Lecturer in: 2009, 2010, 2019
Niels Van Tomme is the director at ARGOS in Brussels. As a curator, lecturer and critic, he works on the intersections of contemporary culture and critical social awareness. His exhibitions and events have been presented at Akademie der Künste (Berlin), The Kitchen (New York), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Gallery 400 (Chicago), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and P! (New York). In 2016 he curated the Bucharest Biennale 7: What are we building down there? He is a contributing editor at Art Papers magazine. His texts, in which he connects contemporary art, popular culture, literature, and music to broader societal issues and cultural contexts, are published in The Wire, Art in America, Camera Austria, Afterimage, and Metropolis M, among others. He has published the books Where Do We Migrate To? (2011), Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (2014), Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives (2015) and Muntadas: About Academia: Activating Artifacts (2017). Previously, he was director and chief curator at De Appel in Amsterdam (2016-18), visiting curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Baltimore (2011-16) and director of arts and media at Provisions Library in Washington, DC (2008-11). Together with film scholar Sonja Simonyi, he is the parent of two young children: Jens and Nico.