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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) Center for Medical Humanities

Soetkin Verstegen


Brussel based Soetkin Verstegen (*1982) is an animated filmmaker with a handmade practice and a focus on documentary.

Based on her interdisciplinary research she developes short animated films layered with different techniques, experiments and found footage. She studied Audiovisual Arts in Brussels and Cultural Studies in Leuven. Previously she was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany and artist-inresidence at Saari residency in Finland as well as at the AniDox:Residency in Denmark.

In previous films Soetkin Verstegen used the decaying qualities of image carriers as a poetic metaphor for an altered perception of the past. In regard of the artists-in-labs residency "The Persistence of Memory - Dementia and Digital Aid Tools for Decision-Making", that is about to start by November 2019 for a period of six months, she is interested in the connection between materiality and the intangible, for example if something as undefined as human interaction could delay the physical deterioration of the brain. Medical imaging, pictures and digital tools are used in treating dementia. The artist will be looking at how this digitization can aid, alter or regress memory, and how the images created in the process decay and outlive the human body.

Soetkin Verstegen's application was selected by a jury of experts from the artistic and curatorial practice amongst many applications from all over the world. She will be exchanging ideas, methods and knowledge with researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine IBME and the Institute for Regenerative Medicine IREM (both University of Zurich) for a 6-months period.

The artists-in-labs Residency "The Persistence of Memory - Dementia and Digital Aid Tools for Decision-Making" is supported by the Velux Stiftung.