Klaas studies history and mostly worked in digital culture. He is senior researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and teaches theory at the Gerrit Rietveld and other academies
Since the late 1990s, he has worked at the intersections of art, design, technology and ecology. He researches, curates and lectures in themes at the touch points of these fields. In the early 2000’s he set up and curated the Mediamatic research workshops on the cultural significance of new digital technologies. He co-curated the Transnatural festivals (2010 – 2013) and worked in the field of cultural policy of digital culture at Virtueel Platform (2009 – 2013).
A consistent element in his work is the intersection of different knowledge practices: technological, artistic, legal, organisational, scientific, and more-than-human. In recent years, he researched and curated, among other projects, Garden of Machines (2015), Gardening Mars (2017), Bot Club and the Neuhaus Temporary Academy for more-than-human knowledge (2019) which led to the initiation of the Zoöp project – the development and implementation of an organisation model for collaboration between human and other-than-human life.
Together with Ellen Zoete he curated Have We Met? Humans and nonhumans on common ground, the Dutch contribution to the Milan Triennial in 2022, This exhibition demonstrated the work of existing and future Zoöps and won the first prize for best pavilion. He co-edited Robot Love (2019) Vertical Atlas (2022) and Making Matters (2022)