Studio Drift’s Solo Exhibition ‘Coded Nature’ Floats a Concrete Monolith Above Museum Visitors (8 pics)




Sasha Bogojev

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Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Meadow (2017), choreographed in 2018. Aluminum, stainless steel, printed fabric, LEDs, robotics. Collection Studio Drift, Amsterdam, courtesy collection DELA, Eindhoven.

One of the must-see shows in Amsterdam this summer is the debut museum solo of Studio Drift ( previously ) at Stedelijk Museum , which balances elements of tech art, performance, and biodesign. The exhibition, titled Coded Nature , presents a wide range of transdisciplinary works from the Dutch studio that engage with topics from sustainability to issues raised by the growing use of augmented reality.

Founded by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, Studio Design typically creates installation, sculptural works, video projections, and interactive VR. One of the standout pieces in their new exhibition is Drifter , a floating concrete monolith measuring 13 x 6 1/2 feet, which tenderly levitates inside one of the museum galleries (the video below shows the work on display in 2017 at the Armory Show in New York). The puzzling effect of seeing such a familiar object floating through space is emphasized with a video projection of the film Drifters , which follows the same concrete sculpture as it floats through the Scottish Highlands.

Contrasting the effect of the large floating concrete block is the breathtaking installation Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 which consists of countless bionic dandelions with glowing LED lights at their centers. The labor-intensive installation, like many of the studio’s works, challenges relationships between man, nature, and technology. Other works include the light installations Tree of Tenere and Flylight , and kinetic installations Semblance  and  In 20 Steps , which are all based on naturally designed forms or movements.

Studio Drift: Coded Nature  will run through August 26, 2018. You can see more site-specific installations and science fiction-inspired works on the studio’s website and Instagram , and take a deeper look inside the duo’s process in the videos below.

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Photo: Sasha Bogojev for Colossal

museums nature exhibition concrete museum

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Flylight (2009). Glass, custom made fittings, LEDs, algorithm, electronics, sensors. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London.

museums nature exhibition concrete museum

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Gazm and Studio Drift, branch of Tree of Tenere (prototype 2017). Steel, hand modeled epoxy, paint, rubber, LEDs, electronics. Collection GAZM, courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

museums nature exhibition concrete museum

Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 (2012), manufactured under the control of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

museums nature exhibition concrete museum

Fragile Future detail modules. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

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Ghost Collection

museums nature exhibition concrete museum

Photo: Tom Cornelissen. Drifter (2018), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.




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