Mariska van den Berg is working as a researcher and writer and publishes regularly on contemporary art. In 2013 she was author of the book Stedelingen veranderen de stad. Over nieuwe collectieven, publiek domien en transitie (in Dutch only), addressing the value of self initiated artistic practices for sustainable urban development and the debate on civil society.
Her special interests are the place of artistic practices within our changing society and their (possible) resonance within the public domain as well as the role of theory in contemporary artistic practice. She has been working as curator at SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space) for seven years (until 2007); and was involved in the founding of Platform BK (www.platformbk.nl) in 2011). She still initiates reading groups for Platform BK, among others on the work of Jacques Rancière.
Mariska studied Art History and Cultural Studies at the University in Groningen from 1988 to 1993, specializing in contemporary video- and film art. She started making exhibitions at Galerie Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam compiling Summer Shows in 1995 and 1996, featuring emerging artists like Stephen Wilks, Tacita Dean, Gregor Schneider and Antonietta Peeters. Independently she edited artists books with Fiona Tan, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan and Marlene Dumas.
Mariska has been teaching before at Design Academy Eindhoven and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has been living and working in London (1989) and Berlin (1998), at the moment she is based in Amsterdam.