robin-mailWe have very sad news to share with you. Robin Deirkauf, interdisciplinary artist, teacher, coach and inspirator at our Interfaculty, from its conception in 1989 until his retirement in 2011, unexpectedly passed away last week. We are astonished by this.

Robin, being a unique and genuine artist and teacher, was a much-loved and life-changing influence on many generations of students in and around our department. His manner of teaching was from the heart: through unforgettable courses and essential coaching, always natural, always spot-on, with love and care for students and the interdisciplinary arts. A great inspiration for his colleague teachers — especially for those of us who had the luck to be his student first, becoming his colleague later. On top of everything, Robin was an unstoppable creative force in many collaborative projects the Interfaculty created on numerous locations over the years. The ArtScience Interfaculty would not have existed the way it does today without Robin’s enormous involvement and influence. This is how he will live on with us.

We will miss Robin’s cunning views, his enthousiasm and his vivid humour greatly. The spirit of his thoughts will however be forever present in the Interfaculty, to inspire many more generations of students to come.

We wish Anny, Raymond, Bella and their families much strength to deal with the large gap he left. Robin was a truly special, lovely and unforgettable man.

Taco Stolk, head ArtScience,
on behalf of the ArtScience Interfaculty,
Kasper van der Horst
Robert Pravda
Michiel Pijpe
Cocky Eek
Arthur Elsenaar

Locating ArtScience, Connect the Dots and other ArtScientists at TodaysArt 2017

During the coming TodaysArt Festival in The Hague, 22-23 Sep 2017, many different events will take place involving ArtScience alumni (or students, or other affiliates), all of them worth visiting!

First, there is the exhibition Locating ArtScience in The Grey Space in the Middle, Paviljoensgracht 20-24, The Hague, with works by ArtScience alumni Manuel Beltrán (Bachelor alumnus, now Master student), Mischa Daams (Master alumnus), Mike Reinierse (Bachelor alumnus), Gabey Tjon a Tham (Master alumna), Philip Vermeulen (Bachelor alumnus) and Rob Bothof (studied ArtScience Master briefly), plus Bat-Erdene Batchuluun (TodaysArt Resident). The opening (on Wed 20 Sep!) will include a performance by Bardo Frings (Bachelor alumnus) and a short introduction talk by Taconis Stolk (Head of Department, B/M alumnus). On Fri 22 Sep (16.30h) a lecture about the quest of ‘locating ArtScience’ will given by ArtScience teacher Eric Kluitenberg, followed by discussion.

Then there is Performance, Objects, Bodies, apart from within TodaysArt a part of the Connect the Dots project by iii in Quartair, Toussaintkade 55, The Hague. This exhibition runs from Fri 15 Sep until 07 Oct and also includes nearly only ArtScience alumni: Natali Blugerman (Bachelor alumna), Marit Mihklepp (Master alumna) and Ludmila Rodrigues (Bachelor alumna) plus Catinca Tilea.

Other ArtScientists included in the TodaysArt programme are Ingrid Lee & Natela Lemondzhava (both Master alumni) and Maarten Brijker (current Master student). Projects by former or current ArtScience guest teachers include Chris Salter & TeZ, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand and Jonas Lund.

So — see you at the festival!

Charlotte ‘t Hart & Karin van der Veen win Joop Mulder Plak at Oerol Festival!

ArtScience Bachelor alumna Charlotte ‘t Hart and her colleague Karin van der Veen, together Hart van Veen, have won the Joop Mulder Plak at the Oerol Festival on the Dutch island of Terschelling with their multisensory project Klankvoer — Hap van het Wad. The 10673 euro of this prize is to be spent for two-thirds on a new project, to be developed for next year’s Oerol. Congratulations! More information here (in Dutch).

Winning! Natalie Fyfe, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou and Philip Vermeulen

Natalie Fyfe, just graduated in the Master ArtScience, won the Royal Academy Award for Best Final Master Exam — as well as the ArtScience Interfaculty Department Award for Best Final Master Exam!
Philip Vermeulen, fresh Bachelor ArtScientist, won the ArtScience Interfaculty Department Award for Best Final Bachelor Exam!
Last but not least, also with a brand new ArtScience Bachelor diploma, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou has won the Encouragement Award of The Hague Art Centre Stroom.

We are very proud!

