Thank you for visiting my website and for taking an interest in what I do. This site will guide you through the pantheon of my thinking, the corridors of my world and the corners of my ever expanding universe.
I am a choreographer, photographer and researcher. I am an image junkie and an information addict. I love dark chocolate, bread, tea and honey. I am renowned for my extravagant shoes and prodigious consumption of nuts.
I have spent much of my life in finance, as a quantitative analyst, risk manager and head of financial markets research. Autumn 2008 I took a sabbatical to finish my book on dance, aesthetics and the brain. During that time I was an associate researcher in the department of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Tilburg University. During an earlier, shorter, sabbatical I was a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For several years I worked as a visiting professor in the now discontinued Master of Choreography program at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, where I taught a course in critical theory and dance practice.
I was born in the year The Beatles broke up and Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died and on the same day of the year as Andy Warhol was born and Velázquez died. I am about 2 meters or 6'6" tall and weigh about 86 kg, but please note that it's been years since I last measured my weight. I studied econometrics, philosophy and comparative literature at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University and University College London. I used to be highly proficient in C++ and various other programming languages, but those days are now behind me. Ohh and yes in case you're wondering, I do indeed have a PhD and three different master's degrees.
My research applies insights from philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, mathematics and sociology to the study of art in general and dance and choreography in particular. My current research focuses on the intersection of AI and neuroaesthetics. More in particular I'm seeking to develop a system capable of aesthetic judgment, that is, a system capable of learning to distinguishing between "good" and "bad".
My artistic work arises from the friction between my formal interests in pattern formation and algorithmic design on the one hand and my predilection for "dirty realism" on the other. In 2004 I created a full evening choreography for the former Ballett Frankfurt, Communications from the Lab. I've also created a number of site specific dance installations. I'm currently working on a new project which will premiere some time in the not too distant future.
I have presented my work and research at festivals and conferences in Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, Berlin, New York, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Porto, Cologne, Madrid, Amsterdam, Bologna and various other cities around the world.
This site is an incomplete record of my work and ideas. As with all my work it is a continuous work in progress. If you want to know more about me, browse the FAQ or check out the various entries in the blog section from which you can infer more about me than I'd like you to know.
If you've got any comments, questions or suggestions regarding this site, my work, my research or any other aspect of my life, do not hesitate to contact me.