Axelle Van Wynsberghe
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Axelle Van Wynsberghe

Researcher & CuratorBrussels, Belgium
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Axelle Van Wynsberghe

Researcher & CuratorBrussels, Belgium
About me
Axelle Van Wynsberghe is a Belgian social anthropologist currently working as a Digital Copywriting for the European Green Party. She was previously a freelance researcher and curator in the Netherlands and Belgium and has worked with the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), the European Commission's Joint Research Center, and various art organisations on citizen engagement projects and issues concerning digital technologies and society. She has co-curated the HELLO WORLD! Exhibition with Fabian Van Sluijs. She received her BA in Cultural Studies & Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, as well as an MA in Arts & Society at Utrecht University. She has won the University of Kent’s Public Engagement Prize in 2017 for her ethnographic film ‘In One Vital Motion’, and was the editor-in-chief of an award-winning magazine in the UK.
Projects
  • Publication of 'The Cabinet of Curiosities: Between Curatorial and Ethnographic Practice'
    Publication of 'The Cabinet of Curiosities: Between Curatorial and Ethnographic Practice'Abstract: As researcher and co-curator of Creative Coding Utrecht’s HELLO WORLD! exhibition, I produced the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, a multimodal space in the exhibition through which audience members explored the tools and practices of creative coding. Creative coding is an interdisciplinary practice whose works treat digital technologies as material for creative practice. The community that has established itself in the Netherlands is composed of a range of creatives: they are artists, desig
  • HELLO WORLD! Exhibition
    HELLO WORLD! ExhibitionThe first exhibition of the works and experiments of Creative Coding Utrecht.
  • Artist Talk: Constant Dullaart in conversation with Axelle Van Wynsberghe at LIMA, Amsterdam
    Artist Talk: Constant Dullaart in conversation with Axelle Van Wynsberghe at LIMA, AmsterdamAt LIMA, I helped with the theoretical framing of the artist talk with Dutch artist Constant Dullaart, and also interviewed him onstage to talk about the artworks and performances he has created witht the use of digital technologies. Constant’s artwork not only sheds light on the role of digital technologies in society, but also how they have shifted our visual language, and the ways in which we relate to each other, and even how we constitute our identities—what identities have come to repres
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Work history
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    Digital CopywriterEuropean Greens
    Brussels, BelgiumFull Time
    The European Greens is a European political party that brings together national parties that share Green values, and who are active across the entire European continent. Its aim is to bring about a progressive and sustainable future for all its citizens. As part of the Digital Team, I create the copywriting content for our various communications channels.
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    Web EditorDemocracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25)
    Brussels, BelgiumPart Time
    The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) is a pan-European, cross-border movement of democrats. I edit and publish articles in various languages on DiEM25’s website in coordination with the communication and translation teams, as well as develop DiEM25's content and editorial strategy. I am establishing a permanent and growing database of contributors from the DiEM25 Coordinating Collective (CC), Advisory Panel (AP), National Collectives (NCs), Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs), campaigns (especially the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE campaign) and pillars (Progressive Agenda for Europe).
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Skills
  • Academic Research
  • Video Editing
  • Filming
  • Artist Interviews
  • Arts Events
  • Digital Media
  • Arts Culture
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design Ethnography
Education
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    MA Arts & SocietyUtrecht University
    Utrecht, Netherlands
    This interdisciplinary masters programme includes cultural studies and media theory, aesthetics and art history, anthropology and sociology, and is meant to prepare students to be "a leading figure in the global arts, media, and cultural sectors of the future". My MA thesis focuses on the mythos of the born-digital art field, and how these myths are used by artists as a creative platform through which to comment on our post-digital condition.
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    1st Class BA Social Anthropology & Cultural StudiesUniversity of Kent
     - Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Throughout my studies in Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, I have grown deeply interested in the impact of digital technology and media practices in contemporary sociality, politics, and art. As part of my Anthropology courses, I have developed a strong theoretical background in power and economy, violence and conflict, development, and ethnographic research and writing. My background in Cultural Studies complements this understanding through a thorough cultural analysis of how media is altering our contemporary sociality, identities, and notions of space and time. I have in-depth research experience on digital culture and issues of internet governance, such as citizenship, privacy, the surveillance industry. To give a few examples, I have conducted a case study on big data in relation to citizen autonomy, and have also researched new media arts collectives composed of internet activists for my undergraduate thesis, ‘The Malign Torsion of the Hyperreal: Simulation & Subversion in Cyberspace | Free Art & Technology Lab: A Case Study’.
Awards
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    Best Performance in Cultural Studies PrizeUniversity of Kent
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    Sociology and Social Policy Faculty PrizeUniversity of Kent
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