AKATAK is a creative studio that works within the field of visual arts and was founded by Karlijn Milder, Lotte Milder and Mats Logen. The studio focuses on high end film, photography and performance art. AKATAK always strives to turn a narrative into a unique experience and uses multiple disciplines.
AKATAK wants to take people on a journey to vulnerable and underexposed places. To worlds of way back when, worlds of now and worlds that may not exist (yet). Nature, evolution and imagination are often a part of what the studio creates.
AKATAK initiates and realizes their own projects, but also works on commission. The studio provides work for clients to creatively tell or visualize a story.
AKATAK is derived from the word ‘Vakataka’, the name of an almost forgotten Indian dynasty that existed from 250 to 500 AD. Unlike other societies, this society centred around art, literature, architecture and shape.
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.
Tom Verberne (1993) commenced his study Art&Economics in 2015 at Utrecht University of the Arts. With a multidisciplinary background he thrives to build bridges between the content-oriented support of creators and the related business aspects.
Having an interest in the creative process and the design thinking principle he regularly accompanies a wide range of artists on a single project basis. For instance, he worked as an associate producer on the VPRO documentary ‘Tussen de Schijnwerpers’, the performance ‘Iemand, niemand, 100.000’ and the Nordic Delight festival. He also aspires to create new links between the creative industry and the non-creative industries, preferably in a socially engaged context. For instance, last year he initiated (in cooperation with Movisie) a project where an installation and it’s e-module were developed to hearten overstrained caretakers.
At the moment Tom is working alongside the event planner and programmer Ad Pontier on new marketing- and positioning strategies for the Nordic Delight Festival. Currently he is also involved as an executive producer in the production of the short fiction film Iemand, niemand, 100.000.
Colourist & retoucher
Martina Fazekas (1990) comes from Budapest, Hungary. Since she was travelling with her orchestra through Germany and Luxembourg at the age of eleven, she created a passion for photography. The way she could capture her surroundings was immediately interesting for her.
At a later age, she improved herself in video production during her work for Unlimited Pictures and a semester in Multimedia Design and Communication at the International Business Academy in Kolding, Denmark. After this period she got a chance to do an internship at Xite Networks International and Studio AKATAK in the Netherlands. Therefore, she worked on a television series, several photography series and also did a lot of retouch and colour grading work. By looking long to an image the balance of the visual aspects took her attention. After finishing her internship, she still works for AKATAK as a colourist and retoucher.
For her autonomous photo series, the most of her inspirations come from a fascination for minimalism and form, separated or in combination with human emotions. Her future dream is to work on her personal projects in combination with commissioned visual work.
Sophie Mantel (1989) graduated as a director from the Maastricht Theatre Academy in 2015. Therefore, she finished her bachelor Art Management at the Utrecht University of the Arts.
The urge to manifest our existence and how to express ourselves in this. Empathy and religion are the themes which captivate Sophie incessantly.
After an internship with the French director Arnaud Stéphan and participating the theatre workshops at La Biennale di Venezia, Sophie’s work has been presented in De Toneelschuur Haarlem, Amsterdam Fringe Festival and Het Compagnietheater in Amsterdam.
Merging disciplines while creating is characteristic for Sophie’s work, often in combination with actress Lotte Milder as a companion.
Currently Sophie is working on a project in collaboration with theatre maker Adelheid Roosen, Building Conversation and composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven.