Jan Boelen ↓

Head of department

Jan Boelen (°1967, Genk) graduated as a product designer at the Media and Design Academy (KHLim), now the LUCA, Campus C-mine, in Genk, Belgium. He currently holds the position of artistic director of Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium and is Head of the Masters Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Commissioned by the Permanent Deputation of the Province of Limburg, Jan Boelen reformed the Provincial Centre for the Visual Arts into Z33, a house for contemporary art.

Since 2002, Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory and a meeting place for experiment and innovation where one can discover cutting-edge exhibitions with contemporary art and design. Z33 does not have its own collection of works, but accommodates exhibition shows continuously. In his curatorial work, Jan Boelen has collaborated with Raf Simons, Studio Makkink & Bey, John Körmeling, Thomas Lommée, Dunne & Raby, Marti Guixé, Aldo Bakker, Konstantin Grcic, Joseph Grima, …

In addition to the exhibitions at Z33 – house for contemporary art, Z33 also organizes projects in the open space, as well as projects commissioned by other organizations. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. In 2014 Jan Boelen curated BIO50, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is currently leading a series of international debates on the future of design.


Dick Van Hoff ↓


Dick van Hoff is part of Vanhoffontwerpen, a design studio that keenly focus on how a product works, the intuitive movements of the user and the enjoyment of use. Functionality, quality and the relationship between the product and the user are of paramount importance. Functionality is more important than aesthetics, but that does not mean form follows function. The designs are icons that capture your heart, often robust in shape, yet reflecting subtle detailing…


Eric Klarenbeek ↓


Eric Klarenbeek graduated in 2003 from Design Academy Eindhoven. Since then he has designed for clients such as Droog Design, Marcel Wanders's Moooi, Lidewij Edelkoort, Makkink Bey, Eneco and the Ministry of the Netherlands. He is founder of the ArTechLab at the AKI ArtEZ art academy (www.artechlab.nl).

Together with Maartje Dros, Eric Klarenbeek forms a designers duo concentrating on public space & technology. Their aim is to challenge and explore the use of space by connecting history, crafts and new technologies in archetypical objects to invite and evoke new use of space.


Michael Kaethler ↓


Michael Kaethler is currently a Marie-Curie research fellow and doctoral researcher at KU Leuven using social epistemology to understand how knowledge works in design and art through the TRADERS program. He is a curator, however explores how curating can be applied outside of conventional exhibition settings. Kaethler’s diverse background includes studies in political science and social anthropology, a masters degree in Slavonic literature and film, and a masters in urban design and spatial planning on human settlement at KU Leuven. Kaethler has spent the last decade in different research positions, primarily in conflict and post-conflict contexts from India to Latin America and Russia. He has worked for a range of small and large organisations including the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and peace-keeping efforts through the UN in Pakistan.


Tamar Shafrir ↓


Tamar Shafrir is a writer and designer based in Rotterdam. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a lecturer on design and critical writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Sandberg Instituut. In 2013, she co-founded the studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima in Genova.


Fabrizia Vecchione ↓


Fabrizia Vecchione is Exhibition Coordinator at Documenta 14, and is currently based in Athens. Previously, Vecchione served as editor at architectural magazines Mark, Amsterdam (2010–2011) and Domus, Milan (2011–2013). She also worked at OMA, Rotterdam (2013-2017) in projects such as Monditalia, one of the main exhibitions of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; the redesign and content management of the oma.eu website; and media plans for several major project completions. She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Florence.

Geoffrey Brussato ↓


After a preparatory training in Visual Arts, Geoffrey Brusatto (1979) studies graphic design in Hasselt (BE). After his graduation, he started as a graphic designer for various cultural institutions and next he founded his own graphic design agency BRUSATTO. Besides working for a clientele predominantly from the cultural sector, he also teaches at the Hasselt University College of Art. His work is defined by a purified (whether or not typographic) form language, combined with a large affinity in materials. As a result of this elements such as dimensionality and tactility are very present in the realised designs. He designed several house styles and book designs for various clients, from publishers and cultural institutions to fashion designers. Brusatto was a laureate of the ‘Toegepast 8’-exhibition in Z33.


Henriette Waal ↓

Department coordinator

Henriette Waal is artistic research director of atelier LUMA. As artist and designer her work was awarded by the International Award for Public Art for her placemaking approach. As curator for Mediamatic’s Bio-me program, Waal has developed a cross-disciplinary platform for knowledge exchange about brewing practices and design with micro-organisms. Waal’s projects have been exhibited worldwide in institutions such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Venice Biennial, RUHR 2010, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Pioneer Works NYC, Centraal Museum Utrecht, NAiM Bureau Europa and Dutch Design Awards. In addition to founding a number of socially engaged art and design projects, Waal has taught since 2013 in the Social Design Master Program at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Jesse Howard ↓


Jesse Howard is an Amsterdam-based designer / researcher focusing on creating objects that question the established relationship between designers, producers, and users, and as a result speculate on new systems of making. He graduated from the designLAB at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from Colorado College. Recently, Howard has worked together with Intrastructures and Kirschner 3D, and presented workshops for Thingscon and Arduino’s Casa Jasmina.


