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Eveline Visser - The Bird's Empire

from April 25 2015 until January 17 2016

Eveline Visser, The Bird's Empire, 2015. Foto: Lotte Stekelenburg. Eveline Visser, The Bird's Empire, 2015. Foto: Lotte Stekelenburg. Eveline Visser, The Bird's Empire, 2015. Foto: Lotte Stekelenburg. Eveline Visser, The Bird's Empire, 2015. Foto: Lotte Stekelenburg. Eveline Visser, The Bird's Empire, 2015. Foto: Lotte Stekelenburg.

This spring Eveline Visser (1949, Rotterdam) transforms the Clover Leaf spaces into an animated three-dimensional installation, creating a wonderful world inspired by the bird kingdom, populated by lovebirds, clouds, antennae, bird drones and eggs.

Eveline Visser has fused paintings, photographic collages, objects and sound to create four dioramas, each of which explores one aspect of the wonderful world of birds in which nature, culture and technology are inextricably interconnected. Visitors can enter the dioramas and see, for example, how the mechanical bird drones steal eggs from the real birds. They want to know how they are made: even modern science has been unable to work out why eggshell is so strong. In another diorama a bird drone is monitoring birdsong. However, by interpreting the tonal vibrations the drone sucks all the magic from the music. Eveline: ‘Our desire to understand the world leads us to try to fit reality into various frameworks, pigeonholes and patterns. But when we represent the world through a diagram we simplify reality, and something is lost. Ironically in our quest for truth, knowledge and the essence of things we end up with an incomprehensible song.’

Central to the installation is the contrast between reason and intuition, science and mystery, faith in progress and the laws of nature: recurring themes in Eveline’s work. In a career spanning more than forty years Eveline has made work in a variety of scales, ranging from small paintings to 100m2 installations the public can walk through and interact with.

Where

This installation can be seen in four spaces adjacento gallery 53 on the first floor.