Enchanté !

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present: staying with the trouble

I invent adventurous practices that invite and make people think, learn and wonder (together) with and within our cosmic surroundings. So far this has been the Mind-Blowing Institute, Diffracting Worlds, Fictioning Alternatives, Wild Thinking, and Body-Anarachiving. The practices have in common that they play with the conditions of value and recognition, subvert social conventions, attack norms and call into question standardized ways of thinking. Doing so, the practices bring experimental milieus of “thinking-doing” into being, in which theory and practice go hand in hand without a hierarchical or oppositional relationship. Instead multiple and diverse forms of knowledges co-exist and are not only to be understood as methods, but as ways of life.

future: horizon of hope

With my art I hope to create moments and momentum in which the possibility of another world feels real and appealing. I want to “bring theory back to life” (Sara Ahmed, 2017), activate an alternative history of thought by taking precarity as a strength and generate alternative futures with a queer sense of humor. I want to affirm that intellectuality comes in many forms.

past: unlearning

Can we dance disabled futures? I came to this question during a long and intense process of learning to walk again after a severe accident. What seemed natural turned into a crisis: how to bring my body into movement without being able to use my so called “free will”. What is freedom, when I can no longer go where I want to go? What makes me Human? What can a body do? What is agency and self-determination? I realized that what I embodied so far was nothing more than a paradigm of thought. To dance disabled futures, I had to start rethinking what thinking is and re-imagine what thinking can do. I had to move beyond the personal and transform the trauma into open problem of wonder that could bring people together in actively imagining alternative worlds.


Personal Data

  • Place of Birth: Rotterdam

  • Date of Birth: 22 October 1985

  • Astrological sign: lIbra-scorpio cusp/ cusp of drama and criticism/ dertermined truth-telling drama queen

  • email: d.h.boersma@gmail.com

Educational Background

PhD - level courses:

  • Research Genealogies and Material Practices 2nd New Materialist Training School. Tate Modern London Great Britain (May 2016)

  • Experience and Resonance - with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning New Materialist Training School, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne Germany ((Oct. 2014)

  • New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital - Methodology Workshop, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona (Sept. 2014)

  • Out of Order Desire-Disorder-Disability, Posthumanities Hub: Gender Studies Linkoping Sweden (Dec 2012)

  • 'Feminist Worlding: Playing Multispecies Cat's Cradle' with Donna Haraway, University Utrecht The Netherlands (April 2011)

  • G-local Cosmopolitanism: the Social responsibility of the Academic, the Artist, and the Media , with Rosi Braidotti The Centre for the Humanities School of Critical Theory Utrecht University (Feb 2011)


  • MA “Spatial Strategies: Exploratory Art in Public Contexts” Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (high distinction). This transdisciplinairy study explores urban and virtual contexts in a world that is drastically changing under the effects of globalisation. I learned to intervene and reflect upon the concept of subjectivity by developing an autonomous performance art-practice that focused on “critical disability and trauma theory”.

2010 -2011

  • MA “Gender Studies” Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht (high distinction). This interdisciplinairy study focuses on how emancipation and the recognition of differences. I learned to critically analyse social and cultural relations in today’s postcolonial and post-secular societies. Classes of, among others: Rosi Braidotti and Donna Haraway.

2006 - 2010

  • BA “Language and Culture Studies” Universiteit Utrecht (high distinction). The Language and Culture Studies program allows the student to shape their own study program based on my own and broad interests. As I am/was interested in making a social change I majored in 'Political Histories and International Relations' and 'Gender Studies' Extracurricular courses in Latin American Studies, International Developmental Studies, Educational Sciences


  • BA “Feminist Studies” (semester abroad) University of California, Santa Cruz, USA (high distinction). Feminist studies is an interdisciplinary field of analysis that investigates how relations of gender are embedded in social, political, and cultural formations. The department emphasizes theories and practices derived from multiracial and multicultural contexts. Courses included: “Feminisms of the Global South”, “Race and Gender Formations in the US” “Social Movements”

Performances (selection)


  • upcoming: Museum Ludwig Cologne 2019

  • upcoming: Thinkers assembled, Erasmus University Rotterdam june 2019

  • Diffraction as Social Practice Willem de Kooning, 2019

  • Welcoming the Embodied Classroom. Artez Academy, Arnhem, 12 april 2019

  • The Mind-Blowing Institute: First Landing, Showroom Mama Rotterdam from 11-01-2019 until 10/03/2019


  • Sanatorium Octopussy - Conceiving a Tentacular Conciousness / Ludwig Museum Cologne/ 14 July 2018

  • Activate Psychokinesis / Anomalous - Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands / 9 Februari 2018

  • Failure as a Superstyle, Rotterdam with several primairy schools. april / May 2018.