Jon Stam ↓


Commonplace Studio is the Netherlands-based design practice of Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker, whose work focuses on context driven objects, quality craftsmanship, and quiet interactions. The studio frames autobiographical content, while addressing contemporary issues such as the increasing lack of tactility and other challenges posed by the digital. Commonplace Studio works in both an autonomous and commercial context, and their works have been showcased during events such as Design Miami, Design Dubai, Milan, Manifesta, and at Sotheby's. In 2013 the Studio was awarded the Designers of the Future Award at Design Miami/ Basel.


Angela Rui ↓


Angela Rui is an Italian curator and editor based in Rotterdam, working in design theory and criticism. She has co-curated the 25th Design Biennial of Ljubljana (May-November 2017), under the title Faraway, So Close. She was design editor for Abitare magazine (2011-2013), and curated the editorial project for Icon Design magazine (Mondadori, 2015-2017). Her writings appeared in publications and catalogues published by several institutions, MAXXI (Rome) and CCA (Montreal) among others, and she has been Member of Theoretical, historical, critical research and publishing projects commission for ADI Design Index (2013-2015). She curated the 2015 edition of Operae, the independent design festival based in Turin, under the title HERE/NOW. Under Present Effect. With Meeting Mirabilia she managed a series of live interviews from the studios of LiveOn4G (Telecom) to discuss the use of poetry, dreams, uncertainty, nature, and desire as new platforms for design (2014). And for the Triennale Design Museum she curated the exhibition and catalogue Ugo la Pietra. Disequilibrating Design (2014). Until 2016 she taught at the School of Design (Politecnico di Milano) and at the Master of Interior Design program at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan).

Brecht Duijf ↓


Brecht Duijf is co-founder with Lenneke Langenhuijsen of Buro BELÉN, a studio working on material and colour concepts in the field of product design, interior design and exhibition design. They have been commissioned by Georg Jensen, Villa Noailles Hyères, Textiellab Tilburg, amongst others; and their work has been exhibited at Textile Museum Tilburg, Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Palazzo Clerici Milano. After graduating cum laude at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Duijf worked for Forbo Flooring, and subsequently established her garment label 18-11-81 (www.18-11-81.com) in 2014. In 2010 she won a Calvijn Classiscs awards, and in 2012 her business was funded by BKVB. Together, Duijf and Langenhuijsen received a subsidy from the DOEN Foundation for 'creative sustainable entrepreneurs'. They currently teach at Design Academy Eindhoven and Artemis Akademie Amsterdam.


Tine Holvoet ↓


Tine Holvoet holds a track record of multidisciplinary collaborations. She gained international experience from contributing to the GEM consortium (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) from 2012-2015, providing an annual assessment on entrepreneurship in Belgium. As a seasoned advisor and research collaboration partner, she has translated this research for government into a dozen research reports with broad visibility and impact. Currently she focuses on innovation and disruption in the global financial services sector. Social change being her most important driver, she infiltrates the very corporate. Contributing to Vlerick Business School and Stanford Ignite, she has built up an extensive experience on entrepreneurship. Passionate about the music and art scene, she brings this expertise in less typical business environments. Being a guest lecturer at SAE Institute (School for Audio Engineering), she is fuelling artists, sharing knowledge on entrepreneurial identity, artist-run approaches, flow hacking techniques and disruption (mainly due to digital transformation).

Judith Seng ↓


Judith Seng investigates our contemporary culture and its materialized manifestations. Her works are poetic yet analytical and span the field between research, experimentation and creation of objects and spaces. Seng’s projects have been exhibited worldwide in institutions such as at the Art Centre Seoul, Carousel du Louvre Paris, Museum fuer angewandte Kunst Cologne, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Gesellschaft fuer Kunst und Gestaltung Bonn, Tokyo Art Museum, Museum der Dinge Berlin, MARTa Herford, Appel Design Gallery Berlin, Post Design Gallery Milan, Neumeister Munich, Helmrinderknecht Berlin and the HAU Berlin. Some works can be found within the collection of the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC). Editions of her objects are produced by Studio Judith Seng as well as by Industreal, Memphis s.r.l. and CIAV Meisenthal. Seng also teaches and consults for different clients and at international art schools.


