From January 1 until December 31, Anne de Vries (The Hague, 1977) will be a resident in studio #217 at The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. De Vries is a Dutch visual artist working on the border of digital photography and other media, such as video and sculpture since 2003. He is interested in how our understanding of reality is influenced by new media and reconnects paradoxical elements, including different types of materials, to construct his works, often assessing how matter and information are constantly impacting one another.
April 21, from 6-9PM, there is an opening reception at ISCP to see the work of the artists in residence.
April 22, from 1-8PM, there are open hours at ISCP.
Anne de Vries lives and works as an artist in Amsterdam and Berlin. He also writes and works as a Professor at the University of Art and Design ECAL in Lausanne, CH.The work of the artist Anne de Vries is diverse and combines different media. One can find spoken word, sculpture and video, or experimental photography and large-scale installations. Some say Anne de Vries explores the relationship between technology, media and mass experience and the limits of human agency. One of the themes De Vries investigates is how material is used to overcomes physical limitations through the use of technology. By showing the material side of the digital world De Vries gives form to the to the experience of a data and information-driven reality. In some projects information behind commodities is retrieved; showing the production process, the manpower and the many raw materials needed to produce an apparently impalpable object. In another project computer power is used to generate large amounts of data. For example in the piece ‘All Days of Aquarius’ (see image), the calendar is presenting every single day of the 2150 year-long time period and our current Age (1962 to 4114). At a length of 42m the piece is too big to exhibit fully, in a normal exhibition space it usually remains rolled up for its largest part. Next to the physical limitations, also mentally its takes effort to try and comprehend such mind-expanding time span, and takes us out of our usual anthropocentric perspective, beyond our human understanding.
The International Studio & Curatorial Program supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. ISCP organizes exhibitions, events and offsite projects, which are free and open to all, sustaining a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences. With an International Residency Program and Ground Floor Program for New York City-based artists, ISCP strives to establish a global network of exemplary artists and curators. Tailored for professional growth, the programs serve as an active mediator, creating visibility and immersion for all of its residents in New York City. ISCP’s programming is conceived to facilitate dialogue and collaboration.