Renee Turner

Renée Turner; drawing: Cesare Davolio

Renee Turner

Renée Turner (US/NL) is an artist.

I’m an American artist living in the Netherlands. Since 1996, I have collaborated with Riek Sijbring and Femke Snelting under the name De Geuzen: a foundation for multi-visual research. Next to national and international exhibitions, our projects have been featured in Rhizome, Mute and Thames and Hudson’s Internet Art. Parallel to my collective practice, I have also produced text-driven pieces for the web that engage in the idiosyncrasies of networked culture. Whether working individually or collaboratively, my projects often employ tactical media to explore female identity, narratives of the archive and online media ecologies.

My educational background is perhaps best described as hybrid.  After receiving my MFA from the University of Arizona, I came to the Netherlands where I was an artist resident at the Rijksakademie for two years, which was then followed by two years as a researcher in the Theory Department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.  In 2007, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Institute of Creative Technology to pursue a second Master’s degree in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montfort University (Leicester, GB).

Over the past years I have taught art, design and theory at the BA and MA level at different institutions such as the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (Bergen, NO), Piet Zwart: Fine Art (Rotterdam, NL), St. Joost Academy (Breda, NL) and the Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam, NL). Currently, I’m the Course Director of theNetworked Media Masters at the Piet Zwart Institute. It is a unique course which mixes design, activism and artistic practice, fosters a critical approach to technology and encourages the use of Free and Open Source software.  No matter what department or programme I have taught in, I operate from the firm belief that while it is important to specialise, it is imperative to promote interdisciplinary exchanges in order to playfully and critically explore the social, political, psychological and poetic dimensions of our world.

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