Blog - Arty Farty Life


Arty Farty Life is my personal blog and vlog which I initiated in 2015, in which I write about my passion for sustainable, innovative and social projects. With this blog, I want to contribute to the increasing awareness we now see in the world with regard to sustainability and alternative ways of living.

Arty Farty Life is mijn persoonlijke blog en vlog die ik in 2015 begonnen ben. Hier schrijf ik over mijn passies van duurzaamheid, innovatie en social-maatschappelijke projecten. Met deze blog wil ik bijdragen aan het rijzende bewustzijn als het gaat over duurzaamheid en alternatieve manieren van leven.

Copywriting and foodphotography:




Onbegrensd Mens

‘’Jessica plays with the expectations of her viewers in her art, in which those same viewers sometimes becomes the participants in her performances and theatrical presentations themselves, in which she continuously poses questions regarding our self-awareness, in a variety of ways. How well do we know ourselves and are we aware of the things that might hold us back in becoming more self aware?

Through comparing western and non-western philosophy on consciousness and the art of living, she strives to explain in a comprehensible way, how the philosophy from the old metaphysical thinking, transgressed up to the ontology philosophy of Heidegger. She describes in ‘’Onbegrensd Mens’’ a historical expansion of (self)awareness of the human kind, in which this rise has always been paradoxal through the fact that the ‘’self’’ can not think objectively, for it is also the constructor of limiting conditions preceding it’s self reflection. Also, the self can’t isolate it’s self reflections from the influences of other people and society. She illustrates these principles through various examples of artists who share these same insights. This way, she also places herself as an artist and as a human being in the context of the contemporary Zeitgeist.’’

 - Exam Committy Willem de Kooning academy (translation of the original Dutch text)




A Map to a World Called Performance Art

‘’Performance art alas has not yet obtained the attention within art educational programs it deserves. With the result that many (young) artists still don’t find it evident to become performance artists. And that’s a shame, because there seems to be a growing appreciation and attention from outside the art world to explore performance arts again, and because there is still much demand for artistic research and a more profound discourse on this subject. That is what I want to contribute to and stimulate by publishing this book.

Driven by her passion for performance arts, Jessica van Deursen decided, after graduating from art school (Willem de Kooning academy), to continue her education at the conservatory Codarts in Rotterdam for a masters degree, in order to explore her possibilities as an artist with regard to performance art. Here she wrote this Artistic Research, in which she focusses on (young) artists as her audience, and aims to provide them with a comprehensible introduction to the discipline of performance art.

This book can be ordered here

Pages: 90
Size: a5
ISBN code: 5800109613317
independent publication
1st print: October 2014
Cover and design by: Jessica van Deursen