Xandra van der Eijk, (PhD Researcher)

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Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. Van der Eijk has developed a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work, incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods, and material development in her practice. Through her research, she decentralizes the human perspective by re-interpreting a landscape through its materiality. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time.

Van der Eijk’s work has been nominated and awarded multiple times and is extensively exhibited throughout the world. Her work extends through lectures, workshops, writings, and curating. She has been an active member of renowned design collective Dutch Invertuals since 2017, co-founding Dutch Invertuals Academy in 2020. Since 2019 she is co-organizing and curating FIBER labs, week-long intensives for professionals in the arts and environmental humanities, directed at co-creating new narratives in times of ecological crisis.

Van der Eijk is developing and leading MA Ecology Futures at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures and is an affiliated researcher in the connected Biobased Art and Design Research Group of Avans University's Centre for Applied Research in Art, Design & Technology (CARADT), working on the innovation of art education through the development of art-science discourse. Van der Eijk is currently undertaking her Ph.D. at Ulster University (UK) in a shared position between the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and is an associated researcher at Critical Media Lab Basel co-leading the reading group “Planetary Ecologies”. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal Conservatoire

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Royal Academy of Art

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Course Leader MA Ecology Futures at Master Institute of Visual Cultures, Avans University of Applied Sciences

Researcher, Biobased Art & Design Research Group, Avans University of Applied Sciences

Associated Researcher, Critical Media Lab, Basel , Critical Media Lab

Keywords

  • NX Arts in general
  • ecological art
  • new media
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • environmental change
  • anthropocene studies

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