I am an academic researcher and art critic. I am interested how the production of art and other cultural goods is organised. This interest has lead me to pursue a rather unorthodox combination of degrees,
I have a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) with an honours certificate in Art & Research from the UvA and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. I hold a Master of Research (MRes) in Humanities & Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, a graduate programme that was set up between Birkbeck College and Tate, Science Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Architectural Association. As part of my doctoral research, I have also completed several Research Master courses in Business, Strategy and Organisational Theory at Tilburg University.close
a short career as a journalist
I was an editorial intern at the art pages of NRC Handelsblad. During this internship I also contributed stories to NRC Next. Between 2010 and 2012 I wrote features, interviews and reviews for the culture pages of Het Parool. All of these are national newspapers in the Netherlands.close
and the publication of a book
The book, entitled The Volkskrant Building: Manufacturing Difference in Amsterdam’s creative city, is based on more than a year of intensive fieldwork in what is now called the Volkshotel. By following the different parties which were involved in turning this building into the nexus of creative Amsterdam (city government, former squatters, and artists and creative workers), it provides a critical approach to the creative city idea that has become a staple among city governments and policy makers. The book, co-authored with Sebastian Olma, is available here.close
on the most iconic creative hub of the Netherlands. Now it informs my current PhD research
In my PhD research I conduct qualitative research into the organisational processes involved in art making. I draw on various theoretical approaches, among which actor-network theory, in order to understand how art objects relate to the social processes from which they emerge, and how this challenges existing institutional contexts. I have presented and published my work here. I have also given guest lectures at various universities and art schools. Some media outlets

Some media outlets:

De Correspondent

HP de Tijd
Mister Mother


have interviewed me about my research. I am also a member of Vizier, a Dutch-Belgian research collective of young academics working at the intersection of culture and economics.

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at Tilburg University and my ongoing writing on art.
I review theatre and dance performances, art exhibitions and sometimes books for Theatermaker, Rekto:Verso, and Metropolis M. I also set up the online, English-language arts magazine Gut Mag.close
I occassionally conduct freelance research
I made an ethnographic study of various creative hubs for the University of Amsterdam. I investigated the impact of technology on art in public space for the University of Melbourne. I developed educational programmes for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and helped set up the Métamatic Research Initiative. close
for universities or cultural institutions. I am interested in research-related inquiries, new collaborations and opening up new platforms for academic research and art criticism.