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Media artist Geert Mul has been exploring for almost 20 years the possibilities of generating visual poetry by re-combining images from collections and databases in video’s, photographs, installations and audio-visual performances. In both digital and analogue works Mul explores the possibilities of a data-based mediation: the moment when a meaninglessness collection of data turns into something meaningful. ‘Meaning’ in Muls works is not based on logic, the works are essentially based on correlation, association, connotation and speculation. Mul regards his works foremost as a form of poetry; a creative play with a data-based language.

Mul produced over fifteen commissioned art installations and he has performed and exhibited his works in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia Madrid, National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi India, Institute Valencia Arte Moderne, Witte de With Rotterdam, Museum of contemporary Art Chicago, the International Biennial Turijn and Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010. In 2010 Geert Mul received the Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre.

Geert Mul is represented by gallery Ron Mandos Amsterdam Holland

 

"His work is of great relevance to contemporary art by virtue of the new ways in which he addresses the overwhelming volume of images 
of today’s information era. Geert Mul teaches us to view those images from an entirely new perspective " 

Jury report Witteveen+Bos Award for Art+Technology 2010

 

CV Geert Mul

Awards:

1995 Rotterdam Art Award

2010 Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award

2011 Best Practice Award Virtueel Platform.

2011 Share Prize nomination Museum of Science Turin Italy.

 

Activities:

1993 – present Media artist, artistic research, commissioned art public space.

2001-  2004 Commission ‘international projects’. Mondriaan Foundation.

2002 Jury ‘Prix de Rome’ Rijksakademie Amsterdam

2008 Co-founder Baltan Media Laboratories, Eindhoven.

2008 – 2012 Creative Board Baltan Media Laboratories, Eindhoven.

2013 – present Creative board Academy for Information & Management Amsterdam.

2004 – 2012 Creative board Showroom MAMA,Rotterdam.

2009 – present Part-time professor at Dogtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam

2012 – 2014 Guest Teacher CrossLab Willem the Koning academie Rotterdam

1994 – 2000 VJ Cut-Up

 

Museum Collections:

Museum Bojimans van Beuningen: HORIZONS 2008 Interactive installation.

Institute Arte Moderne Valencia IVAM:  ‘Local Squares Global Stars’ 2006 interactive installation.

 

Lectures / presentations:

2015 Academy for Information & Management Amsterdam: Creative Mediation in a Databased Culture.

2014 International Conference on Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture, Istanbul.

2014 Overgaden lectures Copenhagen Denmark: Art + Science – Towards a Third Culture.

2013 Gerrit Rietveld academie Amsterdam: Browser Based: Artistic Big Data.

2013 National day of science Holland, Van Nelle Fabriek Rotterdam: Artistic Big Data.

2013 University of Leiden dep. Media-technology: Databased Perception.

2012 Gerrit Rietveld academie Amsterdam LAPS: advantages and disadvantages of a doctorate in art.

2013 University of Maastricht, Studium Generale: Generation 2.0 Art, Design and Media.

2011 STRP Festival Eindhoven: Interactive Design.

2011 Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven: De Stijl vs RGB, ism Baltan Laboratories.

2010 SKOR, Amsterdam A wedge between private and public public space and interactivity.

2010 BKKC, Tilburg: From LED screen to Media facade.

2010 The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Stereotyping and Visual Communication,

2009 PRUFROK The Hague, Light in interdisciplinair arts

2008HKU, Faculty interaction design ‘Creativity Through Research’

2007   PICNIC Amsterdam. “Interactive Design”

2006 Grimstad Norway Short Film Festival  “Grasping for Structure”

2006  Kunst, Context en Realiteit Hotel New York

2006   Visual Sensations, Paradiso / Monte Video Amsterdam

2004 BEK, Bergen, Norway. “Pertunia”  “Time perception in dynamic media”

2004 Media-Matic Amsterdam “Dynamic  Media in Art, Architecture & Design”

2004 Willem de Koning Academie Rotterdam, Interactive Design

2004 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten  Arnhem, graphic design

2003 Hogeschool voor de kunsten  Utrecht, graphic design

2003 Dutch foundation for Stage Arts (f.v.p.k.)

2001 Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, The performer and the mediated image

2000 Gemeente Museum Den Haag Den Haag, “The domain of the art”

2000 Kunstlerhaus MOUSONTRUM Frankfurt, Germany “Generating structures sounds and cityscapes”

1999 Studium Generale Willem de koning academy Rotterdam, Looking at City Screens

1999 Groninger museum, Groningen, NL “The Epic Generator”

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2015 Metro al Madina & Yunkunkun club, Beirut Libanon.

