Mirjam Zegers

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.

Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi)

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

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

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

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 (Krzysztof Czyżewski)

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

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.

Tina Lenz

Design anthropology is an approach that explores global forces and enables forms of participatory engagement. In this emerging field of artistic and human centered inquiry design anthropologist Tina Lenz creates zones of improvisation and invites people into a design process. Existing conditions, places and rituals are collectively mapped, visualized and reimagined to discover possible alternative futures. Tina is tutor cultural diversity at Social Practice WdKA & moving design ArtEZ.


Nash Caldera

Nash is a visual and performance artist born and raised on the island of Curaçao. In her work she explore her identity as a Black Queer Woman. By exploring her identity she touches the subjects of the colonial past and how it plays a role in our life now in this post-colonial era. Religion, especially Afro-Caribbean Religion like Santeria is visually very present in her works, but also superstitions she grew up with are incorporated. She try to translate feeling into experience by combining different kind of medium (Collage, Video, Objects and Performance art) in her work.

Al Maeishah

Al Maeishah (“the living”, in Arabic) is a communal learning environment in which participants explore and practice neighbouring and hospitality as radical political acts. It creates temporary and critical platforms by engaging in conversation with people of similar social and political urgencies. Al Maeishah tackles these urgencies — related to displacement, diaspora, citizenship — with the imagination of a future beyond borders and the understanding of the challenges in prompting the common.

A political proposition forms each time by focusing gatherings on a topic based on the interests of the participants, who are the conveyors of experiences and perspectives. Al Maeishah considers diaspora and exile as rich experiences that we can learn from. They are also possibilities to stress the limitations of nation-States, by weaving a meshwork of relations and stories that defy identifications based on nationality or citizenship.

Al Maeishah is Issahq Al-Barbary (researcher), Elena Isayev (historian and professor at University of Exeter (UK) and Diego Segatto (architect and designer).