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Hi, I'm Jelger. I combine teaching, design and practiced-based research in the fields of ecology, psychology and media technology. My practice is transdisciplinary and collective. I create and participate in sound works and group experiences as a means of learning and investigation. And I work with researchers, educators and public organizations to setup initiatives that promote inner development and help people live more purposeful and sustainable lives. 

I'm currently working on Listening Towards an Ecological Self, a research project and interactive installation in collaboration with Hanneke Scholten (Twente University) and Thomas van Rompay (Twente University). The project explores the relation between sound environments, ecological awareness, emotion and psychological wellbeing, using a custom spatial sound installation.

I'm part of the collective Shock Forest Group, recently working on Cosmic Radio.

Besides my practice, I'm teacher transdisciplinary education at University of Amsterdam's Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. I run the course and coach teams of MSc students working on just sustainability and health transitions, in collaboration with partner organizations. Projects I'm currently supervising:

  • Mapping and improving the outdoor acoustic ecology of Amsterdam Science Park for the benefit of human and other life on campus, in collaboration with Waag Amsterdam and ARISE, Naturalis.

  • Supporting Anatta Foundation increase impact with their non-profit youth well-being app, part of the Positive Mental Health EU Erasmus+ project.

  • Reducing light pollution in Amsterdam, in collaboration with Municipality of Amsterdam.


Apr 2023: talk at Media Technology Msc, Leiden University, titled: "Emergence and relationality between humans, technology and environment".

Apr 2023: exhibition with Shock Forest Group at STRP festival: The Art of Listening.

Apr 2023: talk with Shock Forest Group at Van Abbemuseum, hosted by Charles Esche.

Apr 2023: giving a workshop on play, moral imagination and hope in times of climate change, together with Hanneke Scholten (Twente University) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Apr 2023: residency with Shock Forest Group in Eindhoven: Cosmic Radio.

Okt 2022: started a 2-month residency at Medley Berlin, where I am working on the project Listening Towards an Ecological Self.

July 2022: an essay by Shock Forest Group entitled "This Forest Was Built To Be Bombed", is featured on a new digital exhibition and research project curated by Xenia Benivolski for e-flux entitled "You Can’t Trust Music".

May 2022: demoing a work-in-progress of "Seeds Untold" at Experimental Zone Festival by Sovereign Nature Initiative and De Ceuvel.

March 2022: workshop at Mozilla Festival's Neurodiverse Wellbeing space.

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