About

artist, cross media maker, writer and philosopher

Prosper de Roos makes, writes and thinks. He works with audio, video, photo and text. Many different works start with a philosophical perspective, playfully challenge the theater of the mind. Like the radio essay North in which the listener embarks on a semi-imaginary trip from the south to the north. The essay examines what the North actually be signifies to different people. The documentary film Calling E.T. is philosophical thought experiment on extra-terrestrial life; what if we make contact with our galactic neighbours? Should (or can) we speak as one world? The film explorers how to speak to total strangers.

Recurring theme in his work is the relationship between human beings and their surroundings. The tension between inside-outside, between the often comfortable theater of the mind and that which resides outside us. Where does the individual ends and the world begins? How do different things interact with conceptions of the self, identity, politics, economics and beliefs. Regular used motifs are thought experiments, shifting or parallel realities and travel logs. Interests are phenomena like holes, voids, shadows, winds and flood marks.

His works screened at networks, cinemas, festivals, galleries, on tv, radio, podcast and internet. Such places as Best of IDFA on tour, SXSW, Porto Bello London and Raindance, Prix Europa. His credits include documentaries for the much acclaimed Dutch Public radio shows Plots and the 1 minutes. And hybrid radio plays for Woord.nl

Education

  • University of Amsterdam (UVA), MA Philosophy, specialties: Foucault, ordoliberalism, agency-structure, idea history, nothingness.
  • Proficiency in English certificate CEFR C2, (Cambridge English Language Assessment).
  • Academy of fine arts (AKV) St. Joost, audio-visual, Breda, the Netherlands.
  • School for Photography (KABK), documentary photography, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Nominated for Prix Europa in 2016 & 2015 with radio-essay North (NPO radio doc) and the radio play Föhnkrankheit. Zilveren Reissmicrofoon (Nipkow) and a Jan Kassies Stimuleringsprijs 2013 with the radioshow VPRO Plots. In 2009 his first long documentary film Calling E.T. screened at SXSW, TopTen Cologne international Film & Television Conference and at the Best of IDFA on tour. In 2002 the short doc A night with Michael was awarded a Golden Olive.

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