From 2013 to 2016 I worked as a freelancer, predominantly in the cultural sector. Most of my projects did touch upon political questions and related to contemporary issues in society. Below you’ll find an overview.
At times you can catch me hosting and moderating public talks at cultural centers and festivals.
After graduating from Utrecht University and surviving the first jobs I started working at cultural centre ‘Tumult’ – finally heading the portfolios ‘Politics’, ‘Architecture & City Planning’. From May 2009 to December 2013 I was project leader ‘Arts in Conflict’ at the Treaty of Utrecht foundation. Since my 2011 Detroit residency for Expodium I joined this collective. In 2016 I started working at the European Cultural Foundation. For more, see my LinkedIn Profile.
Friso moderates and hosts debates, presentations and events on cultural policies, international politics, and city planning for amongst others: Aorta, Casco, Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, IDFA, Impakt festival, HKU, Movies that Matter film festival, Netherlands Architecture Institute [Publishers], Prince Claus Fund, Rhizomatic, Tivoli Vredenburg and Spring Utrecht.
European Cultural Foundation
The European Cultural Foundation promotes a European sentiment through developing and supporting cultural initiatives that let us share, experience and imagine Europe. ECF connects people to people, the local to the European, and grassroots to policy. I work in the communications department.
Expodium is an urban do tank. Expodium is a collective of three [Nikos Doulos, Friso Wiersum, Bart Witte]. Through a variety of methods of artistic research, we generate vital information about urban areas and at the same time activate those areas and their users. We document, archive, contextualize and frequently publish information and knowledge generated through our practise. We work unsolicited and we are for hire. We stroll and awe.
All over the world people are set in motion to get to grips with their lives. They make passionate attempts to reclaim their lives and retain a firm ground in a quickly changing hightech society. The art manifestation ‘Hacking Habitat’ articulates the ever growing influence of systems and institutions, and pinpoints the impact of technology in this turbulent environment, and took place in 2016.
Running up to the art manifestation I curated a series of Life Hack Marathons; design workshops for both thinkers and doers. Heterogeneous groups did congregate around the impending themes people are coping with in society: invisibility, debt, lack of free movement, and bureaucracy.
As project coordinator I was responsible for the overall coordination of this series of public lectures on the Roosevelt Freedoms. Including contacting and contracting lecturers, coordinating logistics with participating institutions such as ‘Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 Mei’, [formerly] Forum and ProDemos, and the participating ‘Bevrijdingsfestivals’ of Amsterdam, Almere, Den Bosch, Den Haag, Groningen, Utrecht, Zeeland and Zwolle. www.vrijheidscolleges.nl
Baseball was my sport since I was nine years old. Currently cycling keeps me going. I am a board member at various foundations and active in some Utrecht networks. I do sometimes exhibit photos, which often are photos I earlier published on flickr www.flickr.com/dubcovsky. And by the name of dubcovsky I dj in Kako Da Ne collective, listen here www.soundcloud.com/dubcovsky and here www.mixcloud.com/dubcovsky