Writing & Speaking


“Writing and speaking about artists and scientists, creativity, the imagination and the latest developments in culture — in the media, online and in books, and at festivals, conferences and exhibitions.”


My work has been broadcast on the BBC and on international television and radio. My writing has been published internationally — from China’s leading cultural magazine, Modern Media Weekly, to the Art Newspaper, artists' catalogues and books.

Below is a selection of  commissioned writing.

Scroll down further for speaking and chairing engagements.

Ariane Koek - SYSTEM
System Magazine Interview

Interview with the fashion designer Iris van Herpen celebrating her 10th year as one of the world’s most inspirational and future-thinking designers

Image: System Magazine
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Goshka Macuga Essay

Commissioned essay for Fondazione Prada’s solo exhibition ‘To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll’ by Goshka Macuga.

Image Credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio
In/Visible Essay

In/visible: the inside story of the making of Arts at CERN — Commissioned essay for Interdisciplinary Science Review edited by Philip Ball and Sian Ede.

Ariane Koek - Pipilotti
Pipilotti Rist Essay

Commissioned essay for ‘Your Salvia is the Diving Suit in the Ocean of My Pain’ by Pipilotti Rist

Image: Pipilotti Rist Catalogue
Re(con)figurando el CERN Essay

Commissioned essay Re(con)figurando el CERN — Reconfiguring CERN

See here for my comprehensive list of publications




Specialist areas are arts/science and technology, cultural leadership, artists and their work,  the role of the imagination and the creative process.


Lectures on arts/science  include at (SIAC) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, day long workshops and lectures on cultural leadership for the Queen Mary University of London MBA and Postgraduate Global Governance degree, chairing discussions series on physics and the arts at the Onassis Cultural Foundation Athens, Greece, key note speaking  on cultural policy and innovation at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels and Aalto University, Finland. And many, many more.

Below is a list of international speaking engagements.



Chairing discussions and conferences — from  individual author discussions at the Hay International Literary Festival to  chairing conferences for the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, the Contemporary Arts Society, and Counterpoint Arts — the UK based refugee and arts charity.


Listen to one of my favourite interviews at The Hay International Festival with the writers Miranda July and Marina Lewycka

Listen to one of my talks on the Power of the Imagination

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