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"Issues involving the environment, politics, and society are very important to me and affect me emotionally. I am both saddened and uplifted greatly and my emotions ignite my passion to create art about what I am feeling."
- Immersive digital artist Irma de Vries opens her biggest show yet at Moco
- She shares the museum's vision of having the voice of the street be heard through art and has answered the call to honour female artists
The collaboration between Moco and Studio Irma has resulted in a new immersive digital art exhibition that - although it will first be seen at the Moco Museum - clearly has the ambition to make many a heart beat faster on an international scale. The interactive Studio Irma - "Reflecting Forward" exhibition opens today in the museum at the Museumplein in Amsterdam.
About Studio Irma - "Reflecting Forward"
Brightly coloured lights, dance and music drive you through these interactive works of art.
These are the ingredients that bring dreams to life: infinitely variable spaces with ever-changing dimensions and ethereal works of art that communicate with each other.
Visitors feel a sense of bliss as they wander around the digital and constantly changing spaces: Diamond infinity room, Kaleidoscope, We all live in bubbles, Connecting dots and Universe.
There is no language barrier, allowing every visitor to optimally enjoy this reflecting world in their own way. Here, life is not imitated by art or vice versa; instead, the experience is a captivating celebration of the interplay between man and art, man and man, art and art.
Irma de Vries of Studio Irma: "With 'Reflecting Forward,' we are introducing a new art movement based on Connectivism. The exhibition emphasises how internet technologies such as web browsers, search engines and social media contribute to a new way of life. In it, the primary goal of art is to connect people in a world without borders."
Kim Logchies, founder and curator of Moco Museum: "Usually, we reflect by looking back on the past. With this digital art experience and the infinite connections it shows us, we reveal what the future might look like and what your role in it could be."
The influence of colour
Our early ancestors used colour to recognise ripe food. Hunger pushes one to search for food, while happiness is the reward for finding it. Over the course of millions of generations, colour has become such a reliable predictor of food that the act of eating has gradually evolved to become associated with a feeling of happiness. During the age of colonisation, bright pigments were sometimes considered closely guarded state secrets.
A new colour was developed specifically for Studio Irma's exhibition. It is a shade of pink designed to induce energy and dopamine.
Studio Irma - "Reflecting Forward" is the first of many projects coming to Moco in 2020 to celebrate female artists.
Welcome to IRMA - "Reflecting Forward"
IRMA - "Reflecting Forward": from Monday 10 February 2020
Location: Moco Museum - Honthorststraat 20, Amsterdam Museumplein
About Irma de Vries
Among other things, Irma de Vries has earned national renown with her work for the Amsterdam Light Festival, where here pieces caused many people to stop and stare. Internationally, she has won several prizes for her unique video mapping.
At the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she combined her school work with modelling; her love for fashion is a recurring element in her digital patterns. Her art makes people feel happy, which is a quality she does not take lightly. She has read many books about how and when people experience happiness: when seeing round shapes and bright colours, which our brain still associates at some level with the search for ripe fruit when the body is hungry.
Her life experience has made Irma a strong believer in the power of dopamine and serotonin. She invites you to go on a journey and briefly let go of everything to become part of something bigger, where everything and everyone is connected. Her twenty years of experience combined with her technical expertise and her unique vision on art make Irma a major new player in the art world.
Reflecting Forward by Studio Irma
Normally, we reflect backward in time. For this reason, Studio Irma x Moco Museum launches a new conscious way of living – Reflecting Forward. It’s a Digital Immersive Art exhibition that shows endless connections to reveal what the future can look like. Connect, get your tickets HERE and reflect toward the future!
Connectivism stresses that internet technologies like web browsers, search engines, and social media contribute to new ways of understanding and learning in our digital age. – Studio Irma
Collaborate for Change
Studio Irma x Moco introduces Connectivism as a new art movement. Through compassion and empathy, we arrive at a shared understanding. So, in our collective choice to experience this digital immersive art exhibition, we are Reflecting Forward in search of Connectivism.
