I have taught graphic design, product design, photography, journalism and documentary for (close to/ over) two decades at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Since 2012 I hold the position of professor of ‘Image in Context’ at Minerva Art Academy, Hanze University of Applied Science Groningen. This professorship is part of the knowledge centre Arts and Society. I conduct research into the ways art, artists and artistic spaces are catalysts within (socio-political) ecosystems. From this perspective I have developed projects in public spaces and critical art spaces in Kampala, Istanbul and Tel Aviv; in local care institutions and in the earthquake regions of Groningen. I started my academic career as a film theoretician in Nijmegen and Paris and obtained a PhD in semiotics and the public image.
Recently, I developed a master profile called inter-relational Art Practices (IRAP) at the Frank Mohr Master Institute of Minerva Art Academy. I am part of the steering group of the Dutch platform 'Kunstlectoren' ('art professors’) and of FORUM+, the peer-reviewed journal for research and arts in Belgium and the Netherlands. I am the initiator of The Artistic Research Association of the North (ARC).
At this moment I am working on a pre-PhD and a pre-post-doc program for artists and designers in affiliation with the ARC, the RUG and the Knowledge Center Art and Society.
I have written many popular and peer-reviewed articles on the role of research in practice-based art and design projects (Boekman, Forum +, Science guide) and am currently working on a book about the artistic attitude in collaborative research practices.