AKATAK is a design studio specialized in digital design and multidisciplinary experiences. Akatak makes both commissioned as autonomous work. By using modern techniques, the viewer feels enchanted and is made aware of the small and vulnerable aspects of life. Sensory and emotionality come first. Society is reflected in a mirror, surprising and inescapable, in parallel realities.
Karlijn Milder (1987) has a passion for image. She trained in 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 education she was director of photography on several films. After her studies she began researching themes such as human identity, empathy and natural phenomena. Her research developing her skills as a photographer and director throughout the process. In 2014 while in Italy, Karlijn, her collaborator Mats Logen and her sister Lotte Milder made the guerrilla short fiction film Fabiola, which in 2015 won the DMFF Best Newcomer Award. After this she continued to build more fictitious worlds, collaborating with Studio AKATAK and her sister Lotte. In 2018 they have output the video-installation Tiny Monuments as well as a short fiction film One, no one, 100.000.
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.