Matthijs van Boxsel
Lex van den Broek
Hilt De Vos
Rob van Gerwen
Bas van Koolwijk
Johan van Kreij
Willem van Weelden
Merel Boers (that is Frau Dr. Boers to you) has a background in history, argumentation theory, journalism, public speaking… She likes her sherry bone dry and her risotto all’onda, please. She collects historical cookbooks and is still mourning Iain M. Banks. At the ArtScience department, she is a thesis coach.
Matthijs van Boxsel
Literary historian Matthijs van Boxsel (b. 1957) has been studying the topic of stupidity since 1980. In 1999 he published De encyclopedie van de domheid (The Encyclopedia of Stupidity), which was nominated for the prestigious Generale Bank Prize for Literature. In 2001 the sequel Morosofie (Morosophy) appeared, studying the 100 most stupid Dutch theories of the 20th century. This was followed in 2006 by a volume on stupidity as an art of living: Deskundologie of Domheid als levenskunst. Van Boxsel is now working on De topografie van de domheid (The Topography of Stupidity), in which he gathers all the cities and regions that are proverbially known for stupidity. De encyclopedie van de domheid has already been translated into more than 10 languages.
Channa Boon (1967) investigates the thin line between ‘dead’ and ‘living’ material through multi -media works encompassing film, video, performance, drawings and installation works. Her practice is often research based while in her works, space, the object, and living body are part of the so called ‘acoustic body’, bearing all the potentiality of sound. Boon teaches at the Fine Art and Composition departments of the KABK and Conservatory in The Hague and holds an MA in Film from the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her work is shown throughout the world, including the 56th Venice Biennale ‘All The World’s Futures’ (IT), the EYE Film Museum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), MINUS SPACE Brooklyn, NY, the Sioux Art Center, Iowa (USA), the CAC in Vilnius (LT), Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich (CH), the Kunstfabrik Am Flutgraben, Olaf Stüber Gallery Berlin (GE), the Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwanju, Gallery Loop, the Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (KR), and many others.http://www.channaboon.com/
Andrea Božić (HR/NL) is a choreographer based in Amsterdam with a degree in Comparative Literature and English Language from the University of Zagreb, the School For New Dance Development and the Amsterdam Masters of Choreography, both at the Academy for Theatre and Dance Amsterdam.
Andrea’s work revolves around the choreography of attention, space and gaze. It is in-disciplinary and takes form of live performance, installation, attention exercise and collaborations with the weather and night sky. The work reorganizes perception combining conceptual with sensorial and physical, creates paradoxical situations and asks questions about the effects of attention and imagination, perception of presence, the politics of viewing, presentation of reality and distribution of authorship.
Her work was produced by the Frascati and she was artist-in-residence at the International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam (ICK). She has collaborated with visual artist Julia Willms and sound artist Robert Pravda since 2005 with whom she founded in-disciplinary platform TILT in 2009, a platform that currently produces the work. Her work has been presented internationally in performing and visual arts field (Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Centre Pompidou Metz, Vooruit, Gent, ImpulsTanz, Vienna, the Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Frascati, Amsterdam, HAU, Berlin, a.o.).
Andrea is tutor at the DAS Theatre (formerly DasArts, master of theatre programme, Amsterdam), was mentor at the Amsterdam Master of Choreography 2012-2015 and has given workshops and lectures and mentored many artists internationally (ICK, Interrarium – the Banff Arts Centre, ArtEZ, a.o.). Andrea is co-initator and curator of the We Live Here – summer academy and the Come Together Festival in Amsterdam and is one of the co-founders of BAU – dance and performance Amsterdam.
Lex van den Broek
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.
Hilt De Vos
Hilt De Vos is a professional Belgian director and actress that has worked extensively in theatre, for television and film. Hilt is also a dancer and teaches yoga and pilates.
Circus Engelbregt is a unifying disruptive organisation aiming to increase social sustainability in the world. We initiate and develop (art)projects aiming to change people’s perception of the habitual and the seemingly obvious. From the calmness that comes with not knowing, we try to create new movement. We are not afraid to create some friction or to take on a confronting position in our projects, because we don’t believe in a society stuck in stereotypical thinking.
