A.P.E (art projects era) wants to challenge the limitations of given structures. The aim of the organization is to develop projects (performances, exhibitions, printed matter, meetings) that cannot necessarily be realized within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. A.P.E is initiated in 2010 by artist Keren Cytter and curators Maaike Gouwenberg and Kathy Noble. In 2012, A.P.E expanded to New York and in 2014 to London. Keren Cytter runs A.P.E from New York, and Maaike Gouwenberg runs the Rotterdam, and Kathy Noble runs the London based part. Since 2013 A.P.E started to publish books and to work with guest curator Fleur van Muiswinkel. 

Since 2014 Sternberg Press is the publisher and distributor of the Atlantic Search Engine and following publications.

The idea to start A.P.E sprung from the success of the first major dance-theatre performance by Keren Cytter, The True Story of John Webber and his Endless Struggle with the Table of Content. To execute the play, Amsterdam based commissioner If I Can't Dance, closely collaborated with three major partners; Tate Modern in London, Performa 09 in New York, and Hebbel am Ufer theater in Berlin. Within this collaboration the boundaries between disciplines disappeared; a theatre, performance festival, a museum and a fine art platform made this production possible. This working method formed the basis for A.P.E. For every production we will connect to partners that are interested to test the boundaries of the cultural disciplines.


Keren Cytter (New York)
Maaike Gouwenberg (Rotterdam)
Kathy Noble (London)

Katarina Zdjelar, Chair
Sandra van Dongen, Treasurer
Walter Bart, secretary 


Institutional Partners:

Show Real Drama
commissioned and produced by Deutche Bank
toured by A.P.E

I Eat Pickles at your Funeral
Commissioner A.P.E
Co-producers Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; The Images Festival, Toronto

Composing Through Words
co-producer VeemTheater Amsterdam

The Humans
Commissioner: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Co-Commissioner: Performa, New York
Co-producers: Witte de With; Preromanbritain LLC.; Productiehuis Rotterdam; Rotterdamse Schouwburg; Performa 13, New York
Presentation Partners: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York;theater festival De Keuze, Rotterdam
Production partners: A.P.E (art projects era), Codarts (academy for music and theater)


Sternberg Press grew out of the small publishing house known as Lukas & Sternberg, founded in 1999 by Caroline Schneider. Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, Sternberg Press has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates. (from their website)

Dance International Europe Now is a dance theatre group formed in 2008 by artist Keren Cytter.
The evolving ensemble is composed of an increasingly intricate inter-play of theatrical genres
and visual mediums. In this way D.I.E. NOW should be thought of as a ghetto. (from their website)