September 2023

Release publication ·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k·s·

·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k·s· is a book of my past walks – walks with friends, co-authors, and strangers – that can accompany future walks. Walks are an essential component to my life and my artistic practice. I walk to connect, disconnect and, also, to share. The slowness of walking is a vital ingredient to shift how we encounter the familiar; with this book, I invite you to walk alongside me and sense the complexities of our surroundings, to connect presence to the present, and to initiate conversations on our position in the spaces we provisionally inhabit (however, through our activities we have impacted those spaces irremediably).

·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k·s· is a book with many collaborators: first and foremost graphic designer Peter van de Hoogen of COUP Amsterdam who co-developed this book (and we walked down many different paths before arriving on this design); artist and writer Erik Benjamins, who wrote short pieces to accompany the works incorporated in the book; and curator and poet Roy Voragen, he wrote the book´s prelude.

The book ·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k·s· is offset printed by Zwaan Lenoir; lithography by Marco Kokkelkoren; and binding by Aiga.
Spreads & pages: 17 spreads, 104 (foldout) pages
Size: 8,5 x 10 cm
Paper: Munken Polar 80 grams
Print run: 250

2 September 2023


Very Contemporary presents Performing Landscapes, a one-day journey through art, land and sound. The Performing Landscapes festival takes place on 2nd September 2023 between 14-21h at IKOB Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Rotenberg 12B Eupen (BE). The event is a collaboration between the different institutions of the Very Contemporary network.
Participating artists: Stefania Crișan, Helena Dietrich, Robin Faymonville, Stefanie Klingemann, Mikail Koçak, ChunYao Lin, Sjors Smit & Isolde Venrooy.

26 & 27 August 2023


During my residency at Greylight Projects I developed ·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k· for international visual theater festival Cultura Nova in Heerlen. For this walk I sewed small porous bags out of five months fermented canvasses. In response to ·L·e·a·k·y··W·a·l·k· poet and curator Roy Voragen wrote a text.
26 & 27 August 2023, 16-17.30h
Start location: Greylight Projects, Schaesbergerweg 58 Heerlen

May 2023


IKOB Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen (BE) made a podcast episode of 'apropos', giving a glimpse into mine and artist Stefania Crișan's studios at Greylight Projects in Heerlen during the development of our new work for the Performing Landscapes festival.

13 & 14 May 2023


The weekend of 13 and 14 May, Roy Voragen and I present crumbs at Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster in Aachen (DE). It consists of the publication crumbs, a curated suitcase and 23 home baked pandan sponge cakes on a selection of large ceramic plates. The crumbs publication is handmade and stitched together, and consists of my drawings of crumbs and a meandering text by Roy which brings together a pandan sponge cake recipe (in Indonesian) and personal reflections on food and memory. The curated suitcase by Roy includes publications on Southeast Asia. Taken together, we invite guests to eat and enjoy a slice of pandan sponge cake, to browse through the publications and read, and share stories of food and home. With this form of collaboration, we consciously aim to create a spongy ground for a porous, shared presence.

20 May - 30 September 2023


The flag has a long tradition of different uses and meanings. Flags are commonly used to transmit signals, to identify countries, regions or cities, or to visually demarcate a territory. Flags are also frequently used to represent political ideas and beliefs. Artists were asked to respond from their own work and vision of the medium “flag” within the context of the location in which they are shown. The different flags will be shown to the public at various locations in and around the inner city of Heerlen. There is also an exchange of artists flags between art organizations and museums in the Euregion, a collaboration within the Very Contemporary network.
Participating artists: Paul Koppers, Luuk Smits, Anna Neukamp, Athanasia Vidali, Jody Korbach, Kaya Erdinç, Kenneth Moreno Kiernand, Rose Nordin, Tom Bogaert, Vera Drebusch, Christian Landspersky, Isolde Venrooy, Stefania Crisan, Ben Weir, Éloise Alliguié, Famke Storms, Jean Boumans, Mikail Koçak.

