Genesis at Science Gallery Dublin

Art, Exhibition, Research July 10, 2018

The next phase in my research project Genesis will be on display at Science Gallery Dublin as part of the exhibition Life At The Edges. The exhibition examines life in extraordinary environments, and humankind’s passion for exploration, adventure, and discovery.

Genesis uses the coloring properties of extremophiles as an indicator of their growth and evolution. Nine containers are lined up to track changes in the organism through color, as they are forced to live in confined spaces. Inspired by the colorful basins of salt harvesting area’s, one of the oldest manmade structures still in use today, the grid of containers form the stage for an extremophile species from the Dead Sea to perform. Able to survive under extremely high salinity, low or no oxygen and even a certain level of acidity, the organism is tested to its limits when exposed to the parameters set by the artist. Will the extremophiles survive, die, evolve? Producing pigments as a byproduct, their behavior becomes visible to the human eye in shades of red, pink and orange.

About Life At The Edges

Extreme places can provide a unique setting to expand our understanding of our climate and living systems. From arctic expeditions to deep-sea discoveries, this exhibition is about exploring frontiers and limits, and boldly pushing the boundaries of space, humanity, science, technology, biology, and determination.

What might we find living in unexplored places that can inspire new technologies, medicines or architecture? As our own planet grapples with more extreme and precarious environmental conditions, how could the constraints of extreme environments lead to creative new tools, methods, microorganisms, and technologies? And will humans one day inhabit outer space or live underwater, or have we already contaminated these hard-to-reach places with space junk, plastic gyres and invasive species?”


Life At The Edges
Science Gallery
Trinity College Dublin
22.6.2018 – 30.09.2018
More information here 

Dutch Invertuals X FranklinTill: Mutant Matter at Milan Design Week 2018

Design, Exhibition, Research April 10, 2018

I am happy to say I have developed new work for the upcoming exhibition Mutant Matter for Dutch Invertuals, this year co-curated with FranklinTill.

Mutant Matter
Humankind used to take the materials of nature offered
and make them into something new. Now, there’s a new stage in the cycle, as nature takes human materials and transforms them once more. The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste steams decay into intriguing new substances. We have entered the Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made.

Photography: Barbara Medo / Dutch Invertuals

Future Remnants

Human activity is responsible for the large-scale redistribution of matter, creating situations that lead to unintended and unexpected material reactions. Future Remnants explores the human influence on the evolutionary development of mineral formation.

More info soon!


Via Pastrengo, 12, 20159 Milano
Isola (Near Garibaldi station)

Opening hours
17 – 22 April
10:30am – 8pm (5pm on Sunday)

Press preview
Monday 16 April, 5pm

Wednesday 18 April, 4pm
Thursday 19 April, 4pm

Launch event
Friday 20 April, 7pm




Masterclass ‘Make your own Hydrophone’ at MU Artspace

Uncategorized February 16, 2018

On Saturday 16 February I will give a masterclass ‘Make your own Hydrophone’ at MU Artspace, together with sound engineer Jan Pieter van Kesteren.

As an extension of my award-winning project ‘Seasynthesis’, in which underwater recordings of the North Sea are translated into an 8-channel composition, the class aims to spread awareness and empower the participants to start listening to the underwater environment.

Tickets and information can be found here.
This program concludes the exhibition Life Time, revolving around the winners of the Bio Art & Design Awards 2017.

As Above, So Below at Artefact 2018

Exhibition February 16, 2018

A second edition of As Above, So Below will be part of the exhibition ‘This Rare Earth – Stories From Below’ at the Artefact festival in Leuven, Belgium. Commissioned for the show, the setup shows a series of pictures explaining the process of ‘mining’ stardust and entailed a new effort to use meteorites as a resource. Gaining knowledge about the diversity and complexity of the material, the result is once again shown as one cubic centimeter of rare earth metal from space.

