Profile
 
Monika Auch moved from her native Germany to Amsterdam where she studied and practised medicine before studying art and textiles at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
Since 2001 she works as a visual artist, researching the intelligence of the hand, the axis between creativity-brain-hand.

Informed by her medical background Auch's method of making is based on dexterity and a well developed, sensitive use of materials - ranging from high tech fibre to archaic horsehair to surgical tubes. She fuses contemporary CAD/CAM tools and slow traditional techniques like weaving or printmaking. The fibre sculptures, prints, books and wall hangings visualize the tension between visual and tactile experience, i.e. look and touch.
The artistic research on 'the intelligence of the hand' continues with the project STITCH_MY_BRAIN and weeflab in Amsterdam.
 
Auch has exhibited widely in international shows and received several grants. Her artists' book won an international award. Her work is in the collection of the Dutch textile museum. She  has been involved in Dutch artists' and designers organizations, holding board and advisory functions.
 
Auch is editor of kM journal and writes about artists' materials and techniques. Published books are:'Mapping Dutch Conceptual Crafts', commissioned by the Dutch Association of Designers. (BNO) and 'Talking Ceramics' commissioned by EKWC. Her artist's book ' hinter, achter, behind..' won an international award.
She lectures for a wide audience and leads workshops in Holland and abroad.
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Years and facts

_born in Germany, move to Amsterdam in 1975
 
_study of Medicine, University of Amsterdam practising as medical doctor until 2001
 
_study of Art, Gerrit Rietveld Academy/Amsterdam 1996 - 2000
 
   
   
 
2017
_launch of Weeflab_Amsterdam Noord
_Timewarp selected for 7th Applied Arts Triennial, Tallinn
_lecture at KNAW, Amsterdam
 
   
   
 
2016
_publication of TALKING CERAMICS by EKWC
_publication of 'Crafting textiles in a digtal age', peer-reviewd article in     Bloomsbury Academic series
_key-note lecture at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
_lecture at transdisciplinary 'Worlding The Brain' symposium, Amsterdam
_Wabi-Sabi collection at Blickpunkte, Münster, Design Akademie, HWK
_Imagomundi project, Milaan
 
   
   
 
2015
_print series My brain as a flower in 2e kamer, House of Representatives, Den Haag
_print Materiality at Amsterdam-Sydney exchange, Amsterdam and Sydney  
_Stitch Your Brain show at Textile Festival, Leiden
_installation WOLF=WardrobeOfLost Feelings at Leiden Textile Festival
_lecture ETN conference, Leiden about research ‘brain and creativity’
_lecture at grass-roots Textiel Festival Weerribben
_lecture at manifestation 'Warm Nest', Wongema
_workshop 'printing with planting pigments' sponsored by Stokroos Foundation and article
_workshop 'design Anarkik3D haptic program' and article
_publication of 14 in-depth articles on artist's making and techniques
 
   
   
 
2014
_key-note speaker ‘Out of the box’, European Quilt symposium, Enschede
_tutor Sandberg Institute of Masters Graduate
_Amsterdam-Sydney exchange of prints with College of Fine Arts, Uni of  South Wales
_graphic print series in 2e kamer, PvDA lid Marith Volp-Rebel, Den Haag  
_Stitch Your Brain community project, Municipal Hall, Muiden
_Hybrid Art, solo show about print+weaving, Galerie Zone, Leiden
_key-note speaker AON = ‘Art of Neuroscience’ seminar, EYE Institute by KNAW and NIN
_key-note speaker ‘Beyond the toolkit’ - Understanding and evaluating crafts practice for Health and Wellbeing.’ Falmouth University, Cornwall
_grant by 'Stichting Stokroos' for development hybrid printing techniques
_publication I.Heerkens, A.I.R. sundaymorning@ekwc, ‘shifting mass’

 
   
   
 
2013
_Dundee, Scotland, IMPACT 8, international printmaking conference
'The artist as explorer', illustrated talk and portfolio presentation, STITCH_MY_BRAIN
www.conf.dundee.ac.uk/impact8/home/
_Enschede, world congress on art and science connections, presentation of screen prints STITCH_MY_BRAIN by Gallery Beeld en Aambeeld
www.utwente.nl/mesaplus/daveblank/UK_mailing_Bridges.pdf
_Rijswijk, opening of 3rd Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013 and introductory essay 'the skin on the milk - the visual memory of touch'
www.museumrijswijk.nl/rtb2013/catalogus01ENG.html
_50 artist's books selected artist's books at Graphic studio Den Bosch, showing Liber Tactilus, edition of 3
http://gadenbosch.nl/
_Leiden, Galerie Zone, pre-view to installation ALL WEAVE in 2014
www.galeriezone.nl/gast-kunstenaars.html

