When: April 19th 2012 18:30 – 20:30
Location: Studios One and Two, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.
Driessens & Verstappen The Amsterdam based artist couple Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have worked together since 1990. After their study at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, they jointly developed a multifaceted oeuvre of software, machines and objects. Their research focuses on the possibilities that physical, chemical and computer algorithms can offer for the development of image generating processes. An important source of inspiration at this are the self-organising processes in our natural surroundings: the complex dynamics of all kinds of physical and chemical processes and the genetic-evolutionary system of organic life that continuously creates new and original forms. Driessens & Verstappen participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums, a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, LABoral Gijón, IVAM Institute Valencia, Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, Neue Pinakothek München, Eyebeam New York. The artists couple gave presentations at conferences such as Siggraph Los Angeles, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Second Iteration Melbourne. In 1999 and 2001 their Tickle robot projects have been awarded first prize at VIDA, an international competition for Art & Artificial Life. Since 2001 the artists are represented by gallery VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam.
Cliona Harmey Cliona Harmey is an artist and lecturer. She is particularly interested in the histories & artifacts of technologies (flags, semaphores, computers, camera etc). Recent work often combines sculpture and (parts of analog cameras, lenses, supports, bellows, filing systems etc) with newer technologies (networked live data/ cctv camera feeds etc) to make sculptural works. This process in some ways mirrors the way that computer hardware is assembled from many different mass produced components with modern and legacy systems overlapping.The works sometimes attempt to turn technologies back on themselves or to return instantaneous or very fast technologies to a more phenomenal or slower human pace.