Exploratory Essays

a series of exploratory essays, aiming to connect the dots of my artistic practice and research endeavours

#1 Beyond Happy Endings (2019)
#2 A Matter of Time (2020)
#3 Shifting Perspectives (2021)


Metropolis M

The Artist's Novel: David Maroto talking to Chris Kraus, Cally Spooner and others at Page Not Found (September 2021)

Internship:
Roaming the city - Walks/wandelingen #1: The Hague (September 2021)
Graduation Shows 2021 - KABK The Hague (July 2021)
“You died today.” - meditating on your own disintegrating body with Vibeke Mascini and Babs Bakels
(June 2021)
Wespen, waterdamp en zonnebrand - wandelen over het strand met geurkunstenaar Frank Bloem
(June 2021)
Learning from non-human agents - visiting Minne Kersten’s Constant Companion at Hotel Maria Kapel
(May 2021)
De maker achter de maker - Charly van Rest over goed kijken en luisteren (May 2021)
Thinking in public - A portrait of Shimmer (May 2021)
Where are those stars to shoot for? - in conversation with artist and writer Mayis Rukel (April 2021)
How to become we-beings: A long-term vision for art, cultural workers and the climate crisis at the JVE (March 2021)


sssttteeeaaammm

[说话中] Being in Utterance (v.2) (August 2021) - collective writing
[说话中] Being in Utterance (v.1) (April 2021) - collective writing

This ongoing utterance is written by the members of sssttteeeaaammm in multilogue with each other. It is a body of text in becoming. We wish to develop it further with you, the reader, joining into the multilogue. To do so, please first read and find the instructions at the current end. We are looking forward to experiencing and publishing the developments.

[蒸汽船] Steamboat in the Making, navigating the turbulent world-seas. (2020)

This text is a screenplay for six characters (three artists, two curators, and the steamboat), extracted and adapted by the members of sssttteeeaaammm from the transcript of our artist talk.


Commissions

Hallways: Imaginary passages (2020)

published as part of a special issue on Brutal International Law in the journal New Perspectives

A reflection on the interaction between the inside and outside of the former American Embassy in the Hague (NL). Building on Harmut Rosa's work, the relation between subject and world is being discussed, with the building as subject. The Chapter briefly engages with the reconstruction era and how the embassy building was supposed to represent openness within diplomacy and in the embassy's engagement with the public - a relation that changed over time.


Marcel Breuer - Een monument voor veranderende tijden / A monument for changing times (2019)

commissioned and published by West, The Hague (NL)

This text engages with the history of diplomacy and architecture, wondering what freedom means, around the case of the former American Embassy in the Hague (NL) designed by Bauhaus architect and designer Marcel Breuer.


ArtScience Master Thesis

P.S. I love you - Or how I learned to love power structures (2018)

Humans intrinsically strive for continuity and coherence. Our realities are dynamic as they change as we receive, filter and imagine, to precede cognitive dissonance. The fear of meaningless voids forms the motor for the brain to create linear story-lines from experiences and information.
In this thesis I argue that the created linearity makes it difficult to step out of line and change social structures. Our societies are build upon structures of meaning and an opposition of active and passive roles.