Robin van den Akker is a Doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam and guest researcher at TNO Information and Communication Technology.
Van Den Akker teaches courses on everyday life and digital culture (MA, with Valerie Frissen) and everyday life and rhythmanalysis (BA, with Marli Huijer). His research interests are the history of the Internet and the future of new media, everyday life and the philosophy of space and time, contemporary art and architecture, and the writings of Henri Lefebvre.
In his dissertation he investigates the implications of the mobile Internet for our practices in, and our experiences of, urban public space. The main hypothesis is that contemporary social spaces are produced by the interplay between the logic of control and the logic of the commons, between networked individuals and flexible communities.
Together with Timotheus Vermeulen (RU), he also is the co-founder of an international research network on ‘metamodernism’, which attempts to come to terms with, and analyse, recent changes in aesthetics and culture that are symptomatic of the post-postmodern condition.
As a co-coordinator of the Center for Art and Philosophy, he has been a curatorial advisor for art exhibitions in, amongst others, Moscow, New York and Berlin.
He studied Social History (BA, MA) and Philosophy (MA) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Cultural Studies (MPhil, Distinction) at the University of Birmingham.