design, live performance, media theory


On Friday 7 June, as a part of the artist residency program Hamburger Community of Art, I presented the multidisciplinary event Act Natural 04 at Roodkapje in Rotterdam.


About Act Natural:


Act Natural is the spur of the moment reaction during a serious or unexpected event. To be told to act natural is to be told to adapt to a changing environment. How does one go about repositioning, reconfiguring oneself to an unstable form, perhaps a (social) code, an idea, a new technology, a presumed understanding?


What’s natural anyway?


Act Natural is a space where research, personal expression and creative production come together in an effort to make sense of the identity of the self, the visible and the invisible world. The fourth iteration of my new performance series Act Natural presented a full program with the presentation of new work, a sound bath, lectures, lecture performances and live electronic music. These various forms are brought together to both celebrate and critically reflect on the politics of perception, the politics of image production techniques and the implications of using old and new technologies in personal expression and self exploration.

As a part of this evening I presented 3 new works that were on show at Roodkapje for two weeks. These new works reflect on the process of learning about ancestry, health and personal traits through DNA testing.



Act Natural 04 - timetable


18:00 - 19:00 - 3D sound

Sound bath with Elisa Batti


Moderator: Hajo Doorn


19:30 - 21:00 | Discourse: Lectures and Q&A's

Speaker: Ruben Pater

Speaker: Dr. Nolen Gertz

Lecture performance: Jeisson Drenth


21:00 - 21:30 - Exhibition opening


21:30 - 23:00 - Art: Presentations, performances

Breathe, Move by Sabine van der Vooren

Encoding Experiences by Ruben van de Ven

The Things I Don't Like Doing (Live a/v) by Joop Schroën


23:00 - 00:00 - DJ

DJ set by Elisa Batti