‘How can we disrupt the notion of being human while staying true to being humane?’
Wander Eikelboom (1973) is a researcher and cultural critic who studied critical humanities at the University of Utrecht.
He works as a tutor and researcher at the Communication and Multimedia Design Breda design school. He has published on critical design practices, participatory media cultures, and embodied experience in interactive media-technologies.
His current research explores more-than-human-design practices and ecosystemic ways of learning in the post-Anthropocene era. Between 2017 and 2019 Eikelboom was part of Polymorf, an artistic collective, for which he co-designed an internationally acclaimed installation, ‘Famous Deaths’, another installation, ‘The Entangled Body’, and Sense of Smell, a publication.
Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries
The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?Read more
‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’
‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’
‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’
‘Consumers are creatures of habit. If we want them to break routine and live sustainably, we have to do more than just offer sustainable alternatives. ’
‘To be able to research something thoroughly, you have to deeply engage, not just look at it from the outside.’
‘How do we live together, how do we work together? How do we give shape and form to ‘being together’ in the broadest sense?’
‘Interested in human behaviour as the basics underlying the way we design and innovate our society and economy.’
‘Doing research connects my practice with teaching; it strengthens and brings them closer together.’
‘Nowadays a brand is no longer an instrument of marketing, but it is a symbol for inspiring, meaningfull organisations.’
‘Disrupting our contemporary society can be a serious design goal.’