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A Major Show for Studio Drift at Stedelijk Museum

“World première Concrete Storm,” Studio Drift at the Armory Show, New York, March 2017.
(Photo: Siliva Ros)

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam will host the debut museum solo by the duo Studio Drift in an exhibition titled “Coded Nature.”

The exhibition, on view April 25-August 26, features newly conceived projects by the duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta — along with some of their early works.

“The work of Studio Drift occupies a unique place at the interface between tech art, performance, and biodesign,” the museum says. “Gordijn and Nauta engage with contemporary topics such as sustainability, the meaning of natural processes for today’s environment, and issues raised by the use of augmented reality. Their work focuses attention on a society in flux, shaped by the impact of fast-paced innovations, without judging.”

A centerpiece of the show will be the installation “Fragile Future,” one of the largest ever installations at the Stedelijk. At its core will remain “Fragile Future Chandelier3.5 (2012),” which the museum purchased in 2015.  “We’ve been following Studio Drift for many years,” said Curator Ingeborg de Roode. “After purchasing ‘Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5’ in 2015, we were waiting for the right moment to show the piece at the museum, together with other work by Studio Drift. They are reaping international appreciation with ‘Concrete Storm’ and ‘Drifter,’ this is the right moment to present an initial overview of their work in the Netherlands.”

“Fragile Future” consists of an elaborate series of light sculptures and it was this project that first brought the duo international renown. Over the years, the work has evolved into a system composed of modules, and can be combined in various configurations. 

 “Drifter,” a floating concrete monolith measuring 4 by 2 by 2  meters, will be on display for the first time at the museum. It was first presented at The Armory Show in 2017 in New York.

The large-scale exhibition will include eight of Studio Drift’s room-filling installations, and a selection of films.

Studio Drift was founded in 2007 by Gordijn (b. 1980), who is Dutch, and   Nauta (b. 1978), a Brit. The designers met while students at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, where they graduated in 2005.


The exhibition will be on view from April 25 through August 26, 2018, at the Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/288112/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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