Rijksmuseum Twenthe - Het kunstmuseum van Enschede

Playing on the frontier of the Impossible

25 years of media art at AKI/ArtEZ. Playing on the frontier of the impossible, from 13 October until 24 February 2013, showed videos, interactive installations and computer animations by nine artists who studied at the ArtEZ Institute for Art & Design, formerly AKI, in Enschede. All of them stretch in their work the boundaries of technology to achieve new forms.



Playing with technology

The videos, interactive installations and computer animations in the exhibition showed the tradition of innovation which is characteristic for the Enschede art academy. All nine artists stretch in their work the boundaries of technology to achieve new forms. ‘Each medium has its own resistance. Instead of holding on to their original objective, these artists let themselves be guided by the ‘interference' which allows for new and unexpected possibilities.', says Pieter Baan Müller, guest curator and lecturer on media art at the ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design.

Artists

In the exhibition work could be seen by Bill Spinhoven van Oosten (1956), Jop Horst (1961), Kees Aafjes (1962), Michiel Koelink (1972), Patricia Paludanus (1974), David Scheidler (1979), Karin Westendorp (1985), Jan Mensen (1987) and Vera van Wolferen (1988). The exhibition also presented the first forms of media art with works by Livinus van de Bundt (1909-1979) and video artist duo, the Vasulkas. They are seen as the pioneers of the genre and were the source of inspiration for the establishment of the media art department at the AKI. The work Encounters van Bill Spinhoven van Oosten is an interactive installation which was on show until 18 November 2012 in TETEM art space and Kunstenlab in Deventer.



Karin Westendorp, Projected Betsy (still), 2008, video, 1.06 min, collection of the artist.

Opening festival

Playing on the frontier of the impossible was opened on 13 October 2012 during Autumn decoration 2.0 - Festival of the imagination. This festival was dedicated to innovation in art and science. ‘Imagination' was the connecting element in the festival. Visual artists and scientists have throughout the centuries observed, studied and imagined the world in their own way. They imagine and create the new by looking beyond the borders of their own disciplines. With Autumn decoration 2.0 Rijksmuseum Twenthe explored and investigated the fuzzy boundaries of visual art in the search for new discoveries.

Installation

The design for installation of the exhibition was made by Sara van den Oever, Oriëtta Batzakis, Dorien Koelemeijer en Mirte Lanters, who are students of Crossmedia Design, ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design. Some of the equipment was provided by ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design and Axis Media-designers, Enschede.