AKATAK is a studio that works within the field of visual arts and was founded by Karlijn Milder, Lotte Milder and Mats Logen. The studio focuses on film, photography and performance art. AKATAK always strives to turn a narrative into a unique experience. Nature, evolution and imagination are often a part of what the studio creates.
Karlijn Milder (1987) has a passion for image. She attended Audiovisual Media at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, where she graduated cum laude in 2011 with a specialization in Cinematography. During and after her university years she was a Director of Photography for several films.
To learn from the masters on visual narrative, Karlijn travelled to the festival Camerimage in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2013 and 2014. She followed masterclasses from Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, 2046), Slawomir Idziak (Trois couleurs: bleu, La Double Vie de Véronique) and Bruno Delbonnel (Across the Universe, Amélie), among others.
During this time she hasn’t just improved her skills as a Director of Photography, but also as a photographer and director, and has found her aesthetic and sensitive style. In her work she always explores how humans influence their surroundings. Nature, human identity and empathy are recurring themes.
In 2014, Karlijn, Lotte Milder and Mats Logen directed the magical realism film Fabiola in Italy, which won the DMFF Best Newcomer Award in 2015.
Lotte Milder (1990) graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy in 2016 as a performer. Lotte has always been driven by a great curiosity: How and where are different worlds able to meet and interact with each other?
Driven from this curiosity Lotte has always moved on several areas within performing arts, fashion, film and photography.
Thus, her experience began at an internship with the theatre group Wunderbaum, where her passion to combine her skills as a performer and maker originated. After that she was seen regularly in the works of director Sophie Mantel, choreographer Guilherme Miotto and in her own catwalk performances during Fashionclash Festival. Over the past few years she appeared in the film and photo works of the artists Mats Logen and her sister Karlijn Milder.
Together with Mats and Karlijn, she works at studio AKATAK on films, photo series and performances. Currently they are working on the short fiction film One, no-one, 100.000, where Lotte is involved as a director and actress.
Mats Logen (1989) is fascinated by stories and visual aesthetics and has been working on alternative cinematic narrative from a young age. With his first fiction film that he wrote and made himself, he won the national finale of Kunstbende in 2008. A year later, the film was shown at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.
During his childhood Mats mainly watched wildlife documentaries, and this is reflected in his work. A recurring motif is the way how a vulnerable, almost hopeless-looking organism manages to fend itself against the real world. Fear and magic blends together in his work, creating something whats looks like an adult fairy tale.
Mats is currently working on several video installations that aesthetically draw attention to a fragile world. He works with corals and researches the change earthy materials undergo by absorbing light.