Michiel van Iersel (1978) is an urbanist and curator working at the intersection of the arts, architecture, (urban) design and heritage. He started his career working for several visual arts organisations (Museum of Modern Art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Art Rotterdam) and LAgroup, before co-founding cultural collective Non-fiction in 2008.
Non-fiction is a collective of people with a common interest in public values and cultural production. They collaboratively make exhibitions and publications, conduct research, (re-)activate spaces, and organise events with the aim to bring people and ideas closer together. Non-fiction curated exhibitions and public programmes for a.o. the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Nieuwe Instituut and Museum De Hallen Haarlem.
In addition Michiel co-founded De Verdieping (2010 - 2015), a temporary project space for experimental culture in an abandoned printing plant in Amsterdam, and the ongoing research project Failed Architecture, dedicated to exploring the causes, perceptions and representations of architectural and urban failures. Michiel was Curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) in 2016 and in the same year he was appointed as a Fellow at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.
Michiel studied Business and Cultural Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Metropolitan Studies at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Currently he is guest lecturer at a.o. the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Amsterdam University of the Arts. He is an active member of several (advisory) boards, amongst which the Curatorial Board of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, and the Selection Committee of the Dutch Design Awards, the Prix de Rome and DasArts.
Lectures at a.o. DAZ Berlin, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, TU Delft, HEAD Geneva, Studio-X Amman, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona & TEDxRheinMain.
Articles and features in a.o. Archined, Domus, MONU, NRC Handelsblad, Time Out Magazine, Harvard Design Magazine, The Guardian and Yorokobu.
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