Rob van Gerwen
Rob van Gerwen, Ph.D., is senior lecturer in philosophy at Utrecht University. He taught at University College Utrecht, The Royal Academy for the Arts, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and The High School of the Arts in Utrecht. He is co-founder of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics, and owns a company, Consilium Philosophicum.
He wrote numerous articles and books on aesthetics: among others a survey of modern aesthetic theories (in Dutch, 2016, Moderne filosofen over kunst); a dissertation on Art and Experience (1996); he edited Richard Wollheim on the Art of Painting with Cambridge University Press; co-edited a book on Experiencing Music (in Dutch, 2014); and published Watching art in museums (in Dutch, 2003). He is currently working on a book on Art as a Moral Practice. You can download his writings from his website: http://www.phil.uu.nl/∼rob He also maintains a weblog and is on Twitter. He is former president and current vice-president of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics, and editor-in-chief of Aesthetic Investigations (aestheticinvestigations.eu), an Open Access, peer reviewed journal in aesthetics.
Milica Ilić, born in 1985 is a is a pianist from Serbia, specialised in opera and chamber music. Her repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles and she performs in various types of chamber ensembles. She is full time employed as an repetiteur and vocal coach on the department of Solo Singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia.
Next to her employments as a pianist, Milica works as a composer and librettist. Her latest works include Higher, for two pianos, baritone, actor, singer and choir of shouters, The Chamber Thriller Opera in Episodes (a)Mantis Religiosa performed both in Belgium and Serbia, Lego project series I for voice and piano as well as other song cycles. Exploring new possibilities and combinations in the classical musical repertoire, and connecting different styles, genres and forms in her creative work are the main characteristics of Milica’s artistic practice.
Márton Kabai (HU), graphic designer based in The Hague, NL. He started his graphic design study in the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (HU), but he graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, NL. His works can be located around the subjects of posthuman, anthropocene, speciesism and crisis. He believes in a research driven, post disciplinary, slow and personal design practice. He works in various media where he tries to materialise hidden concepts, demystify ideologies, beliefs, unveil biases, fixations that has mistaken as truths, legal or unbreakable. He works for commissions and initiate own projects.
Bas van Koolwijk
Audiovisual artist Bas van Koolwijk uses both sound and image, be it analogue or in numerical code, as interchangeable data. He produces visual and acoustic compositions in which both manifestations interact.
His often formalistic approach is reflected in live AV performances, installations, devices and videos.
Johan van Kreij
Johan van Kreij is a musician whose artistic output focuses primarily on improvisation and composition using electronics. He studied music at the Institute of Sonology from 1994 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, graduating in 1998. Frequently he performs his music, both as a soloist and with other musicians.
Starting in 1998 van Kreij has participated in a long running and intensive collaboration with choreographer Ted Stoffer. This resulted in music composed to a great number of dance choreographies that were performed throughout Europe and the United States. And for more than a decade he has been active within the field of music theatre trough cooperations with Dick Raaijmakers and Paul Koek.
Another important aspect of his work is the development and realization of his own instruments. This development covers the fields of hardware—sensors and other electronics—used for gestural input, and software employing a wide range of sound synthesis models. In the role of developer, he has participated in many projects in the field of music, visual arts and architecture. Since 2001 he has been a permanent member of the teaching staff at Sonology.
Katinka Marač 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 Mitrović, 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.
Jeroen Meijer is an independent creative technologist, trainer and filmmaker who bridges the disciplines of art, science and technology. His background in Artificial Intelligence reflects his broad and interdisciplinary thinking. He is an experienced software architect, specialized in developing tools for scientific research, simulation and realtime 3D visualisation and is proficient in a multitude of programming languages, frameworks and design patterns. Hardware and electronics also have his interest and create a rich toolset when working on (art)projects. As a passionate and sociable trainer he specifically focuses on teaching foundational and conceptual technical knowledge to fascilitate self-learning. Ethics and critial thinking currently motivate him to research the social, ethical and political implications of the growing asymmetry of knowledge and control in a society that has grown fully dependent on deeply intrusive information technology, hardly understood by it’s users. Jeroen is a promotor of free (libre) software and it’s philosofy and advocates critical and conservative usage of information technology.
