Residents

Julian Abraham Togar ID
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba MX
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Özgür Atlagan TR
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Razia Barsatie SR
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Salim Bayri MA
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Verena Blok NL
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Simnikiwe Buhlungu ZA
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Sara Culmann RU
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Tanja Engelberts NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Aldo Esparza Ramos NL/MX
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
G GB
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Lotte van Geijn NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Robert Glas NL
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Catalina González CL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Lungiswa Gqunta ZA
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Saemundur Thor Helgason IS/NL
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Hannah Dawn Henderson GB
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Takeshi Ikeda JP
  • resident
  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2021
Artor Jesus Inkerö FI
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Donghwan Kam KR/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Arturo Kameya PE/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Özgür Kar TR/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Penelope Koliopoulou GR
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Wouter van der Laan NL
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Sungeun Lee KR
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Sheng-Wen Lo TW/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Tessa Mars HT
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Silvia Martes NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Polina Medvedeva NL/RU
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Ima-Abasi Okon GB
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Ian Page US
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Claudia Pagès Rabal ES
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Molly Palmer GB
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Eoghan Ryan IE
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Hend Samir EG
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Ratu Saraswati ID
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Silke Schönfeld DE
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Tomasz Skibicki PL
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Mette Sterre NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Takanori Suzuki JP
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Kanitha Tith KH
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
Anh Tran NZ/VN
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021
Werker Collective
  • resident
  • 2020
  • 2021

Team

Directorial Team

Emily Pethick (director)
Martijntje Hallmann (deputy director, head of residency)
Susan Gloudemans (director strategy & development)
Danielle Kars (secretarial services)

Residency

Annelie Musters (manager & deputy head residency
Virág Szentkirályi (residency & programme coordinator)
Sandra Felten (alumni relations & documentation)
Daphne Verweij (project coordinator residency)

Workshops / Technical advisors

José Miguel Biscaya (media lab)
Marietta Dirker (library & collection)
Stephan Kuderna (metal)
Arend Nijkamp (paint lab)
Marianne Peijnenburg (ceramics)
Kees Reedijk (electronics)
Pieter Verweij (print lab)

Freelancers:
Seamus Cater (wood)
Roger Cremers (wood)
Lotte Nijhof (mould making)
Monique de Wilt (laser cutter & CNC)

Development

María Virto Marcilla (manager development)
Isabella Leitz (friends)

Communication

Vanessa Groenewegen

Finance / Administration / HR

Joost Cras (head of finance)
Niels Andree Wiltens (HR, residency & process administration)

Building / Operations

Michel de Rooij (head of operations)
Harold Verbakel (ICT)
Peter Amponsah (caretaker)
Feras Dahhan (caretaker)
Anita Autar (cleaning)

Cantina

Bas Magnée (coordinator)
René Blits
Wiebe Bouwsema

Freelancer:
Martine Albitrouw-Segijn

Supervisory Board Rijksakademie

Defne Ayas
Chris Buijink (chair)
Bregtje van der Haak
Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau
Vinod Subramaniam

Supervisory Board Trust Fund

Job Dura
Wouter Han
Marian Scheele (chair)

Sara Culmann

RU, 1981

  • resident
    • 2019
    • 2020
    • 2021

Artist statement

Working with digital imagery, games, and animation, Sara Culmann builds playable environments that comment on contemporary society. Her work enacts the lure of contemporary life, as well as the feelings of anxiety, apathy, and frustration it generates. She is specifically interested in how society’s obsession with capitalism and the digital environment translates into a dense conglomerate of iconographic images whose meaning is often dual and contradictory. Mainstream artefacts and controversial symbolic icons enter her environments, roaming the (digital) world until they become semantic noise, empty signifiers. Culmann is interested in the contradictory duality that each asset, or vessel of meaning, contains.

For her this type of binarity is not only found in symbols and icons but also in the computer-generated patterns she finds on the internet and then texturizes for her own works. This digital creation of volume can be done in two directions; and therefore, for Culmann, the computer-generated pattern becomes an asset in which dual sets of possibilities lie dormant. This interest in meaningmaking Culmann sometimes translates into sculptural works that function as extensions of her playable media, and in which the duality of meaning finds another form of expression.