Cocky Eek

Hoofdvakdocent ArtScience

Cocky Eek studied Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts and graduated in 1993 with a final collection ‘Fashion is so ugly you have to change it every half year’, she did her Master degree European Fashion and Textiles Design (FR/IT) in 1994. After her studies she realized several experimental wearable collections presented amongst Le Salon des Jeunes Stylistes in Hyeres (FR). Meanwhile she worked as a guest teacher (HKU, Rietveld Academy and Konstfack -Stockholm).

From 1999 - 2002 she worked with the designer Maria Blaisse, investigating form and material in relation to the moving body, resulting in the Kuma Guna series (nominated by the Dutch Design Award). Together they gave a number of master-classes (MA European Fashion & Textile Design, the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, and the Curtin University of Technology in Perth).

Since 2001, Cocky Eek has been an active member of FoAM (Brussels), a transdisciplinary organisation, guided by the motto "grow your own worlds". In close collaboration with scientists, and mediadesigners she did the spatial designs for responsive environments as Tgarden, TxOom and TRG (presentations include V2 and Ars Electronica 2001).

Since the millennium her work has been mainly revolving around lightweight spatial compositions and her favorite media have become wind and air. This resulted in floating or flying experiments or large, voluminous forms constructed to capture air. Her Human-Kite performances were shown at various festivals along coastal lines, such as the Oerol Festival (N)L and the International Kite Festival in Weifang in China. In 2003 she founded FoAM Amsterdam whose main focus for the last few years is the topic of human-plant relations. Boskoi, a project on urban foraging with mobile phones, sprouted from this area and received an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2011, and will be presented at ISEA 2012 in Albuquerque.