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2010-12-01 // // Arts // SOURCE // NOVEMBER 10th 2010 // Martijn Engelbregt // Assignment

On Wednesday November the 10th the masters students had the privilege of having a lecture of another kind. Martijn Engelbregt, described as a procedural artist came to the Academy and gave us a great lecture about his work.

 

His work is provocative and eyes opening. "As founder of EGBG – Engelbregt Gegevens Beheer Groep (Engelbregt Data Management Group) – he designs institutes, forms, surveys, and procedures. His absurdist projects offer an ironic perspective on a sometimes Kafkaesque world."

He studied graphic design at the Utrecht School of the Arts and graduated in 1996 (cum laude). His main interest during his studies was collecting forms, initially because he was intrigued by their graphic appearance. However later he became even more interested in the question as to why and how people fill in these forms.

“When I began experimenting with forms, my main aim was to post a warning: beware to whom you give information!” 

 “But now I too am keen to collect data, although I handle it differently than the outside world.”

After he graduated he made a name for himself by publishing a counterscript against unsolicited calls from telemarketers. Furthermore,  EGBG caused agitation by sending out official looking forms to 200.608 households in Amsterdam, asking tenants to register any illegal immigrants they might know.  His aim was just to explore the reactions of the people.

“It’s art in the form of a research”