ArtScience Graduates: award nominations

Of this year’s ArtScience graduates, the following are nominated for the different awards:

ArtScience nominees Bachelor Department Award and Bachelor Academy Award (Royal Academy of Art):
Andreas Andersen
Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou
Philip Vermeulen

ArtScience nominees Master Department Award and Master Academy Award (Royal Academy of Art):
Natalie Fyfe
Liva Kalniņa
Cathleen Owens

ArtScience nominee Best Bachelor Thesis (Royal Academy of Art):
Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou

ArtScience nominee Best Master Thesis (Royal Academy of Art):
Natalie Fyfe

ArtScience nominee Best Final Bachelor Exam (Royal Conservatoire):
Andreas Andersen

ArtScience nominee Best Final Master Exam (Royal Conservatiore):
Natalie Fyfe

Congratas to all on being nominated, fingers crossed! (Royal Academy Award Ceremony on 30 Jun 2017, 16.00h at KABK).

Fifteen new ArtScientists!

We proudly present our 8 new Master ArtScientists (Sabina Hyoju Ahn, Natalie Fyfe, Sophie Jurrjens, Liva Kalniņa, Jan-Kees van Kampen, Nanda Milbreta, Cathleen Owens, Alexander Zaklynsky) and 7 new Bachlore ArtScientists (Andreas Andersen, Luke Boorman, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Stefano Murgia, Gisella Ripoll de la Cruz, Philip Vermeulen, Beng Yuenyong) and their work on the Graduation Festival of the KABK: 30.06.2017—06.07.2017. For exact opening times consult the KABK site. Please note that many of our student’s works are performances on set times!

ArtScience Preview Exhibition 2017: Which Way Is Forward

This year’s preview exhibition of coming ArtScience Graduates will be hosted by iii, Willem Dreespark 312, The Hague NL. Opening times are: Fri 12 May 2017: 18.00-22.00. Sat 13 May 2017: 13.00-20.00. Sun 14 May 2017: 13.00-18.00. Entrance is free. Full information with performance times etcetera is to be found on

Come and see our upcoming graduates!

Works by: Sabina Hyoju Ahn (M), Andreas Andersen (B), Luke Boorman (B), Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou (B), Natalie Fyfe (M), Sophie Jurrjens (M), Liva Kalniņa (M), Jan-Kees van Kampen (M), Nanda Milbreta (M), Stefano Murgia (B), Cathleen Owens (M), Gisella Ripoll de la Cruz (B), Philip Vermeulen (B), Beng Yuenyong (B), Alexander Zaklynsky (M).

In Situ: Fort1881 / Operation Maasmond

Exhibition from December 2nd – January 15th
The exhibition OPENS ON THE 2nd DECEMBER 18.00 – 23.00
During the month of November, students and (guest) teachers of the ArtScience Interfaculty will prepare an exhibition in Fort1881 Hoek van Holland near Rotterdam.

Students will dive into the complex and layered history of an area which underwent an extreme make-over during the past 150 years. The “Hook” of Holland is an emblematic landscape so typical for the Netherlands for it reveals to us the irreversible impact man and technology have on our surrounding landscape. Not only in this century, but already back in the 18th century engineers, geologists and physicists were experimenting with techniques to shape the surface of the Hook, leaving behind a landscape that is completely man-made.

As a (con)temporary commanding crew of the fortification we set off to create new ideas, impressions and images for a story that has been told many times. Each time the story was told, it was from a different perspective revealing multiple histories that constitute this site. The “In Situ” project is another attempt to contribute to these histories.
Fortress 1881 is our vehicle for doing so, carrying us back in time, launching us towards a projected future in which the adversities of this area become hypothetical scenarios for landscape futures.
During the residency participants will develop several installations that are going to be exhibited in Fort1881 from Friday 2nd December 2016 until Friday 6th January 2017.

The exhibition will be opened on December 2nd.
ArtScience bachelor and master students participating in this workshop are:
Jan Boudestijn, Beng Yuenyong, Maarten Brijker, Kay Churcher, Nina Lezaic, Cameron Lobdell, Falco Pols, Andreas Sahl Andersen and June Yu.
Project by Michiel Pijpe, Onno Dirker and Christian van der Kooy.

Falco Pols wins KABK Bachelor Award!

With utmost pride we can announce that Falco Pols, just graduating from ArtScience, has won the Royal Academy of Art Award for the Best Bachelor Exam! Congratulations, Falco!

Natali Blugerman won the ArtScience Interfaculty Bachelor Award. The three nominees for both awards were Falco, Natali and Tatiana Kolganova.

The ArtScience Interfaculty Master Award was won by Ingrid Lee. She was nominated together with Katarina Petrović and Manuel Beltrán.

Congratulations to you all!

We proudly present: 14 new ArtScientists!

This yeart, we can proudly present 14 new ArtScientists to the world: Samiha Awad, Stefan Bandalac, Manuel Beltrán, Natali Blugerman, Cecile Gentili, Marcello Ghilardi, Tatiana Kolganova, Ingrid Lee, Eve Omen, Katarina Petrović, Falco Pols, Florencia Reznik, Paula Salurand and Alexander Benjamin Vinther. Our dearest congratulations!

