Media & Communications

tuminasDaria Tuminas, M.A.  

Coordinator for Media Communications department

Specialization: Photography

Bio: Daria Tuminas is a curator and a freelance researcher and photographer. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from Leiden University’s MA program Film and Photographic Studies, with a thesis questioning narrative in photography. From 2012-2014, she co-organized the yearly program, 'Dutch Photography Experience,' which included a series of educational events in St. Petersburg as well as an exhibition on the Dutch photobooks 'Undercover' at the Museum of Contemporary art. The show got a silver prize at the European Design Award. In 2014 Daria continued with her next photobook project, 'Reading a Photobook,' which took place at the Gallery of Printing in St. Petersburg and consisted of an exhibition, an educational program, and a competition on photobook review writing. Tuminas’s photography project ‘Ivan and the Moon’ received a number of awards (1st prize, Surrau Photo Win; 1st prize, Lucie Foundation; 1st prize, Viewbook Photostory Competition, etc.) and was exhibited worldwide (Festival Photoquai, Paris; FotoFest, Houston; Getty Images Gallery, London; Screenings of Festival Voies Off Arles; Fotofestiwal, Łódź; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, etc.).

Daria worked at Johan Deumens Gallery (Amsterdam) for three years until February 2017, and is currently the Head of Unseen Book Market and Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam. Daria also occasionally writes about photography for several media.



anstissPaul Anstiss, B.A.

Specialization: Media Ethics

Bio: Paul Anstiss has worked as a broadcast news journalist for more than 25 years. He was a television reporter and news reader for the BBC (Breakfast News, BBC News Channel, and BBC World Television) and for the ITV commercial network in the United Kingdom. Paul also worked for five years as a senior producer, reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. During the course of his career, Paul has travelled extensively on assignments throughout the world and covered a wide range of stories including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, G7 summits, conflicts in Somalia and Bosnia, and climate change in Antarctica. Today, in addition to his work as a lecturer in journalism, media literacy and media ethics, Paul writes for companies such as Shell, AEGON, and Amsterdam Marketing. He coaches politicians and company executives in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on their media and presentation strategies.


bastajianTina Bastajian, M.A.

Specialization: Media & Film

Bio: Tina Bastajian is a film/new media artist, researcher, and curator, born in Los Angeles and raised as a filmmaker in San Francisco. Intrinsic to her single-channel and installation work within experimental and diasporan film are themes of the identity, erasure, dislocation, the archive, and translation. Bastajian has exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, museums, and symposia, including: San Francisco International Film Festival; IDFA; CinemaEast NYC; Micronomics Festival, Brussels; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Museum of Flying, Los Angeles, Hrant Dink Memorial Symposium-Sabanci University, Istanbul and De Filmhuis, Den Haag. In Spring 2013, she was invited as a guest lecturer to Concordia University Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling to present her interactive documentary, Coffee Deposits: Topologies of Chance.

Additionally Bastajian has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has been a visiting faculty member at the Dutch Art Institute, and as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, The Autonomy Summer School, Arnhem, UCLA-University of California, and the Vrije Universiteit.

She obtained her Master's from the University of Amsterdam (Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image) and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Film studies/Production at San Francisco State University.



loughlinJohn Loughlin, M.F.A.

Specialization: Video production

Bio: John Loughlin holds an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Directing, and was also a Cinematography fellow there. He has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies and Biology from the University of Michigan. His production work has been primarily as a cinematographer (DP) or as support for the DP. He has shot, gaffed, key gripped, and camera operated for award-winning shorts, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and features. His previous work in education has been primarily as the founding chair of cinematography, a year-long master’s-level program at New York Film Academy. He currently operates Amsterdam Cinematography Lab, guest lectures at AUC, shoots, consults, edits, and colors.


uivelMatthijs Uivel, M.A.

With an extensive background in photography―and visual arts―Matthijs (Matt) Uivel is a keen communicator, writer, art critic, and curator. He holds a Master’s degree in (Photographic) Fine Art and primarily works with analog photography techniques. Matt is also an experienced lecturer, focusing both on technical execution of concepts and creating an engaging context for visual media. From his Amsterdam based studio in the Netherlands, he currently works with some of the most well-known names in the music business. In addition, he has run a gallery, published books, and collaborated with various artists from all over the world.


waltzMitzi Waltz, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitzi Waltz has a professional and academic background in media and cultural studies, with a specialization in Autism Studies.After completing her BA in Journalism at San Francisco State University, she worked as an editor for MacWEEK magazine and later, as a freelance journalist and author. She completed her PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, with a focus on Disability Studies. At Sunderland, she taught Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies from 2002-2007, and founded the university’s successful MA Magazine Journalism program. In 2007 she started managing the campus-based Autism Studies program at the University of Birmingham. She also contributed to several key research projects (e.g., the Autism Education Trust report on the state of autism education in England, and the Inclusion Development Programmes for autism released by the UK Department of Children, Schools and Families in 2009). From 2012, she headed the MA Autism Studies program at Sheffield Hallam University. Since returning to the Netherlands in 2013, she has worked as an adjunct lecturer with Sheffield Hallam’s distance learning program, as a Senior Researcher at the Hogeschool van Rotterdam and Disability Studies in Nederland, and as a freelance journalist.


