Critical evaluation of practice and future development
My being developed from a technology-driven education, having a Bachelor and Master in Science in electrical engineering, combined with 20 years long career as owner and director of large scale creative media productions, into becoming an independent filmmaker and autonomous artist.
When I started to use the title of artist, I always felt that because of the lack of any formal academic training in the field, I was not fully entitled to use this honourable name tag, thus I always put some specific signage on top of it. I called myself therefore visual artist. Today, overseeing the last two years of intense personal developments, I can say that I went far beyond the mere visual and became a proper interdisciplinary artist, or shortly, an artist.
During the MA I have established the strongholds within my practice, my technical, artistic, research and communication skills, and it is just a matter of time to explore the vast potential that I recognised is lying ahead. I certainly improved my knowledge of critical theory and relevant art history, being now fully confident where my practice stands in life and the arts.
I gained a lot of new insights how practice-based research works for me with respect to theoretical research. This was the case during the writing of my research paper, I loved doing that too, and afterwards this new perception continued throughout my art making. I value the combination so much, that I do now consider combining my art making within a PhD-project as a serious option for the near future, as I didn’t before.
Designing and building the final show has been a great curatorial experience as well. Thinking in behaviours and verbs has become one of the enriching perspectives that I will keep using as a result. Understanding the integrated making and thinking process and what it means to me, has been of utmost importance in my learning curve.
About my future development, I foresee setting up a certain type of residency space, which I will have to explore next. The main concept may be to shape some kind of interactive domain residency which could involve merging physical and digital art forms. Bringing together making and thinking about art, technology and environment in a humanistic setting.
A funding request for such a residency research is possible in The Netherlands. I have to talk a lot with (international) residency-holders about their experiences how to make this work. Perhaps pop-up residencies, as a model that propagates itself, might be interesting too. And guerrilla workshops in different settings offer another inspiration as well.
With this master degree I think I am ready to mentor and coach other artists as well. Helping out others within the arts and collaborating in different manners feels always rewarding to me. Offering and doing residencies, making my own works and tutoring might work fine together. Realising that my needs which fulfil me the most, concern profound thinking and site-specific making, leading to fine human interactions and fascinating experiences.