Thijs van Vuure studied biology and philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. After his master’s degree, he studied instrumental performance and music composition at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, and at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.
Besides projects like What it is to be a bird? he also make site responsive performances as a part of Collectief Walden, an interdisciplinary collective with which he performs nationally and internationally (Oerol Festival, Kröller-Müller Museum, Lieux Publics, France and Turnhout, Belgium). Furthermore, he composes music for theater and play live in several formations. For an example, visit the website of HIT ME TV.
Yogi Ram, founding director of the Arhanta Yoga Ashrams (India and The Netherlands) and yoga Ram speaks about the body and how it is treated (our body and others) from a non-Western perspective.
Ram was born in New Delhi, India, in a traditional and spiritual family, his yoga and Vedic philosophy education started at the age of eight years as a part of his primary school education. He has in-depth knowledge of classical Hatha Yoga and is also well versed in ancient Indian scriptures.
During his 19 years of teaching career, he has worked with various anatomy and physiology experts and has developed unique teaching, adjustment, and modification techniques. Presently, he is the lead teacher for various teacher training programs, ranging from Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, to Meditation and Yoga Nidra.
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.
Nancy Jouwe (1967) is a lecturer, researcher and public speaker, active since 1993 in the NGO sector as a manager, director and cultural producer, with a focus on intersectionality, colonial history, arts, heritage and intercultural dialogue. She co-founded Framer Framed and stood at the basis of research project Mapping Slavery, a transnational research project that maps the Dutch colonial history of slavery. As an activist she’s been involved in the ‘80s and ‘90s with local squatters and transnational queer, indigenous, and women’s movements, incl. in SE Asia and the South Pacific. She comes from a family of political refugees that had to flee Indonesia in the beginning of the 60s, as her father was a political leader in the Papuan independence movement. She wrote extensively about Papuan issues, including women’s rights and the Papuan diaspora.
Till 2013 Nancy Jouwe was program director at Kosmopolis Utrecht, a platform that nourishes a dialogue between communities through art and culture, both nationwide and in an international context. Jouwe was also director of Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation in Utrecht.
Jouwe co-published several books, including Papua’s? Oja, die bestaan echt, hè? Een inventarisatie van de positie van Papuavrouwen in Nederland, 1958-1992 (with Marlise Mensink, 1993) and Caleidoscopische Visies. De zwarte, migranten- en vluchtelingenvrouwenbeweging in Nederland (with Maayke Botman and Prof. Gloria Wekker, 2000) and Paradijsvogels in de polder. Papoea’s in Nederland (KIT Publishers, 2012). In 2017 she contributed to the publication Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage (with Dienke Hondius, Dineke Stam en Jennifer Tosch, LM Publishers/Washington University Press).
Daan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Literature Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies she started writing for Babel, the university magazine of the Humanities. There she was also the chief editor for a year. After her studies she continued to write as a freelancer, she likes to choose her own projects and subjects. An assignment in her first year as a freelancer brought her into contact with the Taoist vision on sexuality. Because it is so different from the western one, she decided to find out how we view sexuality in the west.
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).