“Creating a connected world.”
The work of Joeke van der Veen (1994, The Netherlands) can be described as sensitive, inquisitive and connecting.

Joeke discovered her fascination for connecting and creating during her studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam), an internship at research institute Waag Society (Amsterdam) and as Artist in Residence at Pier 9 (San Francisco).

Currently, Joeke writes, talks and philosophizes about a connected world for children and adults.


Info + education

Joeke van der Veen


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Joeke on Giphy
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Bachelor ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
2012– 2016

Work + experience

Researcher at Joeke van der Veen, creating a connected world
2018 – present

Founder at Meekit, building a community of young makers
2016 – present

Workshop assistant at Bouwkeet Rotterdam, makerspace for underprivileged youth
2016 – 2018

Steward at Stadslab Rotterdam, makerspace of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences for creative technologies
2015 – 2016

Volunteer at Printroom Rotterdam, presentation space and publisher dedicated to artists’ publications and riso printing
2014 – 2015

Residencies + internships

Summerschool ‘Science Through Theatre’, Greece

Graduation internship at Waag Society, Amsterdam

Artist in Residency at Pier 9, San Francisco

Internship at Studio Claudy Jongstra, Spannum

Publications + presentations

Contributions for The Future Society NL
2018 – present

Lecture ‘Creating Creates Happiness’ at Shanghai Toy Fair, STEAM Convention and several primary schools, China
In cooperation with Irma Smegen

Printed article ‘Co-Design With Children’ in STEAM Magazine

Online article ‘Human as Resource: How human materials can help us reconsidering our production system’ at Waag.org

Self-published article ‘Frameworks: How participatory design transformed the designer into a developer of frameworks’

Exhibitions + installations

Installation ‘Draw It Together’ at the Eindhoven Maker Faire, Twente Maker Faire, Makkum Art, Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland and Kinderboekenweek, Rotterdam
2017 – present

Exhibition ‘Finals’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Exhibition ‘Digital Craft’ at art and tech center V2, Rotterdam