Elki Boerdam | image researcher


Tugelaweg 85
1091 VN Amsterdam

more images on: @elkioko

Elki Boerdam has been active as an image researcher since 2011. In her work she researches, analyses and rearranges existing images. Images she borrows from the internet and other media. This research takes shape in visual projects and autonomous research.

Many personal photographic images are now destined to live virtual, digital lives without material substance, in cameras, computers and on the internet. Emails, blogs and social networking sites dislocate photographic memories from the fixed physical home and object-ness, distributing them to desktops, folders, printers, photo paper, frames – or trash bins. Many such photographs possess complex biographies as they materialize, dematerialize and rematerialize, taking and retaking various forms and inhabiting different materialities as they travel at bewildering speed and become used as elements of multiple narratives and practices. - John Urry

- co-initiator of Input Party: a research project on how personal referential image archives can be part of the process of artists and designers.
- picture editor for de Volkskrant
- curator/editor for Beeldjagers (MOTI): an online museum for personal image collections
- third member of de Ansichten Club

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam - BA Graphic Design (2007 - 2011)
Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent - Graphic Design (2006 - 2007)

2019: Conversation host at How Do You Do, Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2019: Talk: project Input Party, the Hmm, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum
2019: Expert coach for the project Open Archief, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid / Nieuwe Instituut
2019: Development of the new Input Party programm
2019: Text: I was there, on touristic photography (link)
2018: October image curator, The Hmm (link)
2018: Talk: Filosoferen over toerisme, about photography and tourism, Tugela85, Amsterdam
2017: Talk: Extraterrestrial: the picture as evidence of the unseen, The Hmm, De Ruimte, Amsterdam
2017: Exhibition: What Images Have You Seen So Far?, Storyspace, Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht
2017: Exhibition: A Visual Conversation, NEVERNEVERLAND at the Punt, Amsterdam
2017: Exhibition: Open Media Art, Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum
2017: Initiator: Research Project Input Party, with Rachel Sellem
2016: Talk: The Photographic Image as an Archive, Fanfare, Amsterdam
2016: Talk: What Images Have You Seen So Far?, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
2016: Talk: As, Beeldjagers: Tweede dag van de beeldverzamelaar, Chassé Theater, Breda
2016: Text: writings on my finds in the archive of the Institute of Sound and Vision (link)
2016: Residency: Institute for Sound and Vision, Open Media Art
2016: Published: As image collection published in the Volkskrant
2015: Residency: Workcentre 232, with Byrthe Lemmens
2015: Initiator: Input Party archive sharing gatherings, with Rachel Sellem
2015: Initiator: Ansichten Club, with Byrthe Lemmens & Jip van Steenis
2015: Exhibition: Wishlist Ultrakey, Kapitaal, Utrecht
2013: Exhibition: Calendar 2013, Looiersgracht 90, Amsterdam
2011: Text: Stills, het vastgevroren beeld, thesis, (link)