I make dolls. Why? Because I want to practice working with textile & electronics, because it is fun to create a little creature, because it makes me calm and because I hope to make someone happy with him or her.
Peluzi is the first one of a range, he lived in Melbourne for a while but came back to Rotterdam a few months ago. He has one brother, Kobi (lives in Canada) and two little sisters, Mitzi (travelling the world) & Mizuki (also based in Rotterdam).
New doll: meet Hikari!! Especially made for the auction of AIR 8, the independent Art Fair in Amsterdam.
'Art In Redlight'
From left to right:
Front of the tie, microphone & camera, led button to turn the camera on record/standby mode (blinks when recording) & in the pocket below the battery, On/Off button & possibility to open the tie (velcro).
With this improved tie visitors can control their recordings; they can turn it on whenever they like, so personal conversations will not be captured. This makes it more accesible for people. The led is blinking when recording, so other visitors notice it too. The tie is not meant as a spying device, but exactly the opposite; a fun wearable that helps people to think out loud about the things they see and gives them the opportunity to make comments.
From left to right: Coatrack with the scarves and ties, website,
visitor with scarf and spycam
Expo[re]view is my graduation project at the Piet Zwart Institute. It is an intervention between art that is already shown in an exhibition and the visitor; they are invited
to join the exhibition by making a video review with a small camera placed in a tie.
The resulting videos are collected on the platform, but it is also possible to download them. The videos are linked to each other; if you look for a certain work on a certain date the video most near to these tags will be shown in the centre, videos related will appear around it and are distinguished by a blue border. If you click on one of these videos, it will jump to the middle and videos related to it show up around it and so on.
To see the reviews and design of the platform during our graduation show at the CBK Rotterdam click here.
At this moment -as you can read on the news page- I am working on Expo[re]view at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam, for the results and renewed design click on this link.
My graduation project is influenced by the Japanese Device Art movement, which investigates art projects at the interface of art, technology and entertainment.
"Japanese artists like to show people what is happening in their work. They let them participate but also contribute in the work and want to interest them in technology. Artists arrange the setting, but the contents of the experience are up to the participant and the process is just as important as the result. The attitude of the artists towards technology is positive and their works are often playful and humorous although they want to be critical towards society and the technologies used as well."
Curse the operating system you hate the most (and write on a paper why)!
The OS Voodoodolls are 3 lifesize dolls made of fabric and foam, each of them has a logo on their belly of one the 3 most used operating systems. The visitor can write a little note with a curse and stick it on the doll that represents the system which provokes their irritations. At the end of the exhibition it was visible which was the most hated system and why.
This work was part of the exhibition 'Work Offline' in the Blaak 10 gallery, Thursday, November 27th, 2008 through Sunday, January 11th, 2009
The Cardboard Cage is part of Mixed Sources, a project during the first year of the Piet Zwart Institute
accompanied by the Geuzen.
It is a re-enactment of the Dutch reality show
De Gouden Kooi (The Gilded Cage); the show is a reaction on the term reality.
My opinion about this term is, that it isn't of any use within this show. This because the images are most probably manipulated; the chronological order can be changed, fights can be enlarged, sound/video effects can be added to change the atmosphere etcetera.
My show is a puppet version: I used cardboard boxes to build several rooms and my contestants are made of photocopies and pictures of the real participants. The stories that I told are manipulated conversations of the real show. I changed the order of the conversations and took pieces out and added my own voice-over.