Merel Boers — thesis coach
Matthijs van Boxsel
Lex van den Broek
Hilt De Vos
Johan van Kreij
Jan Robert Leegte
Willem van Weelden
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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.
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.
Joan Heemskerk has a background in ornithology, physics, photography, digital.art
since 1995 she is part of the art collective JODI >>>
JODI, or jodi.org, – pioneered net.art in 1995. JODI were among the first artists to investigate and subvert conventions of the Internet, computer programs, and video and computer games. Radically disrupting the very language of these systems, including visual aesthetics, interface elements, commands, errors and code. JODI stages extreme digital interventions that destabilize the relationship between computer technology and its users by subverting our expectations about the functionalities and conventions of the systems that we depend upon every day. Their work uses the widest possible variety of media and techniques, from installations, software and websites to performances and exhibitions.
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.
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.
Jan Robert Leegte
Jan Robert Leegte is among the first artists who were involved in the 90s net art movement. Since 1997, he creates art in the form of websites, which he connects to art historical movements such as minimalism, land art and conceptualism. Leegte also translates the themes of his work to offline media such as print, sculpture and projections. A reoccurring theme in his work is the sculptural materiality of interfaces of computer programs. Like the early graphic design of cursors, selection boxes and menu bars that were to give the user the impression of actually physically pressing the buttons with graphic shadows. Leegte often uses these components and by placing them in a new context, giving them their own, sculptural legitimacy.
Jan Robert Leegte (1973, the Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. He recently participated in seminal exhibitions such as Electronic Superhighway at Whitechapel Gallery in London, and Open Codes at ZKM Karlsruhe. His work has been exhibited in venues such as MAAT Lisbon, MOTI Breda, iMal Brussels, Nomade Art Space in Hangzhou, and Upstream Amsterdam.
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.
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.
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.
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.).