I work in the field of performance art, integrating electronics and systems thinking into scenographies for stages.
My visual scenarios deliberately negotiate the constructive tension between the carefully constructed and generative processes, between risk and responsibility, and between autonomous performance and human intervention.
Making visual compositions and being analytical about structures and systems starts with observing patterns and to take a birds-eye view on stuff to see how things, ideas, and people act together. I started my career as an architect the political and social climate of Berlin after the fall of the wall and moved to the Netherlands to engage with dynamic approaches to space and movement. I studied choreography and Mediatechnology.
My work engages systems thinking, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and experimentation – integrating computational processes and live-performance into stage scenarios.
Currently I teach at the Eindhoven University of Technology and at the ArtScience Interfaculty at the KABK in the Hague.
I am based in Amsterdam. Collaboration and transdisciplinarity are core aspects driving my work, and I frequently join forces with other artists, designers, and engineers. I recently co-founded the performance collective NOW – live performance and living ecologies, consisting of Ivo Bol, Roos van Berkel and myself. We are currently experimenting with conscious and unconscious blinking as indicators of states of mind for our new performance BLINK…and sync. We used EEG data for performances and live compositions of laser, movement, and sound in our earlier performance (un)focussed.
I am a believer in communal structures and therefore became a member of the BAU Committee, together with Eva Villanueva, Julia Willms, Keren Levi, Gulio D’Anna, Marjolein Vogels, Michael Jahoda, Nicole Beutler, Orion Maxted, Riccardo Guratti, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Susanne Marx. BAU is an organization for the independent performance scene in Amsterdam.
Berlin is my hometown where I maintain a long-term work relationship with German choreographer and dance pedagogue Nadja Raszewski (Tanz Tangente Berlin), who is in demand internationally for her experience in developing performances with large groups of non-professionals from diverse social backgrounds. I believe that these community-orientated projects call for both a scenographic vision and technological infrastructure that meet the participants’ risk-taking at their level of openness and performative flexibility. These projects are communal contexts wherein I work “live” and with contingent technology because I want to put democratic values into practice.
In 2008 I co-founded the artist collective In Serial consisting of Linda Dement, Petra Gemeinböck, PRINZGAU/podgorschek and myself. In Serial explores escalating interactions between non-human protagonists, foregrounding materiality and agency, and using materials and digital media that are apparently conflictive. Together, we developed the performative installation On Track. I was a member of the European Mobile Lab for Interactive Artists (2008-09), a project tailored around the process of collaboratively creating interactive installation artworks, and participated in several art residence programs.
To me making, learning, and teaching are reciprocal processes that flourish best in collaborative, and project-based environments. I have taught in the Netherlands, Canada and my native Germany, and have developed academic courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Formats include workshops, seminars, interfaculty courses, team-teaching and support for individual students and makers.
CURRENT TEACHING APPOINTMENTS:
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) | ArtScience Interfaculty
For the study year 2018/19, I am a guest lecturer at the ArtScience Interfaculty, an interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s programme. I coach students and device courses on systems thinking / feedback systems and rule-based performance systems.
Eindhoven University of Technology NL | Department of Industrial Design
Since 2014, Coach and Industrial Liaison
The focus of the department is on the design of intelligent systems, products and services.
As a practitioner from the field, I am joining the theme led by Professor Harm van Essen on “social interactions with shared systems” that focuses on interaction design for improved user experience of smart connected systems that are shared by multiple users.
PAST TEACHING APPOINTMENTS:
University of Amsterdam NL | Department of Media Studies
In June 2018, I team-taught with Annet Dekker the module: “Code Literacy – understanding the building blocks of computation”.
University of the Arts Berlin DE | Berlin Career College in collaboration with Tanztangente Berlin | Creating Dance in Art and Education
2014-2016, Core teacher
The one-year certificate course conveys dance as an art form within the diverse practical fields of dance pedagogy. I was involved in the selection and acceptance of students, and final assessments. Within the directorial team, my responsibility was to develop practice-orientated teaching modules that relate dance to spatial-and media practices.
University of the Arts Berlin DE | Department of Theatre Education
2008-2010 summer terms, Adjunct Faculty
Developing graduate seminar courses within the study area media and theatre.
Students are challenged to experiment with the performative use of (live) media on the theatre stage, and to understand its dramaturgic and scenographic impact.
Amsterdam School of the Arts NL | School of New Dance Development
Conception and co-direction with Carolien Hermans of the interdisciplinary undergraduate course “Art as Research”. Available to students from all faculties, this course serves as a platform for exchange and reflection on both discipline-related, and individual artistic practice.
Amsterdam University of Applied Science NL | Interface Design
2008-2009 winter term, Guest lecturer
Team teaching the seminar “Interactive Installation”. This course is a practical hands-on exploration of physical computing and interactive electronics. Students learn how to interface objects and installations with the viewer’s body and motion data.
University of Waterloo CA | Department of Architecture
2006 winter term, Visiting Assistant Professor
Team teaching in the undergraduate architectural design studio of Professor Philip Beesely. Development of design skills and theoretical knowledge. Planning of a hotel with an adjacent theatre in downtown Toronto. Emphasis is on materiality and technology in architectural design.
Merz Academie | Workshop | Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien Stuttgart | summer workshop 2016| “Lost Paradise”
Berliner Festspiele | Workshop | Tanztreffen der Jugend 2014 | workshop | “Bild in Bewegung: Medien auf der Tanzbühne”
Conservatorium van Amsterdam | Masterclass | “Improvisation Games”
In 2017/18, I followed a training trajectory for Software Engineering at the level of higher professional education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. I gained fresh skill-sets in (Java) Programming and insights into machine learning technologies.
PhD | School of Arts | Brunel University London, UK | 2012
MSc in Media Technology | Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | Leiden University, NL | 2005
BA in Contemporary Dance | School for New Dance Development | Amsterdam School of the Arts, NL | 2001
Engineer Diploma (Dipl. ing.) in Architecture | Technical University Berlin, DE | 1993
Advanced Stage Lighting Certificate | Instituut voor Audio-en Belichtingstechniek, Utrecht | 2016
Choreographic Training Certificate | TanzTangente, studio for contemporary dance and movement research Berlin, DE | 1996
Michigan Technological University, Houghton US. With Michael Gould, Henry Pollack, and Steven Rush (09-2015)
Artspace Visual Arts Centre Sydney, AU. With Artist collective In Serial (10-2010)
Bundanon Trust, New South Wales, AU. With Artist collective In Serial (12-2010)
Digital Culture Space, Vienna, AT. With Artist collective In Serial (03-2009)
L’animal a l’esquena, Girona, ES. Seminar “Absent Interfaces” (10-2008)
SENSE LAB, Montreal, CA. Founded and hosted by Brian Massumi and Erin Manning at Concordia University and Université de Montréal. (08-2007)
International Interaction Laboratory, Göttelborn, DE. Laboratory on Interactive Media directed by Johannes Birringer. (07-2004 /2003)
Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie (architecture), Production grant (2018)
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Development budget (2017)
Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie (e-culture), Research grant (2015)
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts,
Production grants (2012, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2003)
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture,
Research/Travel Grant (2010)
e-MobiLArt, selected participant, funded EU CULTURE 2007 Programme (2008-09)
Brunel University Doctoral Research Scholarship / fee waiver (2007-10)
Fonds Podiumkunsten, Grant for participation in the summer academie (2002)
NPS Television Broadcast, NL. “When She Jumps…”
2nd Prize in the competition for short dance films on Internet “webdans” (2001)
ERASMUS Scholarship Department of Architecture, TU Delft, NL (1989-90)