Gabriel Ann Maher ↓


Gabriel A. Maher is a designer currently living and working in the Netherlands. With a background in interior architecture, Maher’s practice is essentially focused on relationships between body and structure and an interest in objects and systems. An emerging methodology seeks to create situations where research and design come together in performance. Questioning design and media practices through queer and feminist frameworks has become a core position and approach. Their investigations confront a range of intersectional concerns, which frame concepts of gender, race and class as well as highlight how the body, identity and subjectivity are positioned, organized and managed. Until 2012, Maher practiced and taught interior architecture and design in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Currently, they are Designer in residence at Iaspis, as part of the international program, in Stockholm.


Lucas Maassen ↓

Guest tutor

Lucas Maassen lives and works in Eindhoven. After studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven he started his career as an independent conceptual designer. His work has been exhibited in museums all over the world such as MoMA New York, Grand Palais Paris, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein, New Museum New York, Taiwan Design Museum Taipei, Museum of Art and Design New York, Centraal Museum Utrecht and the van Abbe museum Eindhoven. Besides his design practice Maassen teaches at the Social Design Master program at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Academy of Art Communication and Design inTilburg.


Thibault Brevet ↓

Guest tutor

Born in Lyon, France, Thibault Brevet graduated from ECAL in 2012 with a BA in graphic design and in 2015 with a MA in visual arts. He is developing a practice at the intersection of design, engineering and art. Lives in Zürich and Berlin.


Stéphane Barbier-Bouvet ↓

Guest tutor

Stéphane Barbier Bouvet is an artist whose work fuses ideas of design, sculpture, and display. It develops, simultaneously, as a practice, a form of knowledge, and a comment. His oeuvre often comprises commissions that entail the mediation and alteration of existing conditions. His approach relies on an open-field system, applying a methodology of design on the various cultural fields in which he intervenes, specifically questioning the notion of exhibition and the status of objects.

Graduated at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2006, Barbier Bouvet opened the collective initiative 1m3, an independent exhibition platform (2006-2013). Together with Benjamin Valenza, he also initiated Kaiser Kraft, a construction program that works on contracts within the art field (since 2010). He co-founded the Dirty Art Department at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam in 2011.

Stéphane Barbier Bouvet is represented by the gallery Truth and Consequences, in Geneva, and Salle Principale, in Paris. He lives and Works in Brussels.

Gali Blay ↓

Guest tutor

Her artistic practice emerges from the medium of photography, which exists in the space between fiction and reality. She researches this in-between world of fiction and reality created by images and designs her scenarios to it. She uses storytelling in design in order to tackle complicated political structures, and investigates how their power influences different narratives developing in the society, with the use of different mediums, such as videos, animation and installation.


Giuditta Vendrame ↓

Guest tutor

Giuditta Vendrame is a designer and researcher based in the Netherlands. She explores the intersections between design, art practice, and legal systems. To question the opaque nature of the latter, to make them debatable, she uses different media (film, performance, installations). She researches the notion of citizenship and its paradoxes and she is interested in exploring ways to open political spaces through playful and poetical interventions. Together with Paolo Patelli is part of La Jetée.


Tim Geurtjens ↓

Guest tutor

Tim Geurtjens has a background in as well mechanical engineering as product design (Design Academy Eindhoven). Since his graduation in 2007 he has been working at Joris Laarman Lab, where he developed extensive knowledge of exotic high tech materials and cutting edge technologies.

Tim is co-founder and CTO of MX3D, a company that develops large-scale 3D printers that use 6-axis industrial robots to print large metal objects. MX3D has recently taken up the ambitious project to produce the first 3D-printed metal bridge in the world over a canal in Amsterdam


Roel Roscam Abbing ↓

Guest tutor

Roel Roscam Abbing (1990, NL) is an artist and researcher whose work engages with the issues and cultures surrounding networked computation. He engages with themes such as network infrastructures, the politics of technology and do-it-yourself approaches.

He holds an MA Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and a Fine Arts BA from the Willem De Kooning Academy.


Martin Hertig ↓

Guest tutor

Martin Hertig is a designer and technologist based in Bern, Switzerland. In critical, yet playful works he explores relationships between technological innovation and humanity. He has a background in software development and studied Media & Interaction Design at ECAL.


Sarah Reynders ↓

Guest tutor

Sarah Reynders (°1993 woont en werkt in Heusen-Zolder) is master in de vrije kunsten met als specialiteit juweelontwerp- en edelsmeedkunst. Met haar marterproject 'ABJECT' wint ze in 2016 de Wanatoe prijs voor het beste afstudeerproject van de Limburgse kunstscholen. Met dit project krijgt ze ook de prijs Cultuurplatform Design en de CC-mine Student Award.