Carel fhm Kuitenbrouwer
Born 1953, lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in Champigneulle, France.
Graphic artist and artisan—in a broad sense, from typography and infographics to photography and videography.
Writer—journalism, criticism, poetry.
Husband to Ange Wieberdink, father of two adult children.
Speaks German and Spanish at beginner’s level, French proficiently and English almost fluently.
Autonomous Work and Projects in Commission
(in addition to part-time employment)
Eelste Meyma’s Crypt
Video images to accompany a work by Anke Brouwer for the medieval music ensemble Super Librum (2014).
Integral video, sound and some liner notes: Eelste Meyma’s Mausoleum.
Spatial and multimedia installation with live performances. Collaboration with Anke Brouwer, Ab Baars, David Eggert, Elise Lorraine and many others.
First public showing in WG Kunst, as part of ARTWEST, November 2015.
Documentation: Environ/Man 0.5 “aftermovie”.
Composition for choir, orchestra, soundscape and video.
Collaboration with Anke Brouwer, composer. Commissioned by Kamerfilharmonie De Aa, Groningen.
Première 7 and 8 November 2015, Leens and Groningen.
Documentation: Coloursoundsignal, The Video.
From Brooklyn to Berlin
Spatial and visual accompaniment to concert by Kaleidoskop Ensemble (Berlin) and Lee Ranaldo (Brooklyn).
Commissioned by Holland Festival and Kaleidoskop Ensemble.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 14 June 2013.
No documentation available as yet.
Spatial and visual accompaniment to Tehillim (Steve Reich, 1981). Collaboration with ASKO|Schönberg, Synergy Vocals, World Minimal Music Festival 2011.
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, April 2011.
My initiative was funded by the Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts (AFK).
Documentation in words and images: Tehillim Illuminated on Vimeo.
Sulphur, Wax & Sugar
Lights, sounds and live music spectacle to celebrate composer Louis Andriessen’s 70th birthday. Collaboration with composers Martijn Padding and Anke Brouwer, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, Holland Festival.
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, June 2009.
My initiative and concept was supported by AFK.
Documentation: Sulphur, Wax & Sugar on Vimeo.
Open Source Amsterdam
Open Air Art Manifestation in Amsterdam Bijlmer (9 May – 11 July 2009).
Author of print and online catalogue.
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
CoBra 60 years, The Colour of Liberty (13 September – 30 November 2008).
Exhibition texts about the lenders of paintings and sculptures.
Kikker & Co
Lettering for exhibition about puppet theatre.
Medisch Vandaag, Utrecht
Consultant in restyling of fortnightly tabloid magazine for the medical and paramedical sector.
Stichting Best Verzorgde Boeken, Amsterdam
Guest editor and author of catalogue for the Best Book Designs of 2001.
Two autonomous projects.
16-mm film with cellist Frances Marie UItti, based on the Sarabande in Cello Suite V by J. S. Bach.
(The Rep) Performance with electronics, live music and objects.
2000 – now
School of Journalism, Utrecht
Professor and researcher in visual journalism, infographics and data visualization.
Meulenhoff Educative Publishers, Amsterdam
Interim Chief Managing Designer for the Primary and Adult Education sections.
Malmberg Educative Publishers, Den Bosch
Head of the department of Secondary Education Materials.
Vormgevingsinstituut (design institute), Amsterdam
Programme Manager, 2D
Responsible for the programme of research and activities concerning graphic design, information and communication, ‘The Future Of Graphic Communication’.
Some of the projects I realized:
• Design Management Platform
Network of bureaus, companies, education and research.
- The Autumn of Graphic Design
Lecture series on graphic design in the information age.
- Design as Editing
Two-day Dutch-American symposium on the role and task of the designer in communication production.
- The Digitization of Design
International research programme into the consequences of the digitization of design professions.
- First the Building Blocks…
Discussions on the necessity for new impulses in the reflection on and study of graphic design.
- The Legible City
Professional symposium on design in municipal and regional government. Amsterdam and Helsinki.
- THE FLAT SPACE
Exhibition of Dutch design and illustrations for computer and television screens.
Hollandse Hoogte, photography and graphic design agency, Amsterdam
Senior Designer and co-author of reorganization plan.
Editor-In-Chief of the official organ of the professional organizations of graphic and industrial designers.
Many articles in the print media, such as the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the Dutch current affairs magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, Items, Industrieel Ontwerpen and Eye Magazine.
Commissioned articles for clients such as the Dutch Ministry of Culture & Welfare, Design Expertise, MLIS (Lyon), arc en rêve (Bordeaux), Uitgeverij 010 and the Vormgevingsinstituut.
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Professor of Graphic Design.
Independent Graphic Designer (BNO)
Clients in the social and cultural sectors, such as the Municipality of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Social Health Organisation for Greater Amsterdam, NGO for development aid NOVIB, Ekologiese Uitgeverij publishers, Nicaragua Komitee Nederland, Oost-Europa Verkenningen (magazine about Eastern Europe), Orchestra de Volharding, Amsterdam orchestra and choir ASKO, National Committee for the Prevention and Cure of Aids (NCAB) and Publishing House Van Gennep.
Design, production coordination and other tasks in small activist publishing house.
Education and Training
Institute of Teaching, VU University Amsterdam.
Course to obtain license as a professor in higher vocational education.
Postgraduate residency at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, faculty of Visual Communication. Projects on the relationship between image (light) and sound (music).
1972-1976 and 1981-1982
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, department of Applied Graphic Arts
Graduation projects: Magazine Oost-Europa Verkenningen, book 10 Jaar Volharding and (typo)graphic experiments. Thesis ‘All Design is Interpretation’.