Workshop leaders

Deanna Herst
Deanna Herst is senior lecturer, course director of the Open Design program, tutor and lecturer at the Master Design (WdKA) and associate researcher / Ph.D. candidate, previously at the Research Center ‘Creating 010’, Rotterdam. Currently she works on her dissertation on (shared) authorship in open and participatory design within the context of art and design education. By questioning authorship, the objective of her research is to define methods for open and participatory design and to identify participatory aesthetics.

Michelle Kasperzak
Michelle Kasprzak is a Canadian curator, writer, and scholar. She completed her BFA in New Media at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario in 2000, and in 2006 completed her MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate on a full fellowship at the University of Porto (Faculty of Engineering) and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute on the subject area of social innovation in extreme scenarios.

Beam van Waardenberg
Beam is a hybrid artist; studied astronomy (MSc) and after that (quite logically) autonomous arts (Ba).
Beam van Waardenberg is teacher at the WdKA and e-textile designer/artist.
Current courses; Data Textiles, Mapping, Smart Textiles, P5, Low-resolution image knitting.

Yoana Buzova
Йоана Бузова / Yoana Buzova is an interdisciplinary artist, passionate about public space and neglected moments and objects. She employs low-tech, DIY methods, found and repurposed material to create poetic moments. Yoana has an obsession with boxes. In 2014 completed the Master’s Program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has a previous BA degree in Photography at The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. She works as an instructor and teacher in the Interaction Station in the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam and is a member of the Filmwerkplaats.

Aldje van Meer
Aldje currently works at the Willem de Kooning Academy as ‘hoofddocent’ and ‘innovation manager’. In these positions she is researching and exploring technical innovations relevant for artistic professions. She advises, inspires and implements use of technology in the stations. (Stations are nodes where knowledge and relevant, high value instruments and technologies are collected.) As ‘hoofddocent’ she researches what new technologies are relevant for artistic professions and as a member of curriculum advisory board she advises how we could implement these technologies in the different curricula.