Rune Peitersen
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Studio address:

Level Five
Gabrielle Petit 6

Ferdinand Huyckstraat 46
1061 HW Amsterdam

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+31(0)6 2904 8132

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Rune Peitersen, born in Denmark in 1971, lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and Brussels (BE). In 1999 he received his BA from the Royal Academy in The Hague and in 2001 his MA from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen.

Peitersen’s work has been exhibited internationally and he has received awards from the Mondriaan Foundation. Next to his artistic practice, Peitersen teaches at the St. Joost Art Academy, regularly lectures on his work and is a cofounder of several artists’ initiatives among which the think-tank Platform Beeldende Kunst (Platform for Visual Arts).


In his work, Rune Peitersen attempts to identify and problematize some of the deep-rooted (visual) narratives and systems of thought that lie at the base of the construction of our contemporary societal structures. In recent years the starting point often involves two opposite positions within a given system, e.g. an observer and the observed. The relationship between these two is then used to describe the system itself.

In the project Saccadic Sightings he constructed images based on footage recorded with eye-tracking equipment. Through various sorts of editing he tried to filter out the brain’s interpretation and get to the ‘raw visual input’ received by our eyes, in an attempt to visualize ‘unfiltered reality’ and thereby question the notion of objectivity and dualism in the worldview of Western thinking.

In Safe Distance he used online footage from protests around the world to question his own position as an observer of these live-streams, but also the position of the art-world when exhibiting and viewing these images.

In CONTROL, consisting of the two videos The Operators and the Targets (2017) and The Voters and the Politicians (2019), the notion of control within a closed circuit is explored; who controls who and how does this control manifest itself?

Peitersen’s imagery often quotes from art history. Themes such as the romantic landscape or clair-obscure aesthetics are employed as stylistic tools, used to both lure the viewer in as well as to wrong-foot him. Although based on a notion of photographic ‘reality’ or ‘authenticity’, his images always reveal themselves as highly constructed – like the reality they are perceived to represent.

Words he likes to throw around include: Systems, reality, perception, power dynamics, neoliberalism, injustice, planned obsolescence, pixilation, beauty, authenticity, observer and the observed, public intellectual, collective action, collective visual memory, guilt, the sublime and many more…

Selected Exhibitions

The Shepherd screening, Hilvaria Studios, NL
RAABJERG screening and book presentation, Kunsthal Aarhus, DK
RAABJERG screening and book presentation , Club Solo, Breda

Performing Objects
, CC Stroombeek – 14.10.2022 – 14.12.2022
With: Pauline M’barek, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Bie Michels, Alice De Mont, Marjolijn Dijkman, Rune Peitersen, Kristof Van Gestel, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek en Guy Woueté.
Our Fluid Territories, Meiboom Art Space, Brussels /- screening
From Where I Stand, The Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Kunsthalle Manheim, Mannheim. With a.o.: Aàdesokan, Lisa Barnard, Awoiska van der Molen, Rune Peitersen, Yan Wang Preston, Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Misha Vallejo Prut

Nightshift, Greylight Projects & Cultura Nova, Heerlen

The Voters and the Politicians & No is an Island, Enough Room for Space, Brussels
Current Residents & Associates, Greylight Projects, Brussels. With: Mélanie Berger, Edith Bories, John Ryan Brubaker, Claude Cattelain, Mountain Cutters, Kathi Seebeck, Marc Buchy, Wouter Huis, Jannis Marwitz, Rune Peitersen, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Sam van Gils & Nicolas Lamas

Space of Flows: Framing an Unseen Reality
, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow. Part of Krakow Photomonth 2018. With: Antoinette de Jong and Robert Knoth, Anaïs López, Eline Benjaminsen, Mark Curran, Susan Schuppli, Axel Braun, Clément Lambelet, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Agata Grzybowska, Łukasz Skąpski, Eva Leitolf, Daniela Friebel, Tudor Bratu, Michał Łuczak, Salvatore Vitale, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Esther Hovers, Rune Peitersen, Armand Quetsch, Agnieszka Rayss, Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber.

