Royal Academy of Art (KABK)

 

Yolande Kolstee [Head AR Lab]
Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
y.kolstee@kabk.nl

Yolande Kolstee studied Social Sciences at Leiden University. She founded the AR+RFID Lab in 2006, based on a funding for innovative initiatives in professional universities. She co-operated from the very start with various groups of Delft, University of Technology. She and her team of students teachers, artists and scientists were able, in the first year, to be part of new-media networks and to create some nice projects in the cultural domain. The focus on the cultural domain stayed as well as projects involved in the development of the first optical see-through augmented reality headset, called “George”. With this and an adapted virtual reality headset, AR Lab showed in Milano, at the Salone del Mobile in Italy, already in 2008, virtual furniture and textiles. After this, various projects with museums followed: sometimes using AR as a medium for autonomous art and more often as tool to enhance the experience of an exhibition. We did projects with Kröller-Müller Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen, Van Gogh, Escher in the Palace and many more. As per Februari 2011 she holds the post of Lector (Dutch for researcher at universities of applied sciences (hbo)) in the field of Innovative Visualisation Techniques in Art Education for the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Bringing students, artists, scientist, SME in the professional field and cultural heritage institutes as museums together is one of her tasks. She lectured in and outside The Netherlands, from Maastricht (I-Fabriek) to Harvard USA (School of Design) and from Amsterdam (Beamlab, Discovery, Picnic) to Glasgow (British Computer Society), Pavia (Itlay), Ismar 2011 in Basel, Switserland, AR Summit-London,  and ISMAR 2012 in George Tech, Atlanta, Georgia. AR Lab started in 2012 the AR[t] Magazine, a journal about Augmented Reality, art and technology, which you can glance through via www.arlab.nl.

See also her profile on Lectoren.nl (Dutch only).



Wim van Eck [3D animator AR Lab]
Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
w.vaneck@kabk.nl

Wim van Eck studied Design for Virtual Theatre and Games at the Utrecht School of the Arts, and graduated from the Media Technology MSc-program at Leiden University in 2006. His interests are, among others, real-time 3D animation, game design and creative research. 

Since 2005, he has been teaching 3D Animation and Game Design at the KABK, as well as participating in various research groups. Since 2006, he works at the AR Lab where his main tasks are: developing augmented reality projects, creating 3D content and supervising students.



Esmé Vahrmeijer [Graphic designer]
Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
e.vahrmeijer@kabk.nl

Esmé Vahrmeijer is graphic designer and webmaster of the AR Lab, with emphasis on the website for communication between the partners of the three the institutes and other interested parties. She is a graphic designer and started her own graphic design studio. 



Reba Wesdorp [Junior researcher]
Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
r.wesdorp@kabk.nl

Reba Wesdorp studied Art History (BA) at Leiden University with a minor in Graphic Art and Graphic Techniques at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In 2011 she graduated from the Research Master Study of Art and Literature program at Leiden University. During this program she studied for six months at the Drama Department of Queen Mary, University of London for which she received several grants, among which the Dr. Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch fund. 

Het interests are, among others, digital performances, modern art, the boundary between the real and the digital and interactive art.

Beginning at the AR Lab as a Junior Researcher in Residence, she currently works for the Research Domain Innovative Visualisation Techniques as a general assistant, with an emphasis on the market research, communications and dissemination of knowledge and practical research results.


Mariana Kniveton [Junior researcher]
Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
m.kniveton@kabk.nl

Mariana Kniveton studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies (BA) at Utrecht University. Currently, she is a master student at the New Media and Digital Culture programme (MA), also at Utrecht University. She has worked at the AR Lab / Research Department IVT since September 2012, initially as an intern. The main focus of her research at the Research Department is a study into the usage of presentation techniques and new media in Dutch (art) museums. Her interests range from film, television and new media to media philosophy and interface culture.


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