Residents

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

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 (workshop audio-visual)
Marietta Dirker (library & collection)
Stephan Kuderna (workshop construction)
Arend Nijkamp (workshop chemicals)
Marianne Peijnenburg (workshop ceramics)
Kees Reedijk (workshop electronics)
Pieter Verweij (workshop graphics)

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

Development

María Virto Marcilla (manager development)
Isabella Leitz (friends)
Irene Huberts (fellowships & funds)
Andrea de Bruin (assistant development)

Communication

Vanessa Groenewegen

Finance / Administration / HR

Joost Cras (head of finance & HR)
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
Marlies Rohmer
Vinod Subramaniam

Supervisory Board Trust Fund

Job Dura
Wouter Han
Marian Scheele (chair)

Sara Culmann

RU, 1981

  • resident
    • 2019
    • 2020

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.