Moco not only supports but champions women in the arts. In fact, 2020 is the Year of the Woman! You might be wondering: who is Studio Irma? In short, she’s a Contemporary Dutch artist, Gerrit Rietveld Alum, Mother, Partner, Friend, Wonder Woman, former artist in residence at Moco, and now, the mastermind behind Reflecting Forward. In her life and art, Studio Irma explores how digital technologies can connect us in new ways. For example, past works The Gatekeepers at Amsterdam Light Festival and I’m deforming at the Nieuw Dakota.
This time, Irma has removed all cultural filters in her solo show. At last, she creates an all-accepting place and experience, where space, people, and modern technology blend in harmony. Reflecting Forward includes different installation art rooms designed and created by the artist:
We All Live in Bubbles
Connect The Dots & Universe
Studio Irma Philosophy
The contemporary artist wishes to celebrate our connections. For instance, we all live in bubbles – a unique universe of information. Subconsciously, our bubble is formed by society, specific tastes, and shared ideas. But inside that bubble, how do we grow?
“When you think of hiding, it’s time to POP!” – Studio Irma
You are Invited Finally, to summarize the essence of Reflecting Forward, in the artist’s words:
“Art is like a bonfire. It is where the storytelling begins – projections, feelings, conversations, connections. We sing together. We dance together. The bonfire is a movement and an artwork. You are invited.” – Studio Irma
The debut edition of the Sharjah Fringe Festival (Sharjah Fringe), came to an end on 1 February, after 17 days and 1,100 performance hours that sparked an interest in this form of theatre festival among local audiences – while also proving a bonus for visitors.
A first for the Middle East, the Sharjah Fringe was inspired by the great fringe festivals of Edinburgh, Adelaide and Brighton but its programming was directed towards family shows in keeping with the emirates' focus on family life and family values. Sharjah, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is known as the cultural capital of the Arab world with a reputation that has grown through long-standing events like the Sharjah International Book Fair and the Sharjah Biennale.
Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), which presented the festival, said that family shows and street shows were most popular among audiences, which "gave us a clear indication that the event has strengthened the culture of theatre-going in the UAE community."
He further noted, "The festival promoted the city as a destination of choice, exposed the culture of Sharjah and the UAE to artists, performers and other guests who visited us from across countries and continents."
Artists from all over the world were at the festival and felt the importance of creating a new theatre-going tradition going forward. Samuel Penhastro from Spain who has been entertaining around the world for 20+ years under the artistic name Thelmo Parole said, "It was interesting to see audience reactions to the hatting tradition in street performances; something that is very commonly practiced in the West, but not practiced in the UAE yet. This was the best part of my Fringe experience – to bring a new entertainment concept to this country."
A truly multi-cultural city, many of Sharjah's residents originally hail from surrounding countries and even further afield. For many this was their first exposure to a fringe festival experience.
"This is an amazing festival and a great opportunity to introduce children to the world of performance arts," said Alexi who is also a UAE resident and hails from Russia and whose son experienced theatre for the first time at the Sharjah Fringe Festival.
The Festival was produced by the team who create South Africa's National Arts Festival, a 46 year old institution on the African continent. Executive Producer Nobesuthu Rayi said, "It is evident that families in Sharjah spend considerable quality time together – it is beautiful to see parents and children watching and enjoying the same productions. This is what makes the Sharjah Fringe special; that children are always in the theatres with their parents. This is not a common sight at other festivals where generally separate theatres for adults and children perform age-appropriate productions."
For its cross-cultural appeal, being able to successfully entertain audiences of all ages and for enhancing the cultural and artistic scene of the UAE, the first Sharjah Fringe has now crossed the milestone of introducing a whole new world of performance arts and their creators to the UAE and the region – opening the door for more theatre in the years to come.
About Sharjah Fringe Festival
Sharjah Fringe Festival is the first-ever Fringe festival in the UAE and the Middle East, joining a global list of Fringes that are considered among the largest arts and entertainment events globally. Sharjah Fringe is a platform that brings the best of family and children's theatre and entertainment - which includes dance, music, mime, magic, puppetry, circus acts and other forms of interactive entertainment - from around the world to the emirate.
Sharjah Fringe happened from 16 January – 1 February, 2020, with more than 600 shows staged by over 50 artists across four destinations: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, The Flag Island and Al Noor Island, alongside roaming street performances.
Sharjah Fringe is presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.
