Nathalie Houtermans is a curator, art & culture theorist, and musician & songwriter. As a curator, she is specialised in developing interdisciplinary art projects on unusual (mostly public) locations, not only in Europe but also, amongst others, in Sao Paulo, New York, Havana, Mumbai and Shanghai. As researcher she gathers thorough theoretical knowledge about the position(s) of art and culture in western as well as non-western societies and implements this knowledge in the development of new art projects and cultural organisations.
As musician and songwriter, she is working within temporary, collaborative projects (Unit Moebius, low fi techno, a/o) as well as in her own bands in various genres, but always heavy, slow and hypnotic, such as her current band Katie Kruel. She studied at the Art Academy in Rotterdam (now WdKA) and Philosophy and Sciences of Art and Culture at EUR. She is an art advisor for the Rotterdam City Council (RRKC), member of Haperende Mens art initiative and chairperson of the board of Extrapool art initiative (a/o).
I see each student as a unique, creative individual.
Branch of knowledge, subject:
Research Tutor (Minor & Exams), Public & Private / Autonomous Practices
What inspires you?
I can be inspired by just about anything or anyone: it is the always surprising connection my rather chaotic brain makes between various experiences - with people, art, research, nature… anything really - that induces inspiration.
What is your USP as a tutor?
I see each student as a unique, creative individual. And therefore I try to find the best-personalised approach possible to assist students in their personal research movements and teach them to reflect on their work.
What is your dream/goal as a tutor?
My goal is to help to prepare the students for facing the world and surviving it in the most creative and satisfying way possible.
Name one item from your bucket list?
I like to be surprised, not limited. So I have never made nor will I ever make a bucket list.
Name a true pioneer.
True pioneers are the people who voluntarily work very hard on a ‘grassroot level’, striving to build better lives for their communities, often with little or no means. They are the ones who improvise, invent and build new structures on uncertain territories. They do not end up being mentioned in history books and their names are often forgotten, but I would say this kind of people are the best examples of true pioneers to me.
Header photo: Theo Huijgens