Visit the Royal Academy Graduation Show from 01 to 07 July 2016 at Prinsessegracht 4, 2514AN Den Haag!

Sand Songs at the Zandmotor, featuring ArtScience students and alumni

sandsongsiii presents:
Sand Songs: playing the elements at the Zandmotor

18th June 2016, 19 – 24 hrs, Argusmast, Zandmotor (near Kijkduin)

The artist-run platform iii invites us to explore the coastline of South Holland as a playground for new sensory experiences. Following Kaffe Matthew’s Pedalling SeaSides at Kijkduin in 2015, iii has commissioned a new series of experiental artworks that engage with open space and natural elements, and that playfully involve the audience.

The Zandmotor is an artifical peninsula, constructed as a defence against coastal erosion. This experimental solution uses the natural movement of the tides to replenish the beaches and reinforce the coastline. Thus a temporary landscape was generated: an open, spacious, continually changing expanse right next to the densely populated Randstad. A unique area, popular with strollers, surfers, birdwatchers and sunlovers, but also a place where nature and science merge.

For Sand Songs, a group af artists was invited to imagine this landscape as if it were a musical instrument, played by the natural elements and by human intervention. The artists developed performances and musical compositions especially for the landscape of the Zandmotor. In a series of short and longer interventions, they make use of sound, light, the wind, water flow and the sand in new and inventive ways. Flying a kite becomes a new way to make electronic music; home made pulse jet motors generate a composition on the scale of a landscape; there are kinetic wind and light sculptures; a soundwalk guides you along as you walk blindfolded, and you can take part in a musical treasure hunt, searching for sounding objects buried in the sand.

NOTE: register by sending an email to to receive instructions and updates

Works by: Marije Baalman, Lars Kynde, Tobias Lukassen, Christian Liljedahl, Anna Lemnaru, Grzegorz Marcinak, Maya Verlaak, Adam Basanta, David Pocknee, Tena Lazerevic, Jesse Smits, Kay Churcher, Cecile Gentili, Sophie Rust.

Location: Argusmast, Zandmotor
The Zandmotor is an artificial peninsula on the coast between Kijkduin and Monster. From the Haagweg there is a bicylce path through the dunes to the beach. Especially for Sand Songs, the public will be picked up at the bicycle stand in the dunes and escorted to the location of the performances. Do you want to attend? Please register at and we will inform you on the route (by car, bicycle and public transport) and what you need to know when visiting the Zandmotor.

The program of Sand Songs is produced within iii’s international artist-in-residence program, in collaboration with the ArtScience Interfaculty, Satellietgroep and TodaysArt and with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag.

For updates on the program:

ArtScience Preview Exhibition 2016: Point of i

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The ArtScience Master and Bachelor graduates proudly present their Preview Exhibition, The Point of i, at Locatie Z, Helena van Doeverenplantsoen, Den Haag. The opening is on Friday 27 May 2016 at 18h. The exhibition is open on Fri 27 May (18h–00h)Sat 28 May (12h–22h) and Sun 29 May (12h–19h). Come and see works by Samiha AwadStefan BandalacManuel BeltránNatali BlugermanCecile GentiliMarcello GhilardiTatiana KolganovaIngrid LeeEve OmenKatarina PetrovićFalco PolsFlorencia ReznikPaula Salurand and Alexander Benjamin Vinther.

European Affairs: Budapest Interventions project presentations



Master and Bachelor students of the ArtScience Interfaculty are in Budapest, Hungary, for a project in collaboration with the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. An informal presentation of their works will be organised on Friday 19 February 2016 at Intermedia, Kmety György 27, Hungary. The evening starts at 19:00 hours and admission is free.

Yaprak Sayar wins Royal Academy Bachelor Award! Visit Final Exam Expo!

Our fresh Bachelor graduate Yaprak Sayar has won the Royal Academy Bachelor Award for the best Final Bachelor Exam of the Academy! She also won the ArtScience Interfaculty Bachelor Award. The ArtScience Interfaculty Master Award was won my Natela Lemondzhava. Nominees for the Bachelor Awards were Yaprak and Thijs van Teijlingen, for the Master Awards Natela, Naja Ankaerfeldt and Marit Mihklepp. For the Thesis Awards Thijs (Bachelor) and Marit (Master).

Congratulations to you all!

Don’t forget to visit the KABK Graduation Festival with works of all graduates of the Royal Academy, plus the ARtScience Interfaculty. See the works of Naja Ankarfeldt, Marit Mihklepp, Natela Lemondzheva, Yaprak Sayar, Thijs van Teijlingen and Nicole Urban. The Graduation Festival is at the KABK, Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag (NL) from 03.07.2015 until 11.07.2015.