Layered not Blended
, BREW Brussels, 3 Nov. -screening. With: Nicolas Galeazzi, Carolien Stikker with Fabienne Dragonetti and KAOS, Philippine Hoegen, Erik Thys, Samah Hijawi, Robert Suermondt, Paoletta Holst, Rune Peitersen
Fotofestival Schiedam, 12 Oct. – 22 Oct.
Alternative Truths
, Expoplu, Nijmegen, 6 Oct. – 27 Oct. With: Lado Darakhvelidze, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Anneke Ingwersen, Lyubov Matyunina, Rune Peitersen, Belit Sağ
Current Residents & Associates, Greylight Projects, Brussels
, curated by Septembre Tiberghien, Greylight Projects, Brussels

, Raverzyde, Oosteende, 11 June – 2 Oct. With a.o.: Mark Dion (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Nicolas Floc’h (FR), Luc Deleu (BE), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Simon Faithfull (UK), CosCo (BE), Tuur Van Balen en Revital cohen (BE/UK), Frans Gentils (BE), Rune Peitersen (DK/NL), HeHe (UK/DE).
Safe Distance, LhGWR The Hague, 5 Mar – 23 Apr
Safe Distance & Safe Distance: Pirates
, Art Rotterdam, LhGWR gallery 10-14 Feb

Safe Distance & Safe Distance: High Ground , Alkovi Gallery Helsinki, 15 May – 5 July
On the Move
, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 29 Aug 2014 – 22 Feb 2015

I am not doing anything until I feel the need, Joanneke Meester made a perpetual daily calendar, where she asked 365 artists to respond to a statement she had written: I am not doing anything until I feel the need. This conceptual and collaborative artwork will be available in bookshops and museum shops in the Netherlands and Belgium from September 2014 and can be ordered online via:
AS ART AS CAN BE, De Vishal Haarlem, Sept. 28 – Oct. 26

Balises, Piano Nobile, Geneva. Groupshow with: Jill Baroff, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Bill Drummond, Hamish Fulton, Eric Hattan, Dunja Herzog, Rune Peitersen, Alexander Schellow, Charlotte Seidel, Alexia Turlin
Looking at Seeing, Academy Minerva Groningen. Rune Peitersen, Martijn Schuppers, Rein Jelle Terpstra en Roland Schimmel
Supermarket Artfair, Nest Mini-False Focus. Roland Schimmel, Marc Phillipe van Kempen, Rune Peitersen

Mutualisms, Mutualisms is a collaborative curatorial project organized by Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars. Participating artists; Marjolijn Dijkman, People Powered, Albert Van Westing, Aron Gent, Rune Peitersen, Mark Jeffrey, Judd Morrissey, Maurice Bogaert, Trevor Gainer, Saskia Jansen, Adelheid Mers, Iris Kensmil, Philippine Hoegen, Carolien Stikker, Carol Jackson, Magnus Monfeldt, Harold Mendez, Jonas Ohlsson, Selina Trepp, Erik Hagoort and Lori Waxman. Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, September 9th – 25th. Supported by the Propeller Fund and The Mondrian Foundation

Looking at Seeing, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam – solo, opening 16th of July. Supported by Fonds BKVB

False Focus, Nest, The Hague – Gwenneth Boelens, Beate Gutschow, Marc Philip van Kempen, Michiel Kluiters, Erik Olofsen, Rune Peitersen, Bradley Pitts, Roland Schimmel, Melanie Wiora. Supported by Fonds BKVB
May 26th Artists Talk between Bradley Pitts and Rune Peitersen. Moderated by Saskia Monshouwer.

mEATing 2 – mens en vlees, Perron 58, Tilburg
Saccadic Sightings: Einstein&Bohr, Ellen de Bruijne Projects/Dolores –solo

Divided Landscape, with Carolien Stikker, Philippine Hoegen, Ine Lamers, Tom Zummer, Galerie GIST, Amsterdam
Saccadic Sightings: Ophelia, Ellen de Bruijne Projects/Dolores –solo

Discovery08, NEMO, Amsterdam –screening
De Kapitalist, with a.o. Jerome Symons, Bruno Listepad, Bergkerk, Deventer

Aus Niederlande. Videowerke. ZERO.project, Berlin
Focus&Diversity, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, curated by Martijn Schuppers.
Peripheral Panorama, Workspace07, Filmhuis, The Hague. Winner of the Workspace07 award –solo

