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Jeanne van Heeswijk (1965, Schijndel, the Netherlands)           

Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces.  Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement.  With her work Van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting) spaces or remodels existing ones.  To achieve this she often works closely with artists, designers, architects, software developers, governments and citizens.  She regularly lectures on topics such as urban renewal, participation and cultural production.


1988 – 1990 Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, the Netherlands

1983 – 1988 Academie voor Beeldende Vorming, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Projects for solo exhibitions (a selection)

- Stavanger Cultural Capital 2008, It Runs in the Neighbourhood (Neighbourhood Secrets, June 2007-October 2008)

- RAM Gallery, Art Rotterdam, Dwaallicht (February 2008)

- RAM Gallery, Art Amsterdam, Hoofdstuk 1, Games People Play (May 2006)

- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Face Your World, StedelijkLab Slotervaart (October-November 2005)

- Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Games People Play (September-October 2004)

- Wexner Center, Columbus, Face Your World (June-August 2002)

- Casco, Utrecht, Casco, Coffee & Communication (2001-2002)

- Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Krach Slagen (Urban Neighbourhoods, November 2000)

- Artists Space, New York, Subway to the Outside (January-July 1999)

- PS1 Studio Programme, New York, Hotel New York P.S.1 (November 1998-August 1999)

- Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Secret City (September-October 1997)

- Villa Alckmaer, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, State of Mind (January-February 1996)

- Travelling, Room with a view (1993-1998)

Projects for group exhibitions (a selection)

- La Biennale di Venezia, Fields of (Inter)Action (Beyond Architecture, September-November 2008)

- Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Dreaming (September-November 2008)

- Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin, Narratives of Desire (February-March 2008)

- Museum Jan Heestershuis, Some 7 (De wereld is groter dan Schijndel, December 2007-January 2008)

- De Paviljoens, Almere, Works, Typologies and Capacities 1993-2008 (At Random, November 2007-April 2008)

- Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Fields of (Inter)Action (A Better World - Another Power, May-October 2007)

- VJ10, Brussels, In The Field Of Players (Tracks in electr(on)ic fields, November-December 2007)

- RAM Gallery, Rotterdam, Preview Amnesia of a Landscape (Preview, March 2007)

- Busan Biennale, Casco Mobile (Tales of Two Cities, September-November 2006)

- Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Draw a Line (Play, The Art of the Game, June-September 2006),

- Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Narratives of Desire (World Unlimtited, June-September 2006)

- Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Narratives of Desire (Reality 10'55 Odense, February-May 2006)

- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Dwaallicht (Project Rotterdam, July-September 2005)

- La Biennale di Venezia, De Strip (NowHere Europe, June-July 2005)

- Z33, Hasselt, Casco Mobile (Living in Motion, November 2004-February 2005)

- Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, A Paper House (Freibezetst, May-June 2005)

- Taipei Biennial, A Paper House (Do You Believe in Reality?, October 2004-January 2005)

- Witte de With, Rotterdam, In The Field of Players (Tracer, September-October 2004),

- ArToll, Bedburg-Hau, In The Field of Players (Kunstlabor, September 2004)

- NGBK, Berlin, Works, Typologies and Capacities 1993-2003 (Tatig Sein, May-June 2004)

- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Draw a Line (We are The World, March-May 2004)

- International Film Festival Rotterdam, In The Field of Players (Power : Play, January-February 2004)

- La Biennale di Venezia, Draw a Line (We are The World, June-September 2003)

- Witte de With, Rotterdam, A Paper House (Squaters 2, October-December 2001)

- Art Gallery Tokyo Opera City, Draw a Line (Territory, August-October 2000)

- Royal College of Art London, Valley Vibes (Democracy!, April-May 2000)

- MANIFESTA 1, Rotterdam, NEsTWORK (June-August 1996)

Projects for public space (a selection)

- Care-Taker, Indische buurt, Amsterdam (April-June 2007)

- Face Your World, Museumpark, Rotterdam (November 2006-August 2007)

- Amnesia of a Landscape, area of the N470 (2006-2008)

- Ariadne, the cities of Helden, Kessel, Maasbree and Meijel (2005-2006), St-Oedenrode (2008)

- The Blue House, IJburg, Amsterdam (May 2005-May 2009)

- Face Your World, StedelijkLab Slotervaart, Staalmanplein area, Amsterdam (January-July 2005)

- Dwaallicht, Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam (August 2004-June 2005)

- The Future from the Sidelines, Gilden en Vroedschapwijk, Gorinchem (March-June 2003)

- De Strip, Until we meet again, Westwijk, Vlaardingen (May 2002-May 2004)

- FREEHOUSE, the city of Rotterdam (2001-ongoing)

- Valley Vibes. The vibe-detector, Lea Valley, London (1998-2000)

- A House for the Community, Oud-Beijerland (1996-2003)

- Ik + de Ander. Art and the Human Condition, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (June-August 1994)



- Systems, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ed. Axel Lapp, The Greenbox, Zurich (2007)