Global week for Syria, Big Data Poetry. Audio Visual performance with Michel Banabila.

 

2015 Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. Hilversum, collaboration.

“Ander Nieuws” Disclosing the database of Dutch broadcasted news (1953 -2014) interactive installation.

 

2014 Logan symposium Barbican center, London.

Big Data Poetry. Audio Visual performance with Michel Banabila.

 

2014 Stuk Kunstencentrum, Leuven Belgie

PLEISTO-SCENE ARTEFACT Installation in public space.

 

2013 Strarta art Fair,  Saatchi Gallery London.

Interactive Installation SHAN SHUI.

 

2013 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam at Trouw

Big Data Poetry. Audio Visual performance with Michel Banabila.

 

2013 Stedelijk Museum Zwolle ‘

Beeld van een Stad’ (group) God’s Browser

 

2013 Raw China Expo Art Rotterdam. (group)

Interactive Installation SHAN SHUI.

 

2012 Museum of The Image, Breda, Holland Rollercoaster, The Image in the 21st Century (group)

MatchMovie

 

2012 Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh U.S.A. (group)

HORIZONS Interactive installation.

 

2011 Gallery Ron Mandos Amsterdam. (solo)

Gods Browser and other works.

 

2011 Share Prize nomination Museum of Science Turin Italy. (group)

God’s Browser Interactive Installation, non-deterministic browser based on image analyses.

 

2011 International Public Art Manifestation 2011, Ankara Turkey. (group)

Museum of Symbolic Debris. Twenty light-boxes in public space of Ankara.

 

2010 Witteveen + Bos Art & Technology, oeuvre award + exhibition (solo)

Coincidence is never arbitrary. 

 

2010   Gerrit Rietveld Busstop Eindhoven. i.c.w.Maurer United Architects (solo)

The Stijl vs RGB. Installation with LED light

 

2010 Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010. Hagen Germany (solo)

“Preparation for a possible future”  Installation with 20 LED lights & 20 prints on 300 meters highway.

 

2008 HORIZONS Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam (solo)

Interactive installation

 

2008 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ‘Deep Screen” (group)

SNX4 Video installation

 

2006 I.V.A.M. Institute Valencia Arte Moderne. Valencia Spain (solo)

Local Squares, Global Stars, interactive installation

 

2005 3rtd Triennale-Chengdu 2005, Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China (group)

Tiles and Drawings

 

2005 11th Triennale India New Delhi, India (solo) National Gallery of Modern Art & Dutch Embassy

The Order Of Things, Generative installation.

 

2005 Museum Vlakhof Nijmegen (group)

Tiles and Drawings, generative installation

 

2003 FIAC Paris France, Ron Mandos (solo)

The Library of Babel, Interactive installation

 

2002 ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Arts Nagoya, Japan (group)

TransferPoints Video.

 

2000 International Biennial, Torino Italy (group)

Generating Torino, Interactive video installation

 

2000 De Vleeshal Middelburg (solo)

Generating Live Generative installation

 

2000 Witte de With Rotterdam (group)i.c.w.

This Land is Man-made Interactive installation

 

2000 National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan (group)

This Land is Man-made, interactive installation

 

Commissioned Art Work:

