We could not be more excited to share this news: Amsterdam is gaining a new museum! The Drift Museum, opening in early 2025, is founded together with the owner of the renovated listed building Van Gendt Hallen, Eduard Zanen.
Our space-filling artworks, and performative installations will be enhanced by the grand and industrial character of the Van Gendt Hallen; five factory halls in the centre of Amsterdam designed by architect Dolf van Gendt in 1898.
The Drift Museum is the outcome of everything we have been working towards for the past 17 years. We hope it will be a place that generates wonder and emotional responses from our visitors and where they feel more connected to our planet and nature.
Two works from our Materialism series (Light Bulb & LED) are on view at 21_21 Design Sight Tokyo. Entitled Material, or the exhibition seeks to rediscover and reinterpret the human relationship to raw material.
21_21 Design Sight is a design museum created by architect Tadao Ando and founded by the late fashion designer Issey Miyake.
We have been working on a new large-scale, immersive installation for a group exhibition at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Titled ‘Is It Alive?’ – the exhibition includes work by Iris van Herpen and Philip Beesley and arose from a fascination with natural processes. How does something come to life? When do we experience something as ‘alive’?
The premiere of our collaboration with the National Dance Theater of the Netherlands takes place this month on September 21st. Lonneke Gordijn has developed a new site-specific work for this theatrical performance. The choreography of the work is currently being formed on location in The Hague, together with the choreography of the dancers and the music. Click here for tickets.
Monday 4th September saw the opening of LUX: Poetic Resolution at DDP Seoul. DDP is a beautiful building designed by Zaha Hadid. We are thrilled to be included in such an exciting group exhibition, including works by Pipilottii Rist & Julian Knxx amongst many other wonderful artists and curated by SUUM. Our kinetic botanical field artwork Meadow is on view until December 31.
DRIFT is pleased to announce their first solo exhibition in Brazil. From March 29th onwards, a traveling exhibition titled Vida em Coisas will start off at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB) in Rio de Janeiro, followed by São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.
Vida em Coisas explores “the possibility of nature and technology living together in harmony. Be it through the bionic world or be it through the concept of animism, in which everything – animals, natural phenomena and inanimate objects – has a spirit that connects them with everything else” – as beautifully stated by curator Marcello Dantas.
This exhibition in Brazil brings together a selection of representative works by DRIFT, ranging from sculpture to installation, and will build on DRIFT’s practice of creating experiences that invoke a reconnection to our planet.
The annual TED conference in Vancouver is an event during which prominent experts across a wide range of fields are invited to share their ideas with the world. As a viral video phenomenon, TED attracts an enormous and influential audience. This year, TED invited DRIFT’s Lonneke Gordijn to participate in their yearly program to talk about the development process of their studio’s artworks.
The New York City Ballet presents their tenth annual Art Series, where they invite a contemporary artist to create a site-specific work which will be displayed during their winter performance season. This year it is DRIFT’s signature work Shylight that will be on view in the lobby from January 17 through February 26, with open hours for the general public as well.
Coded Nature explores the relationship between humans, nature and technology. An autonomously flying swarm of DRIFT blocks responds to the movement of the audience, reflecting the endless opportunities of creation in nature as well as a continuous flow of change. The work was unveiled and shown to public for the first time, at Art Basel Miami 2022.
The work illustrates how humans strive to live autonomously within sets of societal rules and conventions, and challenges the human concept of freedom. If every bird were to operate on its own, the ultimate result would be chaos. Just like birds, people find safety in being part of a group. As such, their actions must be aligned with collective mechanisms and are compelled to follow a set of rules based on which society functions. If one chooses complete individual freedom over societal effort then one can only operate aside from it, which makes us question: What is the perfect balance between the two? Is freedom an illusion?
This year Art Basel Miami celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. For this special occasion, DRIFT’s award winning drone sculpture Franchise Freedom returned to the city after it premiered there in 2017. In collaboration with Art Basel, the artwork flew above the Convention Center for two evenings in a row, both visitors from the art fair and citizens enjoyed the memorable performance.
DRIFT’s exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now on view till April 2023. In this exhibition are several artworks of DRIFT exhibited, with our signature work Fragile Future as the center piece. The exhibition also explores how our artworks come to life. Drawings, models, prototypes, and other documents of the studio’s experiments offer glimpses of the research and engineering that lie behind the apparent effortlessness of our experiential creations. Go check it out for your self.