Profile

Imar de Vries was born in 1975 in Epse, the Netherlands. He attended primary and secondary school in Nijmegen, where he graduated in 1993. After a brief yet insightful foray into Information and Computing Sciences at the University of Utrecht, he decided to switch to Theatre-, Film- and Television Studies in 1997, also at the University of Utrecht.

He specialised in New Media and Digital Culture, writing his graduation thesis on the communicative affordances of virtual 3D worlds and mobile telephony. After his graduation in 2002 he first went on to become a junior teacher within the same institute he took his graduate courses, and in 2003 he accepted the position of junior teacher/researcher, a full time job that acquired him to dedicate 50% of his time to teaching courses, and the other 50% to writing his dissertation. He obtained his PhD in 2008 with a media archaeological study into communicative desires, which has since been published as Tantalisingly Close at Amsterdam University Press.

Imar is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at the University of Utrecht, where he studies innovation discourses of wireless technologies, social media, and augmented reality.

Scientific expertise
mobile communication
wireless technology
augmented reality

Tantalisingly Close: An Archaeology of Communication Desires in Discourses of Mobile Wireless Media
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Key publications

de Vries, I.O. (2012). Tantalisingly Close: An Archaeology of Communication Desires in Discourses of Mobile Wireless Media. (216 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Publicatiejaar is 2012, maar boek was reeds naar de drukker eind 2011..

de Vries, I.O. (2009). The vanishing points of mobile communication. In M. van den Boomen, S. Lammes, A. Lehmann & J. Raessens (Eds.), Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (pp. 81-93) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

de Vries, I.O. (2005). Mobiele Telefonie: Dromen van Ideale Communicatie. In H van Driel (Eds.), Digitale Communicatie (pp. 71-95) (25 p.). Amsterdam: Boom Onderwijs.

de Vries, I.O. (2005). Mobile Telephony: Realising the Dream of Ideal Communication?. In L Hamill & A Lasen (Eds.), Mobile World: Past, Present and Future (pp. 11-28) (18 p.). Londen: Springer-Verlag UK.