 Picture Carlos RoosCarlos Roos, M.A.

 Specialization: Philosophy 

 Bio: Carlos Roos is a scholar in the fields of art theory and communication studies, as well as a practicing artist with international experience in studio and stage projects. He holds a B.A. in Art from Universidad Central de  Venezuela  (VE)  and  an  M.A.  in  Philosophy  of  Art  from  Leiden  University  (NL). His current  doctoral research (Leiden University and UGent) revolves around critical theory, metaphysics, and aesthetics. Roos is the editorial assistant of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, and a member  of  the  following  scholarly  associations:  European  Communication  Research  and  Education Association (ECREA), European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS).


tacobakker Taco Hidde Bakker, M.A.

 Specialization: Art writing and translation

 Bio: Taco Hidde Bakker is a writer, translator and researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In   2007, he completed a Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the crossroads of photography theory and visual anthropology. Subsequently, he worked as researcher and writer on the large-scale documentary project, ‘The Last Days of Shishmaref,’ with Paradox and photographer Dana Lixenberg. His writings about art and photography have been widely published in magazines, including Camera Austria International, Foam Magazine, EXTRA, British Journal of Photography, and The PhotoBook Review, and also in catalogues and artist’s books. 

His first volume of essays, ‘The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain’, is forthcoming from Fw:Books in 2018.


nat Natalie Dixon, Ph.D. candidate

 Specialization: Digital Media  

 Bio: Natalie Dixon is a media thinker and researcher. She is the co-founder of Affect Lab, an Amsterdam-based research studio that examines people’s relationships with technology. Dixon’s research focuses on the use of mobile phones within marginalized and vulnerable communities. Hailing from a journalism and publishing background Dixon has worked for a decade as a writer, editor and publisher for international publications and clients including ELLENational Geographic Traveller, Marie Claire, Mail&Guardian, TimeOut, SL, HYPE, seventeen and Real Simple. Dixon is in the final stage of completing her doctorate at the Media and Communications department, Goldsmiths College. Her thesis examines people’s attachment to their mobile phone using narrative, sensory and affective methods. Dixon's latest publication is titled ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group’ (2018) in Open Cultural Studies.


fotoheidiHeidi Vogels, B.F.A.

 Specialization: Visual arts and film

 Bio: Heidi Vogels is an artist, filmmaker and organizer based in Amsterdam. In her artistic work, she applies photography, film and other forms of research to create multi-layered stories exploring the interstices of different sets of the visible within the social and cultural context of the local. For several years, she has been developing a film about the space of the garden in the medina of Fez, investigating new lines of research regarding the oases in the Sahel region, Morocco. In response to the shifting domains of visual arts and documentary film, she co-developed Cracking the Frame Presents: a recurrent program of film screenings, talks and events in cinema and art spaces in Amsterdam. Furthermore, she is part of the artistic team working on the development of Bureau Postjesweg, a new art space in Amsterdam New West, and she is an advisor for the international artist-in-residence platform, at DutchCulture. Heidi Vogels obtained her B.F.A at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2000 in Amsterdam and developed research-based work in the Netherlands, Berlin, Barcelona, Seoul and Fez. Her work was recently presented at Quartair in The Hague, le18 in Marrakech, and Jut Art Museum in Taiwan.


nadinekuipers Nadine Kuipers, B.A.

 Specialization: Directing documentary

  Bio: Director Nadine Kuipers graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2007. She made "Mothers Finest" (2007) and "Ex-Mother ""(2010), both about her complicated relationship with her drug-addicted mother. In "Kiev-Paris, The Next Model", Kuipers juxtapose her own memories with the lives of young ambitious girls from Eastern Europe in the fashion world. "The Man Who Can"(2011) is about eleven-year-old Malik, a special boy with Downs syndrome who moves to Senegal. Recently Kuipers has been working on another documentary on this same boy, who, as an adult, needs to find his way in the hard world surrounding him.