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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Some media outlets:
- Listen to an interview Amsterdam FM conducted with me on April 12th, 2015.
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.