On Tuesday the 24th of April, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
presented the first solo exhibition by our good friends and
X BANK family member, Studio Drift.
In addition to early designs, the exhibition features new,
previously unseen work by the Dutch duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta
– the founders of Studio Drift. Specially for the presentation at the Stedelijk,
Studio Drift created the largest-ever installation of Fragile Future.
At the core of the installation is Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 (2012)
acquired by the museum in 2015. Another highlight is Drifter,
a floating concrete monolith measuring four by two by two meters.
After making its world première at New York’s Armory Show in 2017, this magical installation will be on display in the IMC Gallery at the Stedelijk.
The film Drifters (2016) and the installation Materialism (2018) go on view
for the first time. In total, the presentation comprises eight of Studio Drift’s
room-filling installations, together with a selection of films.
The work of Studio Drift occupies a unique place at the interface between
tech art, performance, and biodesign. As a museum that has always placed
great importance on both art and design, and performance, the Stedelijk Museum is the perfect venue to display this transdisciplinary work.
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.
The exhibition CODED NATURE will be on show at the
Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam until the 26th of August 2018.