ArtScience celebrates 25th anniversary

The ArtScience Interfaculty is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a full programme of performances, lectures and an exhibition on Saturday 27 June 2015 in Paradiso, Amsterdam (see poster). The programme is a collaboration of the ArtScience Interfaculty with Paradiso, Sonic Acts and the Holland Festival.

The programme consists of selected works by ArtScience alumni and relatives of the past 25 years. The programme kicks off with two lectures: art historian Michael van Hoogenhuyze talks about his views on contemporary art in the lecure The way of ArtScience: a meeting of science and poetry, and Edwin van der Heide and Taco Stolk focus in their lecture on Dick Raaijmakers’ commentary on Pierre Boulez’s approach of live electronic music. Throughout the day and evening there are works and installations by Marloes van Son (COLC – undrown), Jet Smits (LC Environment), Bart Koppe (A Small Stubborn Sound Machine), Sebastian Frisch (Biophonic Garden), Daniel Berio (Graffitizer), Ivan Henriques and Angela de Weijer. The evening programme consists of two movies: Loudthings by Telcosystem (Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden) and #37 by Joost Rekveld and performances by Optical Machines (Rikkert Brok and Maarten Halmans), Matthijs Munnik & Joris Strijbos, Mariska de Groot and Dieter Vandoren, Erfan Abdi and a closing performance by Mika Vainio (no ArtScience alumnus). From the sideline, a special selection of books, magazines, records, films and gadgets will be presented by Underbelly during the whole day.

ArtScience Interfaculty

The ArtScience Interfaculty, founded in 1989 by Frans Evers and Dick Raaijmakers, offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master programme that fosters curiosity driven research as approach for the making of art. While situated between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the ArtScience Interfaculty collaborates closely with Leiden University’s Academy for Creative and Performing Arts and Media Technology MSc programme. The ArtScience Interfaculty has an extensive history of producing its own events outside of the school and initiated the Sonic Acts festival together with Paradiso and the Institute for Sonology in 1994.
The ArtScience Interfaculty has three key elements that make it unique in The Netherlands and the world: an interdisciplinary approach to the different disciplines; it considers art and science as a continuum and promotes interconnecting the two; furthermore it combines an experiential approach with a conceptual approach of art.
More about ArtScience Interfaculty:

Saturday 27 June 2015
Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam
Entrance: €12,50 / students €7,50
Tickets available through:
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exhibition 16:00 – 22:00
Daniel Berio GRAFFITIZER 2
Ivan Henriques Jurema Action Plant
Bart Koppe A Small Stubborn Sound Machine
Marloes van Son COLC – undrown
Angela de Weijer Infinity Four: The Sublime Recorder

lectures 16:30-18:00
Edwin van der Heide & Taconis Stolk Dick Raaijmakers’ commentary on Pierre Boulez
Michael van Hoogenhuyze The way of ArtScience: a meeting of science and poetry

performances and films 20:00-23:00
Erfan Abdi Scatterflow – repetition on Notesaaz
Mariska de Groot and Dieter Vandoren Shadow Puppet?
The Leslies Soundtrack for an imaginary film, nr. 6 – Inferno a Paradiso
Matthijs Munnik and Joris Strijbos U-AV Live
Optical Machines SHIFT
Joost Rekveld #37
Telcosystems Loudthings
Mika Vainio


Rites for a New Utopia

Rites for a New Utopia

Rites for a New Utopia is a program organized by iii and part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the ArtScience Interfaculty. The program includes ArtScience alumni Mariska de Groot, Lars Kynde, Matteo Marangoni and Dieter Vandoren and furthermore Horst Rickels, one of the Interfaculty’s former heads and longtime lecturer.

March 28th 2015, Grote Kerk, Den Haag

Tickets: €12 full price, €6.50 students

Rites of a New Utopia is part of the March 28th edition of Dag in de Branding: a festival for contemporary music which takes place four times a year in various theaters and locations in The Hague.


Utopias are by definition places that do not exist. Nevertheless the very real remains of past utopian projects are all around us and keep informing our imagination and aspirations. In the process of creating models of the world as it could be rather then of how it is, radical art practices have often reinvented social and material modes of production as a playground for broader social change.

Rites for a New Utopia is a theatrical event that responds to two aspirations: the dream of abolishing traditional social hierarchies, enacted by refusing to accept the rigid separation between composer, performer, instrument maker and audience, and the ambition of returning to an ancestral unity of the arts by combining image, sound, space, movement and the body within the continuum of esthetic experience.

