Xandra van der Eijk


Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. Graduated from the Interfaculty ArtScience (MA) at the Royal Conservatory, after graduating from Graphic Design (BA) at the Royal Academy of Art, Van der Eijk has developed a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work. Incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods and material development in her practice, she re-interprets the landscape from an anti-anthropocentric view. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time. www.xandravandereijk.nl

”The North Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world. (Cargo) shipping, oil and gas production, fishing, sand dredging – the sea is used in every conceivable manner. However, despite the numerous ingenious and efficient methods that have been designed to extract the treasures from the sea, the marine environment still remains an inaccessible and inhospitable place for humans. My fascination focuses on the one hand on making the intangible, mysterious, even hostile character of the North Sea more tangible and accessible and on the other hand, examining the effect of human intervention on all non-human elements in (and of) the sea. This study started in 2017 when I was presented with the Bio Art & Design Award for a sound installation developed together with IMARES and NIOZ, about precisely these subjects. Within the cases Underwater Noise in the North Sea, I will once again have an opportunity to examine how noise can serve as a medium for interpreting the North Sea and the relationship between the sea and humans.”