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A visual performer is an artist who can produce visuals in a live setting in the same way as a musician brings us sound by playing an instrument, or an actress uses voice and a dancer works with body movement.

Marie van Vollenhoven works with a rich collection of images, videos and visual art. Together with interaction designers she has developed her own instant composing software, that allows her to work with analogue drawing, digital painting, digital abstract composing, video’s and effects on stage.

The artistic profession of the visual performer is still quite new in the setting of a jazz concert or a theatre play. Visual performance itself though exists already quite some time and has its roots in the visual arts. Marie positions herself as an artist that performs live as a ‘digital painter’, coming from a background as a traditional painter, filmer and photographer.

She challenges the musicians to improvise with their instruments to her live projections. Vice versa she reacts, so a conversation between visual and musical language happens in front of the audience.


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Marie van Volenhoven (Amsterdam 1983) lives and works in Maastricht, the Netherlands, as an independent artist, multimedia theatre maker and lecturer in the interdisciplinary art and design & technology department.

She often collaborates on stage as a visual performer with musicians, dancers, DJ’s, writers and other professionals.

She works with her fabulous manual and digital techniques in versatile multi-disciplinary art. Her drawings and moving images are digitally edited and brought to life.