Optica 2006, International Festival of Video-art, Gijon, Spain –screening

10th Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin Filmfestival, Paris –screening
Kloone4000, Retort Projectspace, Amsterdam
Kijkwijdte, Center for Visual Arts Groningen, Groningen. Curated by Pieter Duijser
Rune Peitersen, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam –solo

Expanded Painting, Expanded Viewing, with a.o. Martijn Schuppers, Barbara Wijnveld, Sanja Medic. Times Square Gallery, New York, cat.
Otto Berchem, Mark Kent, Rune Peitersen, Jan Rothuizen, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Liste 04 The Young Art Fair, Basel
Uitgelicht 4 – selected recipients of one-year work grants, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Amsterdam, cat.
Play, Pause, Record, Stichting Outline, Amsterdam. Curated by Huib Haye van der Werf

Chockablock Stock, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Island – Translocation Group, with a.o. Bojan Fajfric, Iratxe Iajo & Klaas van Gorkum, Sanja Medic, Stichting Outline, Amsterdam. Curated by Huib Haye van der Werf
Samen met Galerie Van Gelder, KunstRAI Amsterdam, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Cloudbusting – Translocation GroupProject with Femke van Wachem, Heilbron Project Space, The Hague

Rune Peitersen & Jannie Regnerus, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam –solo

Draw & Quarter, with a.o. Sanja Medic, Anne-Jaap de Rapper, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, cat.

Rune Peitersen & Paul Ramirez Jonas, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam –solo
Looking at you, kid, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Curated by Marja Bosma
Dresscode, Gallery 1646, The Hague


1999-2001, MFA, Frank Mohr Instituut, Groningen,
1995-1999, BA, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague,

2022- present, researcher at Avans BWNO, Economy in Common
2020- present, member of the Supervisory Board of the Mondriaan Fund
2016- present, advisor art’s committee Dordrecht
2016-2022, board member Platform BK
2015- present, teacher at AKV St. Joost
2012-2016, co-founder and chairman of Platform BK

Grants, prizes etc.
2021 Creative Industries Fund NL, stipend for realization of the book, RAABJERG.
2020 Mondriaan Fund, Stipend for a workperiod at the Frans Masereel Center
2019 Mondriaan Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent
2019 Danish Cultural Institute, project support for The Voters and the Politicians at Enough Room for Space
2018 Danish Arts Foundation, project support for The Operators and the Targets at Kraków Photomonth
2014 Mondriaan Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent
2011 The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Stipend for the realization of the exhibitions False Focus and Looking at Seeing
2010 The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Stipend for the realization of the minisymposium Saccadic Sightings: Einstein&Bohr.
2010 The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Basisstipendium
2007 Winner of the Filmhuis The Hague Workspace07 award
2005 The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Basisstipendium
2003 The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Startstipendium
2002 Nominated for the Buning Brongers Prijs voor de Schilderkunst
2001 Groot Brugmans Foundation

2022 Membrana Magazine Interview: Caught in the System
2019 Danish Cultural Institute: People caught in Systems – Interview with artist Rune Peitersen -click here for Danish
2018 DocPhotomagazine: Krakow Photomonth 2018: Space of Flows. Framing an Unseen Reality
2018 The Eye of Photography Magazine:
Krakow Photo Month: a festival to awaken consciences.

2018 Volkskrant: Krakow Photomonth zit vol migratie, geweld en klimaat, maar is altijd origineel en nooit zwaarmoedig
2018 Krakow Photomonth 2018: ‘Space of Flows’ – Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor
2017 Alternative Truths: Karl Marx in een bad vol blauwe glitters – Mr. Motley
2017 De alternatieve waarheid is het ideale speelterrein voor de kunst – Lucette ter Borg, NRC
2015 De Grote Kunstkalender van Amsterdam
2014 Mmm, Mohr Mohr Mohr, Frank Mohr Institute
2014 Vrij Nederland Foto Special, Lucette ter Borg, 03-09-14
2014 Kiezen uit gedreven werk wordt latsig voor directeur Ruff, Tracy Metz, 01-09-14 NRC
2014 On the Move: An interview with Anne Ruygt, GUP Magazine
2014 On the Move, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2014 I am not doing anything until I feel the need, Perpetual Calendar
2014 De Grote Kunstkalender van Amsterdam
2013 Balises, Charlotte Seidel & Isaline Vuille
2013 ‘Raaijmakers Project: De Kunst van het Machinelezen‘, Tijdschrift Terras
2012 ‘The Political Artist’, Rune Peitersen, Proximity Magazine Issue 010: ‘Mutualisms’.
2012 ‘True Focus’, Rune Peitersen, The Nestbook, Nest Publishing ISBN 978-94-91094-00-2
2011 Rune Peitersen “Looking at Seeing”, Mousse Magazine
2011 3x zomer in Amsterdam, Metropolis M
2011 De Avonden Radio 1
2011 Den Haag Centraal, Het kijken nader bezien
2011 Volkskrant, Een fijne zintuigelijke tentoonstelling op een fijne prikkelende plek
2011 Kunstbeeld, False Focus @ Nest
2011 False Focus, Nest publishing. Essay False Focus, Saskia Monshouwer
2010 “Black Hole of Vision: On Rune Peitersen’s Saccadic Sightings”, Vesna Madzoski,
2010 “Aanhikken“, Maria Barnas, NRC
2007 Focus&Diversity catalogue.
2005 Carp Online Magazine, Carp Digitale Galerie ‘The Art of Carp’, Jan.-Feb. 2005
2005 Karmijn Kunstadvies, Jan.-Feb. 2005
2002 “Een weeë glimlach en weke knieën bij zo veel lieflijkheid“, Arjan Reinders, Het Parool, June 8th 2002
2001 “Draw and Quarter”, ed. Katalin Herzog, AMP, Groningen 2001
2001 Tubelight Art Magazine no. 12, December2000/January2001
2000 Siemens Kunstkalendar

2021 ‘Horizontal Allies’, essay written for Trigger Magazine
2019 ‘De aasgieren van het neoliberalisme‘, opinion piece Platform BK
2018 ‘Working on the margins‘, Moderator at a symposium on Artist-in-Residence programs. Organized by DutchCulture and
2016 ‘Mirror, Mirror … a talk on reflection: Conversation Piece with Rune Peitersen‘, 1646, The Hague
2015 ‘Book launch “Artist at Work: the proximity of art and capitalism” by Bojana Kunst‘, Moderator at a panel discussion between Bojana Kunst, Ann Demeester, Juha van ‘t Zelfde and Daniël Boomsma in Veem House for Performance
2015 ‘United we stand‘, Moderator at a panel discussion between artist’s organizations from Belgium, Gemany and The Netherlands in Veem House for Performance
2015 ‘Imaginairy Friends‘, Moderator at two panel discussions in Veem House for Performance on Russian-Dutch relations and the difficulties of artistic exchange following a performance by Sarah van Lamsweerde and Brian D. McKenna
2015-  Teacher at St. Joost Academy ‘s Hertogenbosch
2014 Lecture on Safe Distance, Stedelijk Museum
2014 Lecture on the artist’s practice, FMI
2014 Chairman of the jury during Participation on Trial at Castrum Peregrini, organized by curator Nina Folkersma. Read a review here (Dutch only)
2014 Guest teacher St. Joost MA
2014 External expert, Willem de Koning Academy
2014 External expert, Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunst
2014 External expert, HKU Fine Art
2013 ‘Nulpunt’, Dick Raaijmakers en De kunst van het machine lezen, Perdu, Amsterdam – with Arjen Mulder, Mina Etemad, Dante Boon, Sytske van der Ster, Rutger Emmelkamp, Rune Peitersen, Daniël Rovers en Elma van Haren
2012 Lecture on Saccadic Sightings, Darkroom, Ghent
2011 Guest lecture on Saccadic Sightings, Marist College, New York
2011 Organizer of artists talks Looking at Seeing, with Ruth Verraes, Gwenneth Boelens, Martijn Schuppers, Rein Jelle Terpstra
2011 Artists talk at NEST. Saskia Monshouwer talks to Rune Peitersen and Bradley Pitts
2011 Guest teacher at St. Joost Art Academy ‘s Hertogenbosch
2011 Founding member of Platform Re-set,
2010 Organizer of the mini symposium Saccadic Sightings: Einstein&Bohr, with a.o. Andre Klukhuhn, Saskia Monshouwer, Robert
Zwijnenberg and Mariska van den Berg
2010 Jury member for the Workspace2010, Zaal5, Filmhuis Den Hague
2009-11 Teacher at AHK Amsterdams Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Interactive Media Art
2009-11 Member of the LIVE Committee, Fonds B.K.V.B. of the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
2009 External expert, final exams Interactive Media MFA, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
2009 Guest lecture on Saccadic Sightings, Marist College, New York
2008-09 Member of the Commission Basissubsidies Fonds B.K.V.B. of the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
2008 Presentation of Saccadic Sightings at CHArt Conference 2008, Birkbeck College, London
2008 Presentation of Saccadic Sightings and screening during Discovery08, NEMO
2008- Founding member of Calcite Revolt –
2008 External expert, final exams Academie Minerva, Groningen
2008-09 Teacher at the Cinema4D courses.
2007-11 Collaborating with The Arts& Genomics Institute on the project Saccadic Sightings
2002 Founding member of the Art Group, Translocation
2001 Artist in residence at the Centre for Visualization and Computing, University of Groningen. Working with 3D StudioMax for Cave presentations
2001 Lecture on the cooperation between scientific and artistic visualization research, the Centre for Visualization and Computing,
University of Groningen
2000 Visiting lecturer at the Art Theory Department, University of Amsterdam, “Photoshop and Painting”

