Studio Drift is founded in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978). Their focus is creating multi-disciplinary site-specific interactive installations, sculptures, objects and films, which propose a distinct mix between the latest science fiction inspired hi-tech developments and their poetic imagery.
Studio Drift is an Amsterdam (NL) based studio manipulating light and movement to explore existing and new relationships between nature, technology and mankind. At first glance their work seems to refer to familiar situations but on further investigation these references are brought into question. The viewer is manipulated into reshaping their relationship towards their environment and personal connections, stimulating open minded futuristic prospects where contradictions merge. A perfect example is the constant dialogue between the artists Lonneke and Ralph themselves. This dialogue is ever ongoing and even embedded in their name.
Lonneke’s personality is the embodiment of the English translation of the word Drift; Carried naturally to find a path by a current flow of air or water. Ralph’s personality is embodied by the Dutch translation of the word Drift; a constant contentious inner urge to wield the future to one’s vision.
Their work is exhibited worldwide at leading museums, fairs and institutes such as the V&A Museum (UK), Louise Blouin foundation London (UK), Design Miami Basel (US, CH), PAD Paris (FR), The Armory Show (NY), M.A.D. Museum (NY), Israel Museum (IL), World Expo Shanghai (CN), Swiss Institute (NY), Dubai art fair (UAE), La Biennale di Venetia (IT) and the Biennale of São Paolo (BR).
Works by Studio Drift are acquired by the V&A Museum in London, the San Francisco MoMA, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and both The Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam amongst others. Drift has been awarded several times for its creations, such as ‘the Moët Hennessy – PAD London Prize’ 2010, First prize Summer Expo (NL) 2011 and ‘Best Piece’ at Glasstress during La Biennale di Venetia (IT) 2015 amongst others.
"People find the time to look at art within a gallery setting but the world is one big exhibition if you only care to look"
- Lonneke Gordijn