 
   
   
 
2012
_Enschede, textuur solo show at University Twente and Qua Art Qua Science foundation about the intelligence of the hand
www.quaartquascience.nl
_Berlin Akademie Weissensee, guest lecture Anatomy and Morphology in the Arts
_Tallinn, Estonia jury Applied Arts Triennial 2012
www.trtr.ee
_Talinn, Estonia lecture at opening Triennial about collecting in Art and Sciences
_Amsterdam, Think Tank and jury Boundless, two year program of Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier
www.amsterdamsgrafischatelier.nl
_Amsterdam, show (group) Boundless and Book Mania
_webeditor of www.aga-boundless.blogspot.com
_Rotterdam, lecture 3D printing and material conservation for SBMK
_Ryswyk, jury Textile Biennial 2013
_grant by foundation Stokroos for brainproject
 
   
 
2011
_Amsterdam/solo in Museum of Anatomy and Embryology
symposium for obstetricians/'het begint in de baarmoeder'
www.moeder-om-kind.nl
_Kaunas/Lithuania/16th ETN conference and 11th Kauno Tekstil Bienale
presentation of AGA project 'Boundless'
www.etn-net.org
_Assen/NL/Department for Philosophy and Art/
exhibition 'investigations' and symposium on artistic research in a PhD setting, lecture: hybridity in art and science
www.defka.nl
_Haarlem/NL/Nieuwe Vide Artspace/an exhibition and discussions about the relation between medicine and art/ 'Lives saved thanks to the Arts' curated by Moritz Ebinger
lecture 'intelligence of the hands'
www.nieuwevide.nl
_Dusseldorf/Germany/jury member of Staatspreis HWK, NRW
_member of board of AGA/Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier
www.amsterdamsgrafischatelier.nl
 
 
2010
_Riga/Latvia/4th Riga International Textile and Fiber Arts Triennial/showing sculptures 'Mutants'
www.dlmm.lv
_Leiden/NL/2010 Textiel Festival/Pieterskerk
selected professional artists in show 'crossing borders'
www.kunstfactor.nl
_Muiden/NL/exhibition of local artists' group in municipal hall
Dublin/Ireland/ exhibition Irish guild of weavers in Dalkey Castle
_Munich/Germany/international show
'Masters of Modern'- 'Meister der Moderne'
www.ihm.de
_Mons/Belgium/ selected international show
WCC - European Prize for Applied Arts
www.wcc-bf.org
_Amsterdam/Sandberg Institute/ examiner of M.A. graduates in Applied Arts
www.sandberg.nl
_Amsterdam/Sandberg Institute/guest lecture for master students of Applied Arts course
 _Amsterdam/appointed editor of kM journal for crafts, design and textile issues
www.tijdschrift-km.eu
 

 
 
2009
_Amsterdam/ editor of publication 'Mapping Dutch Conceptual Crafts/Vrije Vormgeving in Nederland in kaart brengen'
www.bno.nl/crafted
_Amsterdam/ international symposium 'Crafted', book launch and networking event
presentation of film 'Weaving Proxyclones'
_Rijswijk/ first edition of 'Rijswijk Textiel Biennial', 16 Dutch fine artists working with fibres
presenting: fibre sculptures 'Proxyclones' and video 'Weaving Proxyclones'
www.rijswijk.nl
_Muiden/open studio/ presenting: 'Wunderkammer', in collaboration with Svea Gustavs.
www.kunstinmuiden.nl
_appointed member General Board of BNO
_Bochum/Germany, member of jury of 'Designkiosk', European cultural project RUHR 2010
www.designkiosk-ruhr.de
 
 
2008
_Leipzig/Germany panels 'colourproofs' at Leipziger Buchmesse
www.weiw.org
_Tampa/Florida selected exhibition (group) at Selby Gallery, American Convergence
_Aachen/Germany keynote speaker at European conference, Handwerkskammer, Gut Rosenberg
_publication of several articles and catalogue texts (go to: writings)
 
