Pavèl van Houten


Pavel van Houten explaining the contents f the dust he collects - Anisa Xhomaqi

Pavèl van Houten is a visual artist with a great interest in the mystique of scientific research. In his projects, he studies methods with which people make the world logical or meaningful. According to Van Houten, it is the connections we make with things and between each other that make our existence and our contacts interesting and meaningful. For example, he toured the Netherlands with the Worthless Shop, a shop where visitors could sell objects that had completely lost their function, and he founded Data Tours, a city walk that reflected on things that we normally overlook. He has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Mediamatic, Frans Hals Museum, Art Rotterdam and won the Dutch Design Award 2014 for his visual research into tree leaves at the Artis Zoo.