The program will feature two new works for the 17th century carillon of the Grote Kerk by Lars Kynde and Ángel Faraldo, exposing the particular overtone structure of the church bells from different spatial perspectives. Mariska de Groot, Matteo Marangoni and Dieter Vandoren will explore new forms of interaction between performers, audience and the hosting space through a swarm of artificial creatures which will mingle with the audience, and Matteo Marangoni will present a new site-specific iteration of his kinetic sculptures employing free aerophones to probe the boundaries of the heard and the unheard sound spectrum. The evening will end with a special performance of Partita for Variable Air Compression by Horst Rickels, a seminal work of Dutch sound art which was first presented in The Hague in 1989 and which will be performed by Rickels on his self-made organ Mercurius Wagen.


Rites for a New Utopia is presented by the artist-run platform iii in cooperation with Het Nutshuis and Dag in de Branding and is part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the ArtScience Interfaculty. The program is made possible with the additional support of the Municipality of The Hague, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Ángel Faraldo

Ángel Faraldo in an experimental musician interested in the systematic exploration of processes that maximize minimal resources. Active as a composer and improviser, his work extends into sound installations, site-specific performances and sound design for dance and opera.

Mariska de Groot

Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways.

Lars Kynde

Lars Kynde is a composer who develops new instruments and new systems of music notation. By building physical sculptures, mechanical machines, and three dimensional scores he seek new ways of constructing and comprehending musical structures.

Matteo Marangoni

Matteo Marangoni is a DIY enthusiast that operates at the margins of various artistic disciplines. His practice investigates the perception of space and the subject-object dichotomy through processes that articulate the real within idiosyncratic rituals.

Horst Rickels

Horst Rickels is a composer, multi-intrumentalists and instrument maker. For many of his projects, the starting points are the site-specific qualities of a space. His work with new instruments focuses on the principle of instability of tuning-systems.

Dieter Vandoren

Drawing from his diverse backgrounds in music, informatics and interactive architecture, he is currently occupied with the development and performance of spatial, immersive audiovisual instruments with a strong focus on the embodied aspect of performance.

ArtScience students collaborating with art academy/conservatory in Kraków, Poland — Presentation evening on 20.02.2015

A group of ArtScience students is on a trip to Kraków, Poland, to collaborate with students from the Intermedia department of the Kraków Academy of Art and the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the Kraków Academy of Music. The works they make will be presented in the Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Kraków on 20.02.2015, 19.00h. Plac Szczepański 3a, Kraków. Entrance is free. It will be an evening with live performances and installations for sound, vision and other senses.

Work from Andreas Andersen, Stefan Bandalac, Manuel Beltrán, Jan Boudestijn, Yuri Bulka, Judyta Chrystowska, Francesco Fabris, Cécile Gentili, Jan-Kees van Kampen, Ingrid Lee, Jakub Mateja, Thomas van der Meiden, Stefano Murgia, Katarina Petrović, Falco Pols, Florencia Reznik, Volkan Sancar, John Sandli, Jana Szostak, Denim Szram, Philip Vermeulen, Alexander Vinther and June Yu.


Sound and Vision – 25 years music pioneers

We are excited to inform you about the upcoming NTR Podium documentary:

Sound and Vision – 25 years music pioneers

a documentary by Jaap van Eyck

November 23rd, 13:00, NPO 2 (Dutch public television)
November 24th, 24:00, NPO 2 (Dutch public television)

This year the ArtScience Interfaculty celebrates its 25th anniversary. The NTR has taken this memorable moment as an opportunity to make a documentary portrait of three of our alumni and one current student: Erfan Abdi, Nanda Milbreta, Matthijs Munnik and Leon Spek. The four artists are successfully developing their own art forms and building new connections between music and other art disciplines. The documentary follows them while preparing and presenting their exhibitions and performances through the Netherlands.

The ArtScience Interfaculty is an interdisciplinary bachelor and master programme that fosters curiosity driven research as an approach for the making of art. The programme considers art and science a continuum and promotes the development of new art forms and artistic languages. The ArtScience Interfaculty is embedded in both the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. The ArtScience Interfaculty was founded in 1989 by Dick Raaijmakers and Frans Evers.docu


Marit Mihklepp – ArtScience Interfaculty

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 16.42.40Marit Mihklepp participated in the research course “Space Science in the Arts” in collaboration with ESTEC.

Marit Mihklepp is a MA student of ArtScience in the Royal Academy of Arts and in the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
She is exploring the ways of how life could land on other planets and researching the potential dialogue with non-speaking species (like unicellular slime mould) and objects to bring space closer to the everyday understanding.


Date    25 September

Module   Moon-Mars Exploration Through Arts, Science And Innovation

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This is the result of the theatremachine research group 2014 :

Playing with the generally accepted laws and rules of theatre, a group of 20 ArtScience students is attempting to deconstruct the dynamics of the theatre space. The Theatre Machine is a multi-sensorial experience primarily focusing on the environment of theatrical space where light, sound, image and movement are the main actors while the audience is invited to stroll through this continuously morphing landscape and become familiar with it in a laid back manner.

