ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
Currently a fourth year student at Academy Minerva in Groningen, two elements are recurring in my works: movement and contact. My fascination for movement is linked to my background in dance. Over the years, I have studied and discovered multiple dance styles: Argentinian Tango, Salsa, Vogue, Contact Dance, Dumdum Dance, Qi Gong, Alsatian folklore, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance. Being aware of the limits of my own body, I am in the constant search for the instinctive movement rather than the aesthetic one. The body is becoming an artistic tool and is used to explore the mystery of human connections. I try to capture and share the precious moments of intimacy and to build personal experiences for the public.
In my quest to understand how strangers can understand each other without words I use a variety of methods such as drawing, video, animation, stop motion, photography and performance. Being a mediator rather than an artist, I investigate ways to start dialogues and to construct bridges between individuals.
ROZA KOOTSTRA - DIAGRAME
ROZA KOOTSTRA - LOADING COPY
In my research of the concept of the line, I find myself crocheting more and more, day after day. I got hypnotised looking at the thread continuously transforming into knots to then form a surface full of colour and texture. Translating this into a performance, I started constructing an outfit: a green textile creation made from one thread. I wore the outfit during a tour guide, presenting several works of fellow art students. But whilst presenting the works, the outfit starts to gradually untangle affecting my trips from one work to another. Only a green line is left behind connecting the works together.
A Green Line for the GreenLight.
ROZA KOOTSTRA & RA'FAT ALI - THE SOUND ARCHIVE
Dear friend•s, close friend•s, distant friend•s and friend•s to be met,
We miss you.
How about we get in touch?
Ra'fat and Roza invite you to share sounds. Everydaysounds.Personal sounds.Everyone is free to interpret as he/she sees fit.You could choose sounds made by object•s or person•s. You could capture a specific sound•s or an ambient sound•s.
You can contact us via our facebook page. Via a private message, we will collect the sounds through a voice message (around 2 to 5 min).We are developing the prototype of a virtual archive where these sounds will be put into space.Visitors will be able to choose how to arrange the sounds and will be building a soundscape in constant formation.