   
 
2007
_State grant by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB)
_grant by Mondriaan Foundation for Kaunas bienale
_Dublin/Ireland lecture and workshop 'High tech textiles from the Lowlands' CCoI, Feltmakers of Ireland
_Lisbon/Portugal Beyond material (group), gallery Reversos dos Bernardas
_Munich/Germany PRESENT (group) at Haus der Kunst, presenting wall panels 'Visual-impact-slow'
_Kaunas/Lithuania installation Proxyclones at 'Wide examination', International Textile Biennial 07 and lecture about: art and science - 'Embryology and weaving'
www.bienale.lt

 
 
 
2006
_Maine/USA experimental fiber workshop Warren Seelig Scholarship Foundation for Arts and Culture
_Amsterdam Fleshing out symposium about biotechnological textiles
_Rotterdam Sieradieen Kunsthal (group)
_Delft Beyond material gallery Lous Martin (group)
_Dordrecht/NL textile 5 gallery INTERMEZZO (group)
 _Amsterdam/Stralsund/Germany publication of artist's book 'hinter..achter..behind', WEIW publisher
_Vienna/Austria artists' book is incorporated in the collection of Museum of Applied Arts
_Barcelona/Spain artist's book wins bronze medal CMYK Award
_jurymember Dutch Design Prize (Nederlandse Design Prijzen)
_grant by Materiaalfonds

 
 
2005
_Tilburg/NL masterclass Yoshiki Hishinuma, Dutch Textile Museum
Scholarship Foundation for Arts and Culture
_Rotterdam/NL Sieradieen (group), Erasmus University, showing embryologic objects
_Amsterdam/NL Present (group) RAI woonbeurs, presenting collection 'scarves for men'
_Dordrecht/NL Love check gallery INTERMEZZO
_various commissions for lectures and workshops
 
   
 
2004
_Maine/USA fiber workshop Randall Darwall
Scholarship Foundation for Arts and Culture
_Muiderberg/NL All Woven exhibition in own studio
_Assen/NL installation Timewarp at Department of Philosophy and Art (DeFKA)
_Amsterdam installation Embryologic objects, gallery 408
_board of advisors BNO
_first publication of articles (see: writings)
 
  
 
2003
_Assen/NL manifestation Maelstroom, Department of Philosophy and Art (DeFKA) showing installation 'attic work- braided' (zolderwerk, ge-vlochten')
_Amsterdam The biggest visual power show Paradiso, showing photographs of pigs' slaughter house
_Amsterdam COW NOW at butcher Korrel (group), anatomical-fysiological objects 'Cows can fly'
_Copenhagen/DK meeting of 'World Craft Council'
_board member of platform BNO/Free Designers
 
   
 
2002
_Ravenstein/NL workshop conceptual jewellery with Ruudt Peters professor of jewellery design GRA
_Muenster/Germany Blickpunkte, sales exhibition
_Utrecht/NL textile symposium, showing work with smart materials, Central Museum Utrecht
_Acting chairperson Association Free Designers VES/VrijeVormgevers
_Founding of textile group FILTZ Vibes and workshops 'textile surface design techniques'
 
   
 
2001
_start of independant art practice
_Naarden/NL international show Memories, Commenius Museum
installation atticwork-braided
 
  
 
2000
_graduation, B.A. in textile design and autonomous graphic work on the theme of 'Romanticism'.
_Collection
of hand woven lace and CAD/CAM woven 3D cloth, produced in the Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg.
_series of screen prints 'Romantisches Heidelberg' on paper.
_thesis on 'Relation between Art and Science', three case studies of medical doctors/artists, i.e. Anton Tjechov, Wolfgang Laib and Peter Collingwood.
 
  
 
1999
_working period with Helly Oestreicher, visual artist
_member of board Association of Free designers, VES/Vrije Vormgevers
 
  
 
1998
_transition to Textiles department and Graphic workshop
 
   
 
1996
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study of Autonomous Art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy while practising part-time as a medical doctor
 
   
   
 
1993
_Haderslev/DK workshop computeraided weaving with D. Cameron/Canada
 
   
   
 
1989 and 1990
_working periods at weaving studio of Margot Rolf, fiber artist and professor of weaving at Gerrit Rietveld Academy while training as an intern in medicine