I am a Dutch-Iranian human who makes art and a sociologist (born: Netherlands, 1993, given name: Diane Groothuysen).

A common thread of influence in my artistic and life practice is my attitude towards death and its implications. Like many humans, I fear the discontinuity of my own consciousness. Regrettably, I also have nihilistic tendencies, which leaves me with only my current living body to rely on, as there seems to be no further meaning in life. Most of my work uses the human body, either of the spectator, the performer, or myself, as a medium to search for a temporary feeling of immortality. Alongside philosophical perspectives of mainly Georges Bataille and Julia Kristeva, I search for this ‘transcendence’ either indirectly through affective responses of my work, and/or directly through thematics of my work. Through this work, I am to achieve attentiveness to the immanence of our own bodies, as I believe this attentiveness is the key for many human related issues (whether it be escaping the fear of death or becoming a more balanced citizen).

 

When it seems right, I use my visual sociology training to combine social scientific research methods and theory with visual and sensory artistic practice. Studying sociology stimulated my interest in how the social reality of humans is constructed. I question the extent to which 'humans remain humans' within this social reality. My dual heritage allows me to compare two socialized cultures in this respect. 

Education 

2020 - 

Master in Theatre (directing/scenography), Institute of Performative Arts Maastricht

2018-2019

MA Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London [distinction]

2016-2017

BSc Sociology, Utrecht University

2016-2017

Preparatory Course Fine Art, University of the Arts Utrecht

2016

Exchange semester, University of California, Santa Barbara

2013-2017

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University

2012-2013

Minor Media and Culture, Utrecht University

Exhibitions / Performances

02.2020

11.2019-12.2019

02.11.2019

26.07.2019

18.05.2019

05.04.2019

01.05.2016

(solo) Postmortem Recordings, Expocafé Zamen, Amsterdam

(group) Intervention for the occasion of De Laatste Aai, Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam

(group) Museumnacht Amsterdam [museumnight], Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam

(group) SNACK - Sociology is Not a Complete Knowledge, Greenwich West Community & Art Centre

(group) Things to Do When You're Dead, Cambridge City Crematorium

(group) Residual Matters, Goldsmiths, University of London 

(group) Residual Matters, Goldsmiths, University of London 

(solo) Imprisoned, University of California, Santa Barbara

Commissions

2019

2019

(trainee) Public Program, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam

(set designer) VASSILINA, Albany Theatre, London

2019

(performer) Sorry, What?, shown during Prelon Musk: Acts of Kleinness, at Asylum Chapel, Peckham, London, directed by Eilidh Delves

2018

(voice-over artist) Under Construction, selected by BFI Top 200 Best Video Essays of 2018, directed by Julia Sterre Schmitz

2017

(performer) Alles Over Iets en Dingen en Niets, shown at Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis (NL), directed by Diede Daalman

2008-now

Many waitressing and office jobs

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Residencies

05.2021

WORM Rotterdam, Performance Bar Residency