Samiha Awad, Áron Birtalan, Luke Boorman, Victoria Douka-Doukopolou, John Fanning, Moritz Geremus, Angela Heerooms, Isabella Hissom Molina, Kasper van der Horst, Eveline Klop, Tatiana Kolganova, Natela Lemondzhava, Katinka Marac, Marius Mathisrud, Giselle Ripoll, Andreas Sahl Andersen, Yaprak Sayyar, Ronald Schelfhout, Thijs van Teijlingen, Phillip Vermeulen, Alexander Benjamin Vinther, Beng Yuenyong


Eleven New ArtScientists!

We proudly present 11 new ArtScientists:
Bachelors Moritz Alive, Áron Birtalan, John Fanning, Gaby Felten and Ronald Schelfhout,
and Masters Sebastian Frisch, Jonathan Reus, Jet Smits, Angela de Weijer and Emily Whitebread.

The ArtScience Interfaculty Bachelor Department Award was won by Ronald Schelfhout. Congratulations!

Do not forget to visit the KABK Graduation Show, including our eleven graduates!
Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag — 11.07.2014 until 19.07.2014. see for details.

Roel Heremans wins the VOCATIO-prize

portret en kruisArtScience Interfaculty student wins the prestigious Belgian VOCATIO-prize.

On May 19, master student ArtScience Interfaculty Roel Heremans received the VOCATIO-prize.  This happened during an official award ceremony in Brussels in the presence of the Nobel Prize winner Prof. François Englert.
Roel Heremans received the prize for his series of Interactive Imagining Compositions: Room #.
During the graduation exhibition in KABK you can perceive his latest work ‘Room C’.
VOCATIO brochure:

Preview ArtScience

Hydra-facebook2The ArtScience Interfaculty at the Royal Academy of the Arts and the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag will present their preview exhibition to showcase the graduation works by bachelor and master students in their final stages.

The exhibition will take place on Friday, May 23rd at 20:00, at GEMAK Vrije Academie in Den Haag. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, May 25, 17:00.

The exhibition carries the title “The Royal Institute of Hydra Studies”; a way of presenting 11 different artistic practices in a cohesive manner; a creature of many heads that nevertheless belong to one body.
The Hydra was a mythological creature that shared the world with people: there was a real fear of its presence. It was a many-headed snake from the marshes of Lerna, whose heads grew back twofold as they were severed by Hercules.

The many headed creature stands for a gathering of autonomous minds who often have contradictory ideas but nevertheless share a common disciplinary background, and therefore a certain degree of consensus. We honour the heritage of the Royal educational facilities that we attend with the title The Royal Institute of Hydra Studies: we elevate this stubborn mythical creature to a level worthy of serious research, whether it be artistic, scientific or poetic in nature.

11 students are graduating: Bachelors Moritz Alive, Áron Birtalan, John Fanning, Gaby Felten and Ronald Schelfhout, and Masters Sebastian Frisch, Jonathan Reus, Jet Smits, Angela de Weijer and Emily Whitebread.
The biographies of these graduating artists can be found at

This exhibition is made possible by GEMAK Vrije Academie, Fonds 1818, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Koninklijk Conservatorium te Den Haag, Vedett Beer, and Stichting ArtScience.


MADCOW review in TKTNK


Hooray!!! Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou (1th year student ArtScience)  recently had the opportunity to contribute an exhibition review to the TKTNK publication about MADCOW performance-installation in Veghel.

“I know a great amount were present for the performance-installation as a result of the ArtScience researchgroup in a Former Fodder Factory, for the rest I hope the essay helps!”

TKTNK is a publication founded by the Barnard + Columbia Architecture Society deeply interested in the conditions giving rise to new topics that benefit from the design imagination of undergraduate students across a range of disciplines.

link to the publication:


The Theatre Machine

theatre_machine2-1000Saturday March 22nd – 17h00
Kees van Baarenzaal
Royal Conservatoire
The Hague

Playing with the generally accepted laws and rules of theatre, a group of 20 ArtScience students is attempting to deconstruct the dynamics of the theatre space. The Theatre Machine is a multi-sensorial experience primarily focusing on the environment of theatrical space where light, sound, image and movement are the main actors while the audience is invited to stroll through this continuously morphing landscape and become familiar with it in a laid back manner.

The Theatre Machine is a hour-long performance/installation on Saturday 22 March that starts at happy hour (17.00) at the Kees van Baaren zaal of the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag.

