Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. 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. Through her research, she decentralizes the human perspective by re-interpreting a landscape through its materiality. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time.

Van der Eijk’s work has been nominated and awarded multiple times and is extensively exhibited throughout the world. Her work extends through lectures, workshops, writings, and curating. She is an active member of design collective Dutch Invertuals, co-founding Dutch Invertuals Academy in 2020. Since 2019 she is co-curating FIBER labs, week-long intensives for professionals in the arts and environmental humanities, directed at co-creating new narratives in times of ecological crisis.

Van der Eijk is developing and leading MA Ecology Futures at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures and is an affiliated researcher in the connected Biobased Art and Design Research Group.

She is a Ph.D. candidate at Ulster University (UK) in a shared position between the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and is an associated researcher at Critical Media Lab Basel.

Exhibitions

2022
tbc, AUS
2021
CID Grand Hornu, BE
Werkwarenhuis, NL
Dutch Pavilion, AE
Museum of Applied Arts, AT
Nieuw Dakota, NL
2020
MU Artspace
Transnatural, NL
Embassy of the North Sea, NL
Channeling Change by Ventura Projects
Milan Design Week / Virtual Design Festival
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

2020
Finalist
International Award – UK Department of Economics
Ph.D. Scholarship
2011
STRP Talent Award 2011
Honorable mention
2008
Paul Schuitema Award
Winner

Talks

2020
Sensing Place – Hybrid Conference
FIBER Festival, NL
FIBER
DEZEEN Virtual Design Festival
STRP Scenario #5
MU Artspace
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