hi, my name is cyanne van den houten (they/she). i am a queer media artist based in utrecht . . .

. . . my media artworks stem from the drive to uncover mysteries around the digital. opposing the idea that the invisibility of technology is something to be feared; instead embracing, cherishing and moulding it into something tangible.
my way of working is thoughtful, energetic and intuitive.

i’m founder of art-meets-tech collective telemagic, media-lab .zip in rotterdam and communication design studio tripcode.

my most recent exhibition was unstable image in centraal museum (dec 2023 - feb 2024). the outcome of my year of research on magical machines and the creative potential of (image creation) algorithms supported by the k.f. hein stipend 2022 . . . currently i’m working on a new solo exhibition (stay tuned !) and i’m teaching and giving workshops . . .

feel free to send me a message . . . drop by at my instagram for more side projects, you can also find me on linkedIn.

for inquiries please get in touch via email: info@cyannevdh.nl

selected cv




EDUCATION


2015 – 2017
2011 – 2015

MA of design in fine arts, sandberg instituut
BA of graphic design, university of the arts utrecht


HIGHLIGHTS FUNDED RESEARCH

2025 january - february
continuation of chance.operator: aleatory.agent
emphasizing the physical interaction between the maker, audience and machine by developing a toolkit of experimental instruments, introducing randomness to guide machines and myself in real-time creation
umarts artist researcher in residence TAIGA ARIR (art and ai), umea sweden

2024 april - december
chance.operator
developing methodologies to incorporate algorithmic chance operations in the creation process, utilizing computer-controlled machines like hacked CNC machines and drawing robots
focus area: incorporating chance-based interventions to expose biases embedded in pretrained ai models to give insight in potential ethical concerns
supported by digitale cultuur, stimuleringsfonds

2022 - 2023
wlan.praxis
research on the imagination of generative image ai’s from a queer feminist perspective
with the exhibition unstable image in centraal museum as outcome
supported by k.f. hein stipend 2022

2022, january - december
new drag who dis
visual design research exploring how 3D-printing and generative ai can expand post-human non-binary drag
research initiated by queer arcana

2019 - 2020
talentontwikkeling
selforganizing telemagic as a media lab (.zip) + developing the 1 euro cinema.online during the pandemic
supported by talentontwikkeling stimuleringsfonds

2018, may - december
vnine: musical ai
telemagic research on discovering new musical genres with AI icw valentin vogelmann, arran lyon and mrinalini luthra
supported by SIDN fonds, pioneer responsible AI


concert in ai
telemagic concert in ai development with the goal to make the behavior of ai vnine tangible in a everchanging series of live concerts of the future
supported by AFK + co-produced by frascati theater

2017 – 2018
the sineaters
experimental research on hidden labor of content moderators and development of prototype of the game: the sineaters
part of masterclass sandberg @ mediapark

2016, february
open-set seoul sessions stipend
stimuleringsfonds


INITIATIVES


2022 – now

founder of .zip
.zip is a rotterdam based artist space and media lab for interdisciplinary makers with an affinity for technology. the .zip file is a philosophy for knowledge sharing, unpacking as a way of exploring and being together in a compressed space
︎︎︎ website 

2019 - now 
founder of telemagic
telemagic is an arts meets tech collective making sense of the mysteries that revolve around digital technology. we create artistic interventions, manifestions and tools that focus on a closer human connection towards tech developments. telemagic is a collaboration between ymer marinus, roos groothuizen and cyanne van den houten.
︎︎︎ website

SELECTED SHOWS
2024 october
2024 sep - 2025 feb
2024 may
2024 april
2024 march
2023 dec - 2027 dec
2023 nov - 2024 feb
2023 september
2023 july - november
2023 july
2022 july
2022 june
2022 may
2022 april
2021 nov - jan
2021 november
2021 september

2021 june
2020 october
2020 july
2020 january
2019 oct - 2020 jan
2019 september
2019 september
2019 augustus
2019 july

2019 june
2019 april
2019 april - june
2019 april - may
2018 november
2018 november
2018 oct - nov
2018 july
2018 may
2018 april - may
2018 april
2018 feb - march
2018 february
2018 february
2017 november
2017 november
2017 october
2017 september
2017 june
2017 april
moon.dweller + friendly_visitor
solo exhibition: new work
wheel of telefortune
dröm by guenter råler x telemagic
1 euro cinema.online gamestation
archive.dweller
solo exhibition: unstable image
the museum is closed
concert in AI installation
the oracle
1 euro cinema x m leuven
telepythia
dröm by guenter råler x telemagic
1 euro cinema
wheel of telefortune
telepythia
1 euro cinema online gamestation x susanne janssen + louisa teichmann
1 euro cinema x jujulove
quantum.dweller 
concert in AI
1 mop cinema exchange x biyi zhu
wheel of telefortune
concert in AI intervention
telepythia
concert in AI
1 mop cinema exchange x biyi zhu
wheel of telefortune
concert in AI: the promethean promise
the haiku generator
the oracle
wheel of telefortune
1 euro cinema selects
rss readings
1 euro cinema selects
televape
the haiku generator
wheel of telefortune + interventions
1mb = 10gr
the oracle
1 euro cinema
magic mirror
total eclipse
residency: 1 euro cinema
residency: telestate
the oracle
nightfestival: midnight teleshopping 
tba
tba
novio magica nijmegen
centraal laat x centraal museum, STRP
kultkino x stranded.fm
collectie centraal, centraal museum
utrecht lokaal, centraal museum
kunsthal kade
oyfo hengelo
parksessies haarlem
m-idzomer, museum leuven
lentekabinet festival
freaky dancing
korte film festival, sickhouse enschede
galerie de meerse
het cultuur gebouw haarlemmermeer
roodkapje

