Director of the Piet Zwart Institute, Renee Turner
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Since 1996, I have collaborated with Riek Sijbring and Femke Snelting under the name De Geuzen: a foundation for multi-visual research. Next to national and international exhibitions, our projects have been featured in Rhizome, Mute and Thames and Hudson’s Internet Art. Parallel to my collective practice, I have also produced text-driven pieces for the web that engage in the idiosyncrasies of networked culture. Whether working individually or collaboratively, my projects often employ tactical media to explore female identity, narratives of the archive and online media ecologies.
My educational background is perhaps best described as hybrid. After receiving my MFA from the University of Arizona, I came to the Netherlands where I was an artist resident at the Rijksakademie for two years, which was then followed by two years as a researcher in the Theory Department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. In 2007, I received a scholarship from the Institute of Creative Technology to pursue a second Master’s degree in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montfort University (Leicester, GB).
Currently I am the Director of the Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam) and Course Director of the Networked Media specialization. Over the past years I have taught art, design and theory to both BA and MA students at different institutions, such as the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (Bergen, NO), Piet Zwart: Fine Art programme, St. Joost Academy (Breda, NL) and the Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam, NL). No matter what department or academy I have taught in, I operate from the firm belief that while it is important to specialise, it is imperative to promote interdisciplinary exchanges in order to playfully and critically explore the social, political, psychological and poetic dimensions of our world.