) and at DasArts, multidisciplinary Master’s course in the Performing Arts at the Amsterdam School for the Arts (AHK) and was a visiting teacher and lecturer at universities, film and art schools worldwide. He currently is a researcher at the KUL (Louvain, Belgium) and also teaches at the St-Lukas Art Academy in Ghent (Belgium).
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1974. Based in Japan and The Netherlands. Maki Ueda is an artist who incorporates the olfactory sense in art. She considers smell to be “new media”. Believing that “fewer visuals = stronger olfactory experiences”, she puts the emphasis on olfaction over the visual aspect in her work. She often uses scents to spark the imagination or to create perceptual confusion.
She has developed a unique combination of chemical and kitchen skills in order to extract the scents of daily life, including foods, ambient aromas, and bodily scents. She creates scents that capture childhood, identity, a mood, or a historical event. The results of her experiments take the form of olfactory installations and workshops.
Maki Ueda studied media art under Masaki Fujihata at The Environmental Information Department (B.A. 1997, M.A. 1999), Keio University, Japan. She received a grant from the Japanese government in 2000 and from the POLA Art Foundation in 2007. She has been based in The Netherlands since 2002. Nominated for The World Technology Awards Category: Art (NY, USA) in 2009, she occasionally teaches and gives workshops on olfactory art at ArtScience Interfaculty of The Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatory The Hague (NL), and at Willem de Kooning Art Academy (NL).
Caro Verbeek (1980) is an art historian specialized in art and the senses. She graduated at the University of Amsterdam on the topics of olfactory (MA) and tactile (MA) art. She writes and lectures on olfactory and tactile art accompanied and designs multi-sensory tours for museums. She is currently working on a PhD on the role of olfaction during the avant-garde, which consists both of theory and actual olfactory (re)constructions that will enable us to literally inhale history of art.