Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot / BVDS

Photo by Annaleen Louwes

Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot / BVDS

The artist-duo Suzan Boogaerdt and Bianca van der Schoot have been working together ever since they graduated from the Mime Department of the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 1999. Despite their work being deeply embedded in the anarchistic tradition of the Dutch Mime, they have now built a practice that combines several art disciplines.
The work of Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot revolves around the relation between humankind, nature, and technology. They create liminal spaces in which the homo digitalis can train its bodily perception so as to engage with new (virtual) worlds coming into existence. Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot’s work lends itself to the grey space, a zone between the black box and the white cube, stretching both theatrical and museal rules and conventions. After an exploration of image culture in the Visual Statements-series (2011-2014), they continued their artistic research on digital creatures in a non-human era in the Future Fossils-series (2017-2020), and are now developing a new series titled “Rooms for Transformation” (2021~). Attempting to make space for the future, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot questions the fixed idea of what is human so as to transition towards a more livable future.

2024 project

How to be healthy in a sick world?
  • “Underworlds” photo by Birgit Hupfeld

  • “Echo’s Chamber” photo by Willem Popelier


Amsterdam-based interdisciplinary artist-duo Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot will research Butoh and Yokai in this residency for the creation of their new work. Tracing seemingly negative motifs such as trauma or sickness, they envisage a performance that responds to today's “sick” society, full of difficulties.