Kaja Wie van der Pas

Born 1983 in Bergen, Norway




In my work I investigate the relationship between body language, human behaviour, architecture and photographic images. My work moves between observation and instruction. Inspired by everyday behaviour and gestures, body language and its modes of organisation, I observe how people relate to and approach objects, spaces and other people. Through installation, performative settings and the use of photography, I aim to create situations where the visitor gradually experience themselves as a perceiving or acting personae, in a stage setting made for and by them. Fascinated by how we communicate with each other and our surroundings, and also the lack of true communication, I explore behavioural response; how the body behaves and performs under different circumstances. I see distinct parallels between my work and choreography, on moments where the set up of my work negotiates the movements of the viewer. The focal point of my research is the relationship between body language and human relations, and how they relate to wider social conventions and power structures. I look at these areas in relation to the fields of architecture, choreography and art, all of which relate closely to the body.

MA Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art / Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag 2009- 2011
BA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam 2004–2009
Follo Fhsk, Dance Department, 2003–2004

Podium for observation
In collaboration with Laure van den Hout in commission for Stroom Den Haag, July 2010

they are interactive
part 2
A compilation of images put together for the exhibition 'shock control regression adaption', by Raurouw, 17July–20 August, 2010 at Program, initiative for art and architecture collaborations, Berlin.

mmhmm Issue 1 'Longing for Andrew', produced by The Researchers during the exhibition The Kick Off, 2010.

2011 Graduation show, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2011 The Researchers Present: Heavy on the Institution, KABK The Hague
2011 It's a pity he's ugly, otherwise I'd marry him, Royal Gallery, KABK The Hague
2010 Five Times Solo, Royal Gallery, KABK The Hague
2010 The Researchers present: The Kick Off! van Maanenkade, The Hague
2009 Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2008 Artwalk, Amsterdam
2008 Volkskrantgebouw, Amsterdam

Paper Cracks: a drawing collaboration with Zakia el Abodi
Nov. 2011–present

Studio at Goleb 2011-2012

Kajaconfetti: jewellery

Assistant curator Test Assembly Panorama Kijkduin, Stroom Den Haag, June 26–August 29, 2010

Collaboration project with diploma student architecture (Bergen School of Architecture) Ina Bakka Sem-Olsen, 2010, Nikel, Russia

Assistant PhDarts; organisation of symposium 'The Artist as Researcher', KABK Den Haag, 5 and 6 February 2010