Xandra van der Eijk

1985, The Netherlands

Started teaching in Ecology Futures in 2019


Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. Graduated from the Interfaculty ArtScience (MA) at the Royal Conservatory, after graduating from Graphic Design (BA) at the Royal Academy of Art, Van der Eijk has developed a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work. Incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods and material development in her practice, she re-interprets the landscape from a more-than-human view. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time.


Van der Eijk is a course leader at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures leading the new master research pathway Ecology Futures. Across the curriculum, Xandra translates her research on human-made ecosystems and knowledge of biobased methods, into a critical MA pathway that brings forth artists that know how to imagine, shape and comment on alternative ecological futures.

Currently, she is undertaking her Ph.D. at Ulster University in Northern Ireland at the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences with an International Award from the UK Department of Economics. She is a researcher in the Biobased Art & Design research group led by Dr. Elvin Karana at Avans' Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology and an associated researcher at Critical Media Lab in Basel.