Space Being addresses how perceptions of personal space can be transformed.
A symbolic base on the floor, suggesting personal territory, and extensions, attached vertically to the body, as articulation of space, are the elements used, while experimenting and testing in collaboration with people. Doing so, I developed a new scripting language and provoke a new spatial perception.
Center: A human being is a circle whose centre is everywhere but whose circumference is nowhere. The center is the place where new spaces can overlap and grow.
Interspace: Space as a flux, like an ongoing wave; The lengthening and shortening, the widening and narrowing, the rising and sinking; the shape of the space of interaction.
Proportion: Duration creates a space, a distinct from time, which is fluid, more abstract.
Pointes is an experimental set of objects functioning as an accoustic instrument.
Making music through dance, that was my starting point. In this performance a living xylophone comes into being that unites music and dance. In classical ballet ‘pointe shoes’ are representative of the dancer’s weightlessness. In reality, dance is all but weightless.
An experimental set of objects function as an accoustic instrument, while the body of a dancer playing the sthring, and resonates one’s existence through space.
Imaginary Landscapes is an ode to the act of walking.
Walking gives me a sense of being interconnected with my surroundings. While capturing these moments of imaginairy landscapes , I expand them into objects. The constructed object as an ode to the act of walking.
By taking them back into the real setting where they were captured as memories, they now function as intermediate objects and become imaginative worlds of their own.
Unfinished Poem is an installation in the middle of a forest where people could whisper their thoughts through a symbolic communication line.
Embedded in the shelves of a constructed study room, the communication line connects the visitor with a secret listener.
The listener on the other side of the line, performed as a writer, transformed all the shared thoughts into poetry. Words worth remembering.
Ymke Vertelman (1991) graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) in 2017, department of Interior Architecture & Furniture Design. In her work she explores the way in which body language gives meaning to our perception of space.
Seen from the body, we all carry a certain space around us that we psychologically experience as a part of ourselves. I perceive space as a construct, formed by human behaviour. I play with this construct, materializing and shaping it.
Her fascination with the hidden structures that divide man and space is a recurring element in her work. She frequently collaborates with dancers, writers and other performing artists. By working in the field of performance art she generates new spatial perceptions.
Intake, Group Exhibition Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague
OpZicht presentation: Space Being STROOM, The Hague
iii - No patent pending #29, Korzo Theatre, The Hague (Performance: Space Being)
Graduation show KABK, The Hague (Project: Space Being)
Elle Festival, Amsterdam (Performance: Pointes)
Nacht van de Hoop, The Hague (Installation: The Attic Room)
Lightness Festival Mediamatic, Amsterdam (Performance: Pointes)
Salone Internationale del Mobile, Milan (Project: Pointes)