Alex Zakkas, 1981, GR/NL

෴ practices design as a critically and materially engaged mode of research, using any media unstable enough to observe life in its synthetic condition, systems of thought and behaviour accustomed to designed or wild-grown entanglements with technology, opportunistic workarounds and techno-poetic acrobatics.

ᗛ works as teacher and researcher in institutions such as The Hague University and the Rietveld Academie, as well as independently, often with ]LAG(, Browserbased, Tre Tigri, Constant vzw

⊙ all projects are collaborations in one way or another, either with other makers or with the audiences they engage. Some have taken place in the context of artistic research, others are cases of applied design.

Exhibitions, Performances, Presentations


2022 Proctor Me Softly. Art Meets Radical Openness 2022. With Tamara Lewis
2021 I LOVE YOU FOREVER. Organised by Andreas Sell & Eleni Papazoglou. Athens
2021 Constant_F: Constant_V in rue du Fortstraat, Brussels
2021 Rendering the human (il)legible at the 3rd Workshop on obfuscation organized by TU Delft and Cornell Tech.
2020 Footfall amulets that are actually worth the stampede, at nadine Laboratory for Contemporary Arts, Brussels
2020 Footfall Almanac 2020, Constant_V, Brussels
2019 Measured Poises, Crowd Noises, Constant vzw, Brussels
2019 Internet Yami-Ichi @Ars Electronica Festival 2019, Linz
2019 WannaTry (Again)? Beach Edition, Rio de Janeiro
2019 TILT platform, IASIS, Loutraki
2019 Paleis van Mieris Beam Club, Amsterdam
2018 Precarious Pavilions #2: the new local, Brussels
2018 Near enough? – 3rd NFCDAB, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
2018 Saristra Festival 2018, Kefalonia
2018 Near Field Communication Digital Art Biennale, Gol
2018 Europe Was Taken By A Bull, Communitism, Athens
2017 de TOUR, Paleis van Mieris 2, Amsterdam
2017 iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures & Technology: Internet Yami-Ichi Brussels #2
2017 Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam: Dufus Tedious
2017 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: Graduation Show 2017
2017 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rietveld Uncut 2017
2017 LAG, Amsterdam HackLab: Talk in/on/about phone-booths in Athens
2016 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: DOGTIME SiSiSpex 2016
2016 Athens Digital Art Festival: Digital POP
2016 Cimatics, Brussels: 0,1, Assume Both
2016 Flatstation, Amsterdam: Bring Your Own B
2015 Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens: Public Space_s
2015 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: DOGTIME SiSiSpex 2015
2015 Onomatopee, Eindhoven: Paper Is A Leaf That Will Destroy Us In Its Fall
2015 Het Veen Theatre, Amsterdam: Paper Is A Leaf That Will Destroy Us In Its Fall
2015 Frascati, Amsterdam: A night with Art in Context (Laughter)
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Internet Yami-Ichi Black Market #6
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Rietveld Uncut 2015
2015 Black Box Theatre, Oslo: Latest Notes
2015 Stara Mestna elektrarna, Ljubljana: Latest Notes
2015 Oude Kerk, Amsterdam: Wander & Wonder
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Rietveld Uncut 2015
2014 Nacht van de Filosofie Fryslân, Leeuwarden
2014 Meneer de Wit gallery, Amsterdam: The Good Friday
2014 Arsenic, Lausanne. Les Urbaines Festival: Flip Sides
2013 Het Even Theatre, Amsterdam: Flip Sides
2013 Delft University of Technology: Positive Design Day
2012 Waag Society, Amsterdam FabLab: The Making Of
2012 Design Academy Eindhoven: This is Service Design Thinking: Research Tools
2011 Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam: Modes of Use
2011 IASDR 2011, 4th World Conference on Design Research, 'Diversity and Unity'
2010 Technopolis, Athens. Athens Video Art Festival 2010

Texts

“The Assassination of a Voyeur” (2017) Graduation thesis Dogtime Unstable Media. Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

“Types of Smudges and Other Fudges” (2017) With BrowserBased Group. Contribution to Immaterial Labour Union issue #10 “Immateriality”. Edited by Lídia Pereira and Δεριζαματζορ Προμπλεμ ιναυστραλια

“Attempt to Grasp the Whole Context” (2015) Essay. Contribution to the book “Laughter” by Art in Context 2014–2015: edited by J. Kleerebezem and S. Karalic. Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam

“Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” (2013). Book. The Delft Institute of Positive Design. ISBN: 978-94-6186-196-2

Zakkas, A, Boess, S, Kuijer, A (2011) “Product-Friendly User Design: A Critical Discourse on User-Centered Methodology.” In Diversity and Unity: Proceedings of IASDR2011, the 4th World Conference on Design Research, edited by N.F.M.Roozenburg, L.L. Chen and P.J. Stoppers

Teaching

2021 Gerrit Rietveld Academie / DOGTIME / Unstable Media Lab
2018 Royal Academie of Art, The Hague / Department of Photography / Interaction
2016 The Hague University of Applied Sciences / Department of IT & Design / Interaction and Experience Design

Studies

2014—2017 (BFA) Dogtime Fine Arts / Unstable Media, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2009—2011 (MSc) Design for Interaction, Delft University of Technology
2004—2009 (BSc) Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Contact

email: mail@alexzakkas.me
chamber of Commerce (KvK) registration number: 53899989
VAT identification number (BSN): NL241323411B01

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