Theory — 27 May 2018
- € 3,- (excl. museum entrance)
- Teijin Auditorium
- 27 May, 1.45 pm until 4 pm
- Main language
- Dutch (column by William Myers is in English)
STUDIO DRIFT: CODED NATURE
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the first museum solo of the successful Dutch duo Studio Drift, founded in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. In addition to early designs, the exhibition features new, previously unseen works. The work of Studio Drift occupies a unique position on the intersection of tech art, performance, and biodesign. Gordijn and Nauta engage with contemporary topics such as sustainability, the significance of natural processes for today’s environment, and issues raised by the use of augmented reality. One striking example is Drifter, a floating concrete block measuring 4x2x2 meters. After its world première at New York’s Armory Show in 2017, this magical installation will be on display in the IMC Gallery at the Stedelijk.
During this Sunday Seminar Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift talk with trailblazing thinkers who are each known for their unique expertise on and exciting approach to the relationship nature-human-technology. And in two columns examples of their vibrant creative backdrop are given.
Together with philosopher of science Martijntje Smits, engineer and technical collaborator of Studio Drift Luuk van Laake, and Stedelijk exhibition curator Ingeborg de Roode, the artists explore the ethical and scientific relevance of their interdisciplinary practice. The boundary-crossing nature of Studio Drift’s work teases out questions such as: how do the artists obtain the high-tech knowledge they need to materialize their ideas? But also: how does the work of Studio Drift relate to current debates on the desirability of man’s interference with nature? These and other questions will be tackled in this panel discussion, moderated by Saskia van Stein, curator and director of Bureau Europa.
In his column, artist Floris Kaayk talks about how he envisions the relationship between man, nature and technology. Kaayk recently made the spectacular artwork The Modular Body, an online science fiction story about the limits of biotechnology and the extent to which humankind can be shaped—and manipulated.
In addition William Myers, researcher, curator and author of the influential book Biodesign (2012) presents a column in which he positions Studio Drift’s work among other creative traditions. What is biodesign and how does it relate to Studio Drifts practice? But above all: what distinguishes their oeuvre and what makes their installations true works of art?
1.45 pm Doors open
2 pm Welcome by Ingeborg de Roode
2.10 pm Introduction to the oeuvre of Studio Drift by Ingeborg de Roode and Pao Lien Djie
2.25 pm Column Floris Kaayk
2.40 pm Conversation with Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift, Martijntje Smits, Luuk van Laake and Ingeborg de Roode. Moderator: Saskia van Stein
3.10 pm Column William Myers
3.25 pm Q&A. Moderator: Saskia van Stein
4 pm End of program, opportunity to visit the exhibition