The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam debuted “Coded Nature” this week, a stunning solo exhibition by Studio Drift. The show features eight room-filling installations of sculpture, prototypes, models, and a selection of films.
Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, the duo behind Studio Drift, have perfected a practice over the past decade that embraces the intersection of technology and nature. Their research-driven experiments often result in poetic pieces, like Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5, an ethereal light fixture made of individually placed dandelion heads.
Some works, are less delicate, like Drifter, a floating, concrete monolith measuring 4 x 2 x 2 meters. Or Concrete Storm, an interactive augmented reality project created with Microsof HoloLens and Artsy in 2017. New works by the Dutch duo will also be on display, including the film Drifters and installation Elementism.
“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,” said museum curator Ingeborg de Roode.
“Coded Nature” will be open to the public through August 26.