To Dream, to Collect


Marjolijn Dijkman

1978 Netherlands

7 Works exhibited

Current location

Drogenbos, Belgium and Saint Mihiel, France

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Marjolijn Dijkman is a visual artist based between Drogenbos, Belgium and Saint Mihiel, France. Dijkman works in site-specific sculpture, video, photography, and participatory projects, exploring perception and human experience through the lenses of cultural and scientific production. Informed by research and collaboration, her work opens up categories of thought – geography, ecology, museology, cosmology – through fictionalization and humour. Her artworks can be seen as a form of science-fiction or speculative abstraction, combining different temporalities and geographies to form unconventional collective narratives

Dijkman has exhibited internationally including at Artefact 2017, Belgium; ICA, UK; Spike Island, UK; IKON Gallery, UK; Berkeley Art Museum, US; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico; Tallinn Photomonth 2015, Spain; Mercosul Biennial, Brazil: and Sharjah Biennial 8, UAE. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Art Monthly, Aesthetica, Frieze, Modern Painters and Metropolis M.

My practice addresses the human desire for knowledge, often focusing on the points where culture intersects with other fields of enquiry, combining speculation with science to consider the past, as well as possible futures. The works themselves can be seen as a form of science-fiction; partly based on facts and research but often brought into the realm of fiction, abstraction and speculation. 

Within my works I often problematise our reliance on institutionalised systems in order to assert the politics of assumed knowledge. The works often propose alternate knowledge systems through their entanglement of different temporalities and geographies, as well as by involving myriad voices.

Informed by research and interdisciplinary collaborations, my working method interweaves and investigates collective narratives in relation to the commons, broadly construed. For the past decade I have realised projects on various types of knowledge production including history museums, fields of scientific enquiry and forms of collective imagination. 

Ranging from photographic archives and films, to installations and sculptural works, my practice has concerned itself with fields like futurology, museology, anthropology, cosmology and ecology.


Breda Photo 2020, Breda, NL
Earthing Discharge, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati, USA

Liquid Properties, solo with Toril Johannessen, OSL Contemporary, Oslo, NO
Reclaiming Vision, solo with Toril Johannessen, HIAP & Helsinki Festival, Helsinki, FI
Navigating Polarities, collaboration with Toril Johannessen, NOME, Berlin, DE
Reclaiming Vision, collaboration with Toril Johannessen, Entrée, Bergen, NO
Liquid Properties, collaboration with Toril Johannessen, Munch Museum, Oslo, NO
LUNÄ, BOZAR (Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux-Arts), Brussels, BE
That What Makes Us Human, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
LUNÄ, ASTRON (Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy) with LAC, Dwingeloo, NL
LUNÄ, Drents Museum / Land Art Contemporary (LAC), Assen, NL
In Our Hands, Rundum, Tallinna Fotokuu Bienniale 2015, Tallinn, EE
LUNÄ, Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, NL
Cultivating Probability, Greylight Projects, Brussels, BE
LUNÄ - Uncertainty Scenarios, Fig. 2, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, West Space, Melbourne, AU
History Rising - On The Enclosure of Time, Wisbech Museum, Wisbech, UK
History Rising - The Grand Release, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Geography is a Flavour, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, NL
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, MATRIX 234, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, US
Park-Platz, Public Art Project, Breda, NL
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Comma 02, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
Wandering through the Future, Architecture Foundation, London, UK
Wandering through the Future, Bastard, Stockholm, SE
Wandering through the Future, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Marnehuizen (NL), Sub-Urban, Rotterdam, NL
Marnehuizen (NL), Center for Visual Arts, Rotterdam, NL

Rave Nature, Marres, Maastricht, NL
Tunnel, Sign Gallery, Groningen, NL
Patrimonium, Optrek, The Hague, NL
Refuse Dump, Nomads in Residence, Beyond, Utrecht, NL
Storage, Blonkpanden, Centre for Visual Arts, Leiden, NL



