Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AUAS names Tobias Groot new Photographer in Residence

15 Jul 2019 10:32 | Communication

Photographer and artist Tobias Groot will be Photographer in Residence for the upcoming academic year 2019-2020 at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). In this role, he will create artistic photographs for special occasions. The artist will also have an opportunity to display his work on campus. Groot recently graduated from the Rietveld Academy, a prominent art and design academy in Amsterdam.

Each year, a jury selects the most promising photographer from among participants in the photography graduation exhibition at the Rietveld Academy. This year's jury was impressed by Groot’s work. He is fascinated by the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in society and by computer-generated images.


Groot’s final project, called ‘Scratching the Surface’, tells the story of a future without human beings, where an AI-entity without a body attempts to understand human emotions. Via his final project, Groot shows how artificial intelligence raises questions about the human body and emotional world. The jury was impressed by the diverse techniques and the visual presentation employed by Groot. He is an artist of the 21st century that fits well with the AUAS. The university of applied sciences inspires students to come up with creative solutions and sustainable innovations for the future: Creating Tomorrow.

This year's jury consisted of Huib de Jong (Chairman of the AUAS Executive Board), Gerdie Limonard (Director of the AUAS Library), Ruben Neuhaus (AUAS Student Assessor) and Tana Nguyen (AUAS Clerk).


It is customary at AUAS that university administrators who step down or celebrate a major work anniversary are given an art photograph as a gift. The Photographer in Residence concept was established to strengthen this tradition, which has been a cooperative effort between AUAS and the Rietveld Academy since 2015.

One copy of the art photograph is given to the person who is stepping down or celebrating an anniversary, and a second copy is added to the permanent AUAS Art Collection. This allows AUAS to offer a unique gift while also expanding its own art collection with original work from young artists who have studied in Amsterdam. The artist is also given the chance to put together an exhibition in an AUAS building. Through this, AUAS intends to provide the artist with a chance to reach a new audience and give them an additional boost at the start of their careers


Works by photographers previously affiliated with AUAS are displayed in a permanent exhibition on the first floor of the Wibaut building.

From the ‘Scratching the Surface’ collection