"We made Durr to explore how we perceive 5 minutes in different situations. By markedly shivering every 5 minutes, it creates a haptic rythm to make us notice the changing tempo of time."
A shard from a long stream of thought by Berend Strik about the artist studio:
Berend Strik began exploring the artist’s studio in New York in 2011, and his research has taken him all around the world. Through the studio Berend seeks to decipher the mind of the artist: to understand the dynamic nature of creating art, and to trace the transformation of the artwork. He questions the cultural frameworks of making, viewing and experiencing art.
Seeking to understand the connection between artists from different generations throughout history to the present day, it is Berend’s belief that every artist, whilst representing their own generation, also occupies their own territory within the history of art.
In 2011, Berend photographed an office space that had been Marcel Duchamp’s studio from 1945 to 1966. Duchamp’s secret masterpiece, Étant Donnés, was Duchamp’s last major work. When Berend entered the space that was formerly Duchamp’s artist studio, he was struck by the architecture of the studio, and by how architecture can retain memory, thoughts, ideas and visions.
Berend documents the artist studio using photography. The photograph not only captures physical information but it also holds layers of visual references that Berend draws attention to, with his use of textiles and stitching.
The curator is also part of the artist studio. Juha van ‘t Zelfde came into Berend’s studio at the end of 2012. Together Berend and Juha discussed many possibilities of art, music, technology, architecture, etc. The script of the curator is the studio. The studio is the artist. The audience becomes part of the studio.
Curators have given a different position to the artist’s work. The Biennials, Performas and Documentas moved the artist’s mind more towards society. But did it bring the mind in society? Do artists work with society, or do they work about society?
By making the studio more present, the smaller distance between art and the making of art could create a closer relationship with the viewer. Resulting in a fluid mix of artist and curator within the studio.
Maybe it means that the next step should be inviting the audience in the studio as well?
Today is the opening of Meeting People Is Easy, a studio exhibition by Berend Strik and Juha van ‘t Zelfde at The New Institute http://hetnieuweinstituut.nl
View my 4 latest photos on Flickr: http://flic.kr/u/8JXHJ/aHsjMrHCrN
Momentum — As art happens now, a set on Flickr.Photos from the new Momentum exhibition, open until 15 December at Gemak in the Hague.
Sinziana Ravini on David Majlković, in Promises of the past—- Discontinuous History of art in Former Eastern Europe
Why you should care about NASA.
"Geometrization of the incommensurable" on Flickr.
"World without beyond" on Flickr.
Tjade, Ben and Anri Sala at Dread on Flickr.
Tjade, Ben and Constant at Dread on Flickr.