About Transnatural

Transnatural develops projects and cultural programs in which artists and designers respond to the global developments and challenges of our time. The program is characterized by a rich new world in which humans, technology and nature collaborate and merge. Art and design take center stage in cross-pollination with technology and science. Pioneering ideas and works are at the heart of the program, driven by imagination, experimentation and innovation. In the last couple of years, we've been developing art and design in public space. The works are will be temporarily or (semi) permanently part of the urban environment and, in addition to their visual and aesthetic aspects, serve an ecologically supportive purpose.

Transnatural also manages a unique collection of art & design works representing the philosophy. Extraordinary material concepts, research and experimentation are often the starting point for the creators. This results in distinctive art and (custom) designs, serving a global network of clients.

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Brief History

Transnatural (st. Beyond Expression) was founded by Arjen Bangma in 2001 and focused on experimentation with image and sound in installations, (AV) performances and electronic music until 2008. Until then, the Versch festival served as a platform for young, emerging talent.

In 2009, the focus shifted to hybrid forms in which the symbiosis between humans, nature and technology is central. Since then, Transnatural has been connecting makers, thinkers, research institutions, cultural organizations and a diverse audience. In addition to art, diverse creative industry practices are featured, including speculative design, product design, social design, architecture, new media, science and life sciences.

Current, urgent themes are explored and presented to diverse audiences. Frequently, Transnatural joins forces with partners who take activities to another level in unusual locations. We create programs in collaboration with institutions such as the Eye film museum, Tolhuistuin, Zone2Source, Mediamatic, Dutch Design Week, Oerol, Into the Great Wide Open and Fiber festival. Internationally, we collaborated with, among others, the Centre d'innovation et de Design in Belgium (CID Grand-Hornu) and the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf. The collection works are part of the permanent museum collections of, for instance, the Shanghai museum of Glass, the MoMA and Cooper-Hewitt museum in New York.

After 10 years of being located on the Lijnbaansgracht, Transnatural moved to a larger space on the Jan van Galenstraat in Amsterdam-West in 2020. This location features a beautiful exhibition space in the heart of the Baarsjes district.

Warka Water by Arturo Vittori

Transnatural responds to global developments and challenges of our time

Future Remnants by Xandra van der Eijk


Visiting address:
(Beyond Expression Foundation)
Jan van Galenstraat 125 ground floor
1056 BL, Amsterdam

Postal address:
Postbus 59616
1040 LC Amsterdam

Telephone number: +31(0)20  7740862
Email: info@transnatural.org

Arjen Bangma - Director & curator
Roberta Colavecchio - Label / project manager
Janna Vink - programme manager & producer (internship)
Zella Ludolph - editorial & programme manager (internship)

Board members:
Mila Schlingemann
Lisa Linde
Jozef Heij
Maze de Boer

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