Mirte van Duppen
KvK 56095783
Tilburg (NL), 1990

Artist statement

The silence in which my camera moves guides the viewer's gaze, whom I can get to look but who will have to start seeing for themselves. With this, I invite the viewer to reflect on the surrealism, beauty and complexity found in their environment.

Mirte van Duppen interviewing, Kerkbrugge - Langerbrugge (BE), 2020 [photo: Hanse Cora]

My name is Mirte van Duppen, video artist with a background in graphic design. Filming, to me, is like a thought process, a way to explore situations unbeknownst to me. With my films I analyse the structures, functions and transformative power of (urban) landscapes and human interaction with these landscapes. The reality, that which we perceive, and fictional elements, that which we can imagine, are my tools for creating an analysis as well as a composition. I document this landscape in an intuitive way, with almost photographic film footage. As an audiovisual artist, I research the material, social and symbolic character within the landscape before me. This type of amazement and wonderment is something I try to convey to my audience, with work that raises more questions than it answers.

Mirte van Duppen filming AgriValley at fern grower Vitroplus, Burg - Haamstede, 2020 [photo: Mirza Bruggenweert]

My work is created by immersing myself into an environment which is new to me. Within this process, I collect personal stories and analyse social issues; an approach akin to that of an anthropologist. By opening up a dialogue with residents, users, makers, designers and policy makers, I approach the landscape from different angles. The interviews and other film footage come together in a spatial video installation, in which descriptive strategies are mixed with observations, reflections and fictional layers. Thus an interaction between the multiple screens comes to life – a rhyme of pictures – that highlights contradictions between images, but similarities as well. A fusing of images enfolds itself in front of the viewers' eyes: a friction, so you will, between what we think we see, and what we can imagine ourselves to see and experience.


De ijzeren boomgaard
23 - 24.10.2021
Den Hannekesnest, Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge (BE)


2013 - 2015

Master of Graphic Design • Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Design • ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem (NL)


Minor Design Critique / Editorial Design • ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem (NL)

residencies & workshops


JUMP • talent development process • www.jump-talent.nlwww.talenthubbrabant.nl


KONNEKTOR3 weeks artist in residence• Kerkbrugge - Langerbrugge (BE)


Konvooi Kunstenfestival2 weeks artist in residence • Brugge (BE)

Sandberg@Mediapark • participant of the masterclass • Hilversum (NL)


BKKC • Kunstopdracht • Tilburg (NL)


HEIMA50 days artist in residence • Seyðisfjörður (IS)


AIR Antwerpen3 months artist in residence • State of the City • Antwerp (BE)
Kindly supported by Mondriaanfonds

Open Set Dutch Design Seoul Sessions2 weeks workshop • Kookmin University, Seoul (KR)
Kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL


Disarming Design from Palestine • 3 weeks workshop • www.disarmingdesign.com • Ramallah (PS)



VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE & De ijzeren boomgaard • JUMP • De Cacaofabriek, Helmond (NL)

Territory of the BeingsUndercurrent: Film in de garage • Rotterdam Architecture Month, Rotterdam (NL)

De ijzeren boomgaard • Cinecitta • Tilburg (NL)


De ijzeren boomgaard • Cinecitta • Tilburg (NL) postponed

De ijzeren boomgaard • Nacht van de Meetjeslandse kerken • Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge (BE) cancelled

AgriValley • Talent Wall #4 • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL) Kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant, Kunstloc Brabant and Tilburg Makersfonds

Territory of the Beings • Architecture, Design, Art Film Festival • Palm Springs (USA)


The Dutch Mountain • Etcetera VII • S.M.A.K., Gent (BE)

Territory of the Beings • Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival • Istanbul (TR)

Groeten uit d’haven van Brugge • Konvooi Kunstenfestival • Brugge (BE)

Measuring Inequality • On the Line of the Equator • Expoplu, Nijmegen (NL)

Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður & Territory of the Beings • Expoplu Extra • Expoplu, Nijmegen (NL)


Floating Signifiers • VIEWMASTER projects • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL)

Measuring inequality • Thoughts provoking december gifts • Hôtel Droog, Amsterdam (NL)

Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • Kunstenfestival PLAN B • Gouvernement, Gent (BE)

VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE (solo show) • Piazza dell’Arte, Antwerp (BE)
Kindly supported by Stad Antwerpen and Creative Industries Fund NL

Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • Kunstenfestival PLAN B • Bekegem (BE)

Measuring inequality • Change the system • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)


Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • HEIMA • Seyðisfjörður (IS)

Relax hardly pillow • Ökorausch Festival Cologne • Design Museum Colgone, Cologne (DE)


VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE • State of the City • Basis, Frankfurt (DE)

VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE • AntwerpArtWeekend • AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)

The Dutch Mountain • Marres Currents #3: sightseeing • Marres aan de Maas, Maastricht (NL)

Measuring inequality & Relax hardly pillow • Mudam Makers Market • Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg City (LU)


The Dutch Mountain • Summer Program @ Hôtel Droog • Hôtel Droog, Amsterdam (NL)

The Dutch Mountain • Somewhere between cat and ruin, Graduation show Sandberg Instituut • Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam (NL)

