STRP Makes Sense

A unique way to explore STRP Biënnale. In collaboration with Creators.

STRP offers a unique way to attend this edition of STRP Biënnale. In collaboration with Creators, VICE’s arts and culture platform, we offer a seven-day critical workshop, titled STRP Makes Sense. Participants are provided with the means to reflect and discuss STRP Biënnale 2017 and are geared towards producing critical and reflective material (be it articles, interviews, podcasts, video and whatnot) which have a chance of being published on and/or Creators.

STRP Makes Sense will be headed by Toon Heesakkers, editor in chief at Creators. He will share the tips and tricks of the trade (language, style, focus) and support participants as editor-in-chief, proving feedback and helping develop skills and strategies. Over the course of the critical writing workshop, artists, designers and writers involved with STRP Biënnale will support the team, giving new insights:

Lynn Berger

Lynn has written numerous articles on art, literature, technology and photography for Vrij Nederland, De Groene Amsterdammer, and currently De Correspondent. At the start of 2016 she received a PhD for her thesis on photography as a new technology and new profession in the 19th century. She’ll be joining the masterclass on Saturday to share her knowledge and experience as a journalist.

Alex van der Hulst

Alex writes on music, news, science, economy, art and all the other things. As a freelance journalist, he’s been writing for NRC, OOR, ArtEZ, De Gelderlander, Daily Paradise en other magazines. On Sunday he’ll be talking on his experiences as an interviewer, helping our editorial staff prepare for their interviews.

Regine Debatty

Régine is known for her writings on the intersection between art, science, technology, and social issues. She writes and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion.She is a writer, curator, critic, and founder of On Tuesday she’ll share her insights on the we-make-money-not-art blog.

Claire L. Evans

Claire L. Evans is a musician and writer. She is half of the conceptual pop group YACHT. In Spring 2018, her first book, a feminist history of the internet, will be published by Penguin Books. Not only will Claire be speaking on the sound of post-human music during the conference, we’ll also be seeing her during STRP Makes Sense. On Thursday, Claire will introduce participants to science fiction as a means to understand and approach contemporary science and fiction.

The workshop hosts a maximum of fifteen participants, so you are required to apply with a brief motivation and CV. The ideal candidate has an affinity with the goal of STRP and theme of STRP Biënnale, has recently graduated and is happy to develop their talents as a critical writer. Students may apply, but must demonstrate talent and commitment.

Participants must be available from Saturday 25 March up until Friday 31 March (including some evenings, to be decided during the masterclass). Daily meetings and presentations take place between 11:00 – 16:00.

Participants pay a € 50,- contribution, which includes full nine-day entry to STRP Biënnale (including STRP Sounds, Performances and Conference for the Curious) and daily lunches during the workshop.

Note: the deadline for application is extended! Applications may be submitted to

Selected participants will be contacted shortly thereafter.


Please note: the masterclass will be given in Dutch (some presentations will be in English).