Elki Boerdam / Image Researcher

about / CV


I have been active as an image researcher since 2011. In my work I research, analyse and rearrange existing images. Images borrowed from the internet and other media. This research takes shape in visual projects and autonomous research.

My artistic practice focuses on images made by others. I am mainly drawn to online vernacular images and I use them as a guide to investigate contemporary image- and camera-culture. I use image collections, images compositions and video to visualize my research.

The images used are mainly lens-based media (photographs, videos and other camera registrations). My special interest lies in a poor kind of image. Internet images. Foggy images. In-between images. The images I select seem unimportant. But they often portray something very precious to the one who took the picture. Snapshots of the daily environment of the author. Registrations of every day life, of everyones own reality.

current activities:

… MA Sandberg Instituut: F for Fact
… co-founder of Input Party
… picture editor De Volkskrant


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

past education:

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

past activities:

… picture editor Sir Edmund, de Volkskrant
… picture editor de Correspondent
… collection editor Beeldjagers (MOTI)
… head of research Share This. Art on social networks.
… picture editor VPRO Upload TV
… creative assistant Upload Cinema