We are Marloes van der Hoek and Wikke van Houwelingen. We work together, but we think separately. In this paradox lies our inspiration. We are always looking for images that cause friction because they don’t fit together perfectly. If things are all right, then something is wrong. We seek beauty in the ugly, voids in the abundance, content in form, the exhibition of an inner world, and the video clips in an old play. We prefer to have a set be completely transformed during the performance. We hope the audience gets a sense of what we experience ourselves when we are designing: a feeling of conquest. Spaces that need to be conquered are ideally suited to awakening the mind.
In 2006, we graduated at the same time from the masters programme in scenography, and since then we have been collaborating with each other and with various directors and designers, mainly in the theatre. We have also made installations for the Centraal Museum and the Nieuwe Intstituut, and we teach at various academies. Wikke received the Charlötte Kohler Prize for theatre makers and visual artists from the Prince Bernard Culture Fund.
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