Music, visual art and new media

The Bifrons Foundation initiates multidisciplinary projects. We are looking for an intermediary switch between music, visual art and new media. The 'bifrons space' is a virtual in-between space where worlds collapse and new connections are set up, which may lead to other disciplines and cultural movements.

The Bifrons office is in Amsterdam (NL), but every project is related to a fresh international web of links between musicians, artists, composers, curators, writers and critics, among different audiences, cutting edge exhibition spaces, performance venues and museums



Thora Johansen

Born in Reykjavik 1949

1969 Piano certificate Music Academy Reykjavik
1979 Harpsichord certificate Music Academy Groningen
1981 Sonologisch Instituut Utrecht

Founder of the following ensembles:
1. 1980 - 1985 Duo Wim Hoogewerf guitar/Thora Johansen harpsichord/synthesizer
2. 1984 - 1986 Duo Johan Donker Kaat horn/Thora Johansen klavecimbel/synthesizer
3. 1986 - 1989 Duo Maarten van der Valk percussion/Thora Johansen harpsichord
4. 1989 – 2003 Bifrons Ensemble: Eric Calmes bass/Johan Faber percussion/Michiel van Dijk sax/ Jannie Pranger mezzosopran/Thora Johansen harpsichord/synthesizer
5. 1992 - 2002 CembaliPlus: Annelie de Man/Thora Johansen harpsichordl/Patricio Wang guitar,bassguitar

1975 - 1980 teacher piano/harpsichord Musicschool Beverwijk
1977 - 1981 teacher harpsichord CREA, University of Amsterdam
1978 - 2001 teacher piano/harpsichord Utrecht Center for the Arts
1998 – present, founder and director of the Bifrons Foundation Amsterdam




Ellen de Bruijne

Ellen de Bruijne
Born in Rotterdam 22-11-1958
drs. Art History at the University of Amsterdam, 1989

Initiator with Foundation IZA, International Support for the Arts, of the curatorial program
Close Connections. This program took place in 2005 and 2006.

Gallery owner of Ellen de Bruijne Projects, since October 1999.

Curator and co-organizer of the project “Loud & Clear & TOO” of the Bifrons Foundation Amsterdam, 2002-2005. Premiere 2002 in Gateshead.

Supporting the international program of curator Radek Vana in the House of Art in Brno 2003.

Curator and co-oranizer of the project “FLASH” for the Bifrons foundation, a multimedia project of composers and artists on 9 DVDs. Premiere 15 September 1999.

Co-organizer of the following projects:

“Panorama 2000” in the city of Utrecht for Centraal Museum Utrecht. Opening June 1999.

“(NO) VACANCIES”, Museum Vantaa, Helsinki, 1997.

“Framed Area” twelve artist/photographers in public space of Haarlemmermeer, 1995/97.

“(NO) VACANCIES”, Arti et Amicitiae, Gallery Lumen Travo and Apunto Amsterdam, 1995

“Kalkhaven NL Dordrecht" in assignment of the CBK Dordrecht. 1993

“Thomas Huber, Die Bank, eine Wertvorstellung”, Centraal Museum 1992. Travelling exhibition Utrecht, Kunstverein Hanover, Kunstmuseum Zürich 1992/93

“Nachtregels/Night Lines” in the city of Utrecht, in collaboration with Sjarel Ex, Nicolette Gast, Paul Kamp and Robert-Jan Muller.

“Words without thoughts never to heaven go”, Centraal Museum Utrecht. In collaboration with Marja Bosma. Production of catalogue with the same name. 1990/91



Jasper van Hulst

Jasper van Hulst (1963) is partner at Höcker Advocaten, a medium-sized law firm in Amsterdam. Jasper is chairman of the employment law division and represents among others airline companies, international tour operators, publishers and advertising agencies. Before becoming a lawyer Jasper was involved in many national and international theater projects both as a technician and as a producer. Outside his work (and on his way to work) Jasper is passionate sportsman. He lives in Haarlem with his wife and two children.





Machiel Papousek

Machiel Papousek is Executive Director of ABN AMRO Capital, the private equity branch of ABN AMRO Bank. With his team he is responsible for all investments in the media and telecom sectors in Europe. He is a non-executive board member of various companies. Before ABN AMRO Capital, he held various positions at ABN AMRO’s investment bank. Outside his work, he is involved in the supervision of the Bifrons Foundation and the Kamitei Foundation, active in development aid. Machiel holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Groningen, is married and has three children.






