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biography

1934 Born in Borgharen, The Netherlands
1954-1959 Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, monumental and autonomous art
1957-1961 University of Utrecht, sociology of art
1962 Mention d'Honneur, Prix Europe de peinture, Oostende 
1963 Frisiana Award, Leeuwarden
1962-1964 Director of art school Vredeman de Vries, Leeuwarden
1964-1967 Bende van de Blauwe Hand (The Gang of the Blue Hand), Leeuwarden
1966 Member of educational staff of the Municipal Museum The Hague
1965-1974 Invention and organisation of ‘situasies’
1966-1967 Member of educational staff and public relations, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
1968-present  Maciunas Ensemble
1967-1968 Free Community of the Global City of Peace and Pleasure
1969-1981 Member of the Board of BBK, Federation of Artists Associations, and founder of the artists unions: OBK and  VBBKZN
1970-1981 Member of the boards of CRC, Foundation Kunst en Bedrijf, Social Fund of Artists, and member of the Dutch Arts Council and various committees within it
1971 7e Biennale de la Jeunesse de Paris
1970-1975 Development team of construction scheme  ‘de Kraal’ Grote Bos, Geldrop
1971-1977 Environmental designs Eindhoven: Wilgenroosstraat, Van Abbemuseum, City Theatre, Market,  School Yard Norbertuslaan
1974-1984 Consulting artist in Nieuwe Schans, and in town planning teams in Zoetermeer/ Buytenwegh de Leyens,  Utrecht/Lunetten, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch/Maaspoort,
1980-2001 Director Het Apollohuis Eindhoven
1982-present Long String Installations (until 1991 in cooperation with Johan Goedhart)
1983-1987 Member of the Jury of the Royal Awards of Painting, Amsterdam
1984/85 Festival ECHO. The Images of Sound I
1986 New Works Grant of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts, Boston USA
1987 Festival ECHO. The Images of Sound II. Audio Art Symposium II
1990-present Projects with birds and animals
1993 Artist-in-residence Exploratorium, San Francisco USA
1994 Artist-in-residence Yellow Spring Institute, Chester Springs USA
Member of the Jury Ernesto de Sousa Fellowship Portugal
1996 Noord-Brabant Cultural Award
1998 Companion of the Order of the Dutch Lion
2000 Award best exhibition 2000, Galerie Klatovy/Klenová, Klenová
2002 Artist-in-residence Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Japan
2004 Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz
2010 Ehrenpreisträger des Deutschen Klangkunst-Preises 2010
2011 Gerrit Benner Award, Leeuwarden