- De Strip 2002-2004, Westwijk Vlaardingen, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ed. Maartje Berendsen, Artimo, Amsterdam (2004)

- Een Huis voor de gemeenschap, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ed. Erik Leurmans, Artimo, Amsterdam (2003)

- Face Your World, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ed. Carlos Basualdo, Wexner Center/Artimo, Amsterdam (2002)

Artist's books and editions

- Dwaallicht. A manifest for a working class neighbourhood, Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam (2007)

- I am looking for space and fortune, Hotel New York P.S.1, Artimo, Amsterdam (2001)

- A Christmas Pudding for Henry, CD-ROM, Henry Moore Foundation External Programmes, Leeds (2000)

- Room with a View, edition 2, Rotterdam (2000)  

- Subway Outside, Artists Space Newspaper (special edition), New York (1999)

- NEsTWORK, activities during Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1999)

- The Secret City, Vleeshal, Middelburg (1997)

- Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics, ed. Ine Gevers, Jeanne van Heeswijk, SUN, Nijmegen (1997)

- A House for the Community, Oud-Beijerland (1996)

- Room with a View, edition 1, Rotterdam (1996)

- Ik + de Ander, ed. Ine Gevers, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Artimo, Amsterdam (1994)

Artist's writings and comments

- Empathy as radical act, 'Interact or Die', DEAF publisher, Rotterdam, pg 92-101 (2007)

- De Strip, 'The [un]common place-art, public space and urban aesthetics in Europe', Actar B, Barcelona, pg 44-53 (2005)

- A call for sociality, 'What We Want is Free:  Experiments with Exchange and Generosity in Current Art', SUNY Press, Albany, New York, pg 85-98 (2004)

- Freehouse - creative forces in your city, 'Community Art Collaboration 2002', Evens Foundation, Antwerp, pg 140-147 (2002)

- Fleeting Images of Community, 'Exploding Aesthetics', Amsterdam-Atlanta, pg 175-178 (2001) 

- How are they going to pursue this?, 'Are they allowed to do that', Linz, pg 73-84 (2001)

- The 21st Century Museum - A pre-programmed Game Machine, ‘Curating in the 21st Century’, The New Art Gallery Walsall & The University of Wolverhampton, pg 71-77 (2000)

- Kunstenaar zonder Eigenschappen, 'What's in a name', Universiteit Gent (2000)

- A Year New York, ‘Parijs . Berlijn . New York’, Kitakyushu, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (1999)

- Art Object vs. Art Objective, ‘Engage 7’, London, pg 35-39 (2000)

- Valley Vibes, 'Curating Degree Zero', Kunstlerhaus Bremen, congress publication, pg 25-32 (2000)

- Artist without Qualities, ‘Documents sur l'art’, issue 12, France, pg 398-424 (2000)

- Brain Storm, ‘Metropolis M’, issue 3, pg 24 (June-July 1999)

- Hotel New York, ‘Casco Issues', issue 5 (May 1999)

- A NEsTWORK Report from Manifesta 1, ‘Curating the Contemporary Art Museum and Beyond, Art & Design’, issue 12, No 1/2, pg 18-23 (January-February 1997)

Catalogue & books texts

- The Blue House, 'Architecture in the Netherlands, yearbook 2007', NAI Publishers, Rotterdam, pg 6 (2008)

- Face Your World, 'Architecture in the Netherlands, yearbook 2005', NAI Publishers, Rotterdam, pg 30-31 (2006)

- Erik Hagoort, Goede bedoelingen, over het beoordelen van ontmoetingskunst, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, pg 19, 24, 55, 62-69 (2005)

- Reinaldo Laddaga, Networks, Faces, Membranes, 'Face Your World', Wexner Center/Artimo, Amsterdam, pg 33-47 (2002)

- Ina Boiten, Jeanne van Heeswijk: Subway Outside, ‘Publieke Kunst. Nieuwe dimensies in ruimte en tijd, voor kunstenaar en publiek’, SKOR/NAI publishers, Amsterdam, pg 108-179 (2001) 

- Maaike Engelen, Scheppingsdrang annex verbeteringsdrift, ‘MamaCash Kunstprijs’, Amsterdam, pg 1-16 (2001)

- Engelen & Engelen, Germinal, ‘Worthless’, Moderne Galerija, Ljubljana, pg 46-47 (2000)

- Yukie Kamiya, Jeanne van Heeswijk Ongoing Colaboration, ‘Territory’, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, pg 87-88, 97-103 (2000)

- Matt Price, The Gallery Outside-In, ‘Democracy’, Royal College of Art, London, pg 45-57, 76-77 (2000)

- Ine Gevers, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ‘Between Experience and Expectation’, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, pg 40-41 (1998)  

- Wapke Feenstra, Jeanne van Heeswijk, ‘Mooi versus Mentaliteit’, Kunstestaffete Zuid-Holland, pg 58 (1998)

