Virtual Design Festival

Live interview with Xandra van der Eijk as part of Virtual Design Festival

Xandra van der Eijk spoke to Dezeen in a live Screentime conversation sponsored by Philips TV & Sound as part of Virtual Design Festival.

The Dutch artist and designer discussed her work with Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Van der Eijk is an alumna of the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she obtained a degree in graphic design and an interdisciplinary masters in art-science.

Xandra van der Eijk Screentime VDF
The designer 3D-scanned the foot of a glacier for an installation about ecological issues

Her work explores the intersection of design and ecological issues, taking what Van der Eijk refers to as an "anti-anthropocentric" approach.

Previous projects include an installation comprising a series of 3D-printed models of the foot of a receding glacier in Switzerland. The exhibit attempted to explore feelings of "ecological grief".

In 2018, Van der Eijk poured household chemicals onto metal objects for an installation that aimed to demonstrate how chemical waste dumping is affecting the earth.

This conversation is sponsored by Philips TV & Sound and is part of our Screentime series for Virtual Design Festival, which features interviews with designers including Teresa van Dongen, Theodora Alfredsdottir and Ini Archibong.

Previous sessions have included Marjan van Aubel from the Netherlands, Shahar Livne from Israel and Adam Nathaniel Furman from the UK.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival runs from 15 April to 10 July 2020. It brings the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email [email protected].