Timo Klok

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Freelance designer who works with a broad range of media. His portfolio includes work in motion-graphics, video-installations, web-design, video/editing, programming and Visual Effects.

After finishing a Masters in Image Synthesis and Computer Animation at the Utrecht Art School in 2006, he has worked for clients such as Nike, Albert Heijn, Crossing Border Festival, Wim Wenders, NCRV and worked on several short fiction films and commercials as visual effects supervisor/producer and title designer.

In 2009, he finished the Master Media Design: Lens-Based Digital Media course of the Piet Zwart Institute, and the focus of his work started to shift towards programming in relation towards visual media. One of the results was his graduation piece ‘You only live Forever’, a perpetual video installation that recombined scenes from James Bond films based on the standard narrative elements and logic of the film series. The installation and related research was a exploration of ‘database cinema’ -films that are no longer following a linear narrative but whose scenes are rearranged records in a database.

In December 2008, his net-art parody ‘Pirates of the Amazon’ (together with exchange student Tobias Leingruber) became a short-lived but high-profile internet hype and was featured on a range of influential technology-related websites as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post and several Dutch mainstream news media. The software combined online reseller Amazon.com with popular download site piratebay.org, by offering a direct ‘download for free’ link when browsing the Amazon.com website. The project was practical experiment on interface design, information access and currently debated issues in media culture. Two days after publishing the software was taken offline after receiving a take down request by the legal department of Amazon.com.