Evidence of the unreal | research project

Currently I am working on a research about how the photograph can function as evidence of the unreal and how photographs direct our perception of reality.

As part of this research I did a reading of UFO sightings at the Hmm in october 2017 and I am working on an essay.

Input Party: a Visual Conversation | research project

In 2017 Input Party started a four month research project where seven artists were invited to create new work within the concept of the Input Party. During this project the artists investigated notions such as: How do existing images take part in the artistic proces and which role do they play during the development of an artwork? In what way does communicating through images, rather than only through language, influence the conversation between artists? And how does this alternative form of communication affect the translation of a theory to visual expression?

The exhibition A Visual Conversation shows the works and intends to give an insight in the way these questions have influenced the processes of the artists. The exhibition will be hosted by NEVERNEVERLAND at the Punt.
07.07.2017 - 09.07.2017

Input Party is an initiative of visual artist Rachel Sellem and myself.


The Input Party research project is made possible with the kind support of the AFK.

Input Party | event

The Input Party is a gathering where various participants share their image archives and together discuss this found imagery. These conversations often result in an insight of how the individual participants approach and treat images.


Input Party is an initiative of visual artist Rachel Sellem and myself.

The (photographic) image as an archive | research

In an effort to explore my own intuitive methodology I investigated how intuition actually works. Working based on intuition for me means working with (un)definable aspects of memory and association. Taking one image as a case study I worked back on how association can establish an image archive within one image. And how from dealing with these archives new narratives can arise.

This exploration was presented in a lecture at the Retrouvailles symposium at Fanfare Amsterdam.

What images have you seen so far? | research

I was selected to participate in the project Open Media Art. With the project the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision facilitated a work period of 8 months and provided 4 makers with a rich source of material from the open collection of the Dutch archive.
My research was an investigation on our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see through context and association. In this visual research the historical archive of the institute is mirrored against online image culture.

During this project I also wrote about copymachines, animals and Donald Trump as part of the research:
Selection of texts (Dutch)

This project is made possible with the kind support of the Stimuleringsfonds.

De ansichten club | club

The Ansichten club collects, investigates and redirects postcards. This specific medium for tourists has changed function and meaning over time and almost feels useless nowadays. The Ansichten Club researches the postcard and it's history, function and esthetic values and is working on publications of the results of this research.

The Ansichten club are graphic designer Byrthe Lemmens, visual anthropologist Jip van Steenis and myself.

follow our projects on: deansichtenclub.tumblr.com

Home Alone | documentation concept and photography

Home Alone is a residency program for artists. The program consists of a working week, concluding with an event. The Home Alone residency takes place at the house of the parents of co-initiator Tirza Kater when they are away on holiday.

Me and Byrthe Lemmens were asked to design and construct a space for documentation. This resulted in an overall reflection upon conventional (visual) documentation of art shows and art events. For the events were held in a relativly small space, the amount of attendees was limited. We decided to document the events as visitors, trying to respresent the happenings as if for someone who was unable to attend the event.

We asked visual anthropologist Jip van Steenis to record the event in fieldnotes, which we later put together with our snapshots.

Documentation example

Share this! art on social networks | head of research

How do you present digital culture inside the museum? Do you install computer screens everywhere? Does digital culture even belong inside the white cube? Or is it better suited to the virtual realm? And what will be the relevance of the physical museum once collections become fully digitised and a new generation of artists manifests itself mainly on the Internet?
This research will result in a series of three public presentations in the institutes participating.

Share This is a research project by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Upload Cinema.

Stills, het bevroren beeld | research

Research about the Still as a new type of image. A new image – 'the still' – is becoming a new material to work with. For normal users as well as for artists. How can we define the still and what are the characteristics and qualities of this type of image? Can the mystery that lies within be discovered?
This research has resulted in a written thesis, a reader and visual research of which the video installation 'Documental Environments'.

read thesis online