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Michiel van Bakel   Hooidrift 122-A   3023KV   Rotterdam   Netherlands   tel. +31 (0) 10 425 97 72


Born 1966 in Deurne, The Netherlands


1984-1985 Astronomy, Leiden University

1985-1986 Art academy Psychopolis, The Hague

1986-1988 Psychology, Nijmegen University

1988-1992 Art academy, H.K.A. Arnhem

Michiel van Bakel studied astronomy and psychology for several years before he chose for free expression at art school. Van Bakel has made films and videos as well as sculptures (bronze, steel, plastics) and interactive multi-media-installations.

The video works and installations are shown internationally at festivals, theatres, galleries and museums.

“When I look around, I see a lot of technology that aims to constrain reality in predictability, by categorizing and automating. I want to use technology to evoke wonder and transcend reality and predictability.

I like to visualize things that were previously unseen and in that sense enrich my experience of reality. That is for me the incentive to make use of experimental video and animation techniques. Devices such as cameras, scanners and image processing algorithms I see as an extension of my senses. With these tools I manipulate images that are like anchors in time for me, but also images from my urban backyard: my condition urbaine.

In the same manner as a sculptor gives his material form through interventions in 3d space, I construct my videos in time. Recurring themes are examining human perception, experiencing time, disorientation and instability. ”

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