louis spoelstra

Amsterdam 1943

He completed his education at the Dutch Film Academy and later studied History of the Ancient World at Amsterdam University. Since 1965 he has worked as a film editor and in other positions on many film and television programs, mostly for the VPRO and the VARA. With an important emphasis on documentaries and art programmes. From this experience, he became senior lecturer at the Film Academy from 1983 and later head of video design at the Royal Academy of Art. He has been making documentaries and collage animations for various clients on a limited scale for 20 years now. He also often collaborates with artists in installations and media projects.



1964 graduation in Camera and Editing at Dutch Film Academy Amsterdam


1965-1985 free lance editor of numerous projects for Dutch television


1970 grant from the Ministry of Culture for short feature film  'De

 succesvolle soort'

1983–1988 senior lecturer at Dutch Film and Television Academy


1983–1988 lecturer video/photgraphy  School of Photography


1988–1999 head video department Royal Academy of Fine Arts


1995 founding of Carthago Media & Art various animated film projects (a.o.Shell and Erasmus Universi


1999 multimedia installation SAM-event

2000 web-art project 'Lifeside'

2001 web-art project 'DRMLNE'

2003 documentary 'Going to Changma - China

2004 documentary 'Breaking the Future" - India

2005 installation 'Sea of Dreams', Den Helder

2006 installation/photoproject 'Kinship' - Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht

2007 documentary about Fanfare Amicitia - 'As a friend like me'

2008 videoinstallation 'Rot' for SPD-Deutschland (Kleve)

2009 videorecordings Knitting-project with Nell Berger

2011 travel photoproject Main Street USA

2012 participation 2e Ruhr Biennale Dortmund (photography)

2013 video-installation 'Die letzte Butterfahrt'- Venlo

2013 production and design expositioncatalogue

2013 documentary about education in India 'An elephant has come into the village'

2014 photoproject 'Urban Landscapes' Berlin

2014 participation Second International Art Competition Częstochowa - Polen

2015 video 'Maria' for exposition in Viersen (D)

2015 participation Art Fair - Bussum Cultureel

2016 photobook Main Street USA

2017 documentary 'Colors on the wind" - India

2018 documentary 'Beyond Boundaries' - Chinese artist in residence / Düsseldorf