Dimitri van den Wittenboer
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.
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.
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)
(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
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
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)
(ongoing) Potentially of Space - Experiments with commoning as an artistic strategy,
collaboration with Pankaj Tiwari
(ongoing) Hello Stranger - Performative exploration of ‘public life” through interactions with passers-by on the Haarlemmer Square in Amsterdam, supervised by Fontys University, Tilburg