Daan Couzijn (NL) is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist currently based in Amsterdam and Paris. After having studied singing at the Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam, he continued his studies at the Institute of Performative Arts in Maastricht where he graduated with a BA degree in Performance Art. Concluding his education, Couzijn graduated in June 2019 from the postgraduate program Radical Cut-Up at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (master program of Gerrit Rietveld Acadamy), where he received an MA degree in Fine Art and Design.

Central to Couzijn's artistic practice is the romantic desire for - and the questioning of - authenticity. His work is highly conceptual and he uses a range of media and techniques to express his ideas; from sculpture and painting to video and installation. Although his creative process exists mostly in the digital realm, the outcome often results in physical, artisanal forms. He draws inspiration from a range of sources, including philosophy, literature, visual culture, frequently incorporating found objects, materials and images into his work. In doing so, Couzijn doesn't regard the artwork as an end point, but as a simple moment in an infinite network of contributions. He believes that every idea, every creation, is a combined effort of everything we've ever witnessed and experienced and refuses any form of "source-hypocrisy", embracing all ideas as second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources. By combining different contextual elements, he creates new meanings and narratives that speak to the complexities of contemporary life. His practice was recognised by the Mondriaan Fund in 2021 when he received the Artist Start grant.

Due to his diverse background, Couzijn is broadly oriented and active within the creative field. Besides working as a visual artist, he is a trained actor/performer, a guest curator for Melkweg Expo, a member of the advisory committee at The Creative Industries Fund (Stimuleringsfonds), a lecturer at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a guest-tutor at the Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Academy) as well as ArtEZ University of the Arts and he performs live with his music as Cousin. His electronic sounds dip into minimalistic trip-hop styles balanced out by catchy pop melodies, experimental key changes and a playful use of his background as a vocalist. With his music, he has supported artists like Bea1991, Lauren Auder and Le1f and performed at Musée du Louvre in Paris in the framework of the prestigious Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin festival.

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2017 - 2019: MA in Fine Art and Design at Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Acadamy) in Amsterdam
2013 - 2017: BA in Theatre (performance art) at Institute of Performative Arts (Toneelacademie Maastricht) in Maastricht
2010 - 2013: FDA in Music (singing) at Codarts University of the Arts (Conservatory of Rotterdam) in Rotterdam

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