Heleen Blanken
Creative Spatial Design


Heleen Blanken uses sound and visual media to probe humanity’s relationship to nature. A former resident artist at legendary Amsterdam club Trouw, Blanken frequently collaborates with musicians such as Slagwerk Den Haag. A more recent residency took her to Utrecht’s Institute for Geosciences. Her passions for music and nature merge in her darkly appealing installations – from plastic streams to forest chapels – at music festivals, galleries and theatres. 

The workshop Creative Spatial Design will be an introduction to the artistic practice of conceptual stage design, led by spatial media artists Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp. It focuses on the basic artistic and technical skills necessary for developing stage scenography for live performances.

The workshop will provide participants with insight into the development process, from forming a concept to configuring media within physical space. Artists Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp will elaborate on their own practice and the skills that are necessary to successfully create a media narrative on stage. The workshop will contain a hands-on demonstration of the different effects of lights, mirrors, smoke, projection, video, LED panels and more to manipulate the perception of illumination.

During the workshop, participants will work on creating their own concept and scenarios, and will present their outcomes at the end of the workshop. The workshop will take place in Paradiso Amsterdam and all necessary equipment will be provided. Participants have the opportunity to be present during the soundchecks and live performances of Progress Bar later in the evening to gather more insight into the processes of creative spatial design.

This workshop is a co-production of Sonic Acts & Paradiso and part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


Heleen Blanken is a visual artist who lives in Amsterdam. Through cinematography, scenography and installation art, her practice explores the layered aesthetic perception of the natural world in considering the separation between humanity and the natural environment. She defies traditional artistic dichotomies like the organic vs. artificial, or analogue vs. digital. Her work has been shown internationally in places like Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gropius Bau and Amsterdam Dance Event.


Photo courtesy of Heleen Blanken.

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