Dropstuff.nl at the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009

Dropstuff.nl is a platform for media art and e-culture that broadcasts artworks by professional artists and designers on a network of Dropstuff Hotspots in (Dutch) museums, libraries, railway stations, schools and art academies. Base camp is the “glass house-pavilion”, a mobile AV-studio space with a gigantic LED screen that travels round various cities.

Dropstuff.nl has been invited to take part in the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia as collateral event. From June 2 -7, 2009, during the opening days of the biennale, Dropstuff.nl set up the gigantic 60 square meters LED screen on the pier between San Marco and Giardini (Riva Ca’ di Dio). Dropstuff’s main focus in Venice was to show a new generation of artists and designers, who approach the audience in a direct manner. No white museum walls, but interactive art in public space. By using SMS, bluetooth, touch screen and sensors, the audience was participating in the art work.

Birdsdays by Wayne Horse is not a cute Tamagotchi but an arrogant, ugly rooster which is giving orders to the audience. Leonard van Munster lets the audience do magic with words, which are generated by Google. David Kousemaker and Tim Olden of Blendid present a work which is controlled live from India, by an Indian employee who responds on people who pass by in Venice. Next to the ones mentioned, also works from Guido van der Werve and Klaas Kloosterboer are shown.

Dropstuff is a concept and initiative of designer René van Engelenburg, developed in cooperation with Edwin Jacobs, director of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The project is realized by Pleinmuseum Foundation, Amsterdam. i.c.w. the following Dutch museums: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Museum De Paviljoens in Almere, Armando Museum and Kade in Amersfoort, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, SM’s in Den Bosch and Marres in Maastricht.

See also: Pleinmuseum at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007.

Venice Biennale 2009. Venice, June 4, 2009.

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