Erik Viskil is an independent researcher, writer and adviser to cultural institutions. He studied Museology in Leiden and Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric in Amsterdam. Since receiving his PhD in 1994, he has worked for a wide variety of institutions and universities, especially in the field of art and design. These include art and design schools (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Instituut, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, ArtEZ Arnhem, Amsterdam University of the Arts), museums and platforms (Stedelijk Museum, De Appel) and scientific organisations (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NWO).
He regularly lectures at PhDArts in Leiden, and chairs the examination board of Design Academy Eindhoven. His interest in the position of writing as a medium and an attitude in the visual arts has led to the foundation of the department of Image & Language at Rietveld Academie, and a variety of lecture series, film programmes, and articles on themes ranging from the depiction of political violence to the camera as instrument of thought in the essay film.