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Studio Drift, Concrete Storm, courtesy of Artsy in partnership with Microsoft HoloLens. World premiere at The Armory Show, New York (2017). Photography by Silvia Ros.
Studio Drift, Drifter, During the world primiere The Armory Show in 2017. Courtesy of Pace Gallery
Studio Drift, Flylight, Arsenale Venice (2014). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
Studio Drift, Flylight, Arsenale Venice (2014). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
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The Fragile and Fierce “Coded Nature” of Studio Drift

By Pearl Fontaine

April 26, 2018

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam debuted “Coded Nature” this week, a stunning solo exhibition by Studio Drift. The show features eight room-filling installations of sculpture, prototypes, models, and a selection of films.

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, the duo behind Studio Drift, have perfected a practice over the past decade that embraces the intersection of technology and nature. Their research-driven experiments often result in poetic pieces, like Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5, an ethereal light fixture made of individually placed dandelion heads.

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Studio Drift, Concrete Storm, courtesy of Artsy in partnership with Microsoft HoloLens. World premiere at The Armory Show, New York (2017). Photography by Silvia Ros.

Some works, are less delicate, like Drifter, a floating, concrete monolith measuring 4 x 2 x 2 meters. Or Concrete Storm, an interactive augmented reality project created with Microsof HoloLens and Artsy in 2017. New works by the Dutch duo will also be on display, including the film Drifters and installation Elementism.

“We’ve been following Studio Drift for many years. After purchasing Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 in 2015, we were waiting for the right moment to show the piece at the museum, together with other work by Studio Drift. Now that they have developed a consistent oeuvre throughout more than a decade and gained international acclaim with pieces such as Concrete Storm and Drifter, this is the perfect moment to present the first survey of their work in the Netherlands,” said museum curator Ingeborg de Roode.

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Studio Drift, Drifter, During the world primiere The Armory Show in 2017. Courtesy of Pace Gallery

“Coded Nature” will be open to the public through August 26.

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Studio Drift, Flylight, Arsenale Venice (2014). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
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