In her video and photographic work, Kate Cooper explores the position of the female body in the history of digital image technology, and the labour and politics inherent within its commercial reproduction. By using how computer-generated images she destabilizes the division between subject and object, reflecting on how images always occupy a liminal realm between fiction and reality. Kate runs the course of Digital Practices in BEAR 1.
Derk Thijs is 42 and lives in Amsterdam with his girlfriend and two children. He makes paintings, sculptures and spaces that can be entered. Before, he worked in the harbour of IJmuiden and before that, he temporarily used a van for a studio. By his work, he searches for depictions and experiences of unbounded life, where idea, emotion, atmosphere and memory are unseparated. He works with Onrust gallery in Amsterdam.
Laura is a philosopher and art theorician working in the field of contemporary art as a writer, art critic, lecturer and sometimes as a curator. Her ongoing research revolves around the question, and simultanious creation of a sustainable (interdisciplanary) artistc practice that is collaborative and caring.
Anik Fournier works as researcher art critic, lecturer and curator.
Karin van Dam's monumental installations, sculptures and drawings can often be traced back to constructions and patterns hidden behind cities, architecture and nature. They seem like utopias in which you can wander, which take you on an imaginary journey and allow you to see the world around you differently. Van Dam is also a traveler. By coincidence she comes across her building materials: pipes, tubes, construction plastic, wells, ponds, wool and slabs of rubber. They form a pallet for temporary installations that she realizes in special places, in museums, but also on the roofs of buildings or the corner of a street.