HKU Showcase

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht


Curator: Martijn van Gessel (NL)

HKU Showcase is a mini showcase of upcoming talents from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The focus for this showcase is on three diverse works in the field of “playful intervention.” The HKU Expertise Centre for Creative Technology has curated this mini showcase.

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht distinguishes itself with a broad range of study programs in arts and media to educate the next generation of creative professionals. We have a long track record of successful interdisciplinary projects, international partnerships and meaningful innovation for the creative industries and beyond.

4000 students attend HKU, studying at nine schools: Fine Art, Design, Music and Technology, Games and Interaction, Art and Economics, Media, Utrecht Conservatoire, Theatre and HKU College. HKU has four expertise centers that are responsible for practical research, innovation programs and knowledge development. The Expertise Centre for Creative Technology explores the possibilities of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR), sensors, robots, 3D printing, algorithms and interfaces, and their application in art education. We aim to show the many ways in which technology can enrich the arts and how art can help us reflect critically on technological advancements. The center facilitates multidisciplinary experiments to ensure HKU remains ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge facilities and workplaces.


Overview of projects


Project Credits:

  • HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  • HKU Expertise Centre for Creative Technology
  • HKU Music and Technology
  • HKU Theatre
  • HKU Media
  • HKU Fine Arts
  • Pim Boreel 
  • Eva Asscheman



Martijn van Gessel (NL) holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Utrecht. He studied History with a focus on Post-World War II popular culture. He has always been interested in popular music, and specifically in forms of popular culture that can be labelled “in-between,” i.e. popular culture bordering on avant-garde / high culture. After graduating he worked for two years at a major record label, conducting repertoire research. He quit his job to study at the HKU School for Arts & Economics. For three years, he worked at various organizations in the Dutch music and cultural fields as an intern. There, he gained experience in music and media art festivals. During his time at HKU, he started the independent record label Enfant Terrible, which is still active and has worldwide cult status. Besides managing all label activities for the the past fifteen years, he has been employed at the HKU since 2015. He is currently a teacher in entrepreneurship and a project manager for the HKU Expertise Centre for Creative Technology.