Dimitri van den Wittenboer

Dimitrivandenwittenboer@gmail.com

Bio


Dimitri van den Wittenboer is an artist and researcher with Russian/German background currently based in Amsterdam. He has graduated from the Royal Academy of the Arts in Fine Arts at the Hague in 2019 with the specialisation in the participatory aspects of performance art. 


In the context of his artistic research MA program 'Performing Public Space' (2020 - 2021) at the University for Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, he has addressed the question of what public life means by practicing various ways to engage with strangers in urban spaces in Amsterdam. 


In 2021 Dimitri van den Wittenboer has received the Balconescenes Fund of Fonds Podium Kunsten, Netherlands for a participatory co-creation project ‘Fireplace’ that employs the artistic tools of storytelling and singing to create inclusive moments with passers-by in public space.  


Since 2020 collaborates with the theatre maker Pankaj Tiwari with who he explores the intersection of fine arts and community theatre in participatory art practice. The collaboration focuses on the negotiation of space as an artistic strategy. Their project Neighbourhood of Commoning was selected for the About Us Festival in Zurich (2021). In 2021 they founded the Insquare Collective in Amsterdam that focuses experiments with artistic prototypes of institutional structures.



Artist Statement 


I my work am interested in two main topics: public space as a realm of social gathering and a site for political action, and interactions among strangers as an encounter of differences. I explore these interests artistically through participatory performances and workshops in public space that challenge the established socio-political habits and invite participants to try alternatives. To develop my ideas, I look into theoretical concepts such as Hannah Arendt’s “Action” and translate them into practices in public space. I am interested in passers-by as my audience and collaborators to make art accessible to a wide range of people. My goal is to invite people to imagine and practice our agency in the creative transformation of our life.

CV


EDUCATION (SELECTION) 

2020 to 2021 

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg, Research M.A., Performing Public Space

2015 to 2019 

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands, B.FA., Autonomous Fine Arts, Performance Studies

Leiden University, Netherlands, Sociology and Philosophy

2013 to 2015 

Freie Universität Berlin, Research M.S., Biochemistry


ART PTOJECTS/RESIDANCIES (SELECTION)
2021 

(upcoming) Neighbourhood of Commoning, residency/participatory performance, 

About Us Festival, Zurich – Collaboration with Pankaj Tiwari

Hello Stranger, public workshop/performance, We Are Public, Amsterdam

Fireplace, participatory performance,  public space, Fonds Podium Kunsten, Amsterdam 

Collaboration with Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Noah Voelker and Pankaj Tiwari

Hello Stranger, workshop/performance, Gessneralee, Zurich

Potentiality of Space, Residency, Witte Rook, Breda – Collaboration with Pankaj Tiwari

Meet my Friends, participatory performance, Current Open Air, Current: a space, Amsterdam

2020 

Relevant Stories, participatory performance, Current in Quarantine, Current: a space, Amsterdam

about You, Workshop/Performance, A-Lonely Show, Sexyland, Amsterdam

about You, participatory performance, Kifl The Kid Salon, Billytown, The Hague

Voice and Community, residency, Dhrupad Satsang, Bhopal, India

Attack, public space conference, The Hague

2019 

The Present,  participatory performance, The Handshake, Hgtomi Rosa, The Hague

State of Excitement, Residency, Cloud/Danslab, The Hague

Food, participatory performance, Come as you are, Trixie, The Hague 


ARTISTIC RESEARCH (SELECTION) 

2021 

(ongoing) Potentially of Space - Experiments with commoning as an artistic strategy, 

collaboration with Pankaj Tiwari

2020 

(ongoing) Hello Stranger - Performative exploration of ‘public life” through interactions with passers-by on the Haarlemmer Square in Amsterdam, supervised by Fontys University, Tilburg