March till May 2023

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY – performing landscapes

I am selected for a residency of three months. The residency is a co-production by Greylight Projects, platform for art and culture in Heerlen (NL) and IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art in Eupen (BE). The residency takes place in the framework of the performance art festival “Performing landscapes 2023” initiated by Very Contemporary, a network between different art spaces and museums in the border region of the Euregio-Meuse-Rhine. Guided by the open question “Where are we now?”, the residency invites two artists to reflect on the particularities of the Euregio-Meuse-Rhine region and its landscapes.

Open studio:
10 & 11 June 2023
Schaesbergerweg 58 Heerlen

January-December 2023


The city of Nijmegen commissioned me for a series of art works in a public wadi landscape. The series draws on ideas from my exhibition ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· (De Fabriek Eindhoven, 2022) but in a public space context – and in collaboration with, among others, De Urbanisten, office for urban design and landscape architecture based in Rotterdam.

28 March 2023


On the occasion of my current residency “performing landscapes” at Greylight Projects in partnership with IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art, Stefania Crișan and I present our respective practices at IKOB. Stefania and I will work at Greylight Projects in Heerlen (NL) between March and May 2023, each developing a new project to be publicly presented at the “performing landscapes” festival on 2nd September 2023, taking place at IKOB. The festival is a collaboration between the different institutions of the Very Contemporary network.
The talks will be in English. No registration necessary, admission is free.
28.03.2023, 19:00-21:00h
IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art, Rotenberg 12b, Eupen (BE)

21-23 March 2023


Guest lecturer during the HKU project week The landscape as my studio on Ameland.

February 2023


Roy Voragen – poet and curator of Greylight Projects and Drawing Centre Diepenheim – has written an essay based on his memories of visiting my exhibition ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· in De Fabriek Eindhoven.

15 January 2023


Exhibition SEIN-IN
Curator: Sophie van Kempen
Seinhuis, Dr. Jan Berendsstraat 69 Nijmegen

November 2022


My ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· hand-out is selected by Not Just a Collective, part of Not Just a Library based at P–OST Nijmegen/Arnhem. Not Just a Library is an art zine library, but not only a library. It is a space for gathering, showcasing artistic and experimental manners of publishing practices and printed matters. This library intends to expand the boundaries of the library outside the generally accepted definition, and refers to the library as a space to collect, read, discuss and sell books.

2-25 September 2022


My solo exhibition ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· brings together a number of objects, interventions and walks. The title ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· refers to my fascination with sponges (the animals) and the sponge-like quality in ourselves. The exhibition reveals the interwoven nature of my walking performances, Indonesian heritage and my artistic working methods, which are rooted in ecological thinking and making.

2-25 September 2022
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 13-17h
Baarsstraat 38, Eindhoven

Residency Talk: Friday 23 September 2022, 20h
With Erik Benjamins, Yin Yin Wong & Isolde Venrooy

September 2022

HAND-OUT ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e·

Very grateful to have developed an offset hand-out for my exhibition ·r·e·s·p·o·n·g·e· at De Fabriek Eindhoven, designed by Peter van den Hoogen with an in-depth essay written by Marlies van Hak and translated from Dutch to English by Jonathan Beaton.
If you couldn't make it to the exhibition in Eindhoven, and you wish to receive a hand-out, please send me a message.

19 September 2022


Review 'Het leven als spons in De Fabriek' written by Frits Dijcks of Jegens & Tevens.

12 November 2022 till 29 January 2023


Drawing - as a verb - and zine-making are both forms and ways of thinking. Drawings - as a noun - and zines are pauses to momentarily offer a material shape to thought to take part in conversations. A zine is distributed from hand to hand, planting seeds of dirty new ideas into the bodies of friends and strangers who, in turn, can draw up new ideas out of those seeds.

Drawing Centre Diepenheim presents the exhibition Drawing Zines as a meeting place between zines and drawings by makers of different generations and backgrounds.

Conceptualized by Isolde Venrooy / artistic advisor: Jan van IJzendoorn / text: Roy Voragen / photo: Tessa Wiegerinck / pr & communication: Annelien Dam / campaign design: Sinds1416

17 October – 2 December 2022


The Wildtuin is a joint project of circa...dit and Mestlab31 Arnhem. Different generations of artists are paired together for six weeks in duos. During this workingperiod the emphasis is on the process rather than the final product.

