2. Participants

Bio´s Participants Orientation trip 2013
Guests by Mondriaan Fund

1. Laurie Cluitmans (NL) / Will join the trip in Tallinn & Vilnius
Laurie Cluitmans is an art historian and curator based in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Communication Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Cluitmans is director of Galerie Fons Welters and besides works as a freelance curator and artcritic.
Together Cluitmans and Zeqo won the Young Curator’s Grant of De Hallen Haarlem for which they curated the group exhibition ‘He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois’ in 2011. Since, they have regularly collaborated, a.o. for the Autonomy Project in Eindhoven. In 2012 Cluitmans and Zeqo did a research residency in Istanbul titled ‘The Creation of Alphabets and the Politics of the Self’ culminating in a series of artist talks at PiST///. For Rongwrong Cluitmans and Zeqo organise a.o. a series of intimate gatherings.

2. Renee Kool (NL)
Renée Kool is visual artist, researcher and lecturer.
As a visual artist she is operating in the fields of art in the public sphere, film and emergent media. In the 1990s Kool started making project-based works on location within as well as outside the art museum. In all of her projects she has always linked so called high – with so called low culture. For the realization of her current works she navigates freely between very complex, high-tech work modi and explicitly slow & low-tech working methods and materials. Overall her body of work is being considered as critical and reflexive.
Furthermore Kool is a member of the Research Group Art and Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design, in Amsterdam.
She lectures in The Netherlands and abroad. In the past years she has lectured/tutored for example at the Netherlands Film Academy, at the School for New Dance Development, both in Amsterdam and at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. From 1999 until 2006 Kool lectured at the Art Department of the Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg in France. Currently she develops and realises the annual conference program of the Academy for Communication and User Experience in Breda, The Netherlands.

3. Frank Koolen (NL)
Artist. Lives and works in Amsterdam
After graduating at the Fine Arts department of The School for the Arts Utrecht in 2001 Koolen studied at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2001-2003). In 2008 and 2009 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Since 2008 he is a tutor at the Fine Arts Department of the School for the Arts in Utrecht where he became Lector in the immens field of colour in 2010.
Although mainly active as a visual artist (making sculptures, installations and video’s) he sometimes finds himself organizing or curating exhibitions. In 2012 and 2013 Koolen curated Kaap, an exhibition of visual art, specially developed for children, situated on the territory of a 1870 built fortress near Utrecht.
Recent exhibitions took place at: Schunck (NL, Heerlen), W139 (NL, Amsterdam), Willem Baars Projects (NL, Amsterdam) Fons Welters Gallery (NL, Amsterdam), 1646 (NL, The Hague), Museum van Bommel van Dam (NL, Venlo), NICC, (B, Antwerp) Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (NL, Diepenheim), Stedelijk Museum (NL, Amsterdam), Zeeuws Museum (NL, Middelburg) De Paviljoens (NL, Almere), X Baltic Triennial, CAC, (LIT, Vilnius).

4. Noor Mertens, curator Museum Boijmans (NL) Will join from Tallinn to Bratislava
Noor Mertens (1984) is curator Modern & Contemporary Art and City collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam). She works parttime for the Defares Collection (Amsterdam). She studied musicology and art history and took the master’s course in museum curatorship in Amsterdam. She wrote her thesis on the notion of the derive of the Internationale Situationniste. Before she started at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2011, she worked for several years for Galerie Paul Andriesse (Amsterdam). She is in the board of Tubelight, a periodical that publishes reviews of contemporary art. Besides that, she is member of the art committee of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. In 2012 she published ‘Meneer Delta. 50 jaar galeriehouder in Rotterdam’ and she was co-author and -editor of ‘Positioning the Art Gallery. The Amsterdam Gallery World in an International Context’. Together with artist Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, she will curate ‘Kunstvlaai 2014’, a festival of experimental art initiatives that will be held in Amsterdam in May 2014.

5. Anna Tilroe (NL)
Anna Tilroe, art critic, curator and honorary professor Art & Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
Since 1980 Anna Tilroe has published extensively about contemporary art and culture in Dutch newspapers (De Volkskrant and NRC-Handelsblad) and international art magazines. She wrote 3 books with essays on art and culture, and recently a pamphlet on the dominance of the market and the changing power structures in the art world.
As a curator she organised several exhibitions, among which Sonsbeek 2008, an international sculpture exhibition that takes place once in 7 years in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Sonsbeek 2008 was proceeded by a procession during which 1000 inhabitants of all social layers carried the sculptures through the streets.

