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A peak into De Brakke Grond

25 June 2013

The gallery of De Brakke Grond has been invaded by some amazing artworks.

The Darkest Hour is one of the most impressive. It is the work of a visual artist and graphic designer, Liisi Tamm, from Estonia. She has been struggling with finding a way to bridge her interest in being a visual artist today despite the financial difficulties entailed, with the lack of time due to working as a graphic designer in order to surpass those very difficulties.


Her work is very much a reflection of this duality. For over six months she has been recording the movements of her mouse while at work with a mouse tracking program called MousePath V 0.2. The Darkest Hour is therefore, literally and metaphorically, around the time the mouse moves the most, and, in the tracking program, covers most of the visual field into black, usually around 6pm, or at times of intense work approaching deadlines.


Another work which sparks great interest is The Golden Mountain, by Robert Glas. Glas, a Dutch artist, went to Indonesia, a former Dutch colony, where he purchased one kilogram of tea by the leaf. He then proceeded to document each leaf photographically. His artwork consists of an attempt to sell each leaf for as high a price as possible. Situated somewhere between speculation on the tea and on the art market, buyers can select their leaf based on aesthetic considerations, by picking from the extensive photographic catalogue. WIth their purhcase, they also receive a certificate of authenticity. The festival is proud to have brought by the circumstance of this work being exhibited in De Brakke Grond, a location which used to be a center of tea sale in Amsterdam as late as the 1960s.

Soundscape is a work which attracts several viewers, or, perhaps, should I say, listeners. An interactive artwork composed of over 5000 pieces of folded paper with conductive abilities attached to a hanging drapery, the work creates sound depending on how the small pieces touch each other illiciting new connections within the whole. There is a nearly magical quality to interacting with the work, but also to seeing it create sound by simply fluttering in the wind.

For a further taste of the artworks come visit the gallery in De Brakke Grond and enjoy the diverse selection youselves! The gallery is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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