Ed Atkins - Recent Ouija

21 Feb 2015 – 31 Mar 2015

North Holland, Netherlands


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The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Recent Ouija, the first solo exhibition of British artist Ed Atkins in the Netherlands. The 1100-square-meter lower-level gallery in the new wing will be transformed into an immersive environment of monumental operatic videos,  collages and drawings.


In his practice, Atkins makes extensive use of cutting edge digital technologies of production and display: High Definition computer generated imagery, surround soundtracking and extensive digital compositing. For him, the vast contemporary digital toolkit begins with his laptop: their integration is fundamental to the subverting of video art and its installation that goes on within his work.

Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum says:
“When I first saw Ed Atkins’ work it immediately struck me. I think he is one of the most interesting artists of his generation and I am very proud to be able to present the first exhibition of his work in the Netherlands. With his work, Atkins explores the virtuality of our contemporary visual world and its profound effect on the reality of our embodied lives. His high-definition videos and powerful sound-tracks address existential questions about how love, sex, death, and relationships are experienced in the face of digital abstraction. Atkins' video works are digital performances, as it is the artist's voice and movement animating the digital world. In these videos, as well as in his collages and drawings, Atkins is asking for the paradoxical capacity of media to let our material lives be present in a progressively dematerialized world.”

See more at: http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/70432#sthash.jC8nEi7b.dpuf


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