6. Juha van ‘t Zelfde (NL) / Will join the whole trip except for Budapest
Terve, welkom. My name is Juha van ‘t Zelfde (NL/SF) and I am a DJ, writer and exhibition maker working across art, music and technology. I am co-founder of Non-fiction, an Amsterdam based office for cultural innovation.
I have written for amongst others De Volkskrant, Volume, MONU, Subbacultcha and Metropolis M. And some of these threads end up being personal talks at festivals and conferences, like FutureEverything, Ars Electronica, Cognitive Cities, Urban Screens Conference, Facing Forward, Museums & the Web, the Geospatial World Forum and Picnic.
I have been a DJ since the age of 12, of mostly experimental, dread-laden dance music. As DJ, I have performed at a.o. Exit Festival (Novi Sad), Skif Festival (St. Petersburg), Satta (Vilnius), the Tonimolkerei (Zürich), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Lowlands (Biddinghuizen), North Sea Jazz (Rotterdam), STRP (Eindhoven) and the Venice Biennial.
Since 2007, I have also been making radio on new music for the NPS, VPRO and Red Light Radio. Some of it is available on Soundcloud.
De Hallen Haarlem opens the new season 2013 with the international group exhibition Dread – Fear in the age of technological acceleration, curated by Juha van’t Zelfde, winner of the De Hallen Haarlem Young Curators’ Grant 2013. Dread will show works in diverse media that in various ways represent the fear of the future. With among others Constant, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alicia Framis, Laurent Grasso, Roger Hiorns, Micol Assaël, Berend Strik, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, James Bridle, Gert Jan Kocken, James Beckett, Kianoosh Motallebi, Mark Bain and Jonas Lund.

7. Ivo van Werkhoven (NL)
After finishing his study in fine arts (mixed media) at the Utrecht School of the Arts Ivo van Werkhoven (1978) starts working for Bak, basis voor actuele kunst, supporting the production of exhibitions and events. From 2008 on he works for the Zeeuws Museum, first as project leader, and since 2011 as curator. The Zeeuws Museum keeps the cultural heritage of the province of Zeeland and by extensive collaboration with (international) artists and designers it both generates new insights into its collection and society, and actively co-produces works of art that are added to the collection as future heritage. Van Werkhovens exhibitions deal primarily with the changing role of regional museums in society and seek coinciding fields of interest with contemporary art practices. Ivo van Werkhoven lives in Rotterdam, plays the drums but is currently without band.

8. Arnisa Zeqo (NL) / Will join the trip in Vilnius
Arnisa Zeqo is an art historian and curator based in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In 2011 she co-founded Rongwrong (together with artist Antonia Carrara), an art space situated in the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt area.
Together Cluitmans and Zeqo won the Young Curator’s Grant of De Hallen Haarlem for which they curated the group exhibition ‘He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois’ in 2011. Since, they have regularly collaborated, a.o. for the Autonomy Project in Eindhoven. In 2012 Cluitmans and Zeqo did a research residency in Istanbul titled ‘The Creation of Alphabets and the Politics of the Self’ culminating in a series of artist talks at PiST///. For Rongwrong Cluitmans and Zeqo organise a.o. a series of intimate gatherings.

Organisation Mondriaan Fund

9. Birgit Donker (NL) / Will join the trip till Krakow
Director Mondriaan Fund.
Since 1 June 2012, Birgit Donker is director of the new Mondriaan Fund, the national funding organisation for the visual arts and cultural heritage that resulted from the merger between Fonds BKVB and the Mondriaan Foundation.
Birgit Donker (1965) worked as an art reviewer for NRC Handelsblad, after serving as this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief between 2006 and 2010. Donker studied Early Modern History and Historiography at the University of Amsterdam, followed by Journalism at the École Superieure de Journalisme in Paris and the advanced certificate programme ‘Analyse du monde actuel’, also in Paris.

10. Haco de Ridder (NL)
International visitors program manager Mondriaan Fund
Is responsible for the international visitors program and the organization of the annual Orientation trip of the Mondriaan Fund (2007-now). Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as a freelancer where he was responsible for commissioners as the Prince Claus Fund, The Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts, the municipality of Haarlem, and for various artists and galleries in The Netherlands.

