Biographies

Guus Beumer (Subang, Indonesia, 1955)
lives and works in Amsterdam and Maastricht.

Guus Beumer has been the director of Marres, the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht since 2005. Since 2006, he has also served as artistic director of NAiM/Bureau Europa in Maastricht. Beumer has a background in social sciences and has years of experience in the cultural field. He became known as the initiator and art director of fashion labels orson + bodil and SO by Alexander van Slobbe. As curator, he earned his stripes with high-profile exhibitions in the field of art, design and architecture, such as Higher Truth and Safe Haven in De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Edible City and State Alpha, on the architecture of sleep in NAi Maastricht and the series on 19th century positions such as the dandy, the collector, the dilettante and the flaneur in Marres. In 2009, he was also artistic director of Utrecht Manifest, Biennial for Social Design. Beumer is initiator of Out of Storage, the largest temporary art museum of Europa which will be set up in Maastricht the second half of 2011. Beumer is an experienced publicist for, amongst others, Metropolis M and Elsevier and has been advisor for, amongst others, the Mondriaan Foundation, Co-lab and The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Beumer has been appointed curator for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2011.

Opera Aperta / Loose Work, Scene (2011). Copyright: deelnemende kunstenaars, Mondriaan Stichting

Barbara Visser (Haarlem 1966)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Barbara Visser studied photography and audiovisual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1985-1991), the Cooper Union in New York (1989) and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (1998-1999). Vissers work is driven by fascinations concerning original and copy, historical narratives and constructed biographies, which she translates into what she calls subjective documentaries. Infiltrating into existing systems and media leads to a diversity of works, ranging from a guest role as a Dutch artist in a foreign drama series to a work being published on a Dutch postage stamp.
Recent exhibitions include: Vacant NL, Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy (2010); Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); How to Live Together, 27th Biennial de São Paolo, Brazil (2006); Translated Works 1990-2006, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, the Netherlands (2006). Barbara Visser was awarded amongst others the IDFA Media Fund Documentary Award (2010), Dr. A.H. Heineken Award (2008) and the David Roëll Prize 2007, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2007). Visser teaches at several art academies and design schools in the Netherlands.
See her website for more information.

Herman Verkerk (Den Dolder 1963)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Herman Verkerk trained as an architect at the TU Delft and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) from 1984-1990. In 1993 he formed EventArchitectuur, a design firm for time and experience based architecture. In 2003 he set up an ongoing collaboration with artist Paul Kuipers on projects ranging from a temporary art museum, a series of landscape parks to shop interiors and temporary exhibitions and installations on contemporary culture for cultural institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. Verkerk teaches design and architecture at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands and the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany. Together with architect Rianne Makkink he co-founded Sloom.org, an organization that operates on slow growth processes.

Opera Aperta / Loose Work, Scene (2011). Copyright: deelnemende kunstenaars, Mondriaan Stichting

Johannes Schwartz (Munich, Germany, 1970)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Johannes Schwartz studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1995-1998). In his work Schwartz documents the absence of people and reveals their traces in nature, architecture and interiors, and thereby creates photographic still lives. The photographs are abstractions, sometimes with a surrealist effect, hinting at what has been or was left behind. In 2007 he was awarded the Cobra Art Prize for the innovative and experimental approach in his work. Recent exhibitions include: Passion, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, the Netherlands (2010); High Land (with Experimental Jetset), By the way projects, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2009); Teaching Photography, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany (2010); Stair/Stare (with Herman Verkerk and Experimental Jetset), Marres, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2007). Since 2003 Schwartz has published an ongoing series of publications High in collaboration with graphic designers Experimental Jetset. From 2004-2010 he was head of the photography department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Johannes Schwartz is represented by Van Zoetendaal Photography, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
See his website for more information.

Joke Robaard (Meppel 1953)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Joke Robaard is an artist/researcher and teaches theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Here she heads research projects within the Departments of Textiles and Design. Joke Robaard was trained at the Akademie Beeldende Kunst in Arnhem where she studied fashion and visual arts between 1972-1977. As an artist Joke Robaard operates on the interface of social-geographical research, carthography and photography, and interconnects these with fashion and textile theory. Her work is an ongoing archive into these fields and domains. In 1994-1995 Robaard resided at PS1 New York. Recent exhibitions include: Get Real/Real Self, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem / Arnhem Fashion Biennial (2011); Model and the Other (part of Textiles), MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); Endless Shirt, Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria (2007); Stand-in, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2003); and No Hortus is Conclusus 1, Marres, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2001).
See her website for more information.

