a performative installation of a floating concrete block

Drifter calls on the viewer to reconsider our relationship with our living environment, which is often accepted as static and lifeless. It creates a sense of disbelief and displacement, creating tension between humanity versus nature and chaos versus order. Disconnected from our expectations, the work floats between the possible and impossible.

New York 2017

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Photo: Ronald Smits

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Photo: Ronald Smits

This concrete monolith represents a basic building unit, the primary element by which our built environment is constructed. On its own it is nothing, lost in space and time without reference to anything; it is always searching to be part of something bigger. Drifter wants to make us feel that without context we are lost. As we are, it's constantly searching for unification. It wants to become stronger that the one, to give itself purpose. Moreover, Drifter shows us how unknown the world and its mechanisms still are to mankind and emphasizes the urge we feel to expand our horizon and evolve in time.

Drifter also refers to the book Utopia (Thomas More 1516). This novel mentioned the name concrete for the first time. Back then, concrete was 'just' a science fiction idea which centuries later became the foundation of our society. With Drifter we want to evoke a reaction to dream the improbable. Who knows, our next idea might be the foundation for our new world. 

Drifter is an installation consisting of one floating concrete block (4 x 2 x 2 meters). The sculpture floats and moves at slow speed on a controlled three-dimensional path. With great accuracy, it creates a performance in its space.

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