If you know what you do

This reflective post has something to do with pizza making. I feel the underlying dough makes the pizza taste best. So, I have to toss it up again. It is not ready for the oven – i.e. my new project proposal – yet, while I am thinking about some of its special toppings.

What and why do you make what you make?

My art takes place on two intertwined levels as I see it. I create experimental films, video installations, mixed media pieces, site responsive works in which it is all about dynamic physicality and about human conditions.

Movement plays a central role in my view and works. The material aspect of ‘something in change’ drives my eyes. That is why I love to work with time-based media.

Next to the dynamics, I always look for philosophical meaning. ‘How and why we do as we do’ is an essential question to me. Matters of life and death and about growing old do often return as personal theme in my pieces.

Relationships, both with others as well as with our surroundings, as the natural and technological environment we live in, are vital subjects to me which I also consider to be on the meta-level of human conditions.

Being critical, I have a strong belief that technology should serve mankind, but I often fear that powerful machinery takes over, both in daily life as well as in art. This suspicious awareness keeps me always on the lookout for humanistic values in these days where technology can do it all.

My art has a strong sense for visual poetry and I create with my visual play and express ‘through’ my rich personal experience.

That’s why I am an artist.


In what ways do you want to change or improve what you make

I want to get better understanding of the mixed reality of digital projections and physical materials. What happens when these two forces meet, is it fusion, collision or both? I need to discover more about the theoretical backgrounds while doing interesting experiments with it.

I want to develop a new experimental structure for my working process in this master. This approach could both help to find my playing field in theory and practice. It also brings concrete questions to the table which will enrich my research.

As I would like to communicate and engage more through my pieces, I became a strong interest in interactivity. I want to improve my practical skills in this area by incorporating relevant hardware and software like Arduino’s and Processing. I have limited knowledge of what is already done with interactivity in the arts and other adjacent fields, so I should review this as well as the underlying theoretical insights of interaction.

I would really like to grow into an artist who has his own specific visual vocabulary. This master project will hopefully make me more aware of what that exactly is.


Plan what you will do next in the light of Action Research characteristics

  • Cyclical [plan/act/observe/reflect]
    • Setting up the experimental process in my studio and on paper for reflection
    • Start writing my new project proposal (version 2), as I now have a better idea how things could work out
    • Leave all other interesting ideas that pop up for a while aside
  • Collaborative [with other people and / or with other materials]
    • Start working with found objects to experiment with a number of new materials, which I have never worked with before
  • Qualitative [words instead of numbers, so less clear]
    • Get a feel for first outcomes and describe what these mean to me
    • Search for contemporary artists in this field
  • Reflective [personal learning]
    • Keep writing posts frequently to really get the hang of it
    • Read as much as I can in between about relevant art history, post-digital, philosophical topics
    • Making a new tag-system for my blog as this will attribute for tracing ideas back