This website shows a thematically ordered selection of works made between 2010 and 2024. Links to full-length video works or information about other works will be provided on request.



Nicoline van Harskamp is an artist whose work considers acts of language and solidarity.

Her live works were staged, among other places, at the M HKA in Antwerp, Tate Modern in London, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, New Museum in New York, Arnolfini in Bristol, Urbane Künste Ruhr in Oberhausen, steirischer herbst in Graz, Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Serralves Museum in Porto, and Kaaitheater in Brussels.

She has exhibited her video and installation works internationally, such as at Kadist Foundation in Paris, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montréal, Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, HKW in Berlin, MUAC in Mexico City, Manifesta 9, and the biennials of Gothenburg, Limerick, Sydney, and Taipei.

Nicoline van Harskamp is the professor for performative art at the University of Fine Arts (Kunstakademie) in Münster, Germany.


BOOKS and texts

  • My Name Is Language, 2020
    Nicoline van Harskamp
    Published by Archive Books and Scriptings in the Political Scenarios series
    E-pub by EECLECTIC
  • Some Name Some Noun Simply, 2017
    Nicoline van Harskamp
    Published by Tenderpixel and Scriptings

    A Romance in Five Acts and Twenty-one Englishes, 2015
    Nicoline van Harskamp
    Published by Onomatopee
  • Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice, 2021
    Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova and Rachael Rakes (editors)
    Published by BAK Utrecht and MIT Press
  • The Department of Speculative Facts, 2021
    Lietje Bauwens, Quenton Miller, and Karoline Świeżyński (editors)
    Published by Onomatopee
  • Cross Examinations, 2015
    Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei
    Published by Kunsthal Extra City.
  • “Global Englishes, Rough Futures” (2020) by Avishek Ganguly, a text for the book My Name Is Language. (PDF)
  • “Werewords” (2016), a text about Englishes and PDGN written by Mihnea Mircan. (PDF)
  • “From Lingua Franca to New Creole” (2016) a text written by Martin Waldmeier in the journal Kunstlicht about A Romance in Five Acts and Twenty-One Englishes. (PDF)
  • “Luide stiltes – Contagious Speech at Manifold Books,” written by Stella Kummer in Metropolis M in 2022.
  • Skye Arundathi Thomas interviews Nicoline van Harskamp about My Name Is Langauge in Studio International in 2020.


  • Luuk Heezen interviews Nicoline van Harskamp in the podcast Kunst is Lang in 2021.
    ( in 2021.
  • The podcast Name Takes (episode 4) by Kunstinstituut Melly with an item about My Name Is Language in 2021.


  • This website was designed by Sam de Groot and built by Paul Flannery in 2024.