STUDIO DRIFT: CODED NATURE

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the first solo of the succesful Dutch duo Studio Drift


Drifters, a film by Studio Drift and Sil van der Woerd, Film still
From April 25, 2018 until August 26, 2018

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the debut museum solo of Studio Drift from 25 April – 26 August 2018. In addition to early designs, the exhibition features new, previously unseen work by the Dutch duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta – the founders of Studio Drift. Especially for the presentation at the Stedelijk, Studio Drift will create the largest-ever installation of Fragile Future. At the core of the installation will be Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 (2012) acquired by the museum in 2015. Another highlight is Drifter, a floating concrete monolith measuring four by two by two meters. After making its world première at New York’s Armory Show in 2017, this magical installation will be on display in the IMC Gallery at the Stedelijk. The film Drifters (2016) and the installation Elementism (2018) go on view for the first time. In total, the presentation comprises eight of Studio Drift’s room-filling installations, together with a selection of films.

The work of Studio Drift occupies a unique place at the interface between tech art, performance, and biodesign. As a museum that has always placed great importance on both art and design, and performance, the Stedelijk Museum is the perfect venue to display this transdisciplinary work. Gordijn and Nauta engage with contemporary topics such as sustainability, the meaning of natural processes for today’s environment, and issues raised by the use of augmented reality. Their work focuses attention on a society in flux, shaped by the impact of fast-paced innovations, without judging. 

Curator Ingeborg de Roode: “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.” 

Studio Drift, Fragile Future, Cidade Matarazzo (2014). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Studio Drift, Fragile Future, Cidade Matarazzo (2014). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery