Carel fhm Kuitenbrouwer
Born 1953, lives & works in Amsterdam, Netherlands & in Champigneulle, France.
Graphic Artist & Artisan—in a broad sense, from typography & infographics to photography & videography.
Writer—journalism, criticism, poetry.
Husband to Ange Wieberdink, father of two adult children.
Masters German en Spanish at beginners level, French proficient, English almost fluent.
Autonomous Work & Projects in Commission
(besides part time employments)
Pretty How Town
is a multimedia installation inspired by a poem by the American poet e e cummings anyone lived in a pretty how town. This poem is a deceptively simple depiction of the human condition and at the same time deeply moving — almost mystical. It is an ode to the “little man” (and Woman), the salt of the earth, and an example of what art can be (and in my opinion should be), proof that the banal and the everyday can also be exceptional and enchanting.
In March and April 2019, I put on a limited number of public performances of the project in Tetterode, a creative hub in Amsterdam. Over one hundred people came to see the installation. The reactions were positive and encouraging, which is why I am now so keen to take this project further and introduce it to a wider public.
If you want to get an impression of the performances in Tetterode, watch this short trailer:
The soundscape and the dynamic typography are two key elements in the project. This twenty-minute video looks at these elements in isolation:
The installation can operate independently, with very little human involvement required. However, there is also scope for ad hoc interventions by performers, as can be discussed and agreed with the venue/programme organizers.
I have produced a concise factsheet that gives you the key information about the project at a glance (see attachment).
A detailed description and explanation of the project can be found on my website:
Eelste Meyma’s Crypt
Video images to a work for the Ensemble for medieval music Super Librum by Anke Brouwer (2014).
Integral video, sound & some liner notes: Eelste Meyma’s Mausoleum
Spatial & multimedia installation with live performances. Collaboration with Anke Brouwer, Ab Baars, David Eggert, Elise Lorraine and many others.
First public showing in WG Kunst, within the framework of ARTWEST, November 2015
Documentation: Environ/Man 0.5 “aftermovie”
Composition for choir, orchestra, soundscape & video.
Collaboration with Anke Brouwer, composer. Commission of Kamerfilharmonie De Aa, Groningen.
Première 7 & 8 November 2015, Leens & Groningen.
Documentation: Kleurengeluidsignaal, The Video
From Brooklyn to Berlin
Spatial & visual accompaniment of concert by Kaleidoskop Ensemble (Berlin) & Lee Ranaldo (Brooklyn),
Commission of Holland Festival & Kaleidoskop Ensemble.
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, 14 June 2013.
No documentation available at this time.
Spatial & visual of Tehillim (Steve Reich, 1981). Collaboration with ASKO|Schönberg, Synergy Vocals, World Minimal Music Festival 2011.
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, April 2011.
My initiative, funded by Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts (AFK).
Documentation in word & image: Tehillim Illuminated on YouTube
Zwavel, Was & Suiker
Lights, sounds & live music spectacle to celebrate composer Louis Andriessens 70th birthday. Collaboration with composers Martijn Padding & Anke Brouwer, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, Holland Festival.
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, June 2009.
My initiative & concept & concept. Supported by AFK.
Documentation: Sulphur, Wax & Sugar on Vimeo
Open Source Amsterdam
Open Air Art Manifestation in Amsterdam Bijlmer (9 May – 11 July 2009)
Author of catalogue, in print & on line
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
CoBra 60 years, The colour of liberty (13 September – 30 November 2008)
Exhibition texts about lenders of paintings & sculptures
Kikker & Co
Lettering of exhibition about puppet theater
Medisch Vandaag, Utrecht
Consultant in restyling of fortnightly tabloid magazine for the (para-)medical sector
Stichting Best Verzorgde Boeken, Amsterdam
Guest editor & author of catalogue of Best Designed Book of 2001.
Two autonomous projects
16-mmm-film with cellist Frances Marie UItti, based on the Sarabande of Cello Suite V by John Sebastian Bach.
(The Rep) Performance with electronics, live music & objects.
2000 – now
School of Journalism, Utrecht
Professor & researcher visual journalism, infographics & datavisualisation
Meulenhoff Educative Publishers, Amsterdam
Interim Chief Managing Designer for the sections Primary & Adult Education
Malmberg Educative Publishers, Den Bosch
Head of the department Secondary Education Materials
Program Manager 2D
Responsible for the program of research and activities on graphic design, information & communication The Future Of Graphic Communication.
Some of the projects I realised:
• Design Management Platform
Network of bureaus, companies, education & research.
• The Autumn of Graphic Design
Lecture Series on graphic design in the information age.
• Design as Editing
Two- day Dutch-American symposium on role and task of the designer in communication production.
• The Digitization of Deisgn
International research program into the consequences of digitization of design professions.
• First the Building Blocks…
Discussions on the necessity for impulses in the reflection & studies on graphic design.
• The legible City
Professional symposium on design in municipal & regional government. Amsterdam & Helsinki.
• THE FLAT SPACE
Exhibition of Dutch design & illustration for computer & television screens.
Hollandse Hoogte, bureau voor fotobemiddeling en grafische vormgeving, Amsterdam
Senior Designer & co-author of reorganization plan.
Editor-In-Chic of the official organ of the Professional Organisations of Graphic & Industrial Designers
Many articles in printed media, such as NRC Handelsblad, De Groene Amsterdammer, Items, Industrieel Ontwerpen, Eye magazine
Commissioned articles such as Ministry of Culture & Welfare, Design Expertise, MLIS (Lyon), arc en rêve (Bordeaux), Uitgeverij 010 en Vormgevingsinstituut.
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag
Professor Graphic Design
Independent Graphic Designer (BNO)
Clients in social & cultural sectors such as the Municipality of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Social Health Organisation Greater Amsterdam, NGO for development aid NOVIB, Ekologiese Uitgeverij publishers, Nicaragua Komitee Nederland, Oost-Europa Verkenningen (magazine on Eastern Europe), Orchestra de Volharding, Amsterdam orchestra & choir ASKO, National Committee for Prevention & Cure of Aids NCAB) en Publishing House Van Gennep.
Design, production coordination and other tasks in small activist publishing house
Institute of Teaching, VU University
Course to obtain license as professor in Higher Vocational Education.
Post academic residency at Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, faculty of Visual Communication. Projecten on the relation between image (light) and sound (msic).
1972 – ’76 & 1981 – ’82
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, department of Applied Graphic Arts
Graduation Projects: Magazine Oost-Europa Verkenningen, Boek 10 Jaar Volharding and (Typo)graphic Experiments. Thesis All Design is Interpretation.