The video series The Delinquents resulted from investigations into subcultural movements that Milne was influenced by in his youth, such as skinheads, graffiti art, and raving. Drawing inspiration from semiotic analysis by Jean Baudrillard and Dick Hebdige, this series addresses 'delinquent' self- destructive behaviour manifested through a disenfranchised distance from society.
Part one, Jobseekers, features Tim Roth's performance as skinhead in Alan Clarke's 1980s film Made in Britain. By situating himself within the film, and by using layered sampling, re-projection and physical screen manipulation, Alexis Milne reinvigorates the original footage, resulting in a fragmentary abstracted regurgitation of Roth's nihilistic gestures. A month after finishing Jobseekers, London witnessed an outburst of rioting reminiscent of inner-city civil unrest from previous decades and fuelled by similar themes.
Alexis Milne (UK, 1973), recent winner of the Start Point Prize for emerging artists, holds an MFA from Goldsmiths University of London, and a degree in North American Socio-political Studies from the University of Manchester. He lives and works in London.
Dwight Marica's work is extremely diverse; using a variety of media such as painting, sculpture, video and installation, his works range from installations made from dismantled and rearranged television sets to paintings made without painting brushes.
Marica's point of departure is the quest for freedom, both in the methods and materials he uses, and in what he presents to the viewer; in principle, all kinds of materials, images and visual languages can be used. For Marica, his art is not about the end result alone - the creative process is just as important. Dwight Marica about his work: "In order to create, I am provoking certain conditions, to search for the most challenging possibilities to combine future thoughts with contemporary materials."
Confronted with Marica's work, the viewer has to let go of preconceived ideas in order to perceive differently; by letting go, but also by latching on to the intensity of the process, the viewer can experience the freedom Marica aspires to.
Dwight Marica (the Netherlands, 1973) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He is one of the founders of the Artist Initiative CUCOSA. He lives and works in Rotterdam.
Harm Weistra' s work method spans various disciplines, including drawing, installation and graphic and video art. He draws inspiration from and produces work in response to his own experience, as well as to his research. Aesthetics and story telling are inherent components in Weistra's work with which he address issues such as identity, acceptance, and tolerance.
Harm Weistra (the Netherlands, 1953) studied Visual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He holds an MA in Social Sciences from Utrecht University. He started his career as journalist and teacher of journalism at the University of Zwolle. He was nominated and selected as best emerging artist at the NeuNow World Wide Festival for Graduates. He is based in Amsterdam.
Jan Robert Leegte's work combines a sculptural approach to digital material with a deep interest in browser and Apple/Windows' aesthetics. What makes it stand out from other computer or Internet art is that it breaks away from the computer related experience.
Leegte's installation work isolates elements of Apple/Windows' interface that in turn are projected onto various structures. This alienates the elements from their original function and makes them into familiar but also indefinable aesthetic objects.
Having started on the sculptural possibilities of the Internet back in 1997, he has recently explored more "embedded" possibilities outside of the gallery space into the endlessly deep contexts of the outside world; from urban postering in Alexandria to ornamenting ceilings in Brussels.
Jan Robert Leegte (the Netherlands, 1973) studied Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam after having studied Architecture at the University of Delft. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
Joris Kuipers's works are based on scientific anatomical sources such as CT-scans, MRI-scans and autopsy images. As in medical practice, he dissects the body layer by layer. After this fragmentation, the body is rearranged in a non-rational manner, in order to reveal emotional significance. His current works are concerned with the deconstruction of bodies and heads. These works are based on a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, whereby the body of a deceased person is cut up in pieces in order to liberate the soul. Another source of inspiration is de-constructivism, the architectural movement taking its departure from the assumption of an insecure and confusing society, which is expressed in the design of buildings.
In the room-size installation on which Kuipers is currently working, the open and partially exploded bodies hanging down represent the yearning for an egoless mental condition, independence through absence of skin colour, gender and sexual inclination. The works' floating refers to the wish to be released from gravity.
'The wish to fly is deeply rooted within us. It comes to the surface in our dreams, fantasies, mythologies, fairy tales and comics, representing the liberation from the body, the sublimation of the erotic, the illustration of omnipotence and the transition from life to death; in essence, it always symbolizes the crossing of borders.' (1)
Joris Kuipers (the Netherlands, 1977) holds an MFA in Painting from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen and a BA in Art from ArtEZ in Arnhem. He lives and works in Rotterdam.
(1) Edzard Mik, Zaha Hadid Een visioen van gewichtloosheid (A vision of weightlessness), Vrij Nederland, november 2010, p.67
Marcel Niehoff questions the meaningfulness and sobriety of a cultural product when isolated from its original context. By dismantling, re-positioning and re-appropriating each element Niehoff not only renders it irrelevant but it gives it a new life and meaning by placing it in a brand new context. Best example is the use of, as he describes it, 'innocent toys to comment on political and urgent matters'.
His approach albeit satirical and provocative is a methodical investigation of the boundaries between experience and meaning. Niehoff's photographic and sculptural works are political statements, which establish new relations for criticism within or without the boundaries of contemporary culture.
Marcel Niehoff (the Netherlands, 1963) is co-founder and organizer of Route du Nord, a yearly Art Festival in the Oude Noorden in Rotterdam, where he lives and works. Next to his art related projects Marcel Niehoff is known for his DJ operation as "MTC", which was born out of dissatisfaction for the existing range of entertainment of the 80's. He produced his own records under the name "Boom Generation" "MTC Club" & "Universal Palace".
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