Michiel Huijben (NL): Becoming a building
Created: 7. 11. 2019 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Michiel Huijben (NL): Becoming a building

 Wednesday, November 13th from 6.30 pm

H2 (Hlinárna), UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1 (basement)


Entry free


The department of Fine arts cordially invites you to the lecture given by Dutch artist Michiel Huijben.

 From the verticality of the human body as resembled in Greek columns, to people dating or eating walls and other built structures, this talk proposes that we share more similarities with buildings than we are usually inclined to think. Taking examples from the history of art, architecture, philosophy, mythology, and life in general, the talk focuses on the relations and similarities between human bodies and the built environment.


In his performative practice, Michiel Huijben (NL, 1985) reads, writes and speaks, always departing from architecture and its objects. Perhaps his performative talks are a way for him to intervene in the seemingly rigid and unchangeable architecture of his immediate environment. 

He studied fine art at the St. Joost academy in Breda (Bfa) and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (Mfa), where he finished in 2008. In 2013, he did a short track residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, followed by an MA in architectural history and theory at the Cass, London. Shortly afterward, he started the publishing project Flat i. (welcometoflat-i.net)

In recent years his work has been presented at, among others: Kunsthalle Basel; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; die Angewandte, Vienna; De Appel, Amsterdam; W-O-L-K-E, Brussels; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam; Min-, Rotterdam; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; Cass School of Architecture, London; Matt’s Gallery, London; and That Might Be Right, Brussels.

He has lectured at several institutions and currently teaches artistic research at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he lives and works.