Michel van Dartel


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  • V2_Lab, _Director

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  • ISEA2020

    Michel van Dartel is Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media and Research Professor at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology, The Netherlands. He holds an MSc in cognitive psychology and a PhD in artificial intelligence. Alongside his work at V2_ and Avans, Michel also acts as an independent curator; as an advisor to funds, academies and platforms such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Willem de Kooning Academy, and Festival Ars Electronica; and as a manuscript reviewer for conferences and journals such as ISEA and Leonardo.

    He also is the editor and author of numerous scientific and artistic articles and books. Michel’s books include Aesthetics in the Wild (2016), The Vibrancy Effect (2012, edited with Chris Salter and Harry Smoak), New Aesthetic, New Anxieties (2012, with David Berry, Michael Dieter, Michelle Kasprzak, Nat Muller, Rachel O’Reilly and José Luis de Vicente) and the artist publications Machines Will Make Better Choices Than Humans (2016, with Douglas Coupland) and The Iron Ring (2014, with Cecilia Jonsson).

    His recent thematic group exhibitions include Data in the 21st Century (V2_, 2016), The Value of Nothing (TENT, 2014, co-curated with Jesse van Oosten), The Progress Trap (The New Institute, 2014, co-curated with Boris Debackere and Michelle Kasprzak) and The Power of Things (Dutch Electronic Art Festival, 2012, co-curated with Alex Adriaansens and Michelle Kasprzak).

    ISEA2019

    Michel van Dartel is Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media and Research Professor at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT). He holds an MSc in cognitive psychology and a PhD in artificial intelligence. Alongside his work at V2_ and Avans, Michel also acts as an independent curator for art venues such as Tent, Mu and Tetem and biennials such as the Dutch Electronic Art Festival. He is an advisor to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; a member of the professional boards of the Piet Zwart Institute and Willem de Kooning Academy; a supervisory board member for the Fiber platform, a council member for DutchCulture | TransArtists; a manuscript reviewer for Leonardo; and the editor and author of numerous scientific and artistic articles and books.

    ISEA2011

    Michel F. van Dar­tel, Ph.D, is cu­ra­tor at V2_, the In­sti­tute for the Un­sta­ble Media, where he de­vel­oped the event se­ries Test_Lab, a plat­form to demon­strate, test, pre­sent, and/or dis­cuss con­tem­po­rary artis­tic re­search and de­vel­op­ment (aRt&D). Prior to his cur­rent ap­point­ment at V2_, he worked at Maas­tricht Uni­ver­sity as a re­searcher in the cog­ni­tive sci­ences. Michel holds an MSc. in Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­ogy and a Ph.D in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence.


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