hi! 👋
My name is Philo.

I create tools, stories and things in between to amplify human connection with arts and culture.

I enjoy working with cultural organisations to create engaging visitor experiences, often making use of digital collections, storytelling, AI and interaction design.

From my background in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence I have a particular interest in theories of mind that understand consciousness as something Embodied, Enactive, Extended and Embedded.

What I am doing /now.

At the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision I work on innovative user interfaces for audiovisual collections. In the scope of the MediaScape project, I currently investigate the efficacy of ‘generous interfaces’ in the AV archiving field. In the project I combines interaction design with data visualisation to develop a series of interface concepts that reveal the scale and complexity of AV collections.

I run Storytellers United, a welcoming community of innovative storytellers, spread across many disciplines and time zones. We organise an international series of storytelling hack jams to bring together media makers, web developers and designers to prototype stories that can only be told on the web.
You should join us on Slack.

I co-founded the design studio Unfold Collective to explore the potential for sense making on the intersection of digital and physical media. We helped cultural organisations and brands to tell stories in experiential ways.

I co-founded Sensorium Festival, celebrating humane applications of creative technology in art, design and performance.

Between 2016 and 2019 I worked at the R&D team of the Slovak National Gallery on web technology to connect people to art. Projects that I'm particularly proud of include the online collections platform Web umenia, a long-form story about a controversial part of Slovak history and a conversational interface that brings two iconic Czechoslovak painters back to life in chat bot form. You can find all our work on GitHub.