Guests by BAM

11. Nicola Setari (B)
Nicola Setari, born in Brussels (1978), is a researcher and eventually a curator, writer and lecturer. He was, recently, selected to curate Contour 2015, the biennial of moving image in Mechelen and is also working as agent of the New Narrative for Europe project launched by the European commission this year. He worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and contributed to the artistic, editorial and educational program. The Logbook, vol. 2/3 of the catalog of dOCUMENTA (13) was co-edited by him and he served as dean of the dOCUMENTA (13) Park Schönfeld Academy, the summer program for students coming from different art academies and universities from across Europe to work on several artistic projects in the exhibition.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was editor in chief and publisher of the cross-disciplinary art magazine Janus based in Brussels. In 2010 and 2011 he was Project director and co-curator of the Visionary Africa platform for the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR) and co-editor of GEO-graphics: A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present (BOZAR Books, Silvana Editoriale, 2010). Visionary Africa included a traveling exhibition on the African continent.
His fields of research and practice are visual culture and contemporary art with a focus on iconoclasm. He holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Art Sciences (IUAV University Venice) and is professor of Visual Anthropology at the New Academy for Fine Arts in Milan. Since 2002, he is Secretary General of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris.

12. Hendrik Tratsaert (B)
Hendrik Tratsaert (b. Oostende, Belgium, 1968) is ) is an Ostend based curator, dramaturge and writer. His first job was the organisation of the main theatre festival in Flanders and the Netherlands, Het Theaterfestival in deSingel, Antwerp in 1997. From 1998 until 2005 he worked as a dramaturge linked to the artist Jan Fabre and his company and he was the editor in chief of the international arts magazine janus. In 2003 he participated to the ‘Utopia Station’ exhibition by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Venice Biennale with a special magazine project. In 2004 he curated the international group exhibition Sound + Vision in Kanaal/Axel Vervoordt in Antwerp. In 2005 he was co-organiser of the debates series ‘Le Théâtre des idées’ at the Festival d’Avignon and linked to the exhibition ‘Visionary Belgium’ by Harald Szeemann.
Since 2006 he is founder and artistic director of the interdisciplinary arts centre Vrijstaat O., based in Ostend. As such he initiated the in situ exhibition Freestate in 2006 presenting the new generation of Belgian artists, followed by a second edition in 2011. He also organised three editions of the international outdoor festival for contemporary dance Dansand! He is currently preparing the implementation of an international residency programme for visual artists in Ostend which is to open in 2015 as well as in situ exhibition projects on the Atlantikwall site in Raversijde/Oostende in autumn 2014.

Organisation BAM

13. Lissa Kinnaer (B)
International Relations officer at BAM
(°1979, Leuven, Belgium) Studied at the Free University of Brussels, at the University of Amsterdam and at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Between 2004 and 2006, she worked for INIVA, the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, the Center for Fine Arts and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. From 2006 to 2011, Lissa Kinnaer was Coordinator of the Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles, a Brussels based cultural network. In March 2011, she was appointed International Relations officer at BAM, the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art. In 2009-2010, Lissa Kinnaer was a British Council’s Cultural Leadership International fellow.

Guests by Pro Helvetia

14. Federica Martini (CH)
Federica Martini, PhD, is an art historian and curator. She was a member of the Curatorial Departments of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Musée Jenisch Vevey and Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts/Lausanne. Since 2009 she is head of the Master program MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres at ECAV, Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, Sierre. Recent
 projects include Taking Time (Nida Art Colony, 2012); Vague Terrain – 0° latitude-longitude Gleisdreieck (Complices, Berlin, 2012); Royal Garden 4 – Rivières (Le Crédac – Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, 2012, with D. Rittener); Slipping Glimpser (Théatre Arsenic, Lausanne, 2011); Incongruous (Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts/Lausanne, 2011). Recent publications: Pavilions /Art in Architecture (with R. Ireland, ECAV-La Muette, 2013); Just Another Exhibition: Histories and Politics of Biennials (with V. Martini, Postmediabooks, 2011).