roodkapje
quantum supremacy, gogbot festival
radiant voids, tec art festival
vondel cs
screen it, stadstriënnale hasselt genk
graphic matters breda
into the great wide open
pukkelpop
macau design center, china
planet b, de waag
frascati theater
digitaal dilemma, bureau europa
kabbalah-maand, kriterion
infinite lives, the overkill festival
museumnacht, stedelijk museum amsterdam
the new newsroom, MU dutch design week
wildeburg festival
lentekabinet festival
the small museum, paradiso
concerning the spiritual in art, paradiso
policy of disappearance, studio bwa wroclaw gallery
nacht voor de nacht, doka
not for profit art party, roodkapje
v2 testlab: function_creep
museumnacht, waag society
worm rotterdam
de school
shelter amsterdam
worm rotterdam

SELECTED TEACHING, TALKS, ORGANIZING AND MORE
2024 june
2024 may 
2024 may - june
2024 april
2024 april
2024 april - june
2024 march
2024 march
2024 march
2024 february
2023 september
2023 april
2022 january - may
2021 october
2020 december
2020 october

2020 february 
2019 october
2019 may
2018 january
2017 november
2017 october
2017 october
2017 september - now
2017 april
2017 january
2016 february
organizing: salon des refuses (trash hacking exhibition) with roos groothuizen, .zip
development week, nexus, tetem enschede
artist researcher in residence: AI, tech-playground university of the arts utrecht
jury member: k.f. hein stipend 2024
organizing: vape live into your sex toys with louisa teichmann, ghost hardware hackathon, .zip teaching skills lab: interaction with ymer marinus, GD, university of the arts utrecht
workshop: co-creation with AI in education for teachers, grafisch lyceum utrecht
interactive talk: co-creation with AI in education for teachers, university of the arts utrecht
interactive talk: embodied AI and tangible algorithms, PD, university of the arts utrecht
workshop: scrying through AI with ymer marinus, GD, university of the arts utrecht
interactive talk: art and reproduction in the time of AI, sint joost
interactive talk: chaos magic and generative AI with ymer marinus, ARTxCODE, fontys
coaching: talenthub de machinerie
workshop: combinatory algorithms, soul of the beast with telemagic, roodkapje
presentation: concert in AI online, ID2020 gemeente overijssel
lecture: measuring the aesthetics of music generating AI vnine with valentin vogelmann, nederlands film festival
lecture: quantum supremacy symposium with roos groothuizen, TEC ART, WORM rotterdam
talk: selfbuild design tools and hacking, medianight, beeld & geluid
lecture: possible futures, the link between magic and technology, here comes the summer
lecture: the urge of design absurdism, brekend!beeld, kapitaal
talk + intervention: magic mirror with telemagic, V2: function_creep
talk: dutch design week talks with hansje van halem, klokgebouw
talk: tussen kunst en glitch, wheel of telefortune, nederlands film festival
curating: film program of telemagic 1 euro cinema, de school, macao, m leuven, stedelijk museum organizing: first paranomal technology fair with + 30 artists, worm rotterdam
workshop: B4K a month strategy development with loes claessens, university of the arts utrecht
talk: speculative design research, openset seoul sessions, kookmin university seoul


FEATURED + PRESS

interview: unstable image and co-creation with AI, gonzo magazine 2024-01
article: magical thinking and unstable image by laurie cluitmans
article: meeklappen met het algoritme, de standaard
article + video: concert in AI op pukkelpop, studio brussel
article: een algoritme gaf voor het eerst een live-concert in amsterdam, vice

interview: telemagic - magic and technology, glamcult

article: selected by hansje van halem, bno dude magazine
article: the weight of media art, strategie niewidzialności blok magazine



SELECTED DESIGN OF LARGE SCALE EXHIBITIONS (FOCUSSED ON QUEERNESS AND TECHNOLOGY)
2022 september - 2023 march
2022 june - july
2022 - now
2021 june - august
2021 august
2020 - now
exhibition design + campaign: brAInpower, museum boerhaave
festival identity + exhibition design + campaign: COME ALIVE, niet normaal
queer club night identity + campaigns: FLUID, WAS.
festival identity + exhibition design: FAKE ME HARD, niet normaal + PLANETART
festival identity stationsplein: infocalypse now, GOGBOT, PLANETART
graphic designer for multidisciplinary breeding ground ROODKAPJE rotterdam