Sonic Acts

Job description: Head of Marketing & Communications (Academy 2018, Festival 2017, Progress Bar)

Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. Over the years, Sonic Acts Festival has established itself as a thematic festival with a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersections of art, technology, music and science. Each festival edition explores the chosen theme by means of an international conference, a wide range of concerts and performances, exhibitions and screenings, and embraces a broad spectrum of fields, practices and disciplines.

Sonic Acts has developed into an organisation for the research, development and production of works at the intersection of art, science and theory. It also commissions and co-produces new works, often in collaboration with international festivals, arts organisations, funders and other partners. Recent projects include the three-year art, research & commissioning project Dark Ecology, predominantly taking place in the Arctic region, and its globally touring programme Vertical Cinema.

Recap Video – Sonic Acts Academy 2018 from Sonic Acts on Vimeo.

Sonic Acts Festival 2017 – The Noise of Being from Sonic Acts on Vimeo.

PROGRESS BAR S02E05 TRAILER from Sonic Acts on Vimeo.


Job description: Head of Marketing & Communications (edititions 2016 / 2015 / 2014)

Rewire is an annual international festival for adventurous music. The festival offers a world class programme featuring more than 100 concerts, multidisciplinary performances, screenings, talks and workshops. Rewire takes place at multiple venues across the city centre of The Hague (The Netherlands). Venues differ from churches, old factories and abandonded spaces to the more institutional theatres and pop venues.

“Entertainment is obviously key to Rewire, and these playful peaks were commendable, but the festival seeks to impart so much more. The festival also aims for inspiration, education and challenges, all of which were delivered in spades.” – Resident Advisor

Rewire 2016 aftermovie from Rewire on Vimeo.

Rewire 2015 impression from Rewire on Vimeo.

Rewire 2014 short documentary from Rewire on Vimeo.


Job description: Marketing Manager

From the 1920s until the 1980s, the NDSM-wharf was one of the biggest shipyards in the world, regularly launching huge impressive tankers from its slipways. After this activity ceased, this sprawling location – and its imposing backdrop of crane tracks, sheds and the gigantic slipway – became a home port for creative pioneers such as Dogtroep and Robodock.

The colossal shipbuilding shed was transformed into ‘Kunststad’ (‘Art City’), an architectural monument housing some four hundred artists, designers, architects and set designers: one of the biggest artistic incubators in ‘Neerland’, as the locals call Holland. Numerous initiatives followed: About the IJ Festival, New Dakota, music festivals such as Pitch and DGTL and other cultural events.

The area’s pronounced, open and spatial character makes the wharf attractive for creative experimentation, innovative ambitions and entrepreneurship. It’s a place that appeals to the imagination and encourages to create things that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else. For example, the largest Street Art museum in the world will be located in the Lasloods on wharf (2018). Companies like Hema and Red Bull have also found a unique home base in NDSM. The industrial heritage combined with new creative activity creates an interesting dynamic.

The NDSM-wharf is an icon in itself, a city in a city, which is further emphasized by crossing the IJ with the ferry. Where there are many (restored) monuments on the east, there is more space for urban development in the west. Life is central here. Living with a view on the IJ, working in a new city district. Drinking coffee around the corner, work at the waterside or in one of the newly developed office spaces on the site. Here you can lift up your heart in unique shops, visit exhibitions or go to a festival with friends. This makes the special dynamics of the wharf even more lively. A home for pioneers, in a 24/7 urban district.

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Leve de NDSM: Ship of Fools from Stichting NDSM-werf on Vimeo.

5 Days Off

Job description: Artistic director (edition 2014), Head of Marketing and Communications (2013 / 2012).

Each year at the beginning of March, groups of young musicians from all over Europe and the US arrive to Amsterdam to participate in the electronic music festival. Originally, just one of many indoor dance events taking place in Amsterdam, “5 Days Off” became an important cultural meeting with the reputation beyond the Netherlands, giving its young public five days of nightclubbing, live shows and performances.

5 Days Off is a festival that includes music and cultural events in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It started in 2001 as spin-off of Ghent, Belgium’s Ten Days Off festival. The 2009 festival included artists, photography and other events such as a free show called “Wearable Technology: Powered Art and Fashion.

5 Days off developed as a spin-off of the 10 days off festival in Ghent and was the first multi-day indoor dance event in the Netherlands. Over the past years, the festival programming has gained in bandwidth considerably. The effort to offer a high-quality cross-cut of international electronic music has returned itself and built 5 days off a strong national and international reputation. It has grown out of a fairly small festival in the Amsterdam Melkweg into a true city-wide festival, which now also involves Paradiso and debating centre De Balie.