Samiha Awad, Áron Birtalan, Luke Boorman, Victoria Douka-Doukopolou, John Fanning, Moritz Geremus, Angela Heerooms, Isabella Hissom Molina, Kasper van der Horst, Eveline Klop, Tatiana Kolganova, Natela Lemondzhava, Katinka Marac, Marius Mathisrud, Giselle Ripoll, Andreas Sahl Andersen, Yaprak Sayyar, Ronald Schelfhout, Thijs van Teijlingen, Phillip Vermeulen, Alexander Benjamin Vinther, Beng Yuenyong

White City White Canvas White Noise



Presentation of projects by master and bachelor students of the ArtScience Interfaculty and the Fakultet za medije i komunikacije in Belgrade.

For two weeks, these students have been exploring Belgrade (the ‘White City’) in all its facets, transforming their findings into a wide range of different works.

Free entrance to a programme with installations and performances from Maurice Abath, Naja Ankarfeldt, Manuel Beltrán, Filip Beronje, Natali Blugerman, Sofya Chibisguleva, Marcello Ghilardi, Katarina Marković, Marit Mihklepp, Stefano Murgia, Miloš Nikolić and Nicole Urban. Guidance and advice from Mirko Lazović, Robert Pravda, Aleksandra Prole, Taconis Stolk and Miloš Tomić.

Saturday 15 March 2014, 19.00h—21.00h at the Protokol, Terazije 34, Beograd, Serbia.

ArtScience alumni exhibiting at NCCA, Moscow

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), International Festival TodaysArt and the Moscow city galleries network present LUCIDA Space, an exhibition dedicated to the phenomenon of light in contemporary culture.

ArtScience alumni Matthijs Munnik, Gabey Tjon a Tham and Mariska de Groot are presenting their works as part of the exhibition.Gabey

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Rammelfest -min 40 is a playful and unexpected festival with soundart, performances, self-built instruments and modern dance. Get inspired by a laboratorium set-up of many live acts, in which different art-forms are combined.

This event is funded by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

date: 18 january 2014
time: from 14.00 till 24.00
place: Toren Overhoeks Amsterdam
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Na eerdere edities van het RAMMELFEST ism het NDSM (PickUpClub & Treehouse), het Spectrum in Utrecht en Artspace Flipside in
Eindhoven, wordt op 18 januari 2014 het Rammelfest -MIN40 in de Overhoekstoren in Amsterdam uit de klei getrokken.

Het is een speels evenement vol grensoverschrijdende kunstvormen met een scherp randje, dat je er niet zomaar af kan knagen.
Een laboratoriumachtige setting nodigt uit om je te laten inspireren. Zelfgebouwde instrumenten, klinkende performancesen dansende apparatuur.
Be on time, ook overdag gaan we los!!

van 14.00 u  tot 24.00 u . entree: 10,00 euro.
bereikbaar met het (gratis) buiksloterveerpontje

Het Rammelfest is (mede) mogelijk gemaakt door het AFK en een initiatief van Margriet Kicks-Ass.


The Nieuwe Persvoeder Fabriek ruminated.

with: Andreas Andersen, Naja Ankarfeldt, Aron Birtalan, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Moritz Geremus, Marius Mathisrud, Falco Pols, Jet Smits, Bas Stoker, Beng Yuenyong facilitated by Wietske Maas and Cocky Eek

Over the month of November, 10 international ArtScience students spent 10 days in the Nieuwe Persvoeder Fabriek, working towards a combined performance that explores the vertical tower and uncovers how the factory can become a site of new sensory digestions.

The single night performance breathes new life into the old factory architecture: pipes and funnels burp and belch with sound; grain scuttles through the old cyclones; invisible air is rendered visible; a rhythmic manifesto resuscitates the cyclical nature of the machines; handwork transitions to machine production and oral history bellows from the basement. The performance poetically subverts the clockwork metabolism of the industrial food chain from molasses to the cow, to the suspensive sensory experiences of art.

The public is warmly invited to experience the fruits of this artistic assembly line: 29 November at 21:00 – Meeting point:De Compagnie (CHV- terrein),  NCB-Laan 52, 5462 GE Veghel

This project has been made possible with the kind support of Kunstgroep de Compagnie.
With special thanks to Henk van Wanrooij.
Aron Birtalan: a rhythmic manifesto written on the floor resuscitates the cyclical nature of the machines in the tower.

VOLTA @ The Age of Wonder

The ArtSience Interfaculty is very proud to announce the 4th reenactment of the theatrical installation VOLTA By Dick Raaijmakers

The Age of Wonder takes place from 28 – 30 march and is part of The 100th year anniversary of the NATLAB in Eindhoven and is organized by BALTAN Laboratories

Design by Taco Stolk


VOLTA | Dick Raaijmakers (Maastricht, 1 sept. 1930 – Den Haag, 4 sept. 2013)

In 1800, Alessandro Volta tried, for the first time in history, to construct an electric battery,
later to be called the ‘voltaic pile’.
Raaijmakers’s performance ‘Volta’ aims to repeat this invention on a gigantic scale.
In the presence of an audience, a small group of workers construct a giant pile of zinc and
copper plates, alternated with clothes drenched in acid. After placing the last plate, this colossal battery will produce the energy for one light bulb, suspended from the ceiling.
Thus, the audience can experience the relation between the invested labor and the resulting electric energy. And also, how and why the original visual quality of this ‘proto-element’ has been lost in favor of the efficiency of the modern battery.

