About the latest exhibition
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, 6 - 10 FEB 2019
Nowadays we spend the biggest part of our time online in a digital world thats has become leading in our social contacts, our career and actually almost all parts of our life. The digital bubble we live in strongly influences the way we connect and communicate with each other, how we see and interpret the world, our own self image and that of others around us. The difference between reality and appearance becomes increasingly difficult to understand. We see with our own eyes, but perceive the world indirectly through video- and audio recordings, which makes manipulation relatively easy. Without being aware of it, these recordings shape our view on everything around us.
As a counter-reaction The New Current questions our place in this digital cloud and makes the transition to a place in the physical world. What happens when our lives transfer from the screen back to our bodies? Will this influence the way we see the world? Can we become aware of our own dimensions? Our body of flesh and blood offers after all a natural contrast to all those pixels.
The exhibition focusses first on experiencing, then on (virtual) sharing. How do these elements connect? Is experiencing without sharing as intense or maybe even more intense? What happens when we no longer see ourselves as digital icons, but as living beings with complex thoughts and feelings?
KAMALI van bochove
Kamali graduated this year from the Willem de Kooning Academy. At The New Current she presents 'Am I Missing Something?', about the digital and thus artificial relationship she has with her father.
RUBEN VAN DE VEN
Sustaining Gazes is a data dramatisation which looks at the role between the visualisation and its subject. A heatmap is generated by looking at it, which directly influences the view of the audience.
Vivien Vuong graduated this year from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Strong material experiments, great appeal to the senses and meaningful narratives are particularly influencing her design process.
ROMAR DE BONTE
Romar de Bonte is an Arnhem based artist. His work often starts by a desire to grasp the world in all its complexity. Or even better: his work starts with his inability to do so. What can you do when you conclude that you will never understand everything, or even anything? Romar’s work resides somewhere between theoretical research, pseudo-intellectualism, sculpture, installation and film.
Because modern technology has a tendency towards ubiquity, it becomes harder to tell what is technological and what is not. What is an interface and what is the real world? In his work Jochem deconstructs and reconstructs devices, releasing them from their functional purpose and letting them just be what they are: arranged materials conducting a dynamic process.
On YouTube, there’s a subculture surrounding “girlfriend role play,” a variant of ASMR videos, in which visual and auditive stimuli produce a sensation of pleasure in those who are sensitive to them. In his graduation film at the Willem de Kooning Academy Guus Voorham edited these videos together to create a girlfriend to fulfil his every wish.
Annabelle Binnerts (1995) is a visual artist based in Utrecht. Often working with text, photography, drawing and performance, her works go into the relationships we have with our surroundings, in particular those kind of spaces that we can’t get a hold of.
Kwinnie Le creates experiences that can bring you into another world. It’s not this other world experience that is significant to her, but rather the moment you are trying to fall back into the real world. That moment of absurdity, a kind of daze, is a moment which she believes can lead you to self reflection.
SABINE VAN DER VOOREN
Breathe, Move. is about the mental and physical effects of anxiety and stress as a result of pressure to perform. Opposite to that is the craving for peace of mind and body. Breathe, Move. is a short film in which the viewer experiences a process of healing.
Quinda is a Rotterdam based artist. As metaphorical element in her work, she uses mirrors. The mirrors create a silent whisper of realisation. In essence it demands to reflect on oneself. The possibility arrises to actually transform within the installation. You as visitor, as participant and even the performer.
During The New Current Allard Medema will take visitors on a ‘Ronddwaling’; a surprising audio-tour through the exhibition.
Roland Spitzer observes the human perception as a flow, a flow in which people crawl and constantly orient themselves to existing forms. In his work Spitzer tries to freeze this flow, so that a moment of stagnation and reflection occurs.
In the surrealistic photos and videos of Noortje Stortelder, eyes play an important role. Eyes that sometimes have multiplied, radiate darkness or just fragility, as windows of the soul and that both send and receive. See with eyes, but also see with all the other senses.” Voyeurism or watching and being watched is a theme in her work.
Donald Schenkel (1991) creates subtle gradients with oil paints. He seeks for smoothness in color transitions that can lead the eye into the faraway. Sometimes these colors flash purely from the canvas, at other times they are diluted into darkening twilights. Diverse surfaces like glass or canvas carry layers of paint in distinctive ways, giving rise to an ever-greater sense of depth or translucent lightness.
As a visual artist, Zhixin Liao his work mainly involves painting, sculpture, installation and video. In his recent work ideas of hiding and shelter, hoarding and consuming are referred to. With interpretation of his work comes falsehoods, illusions, and traps.