Ward Janssen is a curator, researcher, writer and producer working in the field of visual culture, digital culture, contemporary art and design. From 2008 on he has worked on exhibitions, film programmes, publications, articles, design projects and art commissions.
Following several years working as a photographer and producer in fashion and advertising, he turned to curating and producing exhibitions and projects featuring a wide range of international artists and designers for festivals, art institutions and museums.
In his projects he has addressed a diverse variety of topics and phenomena on the forefront of innovative and activism driven media explorations in art and design cross overs, with subjects as: digital materiality in post internet art, digital art artifacts and trends, the cultural relevance of internet hypes, social media platform subcultures, privacy as a design subject, virtual reality and augmented reality innovation, design fiction and futurism ideologies, fashion media strategies for the new media age, film and design cross overs, digital animation, independent game culture, the changing genre of the music video as experiment for the post tv media landscape, art film as cinematic experience, short and feature films and documentaries as avant-garde statements, design as a self help discipline for the future
Projects he has worked on have been supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Creatie Industries Fund, Fonds 21, VSB Fonds, BankGiro Loterij, Dutch Ministry of OCW, Municipality of Breda, AFK - Amsterdam Art Fund, Ammodo, KunstLoc Brabant, Filmfonds NL, Creative Europe - Culture, Creative Europe - Media, Eindhoven-Brabant Creative Capital of Europe 2018.
Cinekid Festival - head of visual culture, 2017 - present
The Image Society - curator, researcher, 2017 - present
Stedelijk Museum Breda - curator, 2017
MOTI, Museum of the Image - curator, 2013 - 2016
House of Visual Culture - head of programme, 2011 - 2013
House of Visual Culture - head of marketing, 2011
Cicada Studio - curator, producer, art director, 2009 - 2011
FILM + DESIGN Festival - curator, producer, 2009 - 2010
International Film Festival Breda - programme coordinator, 2009 - 2010
International Film Festival Breda - programmer, 2008
Kunstfort Vijfhuizen - advisor, 2019 - present
Royal Academy of Art The Hague - advisor department Interactive/Media/Design, 2018 - present
Creative Industries Fund - advisory committee Digital Culture, 2017 - present
Creative Industries Fund - advisory committee festivals, 2017
Fundraising for artists, projects and festivals, 2015 - present
PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS WITH:
Mieke Gerritzen, Geert Lovink, Koert van Mensvoort, Nadine Roestenburg, Marijke de Bie, Thomas Dahm, Aynouk Tan, Peter Lunenfeld, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Floris Kaayk, Eelco Brand, Studio Smack, Noortje van Eekelen, Aziz Bekkaoui, Constant Dullaart, Niels Schrader, Roosje Klap, Frank Schallmaijer, Tinkebell, Benedikt Woeppel, Katja Novitskova, Rafael Rozendaal, Jan Robert Leegte, Pinar & Viola, Moniker, Rosa Menkman, Simone Niquille, Geoffrey Lillemon, Josephine Bosma, Gerben Willers, De Groene Amsterdammer. Naivi Studios, Teyosh, Constant Dullaart, Olia Lialina, Jodi, Rosa Menkman, Jan Robert Leegte, Mouchette.org, Michael Mandiberg, Tijmen Schep, SETUP, Veerle Devreese/De Brakke Grond, Bogomir Doringer, Ine Poppe, Florian Weigl/V2, Florian Cramer/Piet Zwart Institute, Floor van Spaendonck, Hackers & Designers, Bits of Freedom, Tegan Bristow, Guus Beumer, Maison the Faux, Sandberg Instituut, Fiber, Mediamatic, Jan Boelen/Z33, Kabk, Artez, Max Dovey, Michael Dieter, Ruben Pater, Annelys de Vet, Roel Roscam Abbing, Dennis de Bel, Dries Depoorter, Aynouk Tan, Stine Jensen, Freek Lomme / Onomatopee, Sebastiaan Olma, MacKenzie Wark, Peter Lunenfeld, Sarah Sharma, Constant Dullaart, Bruce Sterling, Dagan Cohen. Xue Mu, Lotte Geeven, Emmeline de Mooij, Wouter Klein Velderman, Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge, Marseille European Capital of Culture, Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Lernert & Sander, Bart Hess, Champagne Valentine, Levi van Veluw, Bas Kosters, Marc Deurloo, Dutch Design Foundation, Nowness, Gestalten, Showstudio, Lernert & Sander, Submarine, Kijek Adamski, Koerner Union, Design Onscreen, Daniel Askill, Jesse Kanda & Arca, FreudenthalVerhagen, Inez & Vinoodh, Piet Hein Eek, Joep van Lieshout, Willem Kars, Suzie Q & Leo Siboni, Le Fresnoy, Nimk, Hedi Slimane, Alain Fleischer, Autour de Minuit, Melissa Auf der Maur & Tony Stone, Phillip Barker, Laila Pakalnina, D-Fuse, Damiel Manivel, Hans Op de Beeck, Katarina Zdjelar, Xavier Chassaing, Terri Timely, Erik Kessels, Filip & Andrea Nilsson, Salazar, Piers Thompson, MDFF, Red Bucket, Bennie Safdie, Smuggler, Dropstuff, Upstream Gallery, LiMa, Annet Dekker, Frederik Heyman, JK Keller, Keetra Dean Dixon, Clement Valla, Zach Blas, Jon Rafman, Anne de Vries, Anouk Kruithof, Melanie Bonajo, Studio Pointer, Abner Preis, Ian MacLarty, Studio Krom, Post Neon, Vito Boeckx, Jim Brady, Paloma Dawkins, Tactical Tech, Sokpop Game Collective, Manja Ebert, Front 404, Monika Bielskyte, Hanneke Metselaar, Miranda Moss, Florian Dussopt, Studio Overvelde, Interactive Architecture Lab, Clemence Seurat, Jos Auzende, Marie du Chastel, Gaite Lyrique, Kik Festival, WoeLabo, 72 and Sunny, XR Lab, Joris Verleg, Kristin Lucas, Cassie McQuater, Terry Cavanagh, Matthew Keff, Brenna Murphy, Peter Burr, David O'Reilly, Theo Triantaffylidis, The Rodina, Zippora Elders, Giovanna Fossati, Erik Kessels, Nicolaas Veul.