Geert Mul (b 1965) is a media artist based in Rotterdam. Originally known as a VJ (one of the country’s first), he currently works in a range of media, producing video and interactive or generative computer installations but also prints and light objects. He combines free work with commissioned work, for a variety of clients and sites (businesses and governments; museums and public space). His works have been exhibited both in the Netherlands (Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam) and abroad (Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of contemporary Art, Chicago). See his homepage for more information.
BJ Nilsen (Benny Nilsen) is a Swedish composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam. His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums released by Touch Eye Of The Microphone (2013) – a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London – and The Invisible City (2010), have explored the urban acoustic realm. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch (2006, 2001).
His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I am here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler). In 2014, he co-edited the book+CD publication The Acoustic City (jovis) together with Matthew Gandy.
Leandros Ntolas is an interdisciplinary artist from Greece, currently based in the Netherlands. He has graduated from Athens School of Fine Arts and is a recent graduate from the master course of the ArtScience Interfaculty. With a background in sculpture and spatial studies, his practice spans many different mediums; having in its core a specific interest in the use of light as an artistic medium. Ntolas has been researching light through the study of optics, atmospheric optics, and the study of visual perception. He is as well involved in theoretical research around the topics of history and philosophy of science–with a specific focus in astronomy and archaeoastronomy–and the field of philosophy of perception.
Dani Ploeger combines performance, video, computer programming and electronics hacking to investigate and subvert the spectacles of techno-consumer culture. Re-purposing, misusing, and at times destroying everyday devices, his work exposes the beauty, dirt and power of seemingly banal and taken-for-granted aspects of digital culture.
Among others, he has worked with traditional metal workers in the old city of Cairo to encase tablet computers in plate steel, attended firearms training in Poland to shoot an iPad with an AK47, made a VR installation while embedded with frontline troops in the East-Ukraine, and travelled to dump sites in Nigeria to collect electronic waste originating from Europe. In autumn 2018, he will be working at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, looking at the aftermath of the state of emergency in Paris, which lasted from 2015 until the end of 2017, in relation to public space and digital culture.
Dani holds a PhD from the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex and has been a lecturer in digital arts and performance at De Montfort University Leicester and Brunel University London. Until 2016, he was Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Performance Arts at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, where he is currently a Research Fellow. He is also an artist-researcher at Leiden University, where he forms part of the Critical Making consortium.
Esther Polak is a visual artist active in new media. She is most well-known for her locative media projects. Polak studied at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague from 1981 till 1986, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam from 1986 till 1989. With a consistent interest in landscape and in contemporary ways of visualizing space and geography, Polak turned to visualization and mapping as artistic tools, and an integral part of the basic concept of her work. In several of her long-term projects such as Amsterdam Realtime, the MILK project and NomadicMILK, Polak makes mobility, routes and trajectories visible from the perspective of participants, in an intuitive and personal manner.
With the MILK project, Esther Polak won the Gada Balva Prix (Riga, Latvia) in 2004. In 2005, she was awarded the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. Since the beginning of 2010, Polak collaborates full-time with Ivar van Bekkum. Both live and work in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Nenad Popov is a media anarchist whose interests lie in, or better, between art and plain research. The output of these processes are live cinema pieces, sound installations, film installations, weird sound making contraptions, impossible collaborations and occasional parasitism on public cultural funds.
Not just that: huge amount of written code, public and private, interfacing this with that, embodied algorithms, alleged bar fights, organizing workshops and giving classes.
He has collaborated with many artists working in similar fields, such as Daan Brinkmann, Electronic Opera, Thomas Köner and Lillevan/Rechenzentrum. Solo performances include Dis- Patch, TodaysArt, E-Pulse and Share.