September 2022


An anthology of text and graphic scores to be used while walking, from Fluxus to the critical works of current artists, through the tradition of experimental music and performance, gathered and presented by Elena Biserna (FR).

With scores and texts by, amongst others, Peter Ablinger, George Brecht, Haytham El-Wardany, David Helbich, Milan Knížák, Takehisa Kosugi, Alvin Lucier, Max Neuhaus, Yoko Ono, Open City & Emma Cocker, Nam June Paik, Michael Parsons, Mieko Shiomi, Isolde Venrooy, Ben Vautier.

4 September 2022, 12-17h


At the invitation of Derde Wal Nijmegen I will show my work OBSERVER on September 4th at the Oudedijk in Nijmegen-Lent. OBSERVER consists of round canvas rugs with a diameter of about eight meters and some small round cutouts. The work is part of an art route curated by Derde Wal on behalf of Festival De Oversteek. Participating artists: Eef Veldkamp, Isolde Venrooy, Jakob van Klinken, Lola Bezemer and notjohn.

16 July 2022


From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July, PrintRoom Rotterdam organizes the first Books Are Bridges Summit – a small-scale gathering for artist publishers with space for connection, experiment and DIY workshops, spread across locations in Rotterdam: from the allotment to the docks. On Saturday 16 July I am developing a walk.

7-12 June 2022


My work CARDBOARD CARPETS (2003) is selected for the Intergenerational Graduation Show, curated by Design Academy Eindhoven at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The Intergenerational Graduation Show brings together works from graduates across 75 years of its existence.

CARDBOARD CARPETS' consists of pieces of cardboard, a material which is commonly considered a waste material, stitched together in the form of carpets. The carpets are inspired by the practice of construction workers, who spread out empty cardboard boxes in order to protect floors while constructions take place.


20 May 2022


VOX-POP is the ‘creative space’ of the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities. They organise and host innovative and inspiring events in order to create a bridge between the academic world and the city, between art and science, between culture and society. I developed a walk as part of their program Wat is (t)huis?

24-28 January 2022


As coordinator and curator of the ArtEZ Winterlab, I have had many inspiring conversations over the past few months. For this artistic multidisciplinary project of ArtEZ University of the Arts, I developed an extensive program consisting of 27 labs in which 400 students from 9 different disciplines of art & design, music and theater participate. For example, there is the lab of artist Pavèl van Houten, where students spend three nights in his recently purchased hotel and think together about what the term 'hospitality' means. Studio Claudy Jongstra shares their knowledge of ecological and sustainable working methods. Students visit Claudy's paint plants botanical garden and her sheep herd. Architect and urban planner Wouter Pocornie is investigating decolonization and community building in Bijlmer-West in Amsterdam with students.

Participating artists: Riet Wijnen, Willem de Haan, Pavèl van Houten, Theun Karelse, Sunjoo Lee & Ko de Beer, Jake Caleb, Studio Claudy Jongstra, Flora van Dullemen, Urok Shirhan, Lua Vollaard, Roshan Nejal, Marlies Leupen / Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Gabriel Fontana, Boey Wang & Simon Dogger, Rosa Paardenkooper, Stichting Strandlab Almere, Meta van Drunen & Cleo Thomas, Gouden Haas / Gienke Deuten & Marieke Nooren, Ana Guedes, Poernima Gobardhan, Wouter Pocornie, Sjef van Beers, Noufri Bachdim, Ikram El Messaoudi, Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz & Claudia Schouten, Dirk van Lieshout, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Stichting Perdu, Nina van de Ven, Katrijn Verstegen, Domas van Wijk.

Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Projectassistent: Koen van Zwol
Winterlab Talks: Nelleke Hendriks & Eef Veldkamp
Online poster design: Noa Zuidervaart
Riso poster design: Ilse Knook
Film: Eva ten Cate & Hannah Vonk

7 January – 31 March 2021


I am selected for a three month residency at SUNDAYMORNING@EKWC in 2021. The European Centre for Ceramics (EKWC) is an international workplace where artists, designers and architects explore the technical and artistic possibilities of ceramics.