- Ole Bouman, Van Heeswijk Productions, ‘A House for the Community’, Oud-Beijerland, pg 1-8 (1996)

Articles (a selection)

- Walter van Hulst, De openbare ruimte moet weer van ons allemaal worden, Slow Management, pg 77-81 (spring 2008)

- Arjan Reinders, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Kunstbeeld, Dossier, pg 18-19 (December 2006-January 2007)

- Saskia Monshouwer, Face Your World, Kunstbeeld, pg 14-17 (December 2005-January 2006)

- Denise Vrolijk & Bart Wissink, Portretten van gemeenschapszin, SR&O, pg 34-37 (June 2005)

- Marijke Bovens, Mijn kunst is gemeenschaps kunst, Binnenlandsbestuur, pg 22-23 (September 9 2005)

- Andrea Wiarda, Cityscape Rotterdam, Flash Art, issue 240, pg 61-62 (January-Februari 2005)

- Dóra Hegyi, Jeanne van Heeswijk: ››Games People Play‹‹, Springerin, issue 4, pg 65-66 (winter 2004)

- Peter Funken Tatig Sein, Kunstforum, issue 171, pg 304-306 (July-August 2004)

- Carlos Basualdo & Reinaldo Laddaga, Rules of Engagement: Art and Experimental Communities, Artforum (March 2004)

- Mirjam Westen, Jeanne van Heeswijk: The Artist as Versatile Infiltrator of Public Space, N. Paradoxa, issue 12, pg 24-32 (2003)

- Hanno Rauterberg, Lasst tausend bunte Schwienchen quieken, Die Zeit, pg 37 (March 20 2003)

- Sandra Smallenburg, Boijmans in de groentenwinkel, NRC Handelsblad (March 7 2003)

- Katie Dean, What If Kids Build The Cities?, Wired / (July 1 2002)

- Adrianne de Koning, Het moet kunst voorstellen, dus is het kunst, Rotterdams Dagblad (May 24 2002)

- Martin Lucas, The Ontology of the Bagel Cart, Archis, issue 5, pg 25-28 (October 2001)

- Vaughan Allen, The pudding Club, Big Issue of the North (December 1999)

- Dominiek Ruyters, Jeanne van Heeswijk, De ander en Ik, Metropolis M, issue 5, pg 32-36 (October 1999)

Prizes, grants, collections

- Collection Historical Museum Rotterdam, Dwaallicht The Knight of Memory (2008)

- Intendant award for Vakmanstad/Freehouse, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam  (2007)

- Residency and fellowship, Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center, California (2007)

- Collection Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Some 7 (2006)

- Participation in Urban renewal prize for FYW Stedelijklab Slotervaart, Ministry of VROM, Utrecht (2006)

- Europrix Citizen, Democracy and E-government 2005 for Face Your World, Europrix Rotterdam (2005)

- Hendrik Chabot prijs 2002, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Rotterdam (2002)

- Residency, Villa Arson Nice, Accompanying grant of Ministere de la culture et de la communication, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (2001-2002)

- MamaCash Kunstprijs 2000, MamaCash Amsterdam (2000)

- Participant of The International Studio Programme of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, grant of Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (1989-1999)

Lectures, symposiums and workshops (a selection)

- Speaker and co-organiser seminar Socially Yours, Polytechnical University, Hong Kong (2007)

- Speaker, symposium Interact or Die, DEAF07, Rotterdam (2007)

- Speaker, Evasions of Power, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2007)

- Lecture, Architectural Association, London (2007)

- Speaker, Der öffentliche Raum, Depot, Vienna (2006)

- Speaker, Can we take that serious, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam (2006)

- Speaker, symposium Inter-disciplinary practice, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde (2005)

- Speaker, expert meetings Acknowledgements, Arco ’05, Madrid (2005)

- Organizing speaker, The End, De Strip, Vlaardingen (2004)

- Speaker, Art & Science, Studium Generale University of Leiden (2002)

- Speaker, 5th Architectural Symposium, Pontresina (2002)

- Speaker, symposium Generosity projects, CCAC, San Franciscio (2002)

- Lecture / performance, Service, Kunsthalle Budapest (2001)

- Speaker, symposium Curating in the 21st Century, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2000)

- Associated collaborator of CHORA, Urbanism and Architecture, Tokyo Stories, workshop, Ohno lab Tokyo University (2000)

- Speaker, symposium Are they allowed to do that, Linz  (2000)

- Speaker, symposium The Use Value of Culture, Ljubljana (2000)

- Speaker, symposium What's in a name, University of Gent (1999)

- Speaker, Thermal Dynamic Reading Project, Soundlab, Tonic, New York (2000)

- Speaker, symposium Curating post–Institutions, ICA, London (1999)

- Speaker, symposium Curating Degree Zero, Bremen (1998)

- Co-organiser, symposium Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics, An Encounter, workshops, arena discussion and artists interventions, Zaal de Unie, Rotterdam (1997)