For more information: www.sharjahfringe.com
Art of Devotion - 1300 – 1800
From the Early Medieval era to the Renaissance and Baroque eras, a large part of artistic production in Europe was in the service of the Roman Catholic Church. Religious institutions commissioned artists and architects to build and decorate places of worship, from cathedrals to monasteries and hospitals. Monarchs and wealthy nobility also employed artists to paint devotional works for domestic settings and design altarpieces for family chapels at parish churches. Devotional images could be intensely personal, like Federico Barocci’s Madonna or Pieter Claeissens’s Virgin of Sorrows with a Family of Donors.
The emergence of the Protestant Reformation, and the subsequent Counter Reformation of the Catholic Church, proved the most momentous turn of events for the development of religious art in Europe and the Americas. The Council of Trent put the Church’s unified strategy into writing in 1563 to stem the flow of worshippers (and entire nations) to Protestantism. The Council stated that the visual arts should educated through narrative clarity, engage the viewer emotionally, and delight the sense to inspire devotion.
Art of East Asia
Art of East Asia vividly animates the philosophical and creative traditions that inspired Asian luminaries and everyday people throughout China, Japan, and Korea. This story begins with a section devoted to Chinese tomb art and develops through Buddhist icons, Daoist visions in the setting of a formal Chinese reception hall, the mixture of Buddhist, Daoist, and Shinto domestic piety embodied by the objects of a Japanese living space, and a much-anticipated display of arts of Korea. Throughout the galleries, hands-on elements offer visitors chances to interact with East Asian art in an uncommonly tactile way. Occupying the space once known as the Asian Court, these galleries have been extensively renovated thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Reclaimed teak floors, atmospheric exhibition design, and state-of-the-art lighting all come together to create a unified and powerful environment for these exceptional arts.
Art of the Open Air
Art of the Open Air is an eye-opening source of creative inspiration, showcasing the Museum’s internationally significant sculpture collection in the Plaza de Panama. Visitors will see the plaza gleam with sculptures in bronze, painted fiberglass, and aluminum by great artists including Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, and Tony Rosenthal. In addition, a work by Alexander Calder will be joining the Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures in the Museum’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. Art of the Open Air allows the Museum to offer free access to public art, every day of the week, all year long. Visitors to Balboa Park will find a new experience with every visit, exploring the sculptures from every angle in changing light and seasons. As Henry Moore famously stated, “Sculpture is like a journey—you have a different view as you return.”
Arts of Iran
The modern-day country of Iran, known in ancient times as Persia, has a history of civilization dating back approximately ten thousand years.The first few millennia of its development witnessed the rise of impressive cities such as Susa, Persepolis, and Ctesiphon, from which ruled such fabled monarchs as Cyrus the Great (r. ca. 559–530 BC). At this time the population primarily followed the Zoroastrian religion, and they spoke an ancient form of the Persian language written in cuneiform, and later in the Pahlavi script.
When the religion of Islam took hold in the seventh century, more layers of cultural complexity were added to the region, and new kinds of political ties were fostered with neighboring lands. At times, connections to the Middle East were strong—for instance when Iran was part of the Abbasid Empire (750–1258), a vast entity stretching from North Africa to Central Asia with a capital in Baghdad, Iraq. At other times, such as during the Safavid era (1501–1722), Iran had closer diplomatic and economic ties to Afghanistan and India. Artists and works of art traveled between these areas and certain commonalities can be found in the types of art produced, especially in ceramics, paintings, and Persian-language calligraphy, now written using the Arabic alphabet.
Nick Roth: Fates
Multimedia artist Nick Roth’s installation Fates is a three-panel animation that draws upon classical mythology to represent the tumult of human life and the struggle to come to terms with mortality. Rendered in a semi-abstract, semi-figurative style, the three Fates—Clotho (“the spinner”), Lachesis (“the allotter”), and Atropos (“the unturnable”)—appear, dissolve, and reconstitute themselves as the ten-minute animation unfolds.
Nick Roth began working on multimedia installations in fine arts museums in 2003 with the artist Matthew Ritchie, whose video work was part of the Museum’s 2015 exhibition The Art of Music. Roth has since worked with Ritchie and other artists at a number of institutions including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.