Xandra van der Eijk is an artist researching the influence of the technosphere on evolutionary processes. By developing a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work, incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods, and material development in her practice, she decentralizes the human perspective by re-interpreting a landscape through its materiality.
Xandra’s work has been nominated and awarded multiple times and is extensively exhibited. Her practice extends through writing, curating and innovating education. She is an active member of design collective Dutch Invertuals, co-founding Dutch Invertuals Academy in 2020. Since 2019 she is co-curating FIBER labs, week-long intensives for professionals in the arts and environmental humanities, directed at co-creating new narratives in times of ecological crisis.
Xandra is developing and leading MA Ecology Futures at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures (St. Joost School of Art & Design, NL) and is an affiliated researcher in the connected Biobased Art and Design Research Group (Centre of Applied Art, Research & Technology, NL). She is a Ph.D. candidate at Ulster University (UK) in a shared position between the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences.
At the Critical Media Lab, Xandra is co-managing the Planetary Ecologies Discussion Group that connects researchers and interested parties from different backgrounds. Topics discussed include cybernetics, ecological and cosmological thinking, indigenous knowledge, the Anthropocene, philosophy of technology as well as decolonial and feminist practices of planetarity.