Miriam van Rijsingen studied Art History, Philosophy and Film and Theater Studies at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, and graduated with a thesis on Eva Hesse and French Philosophy in 1984. She was appointed at the University of Amsterdam in 1985 as a specialist in Feminist Art History in the inter-department for Feminist Studies in the Humanities (untill 1992) as well as the Department of Art History. She received her PhD in 1999 with her dissertation Melancholische spiegels - Voorstellingen van gebrek en verlangen, vrouwelijkheid en kunstenaarschap in het werk van Anselm Feuerbach. Since then she developed several specialities, notabaly in the field of Contemporary Art, Art&Science, New Materialism and Practice-based knowledge.
Miriam is a specialist in Feminist Art History, Historiography and Art Theory, Art&Science, Representation(al) Theory, New Materialism, Contemporary Artistic Strategies and New Media.
Miriam van Rijsingen was co-applicant and co-coordinator of the NWO research program New Representattional Spaces: Investigations into the interactions between and intersections of arts and genomics. The program ran from 2004 untill 2009 and consisted of two PhD projects, one senior project and a dissiminaton project which developed into The Arts & Genomics Center. It was a joint program of the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University.
As the senior researcher she developed the synthesizing project Signification and Experiment in Art and Genomics (now reworked into Art and Bioscience). Currently the results of this research are reworked into a book with the working title: What is the Matter in ArtScience?
For further info see website TAGC, pdf of the program and the tabs Publications as well as Lectures and Conferences
Together with Laura van Grinsven (ArtEZ) Miriam van Rijsingen developed a research project on Gift-Giving. This project investigates the possibilities of theory-practice collaborations in the arts, aims at building new non-economic spaces for exchange within the arts, and considers a critique on art institutions and the art market. it departs from a philosophy of care. The project is funded by the Mondriaan Stichting from june 2022 untill june 2023. It will see to the buiding of an online environment for gift-giving, an archive on gift-giving in art theory and art practices, and collaborative events.
The project description will be available soon.