Spoiled Waters Spilled, Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta Biennale 13, Marseille, FR
HÖHENRAUSCH - Like in Paradise, Linz, AT
Sounds of Silence Festival, Reclaiming Vision, The Hague, NL
On-Trade-Off: Le Contreparti, Centre Culturel Jean Cocteau, Paris, FR
Reset, Art Souterrain Festival 2020, Montreal, CA
Sonic Acts 2020, Amsterdam, NL
Polarities - Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological, MU, Eindhoven, NL
The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Spoiled Waters Spilled, MMAG Foundation, Amman, JO
I See That I See What You Don't See, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
ON-TRADE-OFF: The Weight of Wonders, Cargo in Context & De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL
Future Genealogies, Tales From The Equatorial Line, 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, DRC

15th Meridian International Music Festival, Bucharest, RO
Polarities - Psychology and Politics of Being Ecological, MU, Eindhoven, NL
Ecology - lost, found, continued, 4th Screen City Biennale (SCB 2019), Stavanger, NO
Reclaiming Vision, CCRMA, Stanford University, US
Screening ‘Prospect of Interception', Greylight Projects, Brussels, BE
I See That I See What You Don't See, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Uncommon Nature, Satellite, Blindside, Melbourne, AU
Under-Water, Platform Green, Caraglio, Piemonte, IT
Coltan as Cotton, 9th Contour Biennale, Mechelen, BE
Postcentral, curated by Navine G. Khan Dossos, NOME, Berlin, DE
The Overview Effect, Tendencies ’19, BOZAR, Brussels, BE
Kanssaelo / Being(s)-with, 1st Fiskars Biennale, Fiskars, FI
E.S.P.: Visual Fields, Filip and Cineworks, Cinemateque, Vancouver, CA
The Future Stands Still But We Move In Infinite Space, OSL Contemporary, Oslo NO
Parallel Crossings, ARTEFACT 2019, STUK, Leuven, BE
Post-Water, Platform Green, National Mountain Museum, Torino, IT
Why Listen to Plants?, Liquid Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, AU
Time within Time, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE
Spectral Exchange, three day screening, TABAKALERA, San Sebastián, ES
Magic and Rituals, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, DE
Seeing without a Seer, Radical Reversibility, Amsterdam, NL
Eurasian Steps, curated by Binna Choi and Mi You, Mediacity Biennale, Seoul, KR
The End is Where We Start From, Balzer projects, Basel, CH
Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement, 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, AU
The Rhythms of the Night, openspace, Nancy, FR
Radiant Matter, duo show w/ Maarten Vanden Eynde, Zone to Source, Amsterdam, NL
Bodily Attempts at Social Sculpting, 17th Performatik Biennale, Brussels, BE
Working for the Commons, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht, NL
L’aspirateur, Contemporary Art Space Narbonne, Narbonne, FR
The Act of Magic, ARTEFACT 2017, STUK, Leuven, BE
Why Not Ask Again?, curated by Raqs Media Collective, 11th Shanghai Bienniale, CN
We are the Epicenter..., P! Gallery, New York, US
We are the Center..., Hessel Museum, Annandale-On-Hudson, US
Antenna Futura, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, AT
Wanderlust, Frans Hals Museum - De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, NL
Third Nature, Hessel Museum / CCS BARD, Annandale-On-Hudson, US
AFO 2016, Academia Film Olomouc, Olomouc, CZ
What’s Next: Picture Tomorrow, 38CC, Delft, NL
Art Belongs to Those Who See It, 8th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo, NO
Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal, De Meelfabriek, Leiden, NL
In One Way or Another, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, PT
Performing Objects, Enough Room for Space at Brussels Art Days, BE
Fact And Fiction, Lenbachhaus Kunstmuseum, Munich, DE
Back To The Trees, Saline Royale, Arc et Senans, FR
Cabinet Vertigo, Felix Art Museum, Drogenbos, BE
Out There #2, Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam, NL
About Town, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Out There #1, View Master, Maastricht, NL
Teatro Del Mundo, Museo Tamayo Art Contemporáneo, Mexico City, MX
Justifiable Versions of Events, ACUD Studio, Berlin, DE
Marnehuizen, multiple screenings, Center for Visual Arts, Rotterdam, NL
Constructed Sceneries, screening, SMBA, Amsterdam, NL
I Could Have Lived Here, Museum M, Leuven, BE
Ja Natuurlijk, GEM, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Notes on a New Nature, Arti et Amiciae, Amsterdam, NL

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