Job description: Festival PR Officer at STEIM, Patterns & Pleasure Festival (2011)

New musical instruments from the last century – the Theremin, electric guitar, synthesizer, turntable – were outlandish, noisy, and often threatening to the conventional. But to the fresh ear these were instruments of pleasure and freedom that sparked creativity. From Edgar Varése to Grandmaster Flash, new instruments were essential for the creation of new music. For 42 years, STEIM has helped artists realize dream instruments that would allow them to make music like no other. From 26 till 28 September 2011 STEIM showed their favorite artists at the Patterns + Pleasure Festival located at Frascati Amsterdam.

The festival program featured some of the newest and most adventurous approaches in today’s live electronic music. “Wireless controller for voice,” “Composition for sounding juggling balls,” “Graphite synthesizer,” “Joystick sampler,” and “Video choir” are some of the wonders that resulted after artistic residencies at STEIM. Other invited artists come with their own take on DIY synthesizers and controllers, live instrumental hip-hop, heavy machine doom music, biofeedback-Tuvan singing, and boogie-woogie noise. Many of the performers and pieces will be seen in the Netherlands for the first time.

The symposium program brought together internationally renowned artists, writers, and scholars from diverse fields to discuss about new directions in music making. We revisit the pioneering work of Steina Vasulka and the historical STEIM archives in “The New Past” session. Influential writers David Toop and Hans Boutellier talk about improvisation in the ”Playing by Ear” session. “Handmade Music” is an open demo session of odd and unique instruments built by local artists and students. Other themed sessions are joined by specialists in mathematics, computer music, new media, musical healing, and complex systems. Our local collaborating partners and institutions will present their own work throughout the program.

There also was a workshop program ranging from building small touch synthesizers to drawing with handmade chaotic analog computers and learning how to design networked interactive systems. Additionally, intimate seminars on interactive media education, archiving multimedia performances, working with field recordings and new cross disciplinary collaborations will be organized. All workshops and seminars will be taught by experienced artists and researchers from our extended network of colleagues.

New musical instruments from the 21st century – the laptop, touch screen, mobile phone – are familiar devices that easily produce wild sounds and complex patterns. However, we should not forget that what grasps us during a performance is not the technology or its functionality; it is still the sweat, the effort and the intuition of the performer. In the end, it is all about the music.

Be ready to be surprised, provoked, and inspired at the Patterns + Pleasure Festival.

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Job description: Festival promotion, marketing and communications at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ for World Minimal Music Festival (edition 2013, 2011 and 2009).

Hypnotic, repetitive, breath-taking and occasionally challenging: minimal music has been entrancing listeners with its deceptively simple means since the ’60s. That’s when composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley began exploring new ways of musical expression, rebelling against the experimental twelve-tone music that was perceived as overly sophisticated and complicated.


Job description: Program Coordinator. Consulting about the subjects and partners and inviting guests for talkshows and workshops. Commissioned by Blueprint Media.

Vodafone Firestarters is a platform for innovation on topics regarding film & photography, gaming, sustainability, eHealth, art & creation, fashion and music. Firestarters aims at connecting innovators by offering them possibilities to interact.

We want to give ambitious innovators a lead way by offering our own Innovation Space in the centre of Amsterdam, at no extra cost. Firestarters can also be found at events, where we organize different activities to share creative and innovating ideas with a bigger audience.


Crème de la crème of the Dutch art academies
Job description: Marketing and Communications for HOT100 at Virtueel Platform

Virtueel Platform promotes Dutch e-culture and is active in international new media culture networks.

The HOT100 brings together the crème de la crème of the Dutch art academies, universities and universities of applied science in the fields of design, theory, communication or development skills. These talented students will soon be working or have recently started working in the new media sector. We believe that this new generation has a lot to offer, with a fresh look at socio-technical developments in e-culture.

Starting in 2007, each year these talents are presented at the international PICNIC festival where they are inspired by lectures from experts such as Seb Chan (Sydney Powerhouse Museum), Anab Jain (Superflux) and Rachel Armstrong (former TED speaker).

15 september 2011

Van Gogh Spreekt

Job description: Marketing and Communications

Tien jaar na zijn tumultueuze verscheiden keert Theo van Gogh terug als personage in zijn eigen theatershow. Theo gaat loos in een verwoestende onemanshow met de bescheiden titel Van Gogh Spreekt. De zelfgenoegzame elite; het opportunisme van de eenvoudige medeburger; het kronkelend fenomeen der klaarkomst dat alleen de vrouw gegeven is en de achterlijke islam: het komt allemaal voorbij. Niemand wordt gespaard in een nietsontziende monoloog, waarin Theo’s nihilistische ironie in een tomeloze woordenstroom op het publiek afrolt.

