Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds The Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands
About Shift Operation <Shift Operation> is a project by Esther Brakenhoff and Maarten Schuurman that researches the micropolitics of space in relation to artistic practice. The development and exchange of ideas about work processes and forms of cooperation are central to this.
The name Shift Operation refers to the industrial production process that involves shift work. We use the idea of shift work as a basic structure for <Shift Operation>. We invite artists from various disciplines to join the project and form a temporary artists' community together with us.
The background for <Shift Operation> is our own professional practice as an artist and the questions we ask ourselves. This is often focused on individual production and presentation within the current art system. However, we also have a need to talk about work, to share experience and even to develop ideas and make work together. Different interests, knowledge and skills are brought together in a collaboration. However, good cooperation is more than the sum of everyone's input. The added value often lies in the space between individual knowledge and expertise, in the exchange of ideas and dialogue.
<Shift Operation> is a series of projects taking place at different locations with different groups of artists. Each version therefore has its own dynamics, process and outcome. For this we use the installation as a working form. Within each new location, the installation forms an autonomous space with its own working method and rules.
The installation is open to the public to follow the development. Special presentations and events will be organized.
Maarten Schuurman Maarten Schuurman is a cross-disciplinary artist from the Netherlands. He studied Audio Engineering at SAE, Amsterdam (NL) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL). His work ranges from site-specific interventions to object based installations. Schuurman’s practice employs a variety of media including sculpture, print, audio, video, installation, and programming; fascinated by game culture, identity and interplay. His work has been exhibitited at 4 Cultures Festival, Lodz, Poland, 2019; C&H gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2018; Supermarket Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018; Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2018; #nfcdab (Near-Field Communication Digital Art Biennale), Gol, Norway, 2018; W139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2017; Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2017; Citadel'Arte, Citadel Diest, Belgium, 2016; Hacking Habitat, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2016.
Esther Brakenhoff Esther Brakenhoff is a visual artist from the Netherlands. She studied Comparative Art Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (NL) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL). Her work focuses on the perception of and interaction with space and place. She has a great fascination for geographical and technical image languages such as maps, satellite images, building plans and manuals. Esther works with various media, such as sculpture, installation, photography and video. Next to an individual art practice she also regularly collaborates with other artist and is part of the Amsterdam based art initiative Paleis van Mieris. Her work has been exhibited in shows as The Future of Travel (Corridor Art Space, Amsterdam (NL), 2018), Supermarket Independent Art Fair (Stockholm (SE), 2018), Flexible Frameworks (Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL),2015), &Model (Leeds (UK), 2015), Odd Bird (Kuva/Tila, Helsinki (FI), 2014).
Shift Operation : Tokyo Workflow, Participating Artists Asayo Yamamoto, Soda Noriyasu, Jin Yeowool, Thomas Gillant,Shinno Rie, Mio Hanaoka,Shiori Ukishima, Yui Nagashima
Shift Operation is supported by Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds The Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands