They form a unique duo in an international world where nature, art and technology meet. They developed an intriguing language based on the question ‘who are we’: what bridge between nature, light and electronics can stimulate the human feelings.
“What means nature for us and how is technology changing our lives. That what it’s all about in our works.”
Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta have acclaimed worldwide fame with Studio Drift and their art works and installations, shown in galleries and museums and desired by collectors.
The evolution of Studio Drift actually begins when Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta meet as students at the Design Academy in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. They soon found out that art is their focus and that the art that they have in mind must have a function. This will become a search for authenticity and surprises that goes beyond their works.
From the start the relationship between nature and technology and how they effect human beings is their central theme.
Lonneke: “Our work is about feeling and experiencing. Trying not to stick to conventions about how the world works. No, we are concerned with how the world can work so that it feels natural. It is like a game with elements and expectations. You don’t have to be an art expert to experience our works. You can feel them. For us it is necessary that people let their feelings speak again. We want to put people in a situation or an environment so that they get the feeling that they are alive. ”
Furthermore: “We always work from space. How do we use the space, how do we adjust it or how are we going to manipulate it so that you experience it in a different way. Trying to look at space, nature and technology in a different way. Use technology to bring us back to nature. To enjoy the moment.”
Nature X Tech
Since they graduated at the Academy in 2005. Studio Drift, now based in Amsterdam, is in fact a natural evolution of their basic beliefs: to combine nature with tech art, performance and bio-design.
Data and algorithms derived from natural phenomena often form the basis for Studio Drift’s work. With the help of state-of-the-art technologies they translate this data into poetic, meditative experiences. Their ideas regularly anticipate technological possibilities.
Studio Drift is represented by Pace Gallery (a.o. London and New York), taking part in the gallery’s FuturePace program, and is represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery with whom Studio Drift has been collaboration since 2009.