BIOGRAPHY

 

Arjen Boerstra creates installations, videos, photographs and performances in specific places.
The question ‘Who or what am I?’ resounds in his work, showing staged situations and telling stories about memory, identity and human development.

Boerstra (1967) lives in Den Horn and works in Groningen in the Netherlands.

 

Other websites related to projects:

Camera Batavia
A project to perceive space in a different way

Antarctic Potato Eater
Taking a fry stand to Antarctica

Boerstra Engineering
Engineering projects

Education:

Bachelor of fine art, Academy for visual art Minerva, Groningen 1988-1993

 

Projects, Installations, Screenings and Performances:

2020
-Burial mound – Installation in public space
-De Sterke Borg – Installation in public space

2019
-Antarctic Potato Eater – Photo and film shoot for documentary – Zero Point Zero New York
-Research tower Camera Batavia – Installation/tower – Sense of Place: Moving Landscapes – Terschelling and Föhr (Germany)

2018
-Boerstra Engineering: Restoring the Landscape – Installation – Klifhanger, Texel

2017
-Boerstra Engineering: Researching The IJssel – Movie – IJsselbiënnale, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle en Kampen
-Boerstra Engineering: Representation – Installation/performance – Centrum Beeldende Kunst Emmen

2016
-Antarctic Potato Eater: The kick off – Installation/performance – Potato festival Hornhuizen
-Cloudbusting – Installation/performance – Centrum Beeldende Kunst Groningen
-Fishway – Installation – Into Nature, Drenthe Biennale, Schipborg
-Camera Batavia: Dark Space – Installation/performance – Festival Oerol, Terschelling
-Secret Oak – Permanent installation – Fraeylemaborg Slochteren
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Advising / Lectures / Workshops / Masterclasses / Teaching

Now:
-Individual coaching starting artists (2012-)
-Teacher Sculpture/Installation Academy for visual art Minerva, Groningen (2016-)
-Projects, workshops and lectures in primary and secondary education (1993-)
-Internships in own studio (2007-)

Past:
-Lecture ‘Future Thinking’, Art and Culture Assen 2019
-Attending upcoming artists, Project Boom Aan Z, Zuidhorn 2019
-Advising Board of Art and Culture, Municipal Leeuwarden 2009-2017
-Member of jury – Designcontest Vredeman de Vries –  Friesland 2017
-Exhibition talks for various artists Sjef Meijman 2009, Gea Smidt 2009, Bernard Winkel 2015
-Lectures on the project Batavier, Museum en Erfgoedcentrum Nieuwland, Lelystad 2012
-Pecha Cucha, Publication ‘Observations and Events’ presented
by alterego The Galerist, Groninger Museum 2011
-Advisor art collection Municipal Delfzijl 2008
-Advisor Kunstraad Municipal Groningen 2006-2007
-Mentoring starting WIK-Artists, Burea Piek, Groningen 2007
-External advising at final exams – Minerva Groningen 2003, AKI Enschede 2006
-Lectures – AFVA Minerva, Groningen 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
-Workshops/Masterclasses: Multimedia 2002, The tower of Babel 2005,
The Raft of the Medusa 2006, AFVA Minerva Groningen
-Teacher Orientation Course AFVA Minerva, Groningen 2002-2017

Publicity

2019
-Dagblad van het Noorden, De kunstenaar als inspirator, Joep van Ruiten (PDF Dutch)

2018
-Kunstzone Magazine, Reframing Nature, Esther Schaareman
-Plus Magazine, Cultuur Expo, Wad een kunst, Sense of Place

2016
-Publicity on Antarctic Potato Eater, several media on website Antarctic Potato Eater
-Dagblad van het Noorden, Avontuur, verwarring en humor. Illand Pietersma (PDF Dutch)
-Ons Erfdeel Magazine, Mirror Eye. The boy dreams of Arjen Boerstra, Frank van der Ploeg (English)
-Elsevier, Secret Oak, Zomerse zotheid op Landgoed Fraeylemaborg.

2015
-De Moanne, Tilt of Looking, Dirk van Ginkel (PDF English)
-Dagblad van het Noorden, Boortoren brengt reuring, Jaap van Brummelen (PDF Dutch)

2014
-Dagblad van het Noorden / Leeuwarder Courant ‘Het universum van Arjen Boerstra’, Joep van Ruiten (PDF Dutch)
-Lucy Live, Utrecht ‘Op avontuur met Arjen Boerstra, man zonder vrees, jager, zeeman, held’, Karen Duking
-Mister Motley ‘Vanuit het Zolderraam’, Wieke Teselink
-NRC Handelsblad ‘Arjen Boerstra bakt patat om anders te kijken’ Lucette ter Borg (PDF Dutch)

2013
-Friesch Dagblad, ‘De Waddenzee kan best een polder worden’, Ellen Stikkelbroeck (PDF Dutch)
-Column Arjan Berkhuysen, Waddenvereniging
-Krant van Flevoland, Kunstwerk de Batavier te water bij Lelystad
-Omroep Flevoland, Kunstenaar legt landschap vast met capsule

2012
-DVD Boven Warande 2009-2012
-Omroep Flevoland, ‘Boven Warande’
-Krant De Stentor, Batavier zweeft boven Flevoland
-Omroep Flevoland, (radio en tv) Batavier komt niet van de grond
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Nominations, prices, stipends, funding

2015
-Funding Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018 – Research Tower Camera Batavia

2014
-Funding Dutch Ambassy Brussels – Retrospective Exhibition, Verbeke Foundation, Belgium

2011
-Nominee ‘The One Minutes’ with video ‘Fair’, Filmmuseum Amsterdam
-Funding and winner most original installation, Cycling and Time – Talinn Lillefestival, Partnership Groningen Talinn, Estonia

2008
Funding Emmaplein Foundation Groningen, Project Seafarer

2004
-Nominee ‘The One Minutes’ with video ‘Ball’, Paradiso Amsterdam

2003
-Stipend Fonds BKVB/Mondriaanfonds, Amsterdam

2002
-Nominee ‘The One Minutes’ with video ‘Cycling In A Landscape’, Paradiso, Amsterdam
-Prix de Rome – 10 nominees/second round – 2002/2003, Rijksacademie Amsterdam

2000
-Stipend Fonds BKVB/Mondriaanfonds, Amsterdam

1998
-Winner videocompetition, Audio Visual Platform, Gouda
-Nominee ‘The most autonomous work of art of 1998’, Kunstruimte Kampen
-Nominee Syb Hellinga-price, Stichting Syb, Beetsterzwaag

1997
-Nominee Hendrik de Vries Stipend, Groningen