Born and based in the Netherlands, I am a new media artist dedicated to experimentation and investigation of new digital and physical matter. My designs are often simple yet soaked in the reflections on them. I studied fine art at the Royal Academy in the Hague and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. I did not combine these two disciplines to understand art, but to try and get rid of such hierarchies of thought. Conversely, I want to mobilize art to help set understanding back into the creative motion it shares with art and with life in general. By continuously interweaving experimentation with reflection, I try to keep tracing change.
To me, the single most exhilarating phenomenon that saturates all that exists is change. Everything is susceptible to it, yet it remains illusive to our understanding. But we all experience it nonetheless. Through my work I want to revisualize and perhaps rekindle the relationship between our understanding and this intimate evasiveness. If it does possess a shape, something that can be repeated, it is not as an idea or a form: it has the shape of an experience.
Already in my earliest creative efforts I wanted to escape every finished work by setting it back into motion. Free from conclusion, it was however not free from me and my determinations. In Social Augmented Reality I found an exciting new type of artistic substance that is indeed free from such personal determinations: every user of the work literally recreates it and so changes it. In social AR experiences do not end up as objects or pictures, but continue to exist, multiply and morph through the repetition by its users. The experiences have no shared final shape or fixed content, yet are clearly recognizable as esthetic and cultural phenomena. Such shapes are continuously cast and at once persevere and change through all the singular personal experiences of the repetitive gesture.
I believe we are experiencing a paradigm shift as we are moving (or could, or should) from goal and object oriented thinking to a sensibility that focusses on the movement of creation itself: any being's ability to move in time, and through this movement: create. Or to put it in other words: a paradigm shift from representation to experience; from the finished work to the movement of creation itself: an activity that infinitely multiplies and changes. Never collapsing into a single reality, it is an infinite celebration of mixed perspectives and infinite details.
We can now perhaps start to revisualize what it means to experience: it means to be different, singular and unique in space and time, in perspective and in shape, yet connected to everything else in all our movements, as they are caused by and change the rhythms we all share.