About the exhibition

This Rare Earth — Stories from Below directs our gaze down to our feet, to the geological materials that lie beneath the earth’s surface. The exhibition and festival give voice to the stories told by these geological materials, conflict minerals and metals, and rare earth elements. The artworks involved focus on the political, economic and ecological implications of their circulation; from mining, processing, and trading, to use, and recycling. And they reconnect the elements of the earth with their cosmic origins: ‘as above, so below’.

Specific attention goes out to artist practices going beyond critical reporting, towards an embedded, involved way of relating to the geological turn. They shed light on otherwise invisible themes, create new narratives, or offer alternative concepts that can help us in creating a different understanding of our perspective on the fundamental connection between man and mineral, and between body, earth, and cosmos.

With works by Otobong Nkanga (NG), Ilana Halperin (US), Julian Charrière (CH), Justin Bennett (UK), Cecilia Jonsson (SE), Prabhakar Pachpute (IN) & Rupali Patil (IN), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Unknown Fields (AU/UK), Füsun Türetken (TR), Lise Autogena (DK) & Joshua Portway (UK), Susanne Kriemann (DE), Lara Almarcegui (ES), Sissel Marie Tonn (DK), Milo Rau (CH), Ursula Biemann (CH) & Mo Diener (CH), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Kirstie van Noort (NL) & Xandra van der Eijk (NL)

Karen Verschooren & Ils Huygens (Z33)

The exhibition runs from 13 February until 1 March.
More info on the website of Artefact

Seasynthesis at Life Time, MU Artspace

Art, Exhibition, Research December 4, 2017

The first result of my collaboration with NIOZ and IMARES for the Bio Art & Design Awards 2017 is now on show at MU Artspace in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition Life Time!

Seasynthesis is an ongoing research project that aims to provide access to the sea
through listening. As sound travels five times faster through water compared to air, we gain a valuable understanding of the activity of both man, aquatic life and the planet, over a vast distance. At MU Artspace, field recordings of the North Sea have been translated into an eight channel, immersive seascape of sound. More information about this project can be found here.

Life Time presents the winning projects of the Bio Art and Design Award 2017, developed in collaboration with leading Dutch researchers in the life sciences, alongside several recent works that share a focus on the theme of time. The works reflect on, demonstrate, or even contest advances in life sciences research. They also probe time and life in the realms of the oceans, under the earth, in our minds, and in our cells.

Bio Art & Design Awards 2017: Life Time
Curated by Angelique Spaninks
Accompanying Life Time essay written by William Myers
Where: Mu Artspace, Torenallee 40-06, Eindhoven
When: 1 December to 18 February
More info:

Photo credit: Hanneke Wetzer

Dutch Invertuals’ Fundamentals & Harvest at Kazerne

Design, Exhibition December 4, 2017

From 7 November to 26 March two Dutch Invertuals exhibitions of the past year will be on show at Kazerne Eindhoven. My collaboration with Kirstie van Noort, As Above So Below, will be on show as part of the exhibition Harvest. My new research into bacterial corrosion, Contain Corrode, will be on show as part of the exhibition Fundamentals.

Photo credit: Ronald Smits / Dutch Invertuals

Dutch Design Week 2017

Design, Events, Exhibition October 16, 2017

I am happy to invite you to Dutch Design Week 2017! You can find my work at the Dutch Invertuals exhibit ‘Fundamentals’, at NulZes and the result of an intensive course with the second year students of iArts Maastricht will be shown as part of Bio Art Laboratories at Veemgebouw.


Dutch Invertuals
Fuutlaan 12b, EDHV Studio

45 Invertuals reveal more than 800 objects that normally remain hidden in the archives of their studios. They offer a glimpse into their private collections, resulting in a distinct reflection of their personal identities. Sharing these inspirational artifacts allows the visitors to experience various views on form, material, and beauty.

For this exhibition, the designers take their personal collections and identities as a starting point to create a container that manifests their ‘Fundamentals’. These individually made products offer comprehensive insights into their various design practices, reflecting diverse personal visions.

