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

Workshop at WAAG Society

Events May 29, 2017

On Saturday 27 May 2017, myself and Roland van Dierenconk gave a masterclass ‘Extracting Pigments From Algae’ at WAAG Society. It was busy and a big success! Thanks everybody for coming out in the heat.

In the masterclass we have shown participants what kind of pigments are secluded in algae and how they can be isolated. When the pigments are extracted, we have shown them some applicabilities, like how to use them to make paint or ink.