‘Volta’ intends to recreate this lost plasticity, if only for a single moment

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In memoriam exhibition Klaus Baumgärtner (1948−2013)

Klaus Baumgärtner passed away this summer. For many years he was a beloved member of the staff of the ARtScience Interfaculty as well as the Fine Arts Department of the KABK. We will miss his passion, his art, his teaching and his friendship.

Johan van Oord (Head of Department of Fine Arts) writes:

Klaus is a master in many disciplines: in fine arts, in book design and in art education, to name a few. Saying goodbye, however, does not belong to his greatest talents. That is why we invite you to get together, with friends, family, colleagues, students and with a selection of his magical ideas, at the Royal Academy where he was brilliant for so many years. Not to say goodbye, but to gather memories, like the way Klaus gathered to create new life.

The exhibition will be openend by Johan van Oord on Fr 08 Nov 2013, 15.00h

Gallery, Royal Academy of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, 2514AN Den Haag (NL)
The exhibition is open from 08 until 15 Nov 2013
Opening hours: Mo-Th 09.00—21.00h, Fr 09.00—17.00h
In de Galerie van de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten.

Jan Boerman 90 Years Concert

On 30 June 2013 Jan Boerman, composer, turned 90. Since it is very difficult to organise concerts at the Conservatoire around that date, it was decided to organise his celebration concert at the beginning of the new Academic Year.

04 October, 19.30h will finally be the moment: Two monumental electronic compositions of Boermans will be performed in multi channel versions in the Anton Schönbergzaal of the KC:

De zee (1964-1965)
Tellurisch (1991)

Entrance is free.

cahier M at monoskop

Dick Raaijmakers: Cahier-M: A Brief Morphology of Electric Sound (2000)

Cahier-M is about the morphology of electric sound. This inherently single-layered type of sound is discussed in the light of ‘neo-plastic’ music as suggested by the painter Piet Mondriaan in the 1920′s. He advocated a kind of music that consisted of single-layered, ‘single-colour’ electric sounds.

Furthermore, Cahier-M devotes ample attention to the morphological relationship between the typically uniform nature of electric sound and the multi-layered sound structures used by post-WWII serial composers. The discussion of this subject also covers layering (photo)graphic images as practised by the French physiologist E.J. Marey at the end of the 19th century, flipping monadic sound aggregates as practised by Karel Goeyvaerts since 1952, the application of so-called ‘horizontal arpeggios’ by Pierre Boulez around 1980, and the introduction of ‘liquid forms’ in contemporary architecture.

These aspects are illustrated based on a still valid morphological analysis of sound conducted by the author between 1963 and 1967.

Cahier-M comprises four chapters: ‘Invented Sound’, ‘Diagonal Sound’, ‘Composed Sound’ and ‘Spatial Sound’.

Sphæræ at Ars Electronica

ArtScience and Synergetica Lab present Sphæræ at Ars Electronica 2013 with a jam-packed program of performances.

the ArtScience Interfaculty and Synergetica Lab present a series of multi-sensory performances and installations in the context of synthetic biology. Transpiring inside Sphæræ, an inflatable multi-dome pavilion created by Cocky Eek, these spherically projected artworks evoke the transformation of prebiotic conditions into the complex behavior and dimensionality of synthesized living cells.

Sphæræ will be in front of the Ars Electronica Center on the bank of Danube River, offering a full program of performances, talks, and installations during all 5 days of the festival, September 5th – 9th.

With works by Martijn van Boven (NL), Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (BY/NL), Cocky Eek (NL), Eduard Haiman & Michael Holub & V4W.ENKO & Vadim Smakhtin (RU/UA), Theun Karelse (NL), Francisco López (NL/SP), Bas van Koolwijk (NL),  Matthijs Munnik (NL), Eric Parren (US), Nenad Popov & Erfan Abdi (NL), Paul Prudence (UK), Joris Strijbos & Yamila Rios (NL), Dieter Vandoren (BE) & Mariska de Groot (NL) and an introduction by Arthur I. Miller.

program: Ars Electronica

An overview of the performances is presented in this project blog-post

 Sphaerae standing in front of the Ars Electronica center without its cover.

10.000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Dmitry Gelfand & Evelina Domnitch.

Runaway AV by Bas van Koolwijk.

Shadow Puppet by Dieter Vandoren and Mariska de Groot.