Studio Xandra van der Eijk & Studio Kirstie van Noort
As Above, So Below
NRE, NulZes
Link to DDW event

As Above, So Below is a first collaboration between Kirstie van Noort and Xandra van der Eijk. Finding common ground in conceptual and material based design, the designers show their individual strengths in this speculative project. Whereas Kirstie emphasizes on experimenting with materials collected from the environment, Xandra finds a starting point in scientific research. Through design, the duo has shaped a visionary projection into the future, that is perhaps closer than one would expect.

More about the project can be found here

iArts Year II
Anima Factura
Bio Art Laboratories, Veemgebouw

Anima Factura is a video installation created by second-year students of Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts) Maastricht under the guidance of guest teachers Xandra van der Eijk and Roos Meerman. The project connects artistic research and debate on science in society. It is a collaborative effort to articulate issues related to Synthetic Biology.

The first phase of this installation was exhibited at the SynCity Arts & Science festival which was facilitated and organized by Wageningen University’s Systems and Synthetic Biology (5-6 October), in collaboration with LIS Consult and Radboud University’s Institute for Science in Society Nijmegen (ISiS). BioArt Laboratories invited iArts Maastricht to develop and elaborate Anima Factura for the Dutch Design Week. This phase is based on the experiences and feedback of the scientific audience at the SynCity Festival.

Dutch Invertuals – Harvest at Londen Design Fair

Design, Exhibition September 9, 2017

From 21-24 September, the exhibition Harvest will be on show as part of the Dutch Pavilion at Londen Design Fair! The project As Above, So Below was specifically developed in response to the theme and first presented during Salone Del Mobile in Milan, April 2017. I will be there to explain the work, be sure to pass by or drop me a line for a meeting/personal tour.

Dutch Invertuals

21-24 September 2017
Founder Curator Wendy Plomp

Participating designers:
Bastiaan de Nennie, Bram Vanderbeke, Carlo Lorenzetti, Edhv, Hongjie Yang, Kirstie van Noort & Xandra van der Eijk, Léa Baert, Mila Chorbadzhieva, Philipp Weber, Thomas Ballouhey, Tijmen Smeulders.

Opening hours
21-09 | 10.00 to 19.00 (trade only)
22-09 | 10.00 to 19.00 (trade only)
23-09 | 10.00 to 19.00
24-09 | 11.00 to 18.00

Hal S5 , Stand 10
Old Truman Brewery
26 Hanbury Street

Momentum prints at gallery Kunstliefde

Art, Events, Exhibition September 9, 2017

I am happy to say the prints of my installation Momentum will be shown and for sale in the exhibition The Art of Nature – The Nature of Art at gallery Kunstliefde.

Nature is a source of beauty and inspiration. Often she is depicted in landscapes and still lives. In this exhibition, nature itself becomes subject, motive, matter. From natural processes, structures and organisms, artworks arise that provide a new outlook and context. Nature becomes art and art becomes nature.

When: 23 September – 22 October
Where: Gallery Kunstliefde, Nobelstraat 12a, Utrecht
Opening: Sunda 24 September, 16.00


Talk + Exhibition at EKSIG / Het Nieuwe Instituut

Events, Exhibition June 22, 2017

On Monday June 19th, I gave a talk about my artistic research methods at the EKSIG conference 2017! The conference revolved around the presentation of scientific papers in the field of new material development and research, under the theme Alive.Active.Adaptive. I spoke alongside Roos Meerman, Teresa van I spoke alongside Roos Meerman, Teresa van Dongen and Bastiaan de Nennie. Afterwards we all attended dinner at Hotel New York, exploring new ways to collaborate with scientists and other researchers. I spoke alongside Roos Meerman, Teresa van Dongen and Bastiaan de Nennie. Afterwards we all attended dinner at Hotel New York, exploring new ways to collaborate with scientists and other researchers.

Besides the talk, prints of my installation Momentum are being exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut until June 25 in a small exhibition, alongside beautiful work of the designers mentioned above.

More about EKSIG 2017 can be found HERE
More about the exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut can be found HERE