Artists in Residence
Dubrаvkа Sеkulić is an architect-researcher. She deals with themes of transformation of public space in contemporary cities, public goods and spatial justice, as well as the physical consequences of neoliberal planning. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, where she worked as an assistant in the classroom. She was a scholarship student of the Academy of Solitude in Stuttgart, within the Eastern European exchanges, as well as a researcher in the department of design Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.
Currently, she is a PhD fellow at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture (gta), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich.
She is the author of the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in 2012 under the title “Three points of support: Zoran Bojović,” and the book of a same title in 2013. In 2012, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, has published her two books “Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch! On extralegal Space in Belgrade” and “Surfing the Black”, co-edited with Gal Kirn and Žiga Testen on the Yugoslav black wave films.
She is currently working on a book with the working title “Planning for the Unexpected – Sourcebook for Urban Struggle”, which is based on the experiences of regional initiatives for the right to the city, and for which she won a scholarship to the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She exhibited at numerous international exhibitions in Serbia and abroad, including the 53rd October Salon. She regularly lectures on her work throughout Europe.
“Belgrade became famous in architectural circles in the 1990s for its ‘wildness’; its seemingly spontaneous and unruled spatial practices that at first glance appeared to be a product of a complete ignorance of existing laws. A longer gaze uncovers that the legal-illegal dichotomy in Belgrade was not so simple, and that, behind an exuberant form, the processes that made Belgrade seem wild, have much more to do with the re-regulation of laws, than with their disappearance.”
Christos Chrissopoulos (1968) has published 14 books and has engaged with different kinds of literature (fiction, essay, chronicle), with theory and photography. He has been awarded with an Athens Academy Award (2008) and the French awards Prix Laure Bataillon (2014) and Prix Ravachol (2013). He is a member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) and the European Society of Authors (SEUA), as well as an Iowa Writer’s Program fellow (IWP). In 2014, the French-German channel ARTE did a featurette on him. He has collaborated with many performers and artists in Greece and especially abroad. He has also given lectures and participated in many of festivals across Europe and the US. His books have been translated into twelve languages.
Chrissopoulos’ recent book “Wanderer Consciousness” (Okto Publications) is a collection of texts and images approaching the questions of how human subjects associate with their deregulated contemporary reality, what kind of consciousness is the city wanderer developing, and how can the artist himself reflect upon his own perception.
“We tilt constantly. Little by little every day. We walk in an angle towards a reality, though we do not fall, we do not stubble on the ground, but just learn to not get dizzy from our new inclination. And we see things around us as if they are standing upright, while nothing stays upright. Athens becomes more and more askew. And we follow it.”
Geert van Mil
Geert van Mil (NL) is based in Rotterdam and is currently enrolled in the project master School of Missing Studies at the Sandberg Institute, curated by artist duo Bik van der Pol. In 2011 he co-founded the collective Informal Strategies together with Doris Denekamp, which functions as a flexible structure to which they can invite other artists, musicians, writers and designers to work collaboratively on research-based projects.
The work of Informal Strategies revolves around montage and demontage – through this process, that can take place in film, performance and printed matter, they aim to deconstruct the strongly composed historical narratives in order to construct polyphonic alternatives. With these new stories, in which research is combined with informal resources and fiction, and which refuse to be unambiguous, they strive to deal with the complexity of our globalised reality.
They have presented work both in the Netherlands and abroad, a.o. in IASPIS (Stockholm), SMBA (Amsterdam), CASCO (Utrecht) and Expodium (Utrecht).
Joris Lindhout (NL) is GROK projects. He is a visual artist involved in an unruly/unrestrained practice and with an insatiable craving for weird tales of terror. Starting from his interest in critical theory and obscure cultural phenomena he creates series of zines, organizes reading- and discussion groups, and makes murals.
Together with curator Maaike Gouwenberg, they are the initiators of Gothic As a Cultural Strategy and Deltaworkers artist in residency in New Orleans.
Lindhout is currently a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy.
Wietske Maas (NL) is a cultural worker and an artist researching urban food ecologies and metabolic relations between life forms in the city. Based in Amsterdam since 2005, Wietske combines artistic pursuits with work as a producer and curator for the European Cultural Foundation and as research and project coordinator for the concluding phase of FORMER WEST (2014-2016).
In 2007, she coined the term ‘urbanibalism’ and started developing with Matteo Pasquinelli the eponymous project urbanibalism. Urbanibalism picks a bone with the binary morality that casts nature and culture into separate ecologies. It seeks instead a newfound materialist ethics for the city, using cultural tools to explore the urban as a messy site of digestions between people, institutions, other life forms and non-organic matter. Tapping into unexpected food chains to make new public recipes and conviviums, urbanibalism metabolises new relations between art, philosophy, science and the urban public sphere.
Mariska Gewald (NL) has recently graduated from the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
Her practice involves walking, writing and mapmaking. Her approach to walking mainly comes from literary references. In her work she researches the areas where walking and narrative come together, where a walk becomes a narrative and where a narrative can become a walk.