His latest research topics are possibilities of collaborating with non-human entities.
Ine Poppe is writer, teacher, journalist and artist. She did art school in Utrecht, was an intern in Hamburg and studied Dutch literature in Amsterdam. Became internationally renownded for her project Mothermilk cheese, in the 80-ties. Poppe wrote the tv-script for Necrocam: death online, directed by Dana Nechustan (award for best dramascript European Broadcasting Union -EBU- 2002). She made tv-programs and wrote scenario’s for computergames. Ine Poppe directed the documentary Hippies From Hell, about the group of hackers and activists that introduced the internet in the Nederlands and Them Fucking Robots about the Canadian robot artist Norman White.
Poppe nowadays leads the Hacking department at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, makes documentaires and contributes to transmedial projects. Ine just finished ‘Teeth‘ a documentary about her obsession with teeth in the broadest sense of the word. She wrote for Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad for more than ten years and recently wrote the scenario for The Modular Body, a trans medial project with Dutch artist Floris Kaayk that was released in April 2016. This project was awarded with a ‘Gouden Kalf’ -the Dutch equivalent of an Emmy award- for the best interactive project of 2016.
Maya Rasker (b. 1965) wrote articles and essays for the daily newspaper Trouw and other publications before debuting in 2000 with the novel Met onbekende bestemming (Unknown Destination). The book won her the Gouden Ezelsoor (Golden Dog-Ear), the prize for the year’s best-selling literary debut. She has further published the novels Rekwisieten (Props, 2003) and Xenia (2005). Her work has been translated into English, German, Spanish and Hungarian.
Klara Ravat is a Berlin-based an olfactory artist an experimental filmmaker.
After studying qualitative trend research in Barcelona Klara moved to The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (ArtScience at The Royal Academy of Arts). At the same time, she studied Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. Klara is the co-founder and director of the Smell Lab (https://www.smell-lab.org/), a community project that focuses on the investigation and practice of the art and science of the sense of smell.
By opposing the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Ravat absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. By investigating the concept of landscape in an adventurous and exploratory way, she wants to amplify the wonderment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of alienation and recognition.
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.
Willem van Weelden
Willem van Weelden (1960), has a background in social philosophy and visual art. As a former visual artist he never stopped linking media theory to the dilemmas and intrinsic ‘problems’ within the tradition of the visual arts, and probes network culture from the vantage point of trying to open new vistas and habitats for the arts and social emancipation. He is committed to new media culture from 1990 onwards and has published on this topic in various magazines and catalogues. He was involved in numerous new media projects as a creative director and coach. In the summer of 2018, as a research fellow, he completed a research Master at the Sandberg Institute (department Critical Studies) with a project on Jean-François Lyotard’s media theory and his will to develop a way ‘to do philosophy by other means’. Currently his main focus is on research, writing and teaching.
Julia Willms (DE/NL) studied Visual Communications at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Media Art at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria). Her work deals with the nature of perception, the very act of viewing itself and the shifting position of the spectator within the proposed environment. It takes form of video installations (often site specific) for the borderlines of spaces and architectual environments, performances, photo collages as well as installations and paintings.
Her works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions (GAM | Obrist Gallery/Essen, MUSA/Vienna, De Appel/Amsterdam, BNKR/Munich, Altana Kulturstiftung/Bad Homburg, a.o.), as well as in media & video art and performance festivals internationally (EMAF/Osnabrück, Almost Cinema/International Filmfestival Ghent, Netaudio London a.o.).
Since 2003 she has collaborated closely with choreographer/director Andrea Božić (www.andreabozic.com) on in-disciplinary performance projects and installations. In 2009 she co-founded in-disciplinary platform TILT with Andrea Božić, and sound artist Robert Pravda.
Julia is one of the co-founders of BAU – space for performing arts Amsterdam and teacher at the Royal Academy of the Art The Hague and mentor at the Amsterdam Master of Film. Julia has given workshops internationally (Royal Academy of Art The Hague, ICK, SPRING Festival, Interrarium – The Banff Arts Centre, a.o.).