3 July 2021


The European Centre for Ceramics (EKWC) will present all kinds of work-in-progress on Saturday the 3rd of July 2021 during Test Case XXIII. A Test Case is an open day where visitors can stroll through studios, workshops, and presentation rooms.

Participants Test Case XXIII:
Brian Anderson, Stéphanie Baechler, Elena Bajo, Ronald Bal, Sabrina Basten, Marcel van den Berg, Boris van Berkum, Dinie Besems, Marieke Bolhuis, Wilma Bosland, Carl Boutard, William Cobbing, Delphine Courtillot, Tomas Dirrix, Koen Dudink, Janina Frye, Maria Brisa Fumero Gonzales, Marly Gootzen, Kim Habers, Keele Haftner, Theo Harper, Humade, Nayoung Jeong, Gereon Krebber, Guus Kusters, Mirte van Laarhoven, Daniel Maalman, Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy, Annemarie Nibbering, Denise Pelletier, Tamara van San, Linda Sormin, Maja Pop Trajkova, Isolde Venrooy, Anne Verhoijsen, Ton Vleuten, Birgitta de Vos.

5 April - 2 May 2021


Support Space is an exhibition with works by Stan Gonera, Wanda Tiersma and Isolde Venrooy in Kunstruimte Willem Twee 's-Hertogenbosch and curated by Jade Kerste. Point of departure was the following question: how can we connect with each other if we have to keep a distance?

15 May 2021


Review in Metropolis M online about Support Space, an exhibition with works by Stan Gonera, Wanda Tiersma and Isolde Venrooy in Kunstruimte Willem Twee 's-Hertogenbosch. Curated by Jade Kerste. Review written by Loes van Beuningen.

December 2020 - February 2021


I am invited to present a sketch proposal to the art committee of the municipality of Nijmegen. This time for an artwork for Dijkkwartier Oost in Nijmegen. In early February 2021 I will present my latest sketch proposal to the art committee.

BACTERIA, ARCHAEA, EUKARYA is an ode to all living organisms and their positive interdependence. Commissioned to design a proposal for an art work for Dijkkwartier Oost, a new housing area in Nijmegen, I recently presented my preliminary sketch to the municipality’s art committee. Bacteria, archaea and eukarya are the three domains of life. Humans – like plants, animals and fungi – belong to the eukarya, whose cells contain a nucleus. Bacteria and archaea are single-celled organisms. The housing complex will be inhabited by entities from all domains: interconnecting, co-living, sharing accountability. The work consists of globular glass forms, handblown and colored, that jointly sculpt the words BACTERIA, ARCHAEA, EUKARYA. The words are positioned on top of the tall buildings via especially designed metal constructions (referring to stained glass, visually resembling diatoms), and in smaller font above their front entrances, illuminated at night. Material and technical research for this work is based on the interacting of all things and beings. The work is a critique on weighty formal categorizations, while emphasizing the existence of significant entities at the same time.

21-25 June 2021


Zomerlab is an interdisciplinary programme of ArtEZ University of the Arts in which students travel through The Netherlands accompanied by artists and designers. A total of 120 students from eight different courses – ranging from art & design and theatre – will take part.

Participating artists: Afra Eisma, Dirk van Lieshout, Roland van Dierendonck, Jake Caleb, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Anaïs López, Wessel Verrijt, Boey Wang.
Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Poster design: Hannah van der Heide
Film crew: Caya Emmelkamp & Carlyn Westerink

18 – 22 January 2021


In recent months I, together with project assistant Koen van Zwol, have worked on the concept and programme for Winterlab at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Zwolle. Winterlab is an artistic, interdisciplinary programme where artists and designers are invited to work with a group of students for a week, centring on a certain topic. A total of 430 students from nine different courses – ranging from art & design to theatre and music – will take part.

Areas of attention for Winterlab include non-human entities, activism, post-colonialism, social design, queer theory, speculative design, but also crafts – old and new – spanning various forms of artistic expression in the Anthropocene era. The programme is informed by reflection on pressing social issues and artistic work from enthusiastic contemporary makers.

