Dries Verhoeven (1976 Oosterhout, the Netherlands) is a theatre-maker and visual artist, specialising in installations and performances in museums and public spaces of cities. On the boundary between performance and installation art, he critically evaluates the relationships between the spectators, performers, everyday reality and art. The spectator is directly involved in the work or given the opportunity to steer his or her own experiences.
In his work, Verhoeven highlights aspects of the common social reality in which we live. He is not concerned with conveying a statement about reality, but mainly about unbalancing the visitor in order to evoke a shared vulnerability between the viewer and the viewed work. In recent years, the current crisis mind-set and the influence of digital media on his interpersonal relationships in particular have formed the basis for his projects.
Verhoeven currently resides in Berlin and Amsterdam.