These photo works are part of a multiyear project titled 'Project on Image', produced in major urban areas around the world (Spain, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, USA, a.o.) Over the years urban planners, architects, governments and companies have valued these images because of it's position in between reality and fiction, and their beautiful yet critical approach of urban development and the use of space.
The social context as well as our concepts of reality are constantly changing with the omnipresence of a sprawling and diffuse visual spectrum. Master, original and copy are of equivalent value. In this project the time-specific connections are removed, and these images (and with this the urban landscape itself) accommodates our new perception of “the real”. The city exists in it's imagery, and by not focussing on one specific project in one specific location only, it's like globalisation with all it's pro's and con's, leaving room for discussion and reflection about the role of imagery.
The (interdisciplinary) space between document and creation is one of the most important elements in my photography. By visually theorizing the space between presentation and re-presentation, real or fake, this project is interpreting the concept of “the new”. It reconsiders the authenticity, function and impact of the image that is city.
“The city as a landscape of interactions instead of as a clearly identified object”
Globalization and the media transform the concept and social context of reality. Image, image transfer and interpretation reflect our life today. We observe the out of place, the disconnected and the diffuse at the same time. It's our new perception of “the real”.
Reconsideration of authenticity and function builds a new metropolis as part of SimCity: the microcosm of urban existence. Defamiliarization and re-definition of place, perception and suggestion function explicitly as the center from which to explore space and time as “morphing bodies.”
Using all photographic and cinematographic options available to create an assemblage of images that are produced worldwide, but make one contemporary metropolis of image, time and space. In cooperation with architects or by myself, this world is theory based, but creation orientated. In using out of focus, tilt/shift, movement and maquettes, I'm positioning the works in between reality and model, demonstrating and questioning the position of the public.
Delft, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Rotterdam (NL)
Studied at the Delft Polytechnic and the Rotterdam Art Academy. He is based in Rotterdam. Early influences include the New Topographics, but his photoworks since have evolved into a diverse oeuvre around the control of landscape, the lack of space, the infrastructural issues and the visual characteristics of the pressure on time and space in contemporary urban metropolises around the world.
The dualistic position of photography itself (the original vs. the copy) has become one of the key elements in his photoworks. Coöperates with architects like O.M.A. (Rem Koolhaas), Herzog & de Meuron, MVRDV, among others. His photoworks are published widely and have been exhibitied in galleries and museums worldwide, among which the Biennale of Venice, Italy (2001), The Architectural Biennale of Venice (2004), Haunch of Venison, Zürich (2005), Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam (2009) and Galeria Casado Santapau, Madrid (2011). Museumshows include the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL) in 2008, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2010) and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (NL) in 2012.
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