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Studio Drift

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Artists 260 & 261

Artist Collective - Studio Drift

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta

Experiential Sculpture, Installation and Performance

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. They create with their multi-disciplinary team various experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

For example their sculpture Ego was specially developed for Monteverdi’s Opera L’Orfeo (1608), to be premiered in January 2020, and is a co-production with the Dutch Travel Opera house. Together with director Monique Wagemakers and choreographer Nanine Linning, they combined the oldest opera with modern cutting edge technology. The sculpture uses people as elements and works to create large interactive interactions.

Another example is DRIFT was selected by Microsoft, in collaboration with Artsy, to create the first mixed reality (augmented reality) art piece for the Microsoft HoloLens. The work is titled Concrete Storm.

“It wasn’t really intentional, but we naturally developed a joint style. Our work merged together. And after a while, we started to define our work and initiated Studio Drift,” Lonneke explains.

As Lonneke describes it, their work is about the connection between people and their surroundings. “We all recognize the moment of pure happiness when you have a good conversation and all elements of that moment are in tune. In that same manner, you can be aligned with your natural surroundings.”

“When you look at the clouds passing by in the sky, when you are listening to the sound of the waves arriving at the beach or staring into a fire. These repetitive movements calm us down. We use those movements of nature to recreate this feeling of being in tune – with ourselves, with each other and with nature.”

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