Juut van Waveren

Judith van Waveren, boardmember of Bifrons,is director of a non-profit fundraising Foundation: Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument ( S.E.M.).
In this function she raises money to enable young professional musicians to buy a good instrument, and advises them as well in their career as in their studydirection.
She worked in this field for many years, first as an adviser/coordinator for a Musicians Syndicate called Koninklijke Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars-Vereniging ( Royal Dutch Musicians Union) and since l999 in the above mentioned foundation " S.E.M.", after a three year interlude as an external adviser for Stichting Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, a governement subsidized foundation of performing arts.
She is boardmember of the Stichting Caroline Kaart, a Foundation that supports young singers in their career.
The Caroline Kaart Prize is a grant, allowed every two years to the best demifinalist of the I.V.C., Dutch International Vocalist's Competition 's Hertogenbosch.
For her work in the cultural professional sector she has been knighted by Her Majesty The Queen.
Van Waveren lives in the town of Haarlem, her family, children and grandchildren live in Holland as well.



Kees van Gelder

Geboren in Heemstede 1949
1973 - 1977 Grafische M.T.S. Amsterdam
1977 - 1984 Universiteit van Amsterdam/Centrale Interfaculteit/Filosofie
1984 - heden, essays in kunsttijdschriften en monografiën
1984 - 1991 Externe deskundige Kunstzaken Gemeente Amsterdam
1985 - 1989 Adviseur Ministerie van OC & W, Den Haag
1985 - heden, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
1985 - heden, oprichter The Bifrons Publisher, Amsterdam
1989 - 1994 Adviseur Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
1995 - 1996 kunstenaarsmagazine AP
2007 - heden, mede-oprichter kunstenaarsmagazine CUT






Erik Kessels

Born: 1966
Education: St. Lucas, Boxtel


1996 establishment KesselsKramer, Amsterdam
1995 GGT, London
1994 Chiat/Day, London
1991-1993 Lowe, Kuiper & Schouten, Amsterdam
1986-1991 Ogilvy & Mather, Eindhoven/Amsterdam

Erik Kessels is Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam.

Kessels is a photography collector and has published several books of his 'collected' images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), in almost every picture (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006) and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. For BON International and iM (Identity Matters) Kessels has made editorials on a regular basis. He has taught communication at the Hallo Academy Amsterdam and photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Willem de Kooning Academy.

2006 Exhibition Spooky – the dark side of light at Het Gebouw, Leidsche Rijn-Utrecht, The Netherlands with the photography series in almost every picture # 3

2006 Exhibition KK Outlet, 10 years work on show at Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006 Exhibition CLINIC with the photography series Useful Photography Medical during Septembre de la Photographie in Lyon and during Nuit Blanche Paris

2006 Exhibition of the photography series Models at Goethe Institut Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006 Curator of the exhibition Loving Your Pictures at Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands

2006 Exhibition Found, Shared: The Magazine Photowork with the photography series Useful Photography at CUBE Gallery, Manchester

2006 DVD Art project Loud & Clear Too in cooperation with Candice Breitz and Alex Fahl. Exhibited at Ludwig Museum Cologne

2005 Curator of exhibition and editor of publication Magnum Sees Piemonte, Photography Forum International, Frankfurt am Main

2005 Exhibition of the photography series Useful Photography # 5 at Foto Antwerpen 2005 (Photo Festival Antwerp, Belgium)

2005 Contribution to Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France with projection of the photography series Useful Photography

2005 Development of an additional 30 short films in cooperation with a large group of artists for the VPRO children program Kijkers

2005 Curator of the exhibition Confrontation at Foam (Photography Museum Amsterdam)

2004 Curator of the exhibition Confrontation Histoire(s) Parallèlle(s)
at Institut Néerlandais, Paris

2004 Exhibition Mediterranean: Between Reality and Utopia at The Photographers’ Gallery, London with the photography series in almost every picture # 1

2004 Exhibition in almost every picture # 2 at Dutch Photo Museum Rotterdam

2004 Editor of the publication 10 years World Press Joop Swart Master class

2004 Development of 30 short films in cooperation with a large group of artists for the VPRO children program Kijkers

2003 Exhibition of the photography series Wonder at Photo Festival Naarden

2003 Exhibition Remind (Paul Bogaers, Hans Eijkelboom, Erik Fens, Erik Kessels and Paul Kooiker) at Breda Photo with the photography series Strangers in my photo album

2003 Exhibition of the photography series Useful Photography at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France

2002 DVD Art project Loud & Clear in cooperation with Marlene Dumas and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús, Institut Néerlandais Paris and at Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art Malmö

2002 Exhibition of the photography series in almost every picture # 1 at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France

2002 Exhibition of photography series in almost every picture # 1 at RAS Gallery, Barcelona

2001 Exhibition Useful Photography #001 at Dutch Photography Museum Rotterdam

2001 Curator of the opening exhibition Dutchdelight at Foam (Photography Museum Amsterdam)

1999 Exhibition The Instant Men at Artbook, Amsterdam