2014  M S T, hospital entrance. Animated photographic print on glas with backlight light, 4,5 x 8,0 meter.

2013  Deloitte at The Edge building Zuidas Amsterdam. “Cloud01”

2013  See Saw- Video projection at Art Rotterdam.

2012  Interactive installation and 3D video commissioned by VOLT, Beeld en Geluid Hilversum

2012  Permanent artwork, public space: mural with paintings led light, Voorburg, Holland.

2011  Installation VOLT, institute for media-art and technology, Eindhoven

2011  Led sign for poetry and doggerel, City theatre Agnietenhof Tiel.

2010  Headquarters Royal Netherlands Army, Kromhout-kazerne, Archive projections.

2010  Raalte, school De Horizon, Interactive installation

2009  Gasunie Headofiice, Groningen, Permanent video installation, 25th anniversary Gasunie art collection

2009  TijdVerkijker MFA Maastricht, Interactive installation

2009  Loading Ready Run, Las Palmas building Rotterdam, I.C.W. Maurer United Architects, Interactive installation.

2008  Dutch Photo museum Museum Rotterdam, 3 permanent interactive installations.

2007  Choose your Myth, large scale projection Lumineus Amsersfoort

2006  Ive been watching you, installation, 237 meter x 1.5 meter Spoorlaan Tilburg Holland

2006  Sofia Hospital Rotterdam CF Lounge I.C.W. Maurer United Architects

2006  CFI Centre for Financial Information Zoetermeer, Interactive installation

2005  4 in1 building Breukelen, Interactive installations.

2004  DEMOGRAPHICS Cityhall Middelburg  Interactive installation

2004  Split Representation Higher School of Econoics Rotterdam (HES) NL  Interactive installation.

2001  (2000, 1999) DIESEL Fashion Italy. Video production & presentation collections 1999 & 2000.

 

GALLERY presentations:

2014  RONMANDOS Amsterdam: Shan Shui Interactive installation

2011   RONMANDOS Amsterdam: media-works.

2008  RONMANDOS Amstrdam: reflections & perspectives

2008  FIAC Paris, RONMANDOS Galerie, Parijs (FR)

2006  DIVA video art fair, RONMANDOS Galerie, New York (USA)

ARCO, Madrid (ES) My Name is LoLita Art Gallery, Madrid (ES)

My Name is LoLita Art Gallery, Madrid (ES)

2005  Art Forum Berlin, RONMANDOS Galerie, Berlijn (DE)

2004  FIAC Paris, RONMANDOS Galerie, Parijs (FR)

 

Short Movies single screen presentations

2010  ‘Vocal Void’ i.c.w. Michel Banabila at IFFB

2008  ‘Look at Us’ The Galerie Art & Essai of Rennes (FR)

2006  ‘Match Maker’ Norwegian Short Film Festival (Norway)

2004  ‘Portraits of Warsaw’ Film by the sea festival, Scheveningen (NL)

2003  ‘Transfer Points’ Portobello Film festival, London (UK)

2001  ‘Transfer Points’ SONAR festival, Barcelona (ES)

2000  ‘Time Cross’ Akihabara tv, Tokyo (JAP)

2000  ‘La Derive’ International FilmFestival Rotterdam

1999  ‘La Derive’ Cartier Foundation, Parijs (FR),

1999  ‘Sans Issue’ Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES),

1999  ‘Sans Issue‘ International FilmFestival Rotterdam

1998  Museu D’art contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (ES)

 

Stage Arts:

2013 RED EAR FESTIVAL Rotterdam Audio-visual life performance.

Geert Mul & Michel Banabila “Cloud of Identity”

2012 TENT Rotterdam Audio-visual life performance.

Geert Mul & Michel Banabila “Cloud of Identity”

2010 Harbour NDSM Amsterdam Live audio & Video Geert Mul & Michel Banabila

2005 Soweto & Grahamstown, South Africa, Video design and live mix : Vuka! Vuka ! Het waterhuis theater.

2002 FreeBirds  South Africa, Het waterhuis theater Video design & live video mix

2002 Ro-Theater, Guy Cassiers / Eric Sleichim, Blindman La Grande Suite’ Multi-media theatre Video design

2000 Dancegroup Krisztina de Chatel, Amsterdam, NL Multi-media dance performance ‘Dynamix’

Art director/ design interactive video.

2000 Jochem  Paap,  Speedy J.  De Vleeshal  Middelburg NL. Speedy J. & Geert Mul, live

2000   Museum of contemporary Art Chicago U.S.A.  MCA summer Solstice celebration.

‘The best real Live Show’ with Liquid Media.

