Rene Beekman

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Born in The Netherlands, Beekman currently lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. His works have been shown in locations such as the Stedelijk Museum, Art Amsterdam, Kunst RAI and de IJsbreker in Amsterdam, het Appollohuis in Eindhoven, the Kitchen in New York, and the Städtische Museen Jena among others. He has performed at Roulette in New York, Paradiso in Amsterdam, V2_ in Rotterdam, iMAL in Brussels and the City Art Gallery in Sofia, among others. Selected works are distributed by LIMA (Amsterdam) and The Kitchen (New York). His writing has appeared, among others, in L&B Series of Philosophy of Art and Art Theory, and in Leonardo Digital Reviews. Beekman has curated exhibitions, including, Hello World (Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia, 2012), Being Post-Digital (2015, during Design Week 2015, Plovdiv), Friendly little creatures (2016 at the Credo Bonum Gallery in Sofia, at the Contemporary Space Gallery in Varna, and in 2017 at U10 in Belgrade), and Bodies that generate images (The Fridge, Sofia, 2018, solo exhibition of Stefan Donchev). In 2008, he was a co-founder of the Digital Arts MA Programme at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he also taught until the summer of 2016. He has co-founded xfilm festival and xfilm lectures, DA Fest, and established the Post-digital Laboratory at the Red House in Sofia. Together with Albena Baeva, Beekman founded Reaktiv, a boutique studio for interactive design, we organised Dorkbot Sofia and Ignite Sofia, and curated the exhibition Friendly Little Creatures (2016, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia; Contemporary Space, Varna and U10, Belgrade). In 2019 he co-founded gallery Gallery, Bulgaria's first router gallery, together with Albena Baeva.