Platform Beeldende Kunst (Platform for Visual Art)
Chairman (2011-16) and co-founder (2011)

2017 Moderator debate ‘Wie profiteert er van de non-profit kunstinstellingen?‘, Platform BK at Intersections, Art Rotterdam
2016 Opinion piece ‘De prachtige façade van de bezoekcijfers‘ co-written with Anne Breure, Het Parool May 25.
2016 Organizer and moderator of ‘Wie betaalt de kunstenaar?‘ Debate on artists fees with: Ad de Jong, Ella Derksen, Irene de Craen, Janneke van der Putten and Steven ten Thije, Casco Utrecht
2015 Opinion piece ‘Verkoop geen fabels over kunst‘ co-written with Arno van Roosmalen, Volkskrant June 25.
2014 Organizer and introduction of ‘It’s Very Political – Engagement in de kunst’. Debate between Hans den Hartog Jager, Renzo Maartens, Merijn Oudenampsen and Steven ten Thije, KNAW, Amsterdam
2014 Kunstvlaai 2014
2014 Introduction and host for UNDER PRESSURE – Response and Responsibility of a Biennale, Witte de With, Rotterdam
2014 Organizer and moderator of a panel discussion on The (In)Accessibility of Art, W139, Amsterdam
2014 Organizer and moderator of a panel discussion between Birgit Donker (Mondriaan Foundation), Francine Mendelaar (Materiaalfonds) and PBK at Onomatopee, Eindhoven
2013 Organizer and moderator of a panel discussion between Birgit Donker (Mondriaan Foundation), Francine Mendelaar (Materiaalfonds) and PBK at Nest, The Hague
2013 Opinion pieces ‘Paradisodebat 2013’ & ‘Conceptuele Vrijruimte
2013 Presentation of PBK strategies and projects for the Visual Arts Platform (European network of supportive organisations in the visual arts) at BAM (Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art in Belgium)
2012 Organizer and moderator of panel discussion between Birgit Donker (Mondriaan Foundation), De Zaak Nu and PBK
2012 Weerwoord #4 ‘Nou doet u het weer’, Rune Peitersen & Mariska van den Berg, Tubelight Magazine
2012 Organizer and keynote speech at Launch of PBK, W139. With Ann Demeester, Rob Voerman, Barbara Visser, Ernst van den Hemel, Ester Polak, Spanonymous.
2011 Speech on artistic activism, Museum night, De Appel, Amsterdam
2011- Co-founder and chairman of Platform Beeldende Kunst (Platform for Visual Art)

Rune Peitersen