The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for visual artists under the age of 40 and architects under the age of 35. The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award adopted various guises over the years, the aim has always been to trace talented artists and promote their further development and visibility. Since January 2013, the organisation and funding of the award is handled by the Mondriaan Fund. The Fund does so with due respect for the Prix de Rome’s long history and with the express wish to guarantee its status as an independent award.
Exploitation Landscapes is an investigation into the constantly changing relationship between man and nature. Plaster cast reliefs explore this apparent dichotomy through traces found in the ENCI quarry in Maastricht. The reliefs show traces of geological, industrial and ecological processes that have inspired a century of public debate.
To produce the serie a mix of analogue and digital fabrication techniques were combined: CNC-milled base reliefs were made from pointcloud scans and satellite data while other traces where taken in situ with silicone. After its first exposition in Bureau Europa in 2016, a second exposition was held in 2017 in the Dominican church in Maastricht.
TITLE: Exploitation Landscapes
PROGRAM: Exhibition, Research
LOCATION: Maastricht, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Bureau Europa
The camera obscura has always had a strong relationship with its environment. The relationship, however, is one-directional: the camera takes in the surrounding through a small hole and projects the image into an enclosed space. For the Breda photofestival, we proposed a camera obscura that creates a dialogue with the city. Using mirrors and photosensitive emulsion the camera obscura would project an image of the city onto the ground.
During the festival the mobile camera obscura moves through the city, leaving a trail of images that form a growing open air exhibition: an imprint of the collective imagination.
TITLE: Camera Obscura Urbana
LOCATION: Breda, The Netherlands
STATUS: honorable mention
NAP is a photo- and cartographic investigation into the norm of Amsterdam’s housing stock. Our fascination was propelled by the apparent reluctance of our generation to deal with a notion that is both statistically inescapable and urgent with respect to the challenge of affordable middle class housing. Ultimately, raising the qualitative norm of housing provides better for housing for most people.
Why has the norm become such a difficult topic? Why is it implicitly relegated to unnamed 2nd-tier colleagues, or to other professions entirely? Why do we glorify the collaborative approach of the Amsterdamse Stijl but remain incapable, or reluctant, to work together with such deliberation?
This project investigates the norm through mapping parts of the city that were entirely built in one decade and consist of repetitive housing units built in close proximity. Through site visits and photography we sought to capture the guiding principles, aspirations and ideologies of that period. The series clearly reveals certain continuities and ruptures during the last century and seeks to establish a more self-conscious and reflective discourse about the implicit contemporary norms that we apparently find so difficult to acknowledge.
TITLE: NAP - Normaal Amsterdams Pijl
PROGRAM: Mapping - Photography
LOCATION: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
CLIENT: ARCAM Amsterdam