Lisette Smits is a freelance curator, editor and educator based in the Netherlands. From 1996 until 2005 she was director of Casco, office for Art, Design and Theory. She co-founded Casco Issues and was its editor-in-chief until issue #9. From 2009 until 2013 she was associate curator at Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, where she curated exhibitions including: Depression (2009), Madame Realism (2011), Specters of the Nineties (2012) and Deep Cuts (2013). She has published texts on curating and the work of a variety of artists; her editorial projects include the monograph Barbara Visser is er niet (2006); the anthology Wonder Years (2008) and Goofy Audit (2011), a monograph on the work of Chris Evans.
She has taught at various programs internationally. She was a lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2007-2015) and tutor of De Appel Curatorial Program (2008-2016). Recently she initiated a new temporary master program Master of Voice. At the moment she is writing the curriculum of this experimental MA, which will launch in October 2016 at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.
The ‘Voder’ by Homer Dudley (Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1939) was the first device that could generate continuous human speech electronically.