Participating artists:
Ambassade van de Noordzee, Soner Arslan, Sema Bekirovic, Annebelle Binnerts, Sara Blokland, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Simon Dogger, Eat Art Collective, Caz Egelie, Bart Eysink Smeets, Florea, Harpo ‘t Hart, Esmay Groot Koerkamp, Maureen Ghazal, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, Thijs Jaeger, Bart Koldewee, Anne van Leeuwen, Studio Nicky Liebregts, Fiona Lutjenhuis, Ceel Mogami de Haas, Oddstream, Ronald van Rikxoort, Helmut Smits, The Rodina, Tereza Ruller, Sam Samiee, Urok Shirhan, Laurette van Slobbe, Luca Soudant, Menno Vermeulen, Boey Wang, Domas van Wijk, Riet Wijnen, Bart van de Woestijne, Lieke Wouters.

Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Projectassistent: Koen van Zwol
Poster design: Noa Zuidervaart, Maaike Plugge
Film: Hannes Schievink & Noa Zuidervaart
Administrative support: Arjen Grolleman

November 2019


Interview about TRACK, my work for Biennale Gelderland in Metropolis M online. Written by Lotte van Geijn.

04 October - 29 November 2020


Participating in Mind Your Step, a group exhibition and public program about walking as a form of knowledge gathering. Interactive walks are developed that take the public on a journey about mobility as a way of knowing the world around us. Participating artists: Tim Knowles, Tom Bekkers, Iris Hoppe, Justin Bennett, Chikako Watanabe, Naomi Bueno de Mesquita, Liesje van den Berk, Malú Cayetano Molina & Sonia Pérez, Ienke Kastelein, Isolde Venrooy, Esther Hovers.

February – June 2020


Together with researcher and writer Marlies van Hak I am a 'critical friend' on an educational program at the Radboud Honours Academy Nijmegen. It consisted of a series of workshops and discussions at cultural venues. As ‘critical friends’ we reflected on embodied learning, educational tracks and entanglement of artistic and theoretical domains.

October 2019 – January 2020


For Seelenwanderung (Biennale Gelderland 2019), 16 artists were invited to create new work. We have developed new work in public space along the Sint Jansbeek in the center of Arnhem. In addition, we have shown existing work at Museum het Valkhof Nijmegen.

Participating artists: Frank Bruggeman, Mirka Farabegoli, Gijs Frieling, Roos van Haaften, Seet van Hout, Karlijn Janssen, Aldwin Lehr, Thijs Linssen, Erik Mattijssen, Erik Odijk, Maria Roosen, Rob Sweere, Gerda ten Thije, Isolde Venrooy, Gijs Verhoofstad, Rob Voerman.

22 – 26 June 2020


Programming Zomerlab PREPPEN 2020 for ArtEZ University of the Arts. Zomerlab PREPPEN is an interdisciplinary project in which approximately 100 students art & design and interior architecture work on topical issues in society.
Participating artists: Daan Couzijn, Tinkebell, Domenique Himmelbach de Vries, Anaïs López, Maureen Ghazal, Andre Pielage, Bart van de Woestijne, Maarten Bel.
Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy

7 March 2020 – cancelled because of the coronavirus


Participating in exhibiton Hooglicht, curated by Marena Seeling, at Omstand Arnhem. Participating artists: Jochem Rotteveel, Karlijn Janssen, Richard van der Aa, Maaike Kramer, Hans Everaert, Franck Gribling, Isolde Venrooy, Kathleen Huys and Simon Oud.

June 2019


In the exhibition Invisible Landscape the artists Florentijn Hofman, Gijs Verhoofstad, Isolde Venrooy, Rob Sweere, Attic Lab perfumes and Waag's Open Wetlab highlight aspects of the landscape that are normally almost unnoticeable or even completely invisible. They use different media for this; not only visually, but also in the form of odor and sound installations. Visitors are encouraged to discover more of the landscape by feeling, looking, tasting, hearing and smelling. Curator: Isabelle Bisseling.
Location: Van Borsselenweg 36, Oosterbeek.

6 September – 4 October 2020


Exhibition at the new location of Gallery O-68, formerly a church and a gymnastics room. Participating artists: Harrie Gerritz, Marena Seeling, Isolde Venrooy. Location: Oranjestraat 74, Velp