All publications
  2015 - Other output
Glas, Rene & de Vries, Imar (2015). Ludic Selfies: Playing with Mobile Technology in Grand Theft Auto V.
I.O. de Vries (21.10.2015) Public lecture plus interview
Glas, Rene, Lammes, Sybille, de Lange, Michiel, Raessens, Joost & de Vries, Imar (2015). The Playful Citizen (conference panel).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. (2014). Media Archaeology. New Media Studies - Method Reader (pp. 23-27) (5 p.). Utrecht: Utrecht University.
  2014 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (17.05.2014) Eindelijk een ‘dempknop’ op Twitter
  2013 - Popularising publications
de Vries, I.O. (01.11.2013). Hyves stopt als sociaal netwerk. De Volkskrant [online], (pp. 3) (1 p.).
de Vries, I.O. (06.04.2013). Vraag het de Universiteit Utrecht: Communicatie in de (verre) toekomst. De Telegraaf (1 p.).
  2013 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (02.04.2013) Co-organization of Howard Rheingold keynote & College Tour
I.O. de Vries (01.11.2013) Loyaliteit van jongeren aan social media
I.O. de Vries (09.03.2013) Nieuwe media, nieuwe filosofie?
I.O. de Vries (01.01.2013) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2013
I.O. de Vries (01.02.2013) Television interview on Vine
  2012 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. (2012). Tantalisingly Close: An Archaeology of Communication Desires in Discourses of Mobile Wireless Media. (216 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Publicatiejaar is 2012, maar boek was reeds naar de drukker eind 2011..
de Vries, I.O. (2012). Through the looking cellphone screen: Dreams of omniscience in an age of mobile augmented reality. In N. Arceneaux & A. Kavoori (Eds.), The Mobile Media Reader (pp. 177-190) (24 p.). New York: Peter Lang Verlag.
  2012 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (01.01.2012) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2012
  2011 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (04.11.2011) Impakt Festival - Symposium 'The Trouble Ahead'
I.O. de Vries (03.01.2011) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2011
I.O. de Vries (17.11.2011) The Augmented Museum
I.O. de Vries (30.05.2011) The Real Me: identiteit in een wereld van sociale media
  2010 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. & van Elferen, I.A.M. (2010). The Musical Madeleine: Communication, Performance, and Identity in Musical Ringtones. Popular music and society, 33, (pp. 61-74) (14 p.).
  2010 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (22.02.2010) Archaeologies of New Media
I.O. de Vries (16.06.2010) Communicatieverlangens en 'het draadloze'
I.O. de Vries (21.01.2010) Keynote lecture
I.O. de Vries (20.01.2010) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2010
I.O. de Vries (29.11.2010) The Real Me: identiteit in een wereld van sociale media
de Vries, I.O. (23.10.2010). Through the looking cellphone screen: Visions of a transparent society in an age of mobile and networked augmented reality.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. (2009). The vanishing points of mobile communication. In M. van den Boomen, S. Lammes, A. Lehmann & J. Raessens (Eds.), Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (pp. 81-93) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2009 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (11.03.2009) Broodje aap: Perfecte communicatie dankzij gsm's
  2008 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. (2008). Altijd verleidelijk dichtbij: Communicatieve interactie in ‘het telefonische‘. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 11 (2), (pp. 30-45) (16 p.).
  2008 - Professional publications
de Vries, I.O. (2008). Wireless communication: Venturing into the familiar unknown. BLIK, 2 (0), (pp. 6-12) (7 p.). AB - Het artikel loopt vanaf pagina 6 tot pagina 13, dus tot *en met* pagina 12..
  2008 - Other output
  2007 - Scholarly publications
van Elferen, I.A.M. & de Vries, I.O. (2007). Floating Fabulousness: Representation, Performativity and Identity in Muscial Ringtones. Proceedings of the Mobile Music Workshop STEIM/Waag Society.
de Vries, I.O. (2007). Propagating the ideal: The mobile communication paradox. In S. van der Graaf & Y. Washida (Eds.), Information Communication Technologies and Emerging Business Strategies Hershey: Idea Group Publishing.
  2007 - Other output
  2006 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (19.05.2006) The mobile phone: An ever-changing manifestation of the unchangeable
  2005 - Scholarly publications
de Vries, I.O. (2005). Mobiele Telefonie: Dromen van Ideale Communicatie. In H van Driel (Eds.), Digitale Communicatie (pp. 71-95) (25 p.). Amsterdam: Boom Onderwijs.
de Vries, I.O. (2005). Mobile Telephony: Realising the Dream of Ideal Communication?. In L Hamill & A Lasen (Eds.), Mobile World: Past, Present and Future (pp. 11-28) (18 p.). Londen: Springer-Verlag UK.
  2005 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (28.05.2005) Ubiquitous Knowledge Space
  2003 - Other output
I.O. de Vries (08.07.2003) Mobile Telephony: Realising the Dream of Ideal Communication?
  0 - Other output
I.O. de Vries () Interview on mobile telephony etiquette
I.O. de Vries () Print zal door internet nooit verdwijnen
I.O. de Vries () Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2014
I.O. de Vries () Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2015
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Project:
[urban interfaces]
13.05.2014 to
General project description 

[urban interfaces] is a platform for a critical investigation of urban interfaces for creative and participatory engagement at the crossing of academic research and cultural practices. Focusing on mobile and situated media, arts, and performances, the platform brings together and initiates critical reflections on, and actual interventions in, these socio-spatial activities and their shaping and staging of urban culture. 


[urban interfaces] is an initiative of the interdisciplinary Department for Media and Culture Studies (MCW) at Utrecht University, and collaborates with an expanding (international) network of academic and cultural partners. 


For more information, see urbaninterfaces.net.

Role Researcher Funding
No information available
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Naomi Bueno de Mesquita
  • Karen Lancel

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Currently dr. Imar de Vries teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

Member of the Supervisory Board of Impakt.

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3512 EV  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


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3512 EV    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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