15. Andrea Roca (CH)
Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland
Since 2011, Assistant at the Master of Arts in Design,
Field of Excellence Trends and Ereignis, University oft he Arts Zurich
Current Project: Research Project, ARCHIVE FOR CRAFTS AND DESIGN – MATTER OF DEBATE BETWEEN LOCAL CRAFTS AND INNOVATIVE DESIGN STRATEGIES at the University oft he Arts Zurich.
Curated Projects:
2011 – 2012 EDITIONS – READY TO PRINT, PDF- Artist-Editions on on-curating, issue 10, co-curated with Dorothée Richter, MAS Curating, University oft he Arts Zurich
http://www.on-curating.org. 2011 WUNSCHORDNUNG – DESIDERIO ORDINE Exhibition in two parts between Sicily and Basel Co-curated with Cécile Hummel and Francesco Pantaleone
2009 Group show SPILL THE BEANS, Co-curated with Zoe Meyer and Renata Burckhardt, Perla-Mode, Zurich
2007- 2009 CURATED SHOP at the Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich More on http://www.andrearoca.ch

Organisation Pro Helvetia

16. Caroline Nicod (CH) / Will join the trip from Tallinn to Warsaw
Caroline NICOD, art historian, Master of Arts, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since July 2011, specialist in visual arts, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
From 1998 to 2003, curator for modern and contemporary art, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (exhibitions: Perspectives Romandes, Anne Blanchet, Jean Otth, Leiko Ikemura, herman de vries, Open Country, Olivier Mosset, etc.). From 2004 to 2010, curator, CentrePasquArt, Biel (exhibitions: Kinderspiel II, Bruno Meier, Carola Bürgi, Hervé Graumann, Emmanuelle Antille, Zaech Stéphane, Denis Savary, etc,). January to July 2010, Deputy Director ad interim CentrePasquArt, Biel. Independent curator (Philip Fretz, Chantal Michel, Catherine Gfeller, Florian Graf). Various mandates as an art historian and curator (jury, education, board of trustees, etc.). Numerous publications mainly in the field of contemporary art (Anne Peverelli, Hu Jieming, Markus Raetz, Michael Ashcroft, Gunther Förg, Fabrice Gigy, Alice Anderson, etc.).

Guests by Danish Agency for Culture

17. Birgitte Kirkhoff Eriksen
Birgitte Kirkhoff Eriksen (DK) lives in Copenhagen and is a curator at Sorø Kunstmuseum. She studied Art History at The University of Copenhagen, opened a gallery (kirkhoff contemporary art) right after her MA and closed it 5 years later in 2009. Subsequently, Birgitte Kirkhoff worked as a curator at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, prior to her current position at Sorø Kunstmuseum. At Sorø Kunstmuseum, Birgitte Kirkhoff has focused on establishing a new profile for the newly extended museum. The museum has a collection of 300 years of mainly Danish art, but focuses on art after 1945 in its exhibitions and acquisitions. The broad span of art along with special collections of e.g. Russian art 1870-1930, made a coherent profile all the more necessary, and the museum now works with a ‘slow museum’ concept with emphasis on materials, sustainability, and sensory experience (in exhibitions, architecture, shop, education, communication). Among other shows, Birgitte Kirkhoff has curated an exhibition series, one each year, dealing with ‘materiality’ as a theme (one about things, one about earth and Land Art, a future one about consciousness). This series, for which she was nominated for the Danish Art Critic Award 2013, is based on New Materialism, and it includes research from other sciences (archaeology, astronomy, and geoscience) as well as literature.

18. Denis Rivin
Denis Rivin has studied both art history and marketing management, and is very interested in the interrelation between these two subjects in contemporary art. He has worked as a freelance curator and cultural commentator since 2012, upon returning to Copenhagen from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he worked at the Danish Cultural Institute, organizing concerts, curating and mapping the contemporary art scene of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Denis was editor-in-chief and publisher of the Danish art magazine AFART between 2009 and 2013, and is currently deeply involved in the organization and planning of the Nordic education-oriented art project Sisters Hope that will unfold its aesthetic learning processes and performative art practice in Scandinavia from 2014. Most recently he has curated the radical Russian art group VOINA in Denmark in June/July 2013, bringing them amongst other places to Roskilde Festival and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Organisation Danish Agency for Culture

19. Tine Vindfeld / Will take part in the Poland part
Born 1973 in Copenhagen and MA in Modern Culture from the University of Copenhagen.
Before joining The Danish Agency for Culture to work as a Senior Adviser in Visual Arts, Tine worked as a curator at The Danish Architecture Centre and at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, as well as freelance with contemporary art exhibitions and projects in public spaces.

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