Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. Graduated from the Interfaculty ArtScience (MA) at the Royal Conservatory, after graduating from Graphic Design (BA) at the Royal Academy of Art, Van der Eijk has developed a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work. Incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods and material development in her practice, she re-interprets the landscape from an anti-anthropocentric view. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time.

Van der Eijks work has been nominated and awarded multiple times and is extensively exhibited throughout the world. Her work extends through lectures, workshops, writings and curating exhibitions. Besides her own practice, Van der Eijk has been advising individual designers and institutions since 2012, including RAUM, Open Set and the Dutch Design Foundation. She has been a member of renowned design collective Dutch Invertuals since 2017.

Van der Eijk is a core tutor at the Masters Institute of Visual Cultures and affiliated researcher in the Biobased Art & Design Research Group, leading the new research pathway Ecology Futures. Her role is to develop the curriculum, build the team and find the right collaboration partners.

Exhibitions

2019
Holon Design Museum, IL
CID Grand Hornu, BE
MU Artspace, NL
Vitra Design Museum, DE
Milan Design Week, IT
Collectible Brussels, BE
2018
KIKK Festival, BE
Dutch Invertuals, NL
Dutch Invertuals, NL
Crafts Council, NL
Dutch Design Week, NL
Cube Design Museum, NL
Ferrotopia, NL
Science Gallery, IR
Dutch Invertuals, IT
Artefact at STUK, BE
2017
MU Artspace, NL
Dutch Invertuals X Kazerne, NL
Dutch Invertuals, NL
Gallery Kunstliefde, NL
Dutch Invertuals X Londen Design Week, EN
Het Nieuwe Instituut
University Museum Utrecht, NL
Harvest
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, FR
Dutch Invertuals, IT
2016
MU Artspace, NL
2015
Colors Of The Oosterschelde
Dutch Design Week, NL
2012
Meta.Morf Biennale, NO
Gaudeamus Muziekfestival
Vredenburg Leeuwenberg, NL
DordtYart, NL

Awards

2011
STRP Talent Award 2011
Honorable mention
2008
Paul Schuitema Award
Winner

Talks

2020
Distortion Series Technology & Nature
HEAD Geneve, CH
2019
Living In The Hypernatural Epoch
OCT Art & Design Gallery, CL
IMPACT! Nature Expert Talk
Cube Design Museum, NL
Forest Talk
Triennale Milano, IT
Bio Design Night
Blue City Lab, NL
Design Matters: Design Uit Het Lab
Pakhuis de Zwijger, NL
Material District
Broeinest Eindhoven, NL
2018
KIKK Conference
KIKK festival, BE
Freak Of Nature
Dutch Invertuals X FranklinTill
2017
EKSIG Conference
Het Nieuwe Instituut, NL
D'Days Design Battle
Gaîté Lyrique, FR
BioTalk: Hunters & Gatherers
Mediamatic, NL
2012
A Matter Of Feeling
Meta.Morf Biennale, NO
2011
On Geometry And Speculation
Marrakech Biennale, MA