On the other side • The Sandberg Series 2015, The One Minutes • Reykjavík International Film Festival (IS), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL), deBuren, Brussels (BE), Dortmunder U (DE), Drents Museum/CBK Drenthe, Assen (NL), East China Normal University, Shanghai (CN), Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL), Museum Hilversum (NL), Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL), SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (NL), WOW, Amsterdam (NL), Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam (NL)

Measuring inequality & Relax hardly pillow • Design Colomn #9 - Conflicted • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)


Zonder Dubbele Bodem • in collaboration with Tim en Katrein Breukers • Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (NL)


Office X • in collaboration with Manetta Berends • Staycation Museum, Berlin (DE)

Virtual / physical domain • van Ranzow zaal in Dudok, Arnhem (NL)


Looking back to see • in collaboration with Katrein Breukers • Kuntspodium T, Tilburg (NL)

Organized by rules • Graduation exhibition ArtEZ finals • ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem (NL)



TAC • film about the transition • commissioned by TAC, Eindhoven (NL)

AIR Platform Brabant • film about the 15 residencies • commissioned by KunstLoc, Tilburg (NL)


Struin door het puin • film intervention • commissioned by Annet Vermeulen, Udenhout (NL)


Territory of the Beings • film about the building ‘District Water Board Brabantse Delta’ • commisioned by KAAN Architecten, Breda (NL)


In De Boomtak • film about the community centre • commissioned by In De Boomtak, Tilburg (NL)



Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: Elisabeth Vermaat Müller Fonds • contribution for publication

Tilburg Makersfonds • contribution for development

Jaap Hartenfonds • contribution for publication

Mondriaanfonds • 6 months artist in residence • TAC, Eindhoven (NL)


Impulsgelden • Provincie Noord-Brabant (advice by Kunstloc Brabant)

2018 - 2019

Creative Industries Fund NL • Talent Development Grant


Mondriaanfonds • Vrije Praktijkverdieping • 3 months artist in residence • AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)

Creative Industries Fund NL • Open Set Dutch Design Seoul Sessions • 2 weeks workshop • Kookmin University, Seoul (KR)

lectures & artist talks


Territory of the Beings12 Ways to Film a Building • Thursday Night Live at Het Nieuwe Instituut, online

AgriValley • introduction project and screening Om zijn eigen as. / Around its own axis. • Seasonal Neighbours, online


AgriValley • introduction project • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL)

AgriValley • debat • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL) cancelled


‘The Scene is Here’ at DDW • MU, Eindhoven (NL)
Kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL


Lecture CA Conference - Special ‘Journey to Dutch Design’ • Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul (KR)

Marres Dialogues: The paradox of objective representation • Intro in Situ, Maastricht (NL)


Artist Talks Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing • Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)


Ronde Tafel Gesprek Design Colomn #9 - Conflicted • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)

workshops & teaching


Present your Portfolio (Internship and Portfolioday) • Grafisch- Ruimtelijk Ontwerp, St. Joost, Breda (NL)


The One Minutes Workshop Trainer • Dirty Art Department, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)

The One Minutes Workshop Trainer • Reinventing Daily Life, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)


Virtual / physical friendship • in collaboration with Hein van Duppen • Northgo College, vwo-5, Noordwijk (NL)

press & interviews


architectenwebKAAN Architecten presenteert eerste film op platform Minutesread here

de filmkrantArchitecten­bureau als op­dracht­gever voor twaalf film­makersread here

METALOCUSNueva percepción de la Arquitectura. MINUTES. serie de cortometrajes por KAAN Architectenread here


Stadsnieuws • De IJzeren Boomgaard: een sprookje • 10.12.2020 • Tilburg (NL) • read here


Creative Industries Fund NL • interview with Tamar Shafrir • read here


Kunstenfestival PLAN B [catalogue] • interview with Vincent Focquet • read here


De Groene Amsterdammer, Beeldspraak • Ontwapenend ontwerp • Amsterdam (NL) • read here


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung • Sat., 03.12.2016 • Andere Städte, gleiche Nöte • Frankfurt (DE)

CA Magazine ISSUE #221 • Open Set: Dutch Design Seoul Session • (KR)

Marres Currents #3: sightseeing | Video 4watch here



Het Sporenkabinet • a collection of 73 traces that were deliberately left in residence by visual artists a.o. Mirte van Duppen • 11 × 18 cm, 224 p, ills colour, paperback, dust jacket • design: 6'56" • edition of 500 • published by: AIR Antwerpen en Art Paper Editions


A Sustainist Lexicon • author: Michiel Schwarz, design: Mirte van Duppen • For sale at: NAi Booksellers (NL), Architectura & Natura (NL), Stedelijk Museum Bookshop (NL), Athenaeum (NL), The American Book Center, Idea Books

State of the City [catalogue] • with texts by: Wim van der Celen, Dr. Ina Hartwig, Dirk Hülstrunk, Maarten Inghels, Hester Knibbe, Kathrin Meyer, Bart Moeyaert, Christin Müller, Ine Pisters, Alan Quireyns, Felix Ruhöfer and Kamiel Verschuren • published by basis e.V. • 112 pages


Dutch Mountain: Landscape of Fictions, Memories and Desires • author: Mirte van Duppen • Sandberg Instituut

webdesign Mirte van Duppen
programming Gijs de Heij