  • Fata Morgana – Refracting New Realities / Ethics in the Anthropocene seminar Master en Bachelor filosofiestudenten Universiteit Leiden/2.05.2018


  • She is D.I.S.C.O / Circle 1: platform for art and culture, Berlin, Germany / 13 December 2017

  • More-than-Human-Rights / Model United Nations Amsterdam, The Netherlands/ 12 July 2017

  • Re-Activating the Idiotic Methodology - reading 2 (with Vanja Smiljanic) / Videonale 16. Festival für Video und Zeitbasierte Kunstformen, Bonn, Germany /18 February 2017

  • Prosthetic Laughter / Mic Drop Lecture Performance Festival, Innsbruck Austria/ 25 March 2017


  • Re-Activating the Idiotic Methodology – reading 1 (with Vanja Smiljanic) /Schauspiel Köln, Cologne, Germany/ 16 december 2016

  • I’d Rather Be Square Than To Be There/ Symposium “Bodies | Motion – Disabilities in Literature, Theory and the Arts”, University of Cologne/ 28 January, 2016

  • Mad for (a) Reason/ 7th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, Vulnerability”; Polish Academy of Science – Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw, Poland (with Clare Stanhope)/ 21 september 2016

  • Becoming TIKI-TAKA - football as a nomadic image of thought/ Politics of Performance and Play, Feminist Matters”, Leiden University, The Netherlands /7 July 2016

  • Re-re-reverence/The Performance Biennial “No Future”, Athens Greece/26 Juni 2016


  • The end of Normal, 2014

  • Sandwitz interviews JODI jan 2014

  • The End of my Rope/ Enabled Manifesto Project, Savvy Berlin, Germany/11 May 2014

  • Insight Skin” with Moran Sanderovich/Symposium “Is Action Research in the Genealogy of Creative/Artistic research?” Utrecht University/ May 2013

  • Sandwitz interviews Ryan McManara, June 2013

  • SandWitz interviews Oscar Murillo Jan 2013

  • Warp and Woof, new materialist stories” with Adi Liraz, Lerato Shadi, Moran Sanderovich and Natalia Irina Roman/ District Berlin/ Sept. 2013

Jobs (selection)


  • Lecturer “Social Practices”, Willem de Kooning Academy, 2020

  • Lecturer “Re-imaging Tomorrow through Arts & Sciences” A transdisciplinary minor for students from Erasmus University, Codarts University of the Arts and Willem de Kooning Academy (2019)

  • Primary school teacher, Rotterdam, 2018-present

  • Lecturer “Performing Radical” (practice) Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (2019)

  • Lecturer and research associate, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Gender Culture and Media Studies, Oct 2013- Oct. 2016

  • Assistant curator "Public Program", Het Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (Feb 2010 - June 2010)

  • Employee United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in cooperation with the Global Youth Coalition HIV / AIDS (GYCA), New York City, USA (July 2009 - Aug. 2009)

  • Youth and Gender Campaigner, World AIDS Campaign, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and New Delhi, India (Sept. -Dec. 2008)

  • Youth advocate, CHOICE for youth and sexuality, intertnational, (March 2007 - Oct. 2010)

Grants (selection)


  • Mondriaan Fonds Bijdrage Meerjarenprogramma, The Mind-Blowing Institute, 2019

  • Gemeente Rotterdam The Mind-Blowing Institute, 2019

  • Stichting Bevordering van volkskracht The Mind-Blowing Institute, 2019

  • NRW Kunststiftung Sanatorium Octopussy, Conceiving a Tencular Conciousness Museum Ludwig, 2018

  • Networking European Scholarship “How matter comes to matter” participation Tate London - Research Genealogies and Material Practices 2nd New Materialist Training School, 2016

  • Networking European Scholarship : “How matter comes to matter” organisation Experience and Resonance - with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning New Materialist Training School, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne Germany, 2014

  • Networking European Scholarship : “How matter comes to matter” participation New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital - Methodology Workshop, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2014

  • Bernhard Fellow – Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for the studing Space Strategies and bringing arts and science together, 2012

  • Education Abroad Program University of California, 2009