Publicatie Opera Aperta / Loose Work

Maureen Mooren (Dordrecht 1969)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Maureen Mooren is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam where she runs her own studio. In her work Mooren, by definition, raises the issue of representation. Mooren graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam in 1996 and collaborated with Daniel van der Velden until 2007 on a variety of projects, mainly in the cultural field. Mooren & Van der Velden designed amongst others Archis magazine, the identity of the Holland Festival, and several catalogues such as For Real for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and artist books of amongst others Haegue Yang, Job Koelewijn and Jonathan Monk. Between 2001-2004 Mooren taught at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Graphic Design Department in Arnhem. Since 2007 Mooren has operated independently and developed identities, books and printed materials, still mostly for cultural clients such as Holland Festival, Marres, the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.
See her website for more information.

Paul Kuipers (Zwolle 1972)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Paul Kuipers studied at ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. He graduated in 2001 from the department OK5/Visual Arts and Public Space, a design oriented programme focused on the public domain. After graduating he was a founding member of the collective Mark&Mark&Paul that was doing research-related art projects, concerning urban planning processes until 2003. Service Move (2002) in a post-war district in the city Hoogvliet, the Netherlands and Dreamhouse, an Artist in Residence project in the so called VINEX Leidscherijn, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2003). In 2004 he worked together with Herman Verkerk at EventArchitectuur with whom he still continues to work. Aside from his work, he is following a Masters at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam since 2010.

Opera Aperta / Loose Work, Scene (2011). Copyright: deelnemende kunstenaars, Mondriaan Stichting

Sanneke van Hassel (Rotterdam, 1971)
lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Sanneke van Hassel is a writer and studied theatre arts and cultural history at Utrecht University. Her debut collection of short stories IJsregen (Ice Rain), published in 2005, was nominated for several literary awards. Her stories are regularly published in literary magazines and were included in anthologies of contemporary Dutch fiction. In 2006 she wrote Pieces of Sarajevo, about every day life in Sarajevo after a three week stay. In 2007 she published her second collection of short stories titled Witte veder (White Feather). For this book she won the BNG Literary Award. In April 2010 she curated an international short story festival in Amsterdam, Hotel Van Hassel. In the summer of 2010 her first novel came out: Nest. Her work is published by De Bezige Bij.
See her website for more information.

Yannis Kyriakides (Limassol, Cyprus, 1969)
lives and works in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

Yannis Kyriakides studied Musicology at the York University, United Kingdom and under Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the Netherlands. As a composer and sound artist Kyriakides strives to create new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and exploring spatial and temporal experience. Kyriakides regularly composes works for the ensembles ASKO, the Netherlands; Icebreaker, United Kingdom; Ensemble MAE, the Netherlands; and MusikFabrik, Germany. Kyriakides has written over a hundred compositions and his work will be featured in November Music 2011, the Netherlands. In 2000 he won the International Gaudeamus Composition prize for his composition a conSPIracy cantata. The CD Wordless, recieved an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2006, and his recent CD,  Antichamber was nominated for a 2011 Qwartz Award. Together with Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier he founded and runs the CD label for new electronic music Unsounds. He is artistic director of Ensemble MAE, and teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
See his website for more information.

Opera Aperta / Loose Work, Scene (2011). Copyright: deelnemende kunstenaars, Mondriaan Stichting

Ernst van der Hoeven (Fredrikstad, Norway, 1965)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Ernst van der Hoeven (1965) studied art history with a specialisation in architecture at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In 1994, he co-founded the Rotterdam based architectural historian office Crimson, with a hybrid practice taking the contemporary city as its object. In 2000, he moved to Milan to study landscape architecture at the Politecnico. After his graduation in 2002, he started his own office in Amsterdam: EVDH, studio for the urban landscape. With his studio he designs landscapes, curates exhibitions, makes works of art, teaches and consults on the restoration and exploration of nature in the urban environment. Together with artist Frank Bruggeman and graphic designer Samira Ben Laloua he founded and publishes Club Donny, a journal on the personal experience of nature in an urban environment.
See his website for more information.

Alexander van Slobbe (Schiedam, 1959)
lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Alexander van Slobbe studied fashion design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem, class of 1984. There he became interested in the minimalist School of Dutch architecture and design, and began applying these principles to his fashion design. In 1989 he introduced his women’s line orson + bodil. The men’s label SO by alexander van slobbe was developed in 1993, which became an immediate international success. In 2003 [i]SO[/i] was sold and Van Slobbe was able to concentrate again on orson + bodil and ongoing collaborations with companies like Royal Tichelaar Makkum. From 2003 till 2007 Van Slobbe headed the Fashion Design department at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Van Slobbe received numerous awards such as the Theo Limperg Prize for Best Industrial Design (1994) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for Applied Arts and Architecture (2003).