Michiel van Opstal studied Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Maastricht from 1995 to 2001. He specialized in philosophy of culture and film theory and graduated with a critique of German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s ideas about identity.
From 2003 to 2007 van Opstal lectured at the University of Leiden within the Faculty of Arts. He designed courses within the interdisciplinary fields of philosophy of (new) media, art, culture and politics. At the same time he worked as a creative producer for Het Portaal, a Rotterdam-based communications agency specialized in stakeholder participation.
In 2008 van Opstal started working full-time for AKV|St.Joost. He focuses on lecturing philosophy of (new) media, theory of photography, film theory and artistic research. As a philosopher, van Opstal is interested in the following topics (amongst others):
- Authenticity in a post-digital age
- New visual strategies of engagement
- New forms of interactive and participatory (immersive) storytelling
- The ubiquity and democratization of the image in our visual culture