2000 Lille, Maubeuge, Paris France Dangereuses Visions with Eric Sleichim, Blindman

‘Announced Movements’ composed by Eric Sleichim,

1999 Mappe’ 99 Percorsi Urbani, Catania Sicily, Italy Installation/ performance. With Peter Duimelinks.

1999 Speedy J. & Geert Mul Maritime museum Rotterdam, NL ‘Harbour, Sound & Vision’

1999 LOWLANDS, NL The Best Real Live Show DJ Alien, Liquid Media & Cut-Up

1998 D.E.A.F. V2 Rotterdam, NL  “The best Real Live Show” Performance with DJ Alien & Liquid Media.

1998 Paard  Den Haag NL “The Best Real Live Show” Performance with DJ Alien & Liquid Media.

1995 International Filmfestival Rotterdam, NL Exploding Cinema Video and Music with DJ Alien & Liquid media

 

Software Development:

2014   The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision “Ander Nieuws”

2012   REALIA  Images analyses  (programmed by Carlo Prelz)

2010   God’s Brower Images analyses (programmed by Carlo Prelz)

2009   Baltan_Tracker (Motion tracking software)

2001   No-Ta-Ti-On Image Analysis and Image Composition. ( with Carlo Prelz)

2002   FX1 (programmed by Carlo Prelz) realtime video effect generator

1999   The Epic Generator, Interactive and generating video software. At V2_Lab V@, Rotterdam

 

Publications:

– De Vindmachine Drs. J. A. (Jos) Baijens Het beste idee van 2013. ISBN. 978907905109

– A Blueprint for a Lab of the future. (Baltan Laboratories 2011 ISBN 978-90-815830-0-8)

De Vindmachine Drs. J. A. (Jos) Baijens Het beste idee van 2013. ISBN. 978907905109

– Dutch Heights Award winning Dutch Artists 2011 (ISBN 978-94-90529-03-1)

– Exploring New Information Cultures 2011 (ISBN 978-90-78088-55-4)

– Dutch Eyes, New history of Dutch photography Nederland Waanders uitgevers,Zwolle2007

– Still Moving, Contemporary Photography, Film and Video from the Netherlands  The National

Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 2000

Monography:

– Geert Mul: Witteveen+Bos-prijs voor Kunst+Techniek. Deventer 2010

– Geert Mul: Local squares, Global Stars Institut Valencia d’art Modern Valencia 2006

– Geert Mul: Match Maker Prototype Editions Delft 2005

VJ

2001 (2000, 1999) DIESEL Italy DIESEL Italy.  Fashion presentation & presentation video.

SHOCKERS (id&t) RAI Amsterdam.

D-NIGHT AHOY Rotterdam

1999 DRUM & RHYTM festival

westergasfabriek Amsterdam Cut-Up & Liquid Media

LOWLANDS Holland

Live video Show during concerts at the Lowlands pop festival, Holland

The Chemistry

MTC Rotterdam: party’s at the HAL, Cut-Up & Liquid Media

North Sea Jazz Scheveningen. Video installation Cut-Up & Liquid Media

1998 Ahoy, Rotterdam, NL

10 year Nighttown with the Underworld and Speedy J. Cut-Up & Liquid Media

International Filmfestival Rotterdam:

Design and video concept for dance events during the Exploding Cinema

LOWLANDS Holland

Live video Show during concerts at the Lowlands pop festival, Holland

VERONICA MEGA DANCE

Design, concept and realisation Live Video Show

DRUM & RHYTM festival

Westergasfabriek Amsterdam

1997 De Balie  Amsterdam a Japanese Love Party

DANCE VALLEY    Dance festiva

lInternational Filmfestival Rotterdam:

Design and video concept for dance events during the Exploding Cinema

LOWLANDS Holland  Live video Show during concerts at the Lowlands pop festival, Holland

VERONICA MEGA DANCE

Design, concept and realisation Live Video Show

DRUM & RHYTM festival westergasfabriek Amsterdam

1994 – 1999  Techno Club the FUTURE, NightTown, Rotterdam

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