Monique Besten studied medieval and cultural history for six years in The Netherlands and Ireland. She did research and wrote numerous articles about different historical subjects. Since 2004 Monique Besten organises New Riddles and Constellations: a project series for which she invites a number of artists to work next to each other during a period of 4 to 8 weeks to develop and/or present new work. Every edition takes place at a different, special location and is shaped according to the location, participants and guests. Founder of Stichting Mista’peo, organising art events and projects (15 editions of the festival “The Evening of the Longest/Shortest Night”), creating opportunities for artists from different disciplines to develop and present new work.