Traditionally, especially in my Western, Christian tradition, we have thought of more-than-human animals as being unthinking entities, set upon this earth for our benefit. This idea of the “other” as unintelligent, has made us comfortable with the extreme violences that feed our hyper-capitalist societies. We are violent towards the more-than-human. We are violent towards our planet. We have taken agency away from the “other”, undermined intelligences that are different than ours, we turned the other into monsters - or domesticated them.

In my work I aim to disentangle these stories we tell in two distinct ways. Part of my practice revolves around looking at the ways in which more-than-human actors experience the world we cohabit. These works create spaces for deep listening that transpose these other sensibilities and intelligences into a human modality so that we too can experience the outersonic, outertactile, and outervisual signals that they are attuned to. 

Other works directly unravel our mythologies to uncover the violence hidden within. In What Worlds Make Stories I employ an alien, absurdist perspective to reflect on the politics of the monster. Who makes them, who unmakes them, by which method, and with which purpose?

In these wicked times we will need to rethink our narratives and reassess our kinship with more-than-human species. We need to develop new ways of perceiving, new types of sensibilities, and new ways to sense and make sense of the extremely slow, diffuse, or weak signals that the “other” sends. Tuning in to the more-than-human signals can give us clues for alternative, adaptive ways of living with, rather than just on the earth. And to create these new relationships, as with every lesson, as with every new skill, as with every new insight, we must start by listening.


My practice has been generously supported by the Dutch Mondriaan Fund, AFK, and Amarte

Photo by Wouter LeDuc
Exhibitions | Performances | Writings

12/01/2023 Hoe de Eenhoorn zijn Monsterlijkheid verloor ... [essay] - Mister Motley (online)
04/11/2023 - 04/01/2024 What Worlds Make Stories - Willem Twee Kunstruimte (NL)
07/10/2023 - 05/11/2023 Soil Dogs - Taitung Soundart (TW)
08/06/2023 - 13/06/2023 Heavy Waters - Durban (SA)
11/03/2023 - 23/04/2023 Soil Dogs - Zit-Dim Art Space (TW)
11/01/2023 - 23/03/2023 SEMA (residency and exhibition) - Zit-Dim Art Space (TW)
08/02/2023 - 10/02/2023 High Voltage Waggle Dance - Prospects, Van Nelle Fabriek (NL)
12/12/2022 Monstrare Monere [essay] - Ocean Archive (Online)
26/11/2022 Hic Sunt Dracones [essay] - DAISYWORLD MAGAZINE (publication)
07/11/2022 - 09/11/2022 High Voltage Waggle Dance - Radio Amnion, Pacific Ocean (CA)
02/07/2022 - 28/07/2022 Residency at Gornji Grad (SI)
09/06/2022 - 19/06/2022 Waddenorgel - Kunstroute Oerol, Terschelling (NL)
21/03/2022 - 30/09/2022 Supporters - Collaboration with Matteo de Nando, Zaza Ramen (IT)
21/10/2021 - 24/10/2021 Waddenorgel - Waddenlaboratorium Oerol, Terschelling NL
08/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 A Solid State : A Solid State - RE_Nature art festival, Tramkade s’Hertogenbosch (NL)
03/09/2021 - 06/09/2021 Telling the Bees - ReA Art Fair, Fabbrica del Vappore Milan (IT)
05/04/2021 Sound of the North Sea - group exhibition AQUARIA, MAAT Lisbon (PT)
13/02/2021 Twenty Perspectives on a Mountain - group exhibition RE:Trans_2019-2020, AIAV (JP)
12/12/2020 Three Miniatures from Decay - group exhibition Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts (JP)
12/11/2020 - 15/06/2021 Counterpoints - solo exhibition, Buitenplaats Doornburgh (NL)
01/09/2020 - 31/09/2020 residency at Buitenplaats Doornburgh (NL)
12/06/2020 - 21/06/2020 Sound of the North Sea - Art route Oerol Festival Terschelling (NL)
29/02/2020 - 07/03/2020 Twenty Perspectives on a Mountain - group exhibition Live Together With This Land, AIAV (JP)
27/02/2020 Music by Oceans for solo harp - performance World Harp Festival, New York (USA)
18/02/2020 Music by Oceans for solo harp - performance for the opening of the Dutch Harp Festival, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht (NL)
07/01/2020 - 12/03/2020 Twenty Perspectives on a Mountain - residency and grant, Akiyoshidai International Art Village (JP)
14/12/2019 Music by Oceans - performative lecture, De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
16/11/2019 Sound of the North Sea - group exhibition Zwemmen in het Anthropoceen Ambassade van de Noordzee, Het HEM Zaandam (NL)
14/10/2019 Music by Oceans - lecture during Plastic Soep in de Eem, De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
04/10/2019 Music by Oceans - performance during Noordzeedagen, Fort IJmuiden (NL)
11/07/2019 - 14/07/2019 Sound of the North Sea - group exhibition during Ambassade van de Noordzee Manifestation, Scheveningen (NL)
27/06/2019 - 30/06/2019 Music for Architecture - residency, Buitenplaats Doornburgh (NL)
02/06/2019 Music by Oceans - performative lecture during Expeditie NEXT, Maassilo Rotterdam (NL)
22/05/2019 Music by Oceans - lecture during Mingler Meeting, De Jonge Akademie Amsterdam (NL)
28/03/2019 Music by Oceans - performative lecture during UUnited, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht (NL)
24/02/2019 Sound of the North Sea - recording, Geertekerk Utrecht (NL)
09/09/2018 Movement by Oceans - performance at festival De Oversteek, Nijmegen (NL)
05/07/2018 - 30/07/2018 Movement by Oceans - residency at ArtEZ, Arnhem (NL)
16/06/2018 Workshop Underwater Sound with the Embassy of the North Sea - Border Sessions, Den Haag (NL)
23/04/2018 - 30/04/2018 Movement by Oceans - residency at Satellietgroep, Den Haag (NL)
17/02/2018 - 10/03/2018 NICO Expedition - residency aboard the Pelagia, Saba Bank (SXM)
31/10/2017 Music by Oceans symposium, Utrecht (NL)