The Plant Welcomes Jay Simons and Arnoud Wils

We are delighted to announce that two new colleagues, Jay Simons and Arnoud Wills, have joined the Plant.

Jay Simons (they/them) is the new Creative Lab Technologist at The Plant. Their background includes archaeology, public history, tech/new media art, and digital humanities. Jay loves tinkering and making, and their methods draw on senses-based learning, embodiment, immersive technologies, critical making, queer sound theory, and design thinking. If you’re interested in digital exhibitions, podcasting, sound design, virtual reality, augmented reality, new media art, or digital storytelling, please come and chat!

Arnoud Wils is the new Research Software Engineer at The Plant. Although Arnoud has a degree in Classics and Literary Studies, this has not prevented him from seeking out initiatives where IT expertise intersects with literature, culture and the humanities throughout his career: as a developer and data specialist, as a journalist and media editor, as an educational technologist and researcher. Looking for a partner in crime while interpreting and presenting your data on graphs, maps, or timelines, analysing large text corpora with natural language processing, integrating data from different sources, or other challenges?

Their areas of expertise include:
Augmented and virtual reality
Digital and multimodal storytelling
Podcasting, audio walks, sound design, and A/V production
2D and 3D modeling and digitisation
Natural language processing
Working with data (cleaning, analysis, and visualization)
Immersive and sensory experiences
Hands-on coding

From the 1st of June, FASoS colleagues are welcome to drop-in on Thursdays from 10.00-17.00, or whenever the door is open. Consultations can be booked via email, at