Jelger Kroese is an artist and software developer in the field of interactive media, sound and education. He has a profound interest in the emergent processes that compose ecosystems, social interactions and the mind. He investigates these processes by creating tangible abstractions in the form of sound, image and movement. Working with custom software and hardware, he combines these abstractions into playful, interactive works. Through using principles of spatial cognition, embodiment and playful learning, the works challenge the audience to form an understanding of the world on both a cognitive, emotional and physical level.
Jelger holds a bachelor in biology and graduated from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science with a master in Media Technology. He has exhibited his work at Het Hem chapter 2WO, Zaandam; NIME 2018, Virginia Tech, USA; Discovery Festival, Amsterdam; Eureka Festival, Amsterdam; Dutch Future Society annual event, Amsterdam; Midsummer Night festival, Leiden; OPEN festival, Leiden. His work Perturbation received best paper award, at ArtsIT 2018, in Braga, Portugal. Spatial CT Viewer received two gold Halo awards at VR Days Europe 2019, for Best Applied and Best University project.
Next to his practice, he works as a software developer and designer for Leiden University's Centre for Innovation, where he collaborates with scientists, teachers and students to explore how interactive media such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can be used to benefit education.