Helmut Dick

Artist in Residence Helmut Dick – The Genius Loci and Other Invisible Forces 

Artist Helmut Dick is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Art in Education. As its Artist in Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year he is running the Genius Loci and Other Invisible Forces programme. 

Helmut Dick is heading The Genius Loci and Other Invisible Forces AIR programme at the Academy of Fine Art in Education for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year. From 2016 the academy will be housed in Grootlab,

the former Shell Technologies laboratory in North Amsterdam. In his role as AIR, Helmut Dick will take responsibility for embedding this relocation in an ambitious on-site educational project. Together with invited artists, experts and students Dick will explore a wide spectrum of opportunities for art beyond the studio walls, using unconventional ‘materials’ and social energy in this rapidly developing part of the city. The programme includes practical assignments for the new Art and Environment course, theoretical reflections (in collaboration with fellow tutor and philosopher Jappe Groenendijk), and activities open to the public.


August 31: Helmut Dick
September 7: Tilmann Meyer Faye
September 21: Filmvertoning Ausländer Raus van Christof Schlingensief
October 5: Mariëlle Videler
November 2: Wapke Feenstra
November 30: Matthias Schamp

January 11: Nils van Beek
February 26: Libia Castro & Olafur Ólafsson
April 18: Metahaven, Grootlab
May 20: Jeremiah Day
May 27: Stephen Wilson
June 10: Feestelijke projectpresentatie op locatie in Amsterdam Noord

See the 
AHK calender for more information.

about Helmut Dick

Helmut Dick was born in 1969 in Bonn, Germany. He studied at the Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. After graduating, he focused on making sculpture and performance work. In 2003 he was twice nominated for the Prix de Rome, and won its competition project award. Dick is a multidisciplinary artist active in the public space. He teaches and exhibits regularly in the Netherlands and internationally. He is fascinated by the way residents’ and artists’ ideas consciously or unconsciously impact on their living environments. Dick makes these effects perceptible or incorporates them in his work. 


The Artist in Residence (AIR) incentive programme works with the various faculties at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. The programme gives the faculties the opportunity to invite active artists into their educational environment to invigorate artistic processes at the school. The results of the AIR programme are shared with audiences inside and outside the school through ON AIR magazine. 


Student Willemijn Beth on her experiences with Helmut Dick and The Genius Loci project.

Helmut Dick: On urbanisation and the sublime
, by Saskia Monshouwer (ON AIR 2015-16)