Since 2011 Martijn van Berkum works at WdKA where he was project leader for the development of a new curriculum for all BA programmes and currently is chairman of the Curriculum Committee. In 2011 he completed his masters in Fine Arts at the Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. Martijn has been active in several art collaborations, such as SQUID, a text-based project (with Katja Aglert and Janna Holmstedt), that was presented in several contexts and venues, such as Röda Sten and Botkyrka Konsthall, and Documenta Magazine Project. It’s better to build than to fade was a public space project, (with Oskar Lindström), that was carried out at, among other events, Momentum, the Nordic Biennale.
Why do you work for RASL?
My interest in WdKA and RASL lies in particular with the question how to develop education that enables students to work on complex, transdisciplinary issues. I am convinced that scientific and artistic practices have overlapping as well as complementary qualities that, when combined, give a crucial edge in understanding and acting in such issues. RASL provides an experimental context in which we develop and carry out education and research in this exciting field.