Born in Brasil in 1975. Involved in new media since 2001, Gert Aertsen has been working as an artist, organizer, technician and programmer, and has collaborated with different organizations.
He was part of Machine Centred Humanz, a multi-disciplinary collective of artists exploring the different fields of technology, arts, robotics, and experimental music. Mxhz = fighting a slow battle against the ancient 20th century world. They realized a long list of non - conformist projects ranging from networked audiovisual performances , sound installations to artbots . Core members of the collective were Guy Van Belle and Gert Aertsen.
He was one of the core members of Code31, an open studio for research, development and discussion about techniques and methodologies in media art. The initiative encouraged the exchange between artists from different disciplines and offered the necessary space to experiment with new technologies.
And in 2004 he co-founded OKNO, an artist run organization based in Brussels, founded as the umbrella organization for the three initiatives Looking Glass, Mxhz and Code31.
Within these various organizations Gert Aertsen was active as an organizer, curator, producer, engineer, programmer, workshop facilitator but especially as an artist .
Since 2004 he handles the media lab and he guides the students of the HISK , Higher Institute of Fine Arts.
Gert Aertsen lives and works in Brussels.