Ook Theo zelf komt er niet zonder kleerscheuren vanaf in scènes waarin hij wordt geconfronteerd met fantoombeelden van zichzelf en de demonen die in hem spookten in videobeelden tot leven komen. Daarnaast kweelt hij er lustig op los in verbijsterende ‘Liederlijke Liederen’ uit de begindagen van zijn carrière die een bijzonder inkijkje in zijn zielenroerselen geven. En natuurlijk zijn er fragmenten te zien uit zijn films en televisieshows.

Omdat in Theo zo veel conflict en emotie gistte, kan hij in een personage transformeren dat iets algemeens formuleert aangaande de menselijke staat. Daardoor kan het stuk ontsnappen aan de beperkingen van het biografische theater. De subtekst reikt verder dan de biografie van Theo en stelt confronterende vragen inzake de vrije meningsuiting, de democratie, religie en het door de populaire cultuur gekleurde maatschappelijke debat.

In lijn met Theo’s gedachtegoed is het menselijk streven aanleiding tot anarchistisch/komische beschouwingen met een ironische, soms pijnlijke, toonzetting. Die ironie spreekt ook uit het hoogst dramatische gegeven dat Theo zelf met dodelijk gevolg ten prooi viel aan de ijdele hoogmoed die hij zo fel bestreed.

Van Gogh Spreekt volgt Theo’s Werdegang van kunstenaar tot BN-er en dat plaatst het fenomeen waarin hij bij zijn dood was getransformeerd in een verhelderend licht. Theo stierf als Martelaar van het Vrije Woord, maar het is de vraag of hij uitsluitend het slachtoffer werd van zijn kanttekeningen bij de islam en de dadendrang van de godsdienstwaanzinnige moslim die hem afslachtte. Werd Theo niet ook geveld door de hype die hij zelf mede creëerde? Is hij niet evenzeer slachtoffer van zijn onstuitbare hang naar aandacht en van al diegenen die hem entameerden?

Theo werd geboren in een welgestelde familie in Wassenaar – zijn opa was de neef van de schilder Vincent van Gogh en diens enige erfgenaam – maar hij zette zich zijn leven lang af tegen de elite waartoe hij eigenlijk altijd behoorde. Toen de richtinggevende happy few dank zij het interviewprogramma Een Prettig Gesprek na jaren van heftig dégout, ineens wat in hem ging zien, kwam hij alsnog terecht op de aftiteling van beschaafd Nederland. Theo vond het prachtig. Zó kon hij zijn gedroomde rol van hofnar spelen.

Van Gogh Spreekt heeft een stevige lading – Theo was niet altijd even fijngevoelig – maar het is ook een met compassie geschilderd portret van een op drift geraakt enfant terrible: onuitstaanbaar, hilarisch, en genadeloos, maar ook aandoenlijk, eenzaam, aardig en vol relativerende zelfspot.

In de laatste scène komt Theo in ontnuchterende zelfreflectie tot nieuwe inzichten en trekt hij pijnlijke conclusies over zichzelf en de werkelijkheid die hem omringde: zijn pleidooi voor het vrije woord gaat niet samen met zijn weinig vrolijke inschatting van de ‘gemiddelde medemens’. Het vrije woord en het functioneren van een democratie veronderstellen compassie, empathie en intelligentie in plaats van het oneigenlijke opportunisme en de domheid die hij ontwaart. Religie en democratie staan minstens op gespannen voet met elkaar, zo mocht Theo zelf ondervinden.

Er valt een hoop te lachen in deze anarchistische monoloog, maar er worden ook harde noten gekraakt die weinig vrolijk stemmen aangaande de stand der dingen.


Theater Na de Dam
Job description: Chef Online Communications at Theater Na de Dam

Theater Na de Dam is a theatre festival which takes place on May 4 and 5 as May 5 is a national memorial day – Liberation Day.

Op 4 mei, aansluitend aan de nationale Dodenherdenking op de Dam in Amsterdam , vindt Theater Na de Dam plaats, een theaterprogramma bestaande uit meerdere voorstellingen in verschillende theaters en locaties. Om 21.00u zijn bestaande én nieuwe theaterproducties te zien, die zich allemaal direct of indirect verhouden tot de periode van de Tweede Wereldoorlog: de Holocaust, de opkomst van het nationaalsocialisme, het Nederlands verzet in de oorlog, ons Indische oorlogsverleden, de onderdrukking van andersdenkenden en het herdenken en herinneren zelf. In 2010 vond de eerste editie van Theater na de Dam plaats en de belangstelling was enorm, evenals voor de tweede editie op 4 mei 2011.

4 mei 2011


Organisatie elektronische muziekavond in Amsterdam

As satellites spin overhead, the antenna is constantly searching, looking for new sounds to send and receive. Navigate your way through the barrage of drum machines and synth mayhem, and come to rest under the watchful eye of Antenna…