Rajae El Mouhandiz (singer, composer, film- en (music)theater maker), her lecture was part of the event HOME in Zwolle, 8 November 2018.
Milica Trakilović is a PhD student in the The Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University where she also teaches in the Graduate Gender Programme. From 2015 until 2018 she was Research Assistant in the ERC project Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond, an ethnographic project on memory and migration in Europe. Her research interests focus on visual culture, feminist art practice, European migration and postsocialist transitions.
The interdisciplinary nature of Ayo’s practise is informed by personal encounters with socio-political phenomena that she finds fascinating and urgent to interrogate. With an intention of blurring the line between audience and artwork, Ayo employs a multifaceted approach in tackling issues such as; politicisation of vulnerable bodies, violence against women and hidden problematic colonial histories rooted in daily life.
Ayo is a former student of ArtEZ and Honour’s program. She is currently pursuing a Master in Fine Art degree at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
Beside the two days a week devoted to her responsibilities for ArtEZ University (MA in Arts Education), Mirjam Zegers runs her own independent company. Activities include work as a PA for Louis Andriessen and as a consultant in European cooperation projects.
From 2009 to 2013 she was Programme Leader of the new ArtEZ Master of Music Programming, in Arnhem, developed together with Neil Wallace (Programme Director, de Doelen Rotterdam). From 2013 to 2018 she worked as project leader for The Real Agency of ArtEZ Conservatory, a student-led business allowing students to develop skills in entrepreneurship.
During the years ’90 and ’00 she undertook responsibilities as composer’s manager, international relations’ officer, consultant to international music programmers, and editor in chief of the English-language new music magazine Donemus Trackings for the Dutch music publisher Donemus. She compiled, edited and published the book “The Art of Stealing Time“ together with composer Louis Andriessen, for whom she works as a PA ever since. Mirjam Zegers is board member of hcmf // (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), Sounding Bodies and The Chronometer’s Orchestra.
Stefan Kaegi, Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel form a team of author-directors since 2000. Their works in the realm of theater, sound and radio plays, film and installation emerge in constellations of two or three and solos as well. At the focus of their work is the continuous development of the tools of the theater to allow unusual perspectives on our reality. For example, Rimini Protokoll has declared a Daimler Shareholder Meeting to be a piece of theater or staged 100% Stadt (100% City) with 100 statistically representative residents of cities like Berlin, Zurich, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen, or San Diego. In Berlin and Dresden, they developed accessible Stasi installations/sound plays in which the observation protocols could be listened to on android telephones. In Hamburg they staged Weltklimakonferenz, a simulation of the UN Conference on climate change. Last created is the teatrology Staat 1-4 with a focus on post-democratic phenomena.
Rimini Protokoll has been awarded many prestigious prizes. The team is based in Berlin.
Giuditta Vendrame is a designer and researcher based in the Netherlands.
She explores the intersections between design, art practice and legal systems. To question the opaque nature of the latter, to make them debatable, she uses different media (film, performance, installations). She researches the notion of citizenship and its paradoxes and she is interested in exploring ways to open political spaces through playful and poetical interventions.
Frank Kolkman is an experimental designer whose latest projects include: a Dreammachine, an Out-of-body experience simulator, a Domestic drug screening kit, a DIY Surgical Robot and proposals for a Humane Caviar Extraction Super Yacht & a Synthetic Rhino Horn Growing Device. Trying to combine his curiosity towards the inner workings of things with analytical thinking and intuitive making, Frank aims to challenge our understanding of current and near-future technologies and their sociopolitical implications.
Frank holds a Bachelors degree in Product Design from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL), and a Masters degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London (UK).
Josh Plough is the design curator at Onomatopee Projects in Eindhoven and spends his time talking and writing about the intersection of design, art and technology criticism. Working in the shadow of the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he graduated with an MA in Design Curating & Writing, he’s critically sceptical of the DESIGNart it produces and how design in general is displayed. Not seeking to demarcate any profession he wants to open up debate and generate new forms of display and research within the profession that builds on, instead of aping, the art world. Using vulnerability as a curatorial strategy Josh wants to question things instead of provide answers. It sounds noncommittal, but there’s more wiggle room when you’re in a state of not knowing.
Borderland is a cultural centre as well as a place of encounter, creation and reflection. The platform is based in Sejny (Poland), in the ‘borderland’ of the European Union. This region, far from the large museums and tourist attractions of Poland, has traditionally been culturally diverse, but there has also been ethnic division.
Krzysztof Czyżewski is the director and one of the founders of Borderland. The group raises public awareness about lost cultures in a beautiful and moving way, by way of exhibitions and youth theatre performances, and more. Borderland also has an internationally well-known klezmer orchestra and supports exchanges between academics and the cultural sector. It connects contemporary culture with the rich traditions of the East European region and in so doing builds bridges between generations, languages and social groups. In this way, Borderland is laying the foundation for a culture of solidarity.
In May 2018 The European Cultural Foundation awarded Borderland the Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
Anne van der Weijden works as an event coordinator and art programmer at De School Amsterdam. Before she worked for 7 years as an art-educator at Foam (Photography Museum Amsterdam). At Foam she also coordinated the Foam Lab with young adults for one year. In 2017 she graduated at AHK as Master in Education of Arts.