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Marie Bink van Vollenhoven lives and works in Maastricht (NL) as an independent artist, multimedia theatre maker and lecturer in the interdisciplinary art, design & technology department. In her work drawings, paintings and moving images are brought to life. She creates digital worlds full of wonderment and surprises, where all connects: theatre, film, dance, music, visual art, philosophy, science, technology and society.
Her project "THE INFINITY GAMES" (INFINITYGAMES.XYZ) is an interdisciplinary project combining the arts, science, education, (digital) design & performance art. Based on the idea of life as a natural system, THE INFINITY GAMES project is a cooperative online playground, mirroring the complexity of real life. Click here to access the game: https://www.infinitygames.xyz/
The interview took place in November 2019 during an IN SITU Atelier in Fredrikstad (NO), hosted by IN SITU partner Østfold Internasjonale Teater.
Member of IN SITU since 2014
Østfold Internasjonale Teater (ØIT) is a regional theatre based in Fredrikstad led by Artistic Director Thomas Østgaard. ØIT produces, co-produces, and presents a broad spectrum of artists within a wide variety of contexts. Since 2020 ØIT is the only regional theatre in Norway that focuses primarily on site-specific theatre and art in public space. Artistic residencies are central to the theatre's work, whether co-producing new works or tailoring the works of visiting artists to local contexts. These frequently emphasizes research practices that involve cross-sector collaboration, as well as the active engagement of inhabitants in both creative development and implementation.
In addition to the implementation of artistic works, ØIT endeavours to contextualise its work with complimentary activities comprising workshops, seminars, lectures, and philosophical conversations. Some of these ancillary activities are directed toward a general public, while others are tailored to cultural schools, high schools, universities, businesses, and professional artists in the region.
In 2014 ØIT (previously Scenekunst Østfold) became the first and only Norwegian member of IN SITU European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space. Since joining IN SITU the theatre has had an increasing emphasis on innovative, trans-disciplinary art in the public realm, exploring creative strategies in former industrial sites, urban areas undergoing transformation, and the natural landscape. Much of this work questions development and renewal in a provincial region that has undergone a process of deindustrialisation during the past thirty years, inviting inhabitants––directly or obliquely––to engage themselves in these processes through creative methods. These activities have enabled Østfold International Theatre to encounter new audiences, establish itself as a relevant actor beyond the common parameters of arts and culture, and to cooperate with a diverse new range of local partners
Artistic Director: Thomas H. Østgaard
Project Leader/ IN SITU curator: James Moore