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)
Elke Uitentuis (social practice)
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 (fellowship support & friends)
Lotte Hemme (special projects)

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
Karl Guha
Bregtje van der Haak
Otobong Nkanga
Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau
Vinod Subramaniam (chair)

Supervisory Board Trust Fund

Job Dura
Wouter Han
Marian Scheele (chair)

Mette Sterre

NL, 1983

  • resident
    • 2019
    • 2020
    • 2021

Artist Statement

Liminal encounters of mineral-looking entities in the dark
entangling and disentangling in unpredictable formations.
A primal machine reaches out for touch – her skin is soft, and she is craving for love. Contacts. Collisions. Stillness.
The atmosphere is saturated with elementary charge,
animating all matter alike.

Mette Sterre’s creations escape fixed definitions. They exceed performance practice, installation, digital technologies, costume-making and sculpture – potentially expanding their territories without limits. By entering her work we are cast into the materialisation of her mind processes: an unpredictable participatory and sensorial experience.

The environments created by the artist are loaded with transformative energetic fields that animate new worlds in which we encounter organic and inorganic living organisms and speculative fictions. The undecipherable glowing matter unfolds in front of us. What is it made of?

Animators in costumes, robots, sounds and visuals unravel in anarchic formalisms and otherworldly movements, acting as a strategy for disorientation, de-centering and trespassing spatial parameters, linear time and human certainties.

Creatures that seem to be assembled into hybrid and chimeric formulations – partly machines, monsters or nonhumans – are occupying the same space as us. Rather than being ego-centered actors within a system that still oppresses those that are ‘less than human’, Sterre’s creations celebrate our variance through dissonance, in a dimension of both fear and ecstasy.

Are we not hybrids yet? Formed of bacteria, minerals, fluids and parasites, we are also one with the environment, in a vitalistic, metamorphic processes. Simultaneously, we slowly and surely also decomposing... In this ecosystem, even rocks have agency.

From the Open Archive with tags
  • Mette Sterre

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    Studio performance

    1. 19/6/2021
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    Studio presentation

    1. 19/6/2021
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    Performance, how to catch an octopus in a broken heart

    1. 19/6/2021
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    Studio presentation

    1. 19/6/2021
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    Studio presentation

    1. 19/6/2021
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    Work in public space

    1. 19/6/2021
  • 2018 Trailer Edit 5_1.mp4
    2018 Trailer Edit 5_1.mp4
    1. 18/4/2021
  • 2018 black hole empire Teaser V1.mp4
    2018 black hole empire Teaser V1.mp4
    1. 18/4/2021
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    IMG-2300.MOV
    1. 18/4/2021
  • Mette Sterre 02.jpg

    “G-string theory - Attempting to Rise - Pointing Sisters Guilt Trip”, as part of the Queer Bodies exhibition at FLUC, Vienna, curated by Victoria Dejaco und Julia Frank

    1. 15/2/2021
  • IT-girl Circus- A Circuit of Overthinking, Digital Collage, 2018.jpg

    “IT-girl Circus – A Circuit of Overthinking”. Digital Collage. 2018

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Enchanted Field Research - Secret Meetings That Shape The World, photograph by G.J. van Rooij.jpg

    “Enchanted Field Research - Secret Meetings That Shape The World”. Performative installation consisting Erica the Robot, Pazzi the robotic dog, 2 x 6 m x 5 m black textile artworks working as choreographically score, ceiling projections and 3 beings. Performed by Lucia Fernandez Santoro, Sophia van der Putten, Artemise Ploegearts, Giacomo Della Marina, Rebecca Wijnruit, Tashi Iwaoka. Music by David Ko. Installation view during Rijksakademie Open Studio 2019. Photograph by G. J. Van Rooij

    1. 13/2/2021
  • G-string theory - Attempting to Rise - Pointing Sister Blame Game, photograph G.J. van Rooij.jpg

    “G-string theory - Attempting to Rise - Pointing Sister Blame Game”(Sculptural bodymask, 200 manicure fingers from Fantasyworld, 200 servomotors, satin fabric, foam and arduino human body size to become femme cyborg). Installation view during Rijksakademie Open Studio 2019. Photograph by G. J. Van Rooij

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Seapussy Galore, 2020.jpg

    “Seapussy Galore”. Performative installation overview. Expansion foam, fabric, leather cut outs, inflatables, fans, projections and robotics. 2020

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Performance at project Space Nieuw en Meer, Aargh Grrr Hmpff, 2020 Curated by Lydia Schouten.jpg

    Performance at project Space Nieuw en Meer “Aargh Grrr Hmpff” 2020. Curated by Lydia Schouten

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Performance at project Space Nieuw en Meer,  Aargh Grrr Hmpff, 2020, Curated by Lydia Schouten.jpg

    Aargh Grrr Hmppf, 2020. Collection of physical mask making through oil crayon drawings, turned into a digital instagram face filter app, to be seen at Instagram.com/mettesterre

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Hummelmanie, Performance with rubberbandmasks at Birmingham Art festival 2017, Curated by Fierce Festival.jpg

    “Hummelmania”. Performance with rubberbandmasks at Birmingham Art festival 2017. Curated by Fierce Festival

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Fingerlicking Bedtime Stories, Theatrical 1 hour Talkshow at Konvooi Festival in Brugge, Photograph by Chantal van Rijt, 2019.jpg

    “Fingerlicking Bedtime Stories”. Theatrical 1 hour Talkshow at Konvooi Festival in Brugge. Photograph by Chantal van Rijt 2019

    1. 13/2/2021
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    Elementary Charge, 20 min choreographed performance, music by David Ko, performed by Pa, Photograph by Aad Hoogendoorn

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Black Hole Empire, WORM Rotterdam 2018, Photograph by Nesreen Salem.jpg

    “Black Hole Empire”. Research residency at the Digital Learning Lab at London College of Fashion. Performance at Frieze Evening of Performances by David Roberts Art Foundation at Club Koko and Arcade East Gallery in London 2017, WORM Rotterdam 2018. Photograph by Nesreen Salem

    1. 13/2/2021
  • Bellamy Kabinet - Beast,  Rubbermask design, photograph  60 x 50 cm in collaboration with Özgür Atlagan, 2020.jpg

    Bellamy Kabinet - Beast. Rubbermask design. Photograph 60 x 50 cm. In collaboration with Özgür Atlagan, 2020

    1. 13/2/2021
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    “Seapussy Galore”. Performative installation overview. Expansion foam, fabric, leather cut outs, inflatables, fans, projections and robotics. 2020

    1. 13/2/2021
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    1. 4/12/2020