Media Artist and VJ-Sculptor

Frouke ten Velden, Media Artist and VJ-Sculptor based in Amsterdam. As VJ Frouke approaches her set (her visuals and devices) as a musician approaches his instrument. In her sculptural work, she explores the boundaries and meaning of sculpture and herein seeks the possibilities light and projection. Her work has been shown at various galleries and Art festivals like the Van Gogh Museum, Eye Film Institute, TodaysArt festival and the international Rio mapping festival.

(Live) Scenographer and art director

She works as (live) scenographer and art director of theater, music and dance performances. From The National Ballet or an orchestra playing Shostakovich to an Eco-Political theaterplay in the empty shipyards of Amsterdam. Frouke has worked as (live) scenographer with several Dutch music legends like Henny Vrienten – Doe Maar, De Dijk, Van Dik Hout and is art director of the live shows for the psychedelic blues-funk band MY BABY.

Besides her active role as a maker and performer, she also teaches film and photography at The Rijksmuseum where she is part of the Rijksmuseum’s Media-Lab team and teaches Live Visual Performance and Videomapping at the Breitner Academy – Amsterdam school of Arts (AHK).

Previously mentioned projects were supported by StimuleringsFonds Creatieve industrie, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst and Fonds Podiumkunsten

 

Artist Statement

“As live visual performers, we bring our tools,  which are basically just a set of rules, a composition or a method which enables us to work live. (…)  I use VJ as an umbrella term for most of my work, it’s not necessarily referring to video, so even when I find myself welding sculptures. For me, it feels all the same: Creating content, content to work with, live.”

 

Seen with Rijksmuseum Medialab, Eye Film Institute,  Van Gogh Museum, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Anne Frank House Amsterdam.Rio mapping Festival 2017 (Brazil), LPM -Live Performers Meeting 2015-2017, Amsterdam Dance Event 2015-2017 expo, TodaysArt festival, Fiber Festival, Videozone(Poland), Kantor art & technology festival, Playgrounds Festival, Kantor,  NIMk | Monte Video, W139, Volkshotel,

Rio mapping Festival 2017 (Brazil), LPM -Live Performers Meeting 2015-2017, Amsterdam Dance Event 2015-2017 expo, TodaysArt festival, Fiber Festival, Videozone(Poland), Kantor art & technology festival, Playgrounds Festival, Kantor,  NIMk | Monte Video, W139, Volkshotel, Bradfolff Projects

Featured by Expo Magazine, Parool, The Creators Project, Vice

 

 

PROJECTS


Prehistoric Rhythm MY BABYmusic (2013-present)
Art director and video design (live) Scenography / VJ & light design, MY BABY (Band)

 

VJ Sculpture, art project: sculpture as a medium for VeeJaying (present)

LPM Live performers Meeting 2017, 5 days expo, May 2017

Rio Mapping Festival, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Artist Recidency, April 2017

Live perfromance 5 days ADE 2016 at Marktkantine Amsterdam,

 

National Ballet, Het Nationale Opera en Ballet & Het ballet Orkest (present) 

Art director (live) scenography/visuals

 

De Dijk, Theater tour (present)

Video decor, De Dijk (band)

 

Van Dik Hout, Theater tour (2016-2017)

Art director, decor and (live) scenography/visuals, Van Dik Hout (band)

 

Face It! SandraVan Nieuwland – music-theatre (2016)
Art director (live) scenography/visuals and light design, SandraVan Nieuwland (singer)

 

ANIMA – art installation (2014-2016)
Art director ANIMA, a series of works that explores how we relate to a digital entity. ANIMA questions concepts on interaction, reality and intelligence. ANIMA was created in colaboration with onformative studio for generative design.

 

SMART – dance theatre (2015)
Art director video and video production, dance SMART Danstheater AYA.

 

Alles is Anders (Everything is Different) Henny Vrienten– Music-theatre (2015)
Art director (live) scenography and light design theatre show Alles is Anders, Henny Vrienten (singer)

 

SUN CITY II – Engaged music-theatre (2015)
Art director video, theatre performance (live) scenography SUN CITY II: socio-political musical theatre. Commissioned Jan Rotman and KSI, produced by Production Melkweg-Paradiso and Over het IJ.

 

BIG Words @ van Gogh museum- art installation (2015)
Van Gogh Museum, temporary installation, BIG Words. For a month the plant Big Words, the show and do. Visitors were invited to participate in the work of art that grew over the period of one month.

 

The Lightbulb- Sculpture for VeeJaying – art installation (2013-2016)
Kinetic artwork, prototype for live performance: inter-play with lights and shadows.

 

SON – theatre (2013)
Scenography theater SON, Tryater Leeuwarden.

 

The Dark Side of Amsterdam, Videomapping- art installation (2013)
Amsterdam Light Festival, opening interactive video mapping, Art Direction, in collaboration with Medialab Amsterdam

 

End of Story – music/theatre(2013)
Amsterdam Fringe theatre festival, theatre End of Story, De Balie, Amsterdam

 

Willem of Oranje Musical –musical (2010)
Theatre set design and video production, tour (NL)

 

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Eye on Art, Eye Film Institute, Exam VJ academy (2017)
Teacher Breitner Academy, Live visual performance and videomapping, (2016)
Exam Tutor VJ academy (2016)
Video Mapping workshop VeeJays.com/Sugar Factory (2016)
FIBER festival, Artist talk, (2015)
Video Mapping workshop PierK (2015)
Rijksmuseum N8, Photography like Rembrandt Workshop (2014)
Beamlab, talk about video mapping Amsterdam Light Festival (2013)

 

MUSIC-VIDEO

MY BABY Love Dance
Doe Maar & KennyB, 5446 Is My Number
Sandra van Nieuwland, Stop the Clocs
MY BABY, Remedy II
MY BABY, live at Paradiso VooDoo Electrique series