Kijkstenen is about capturing natural phenomena or structures and expand them into objects.
Walking gives me a sense of being interconnected with my surroundings. Inspired by the Japanese concept of stone appreciation I capture natural phenomena or structures and expand them into objects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her fascination with hidden phenomena, like the shrinking and growing of personal space, or temporary structures that arise in nature are recurring elements in her work. With these elements she explores the way in which body language gives meaning to our perception of space. Or to make us aware of our relationship with the more natural rhythms that exist all around us.
'Im working on a library where I capture structures, traces, textures and patterns that are often transitory or temporary. It can be small or big, made accidentally by people or naturally formed by nature. I use this library as my canvas, to create form to these invisibilities.'
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)