We are a young collective of artists, curators and writers, based nowhere but being here and now, at least temporarily. Reaching out from the depths of the post-graduation limbo, we came together to build a platform for contemporary art – an island carried on the waves of the internet, in a drift through the yet uncharted territory of art.
Living in the time of seemingly unlimited freedom, in fact brutally restricted by practical constraints, we decided to communicate our work primarily through an open zine – an alternative for the white cube tailored for the digital era. From time to time, our efforts will spontaneously materialise in the form of an exhibition, a debate, and others. We aspire to be more than a mere musée imaginaire by creating a (virtual) space for the development of new art projects, based on the principles of mobility and openness.
We are five but we want to become a network.
- emile hermans
Emile Hermans (1988, Maastricht) graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht in 2015 and with a master’s degree from LUCA School of Arts Brussels in 2017. In his works, Emile deploys different media—from sculpture and installation to video.
- cira huwald
Born in Germany (1991), raised in Ireland, and currently based in Berlin, Cira graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Cira’s practice can be described as a combination of text, sculpture and music – all revolving around ideas of childhood.
Her work explores the recurring themes from child literature, with a particular interest in the folklore, ranging from German Grimm Tales to Scandinavian troll books. Cira is keen on exposing sexual and violent undertones that are often present as hidden messages in storytelling.
- eline kersten
(the Netherlands, 1994) completed a Bachelor’s degree at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Art in 2015, followed by an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths University in London. Since then she has been working internationally, pursuing a kaleidoscopic view in both her artistic and curatorial practice.
Eline’s interest centres on transhistorical curating, and the friction between humanity and the Earth. Always acting upon what the specific situation asks for, Eline weighs, doses and redefines her position by drawing constellations. It is the translation between both the artistic and the curatorial that lies at the heart of her practice.
- alicja melzacka
(Poland, 1993) is an emerging curator and a writer, with the background in art history and applied linguistics. She holds a MA. degree in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education from the Maastricht University. Earlier this year, she completed the postgraduate programme in Curatorial Studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK). In her academic and curatorial research, she combines the interest in contemporary art with memory- and heritage studies.
Still as a student and later an independent author, she collaborated with various individual artists and institutions, among others Onomatopee (Eindhoven), l’Iselp (Brussels), KRIEG (Hasselt), B32 (Maastricht), and most recently CIAP (Hasselt).
- miriam sentler
(Germany, 1994) is a visual artist based in the Netherlands. In 2016, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Currently, she is pursuing a Master Degree in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam (NL).
Miriam builds complex narrative installations which aim to connect personal experiences with collective memory and Western symbolism. By reviewing certain moments through the lens of the ‘bricoleur’ (Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1962) and further elaborating on them by the constant use of association, her work is emphasizing the strange accumulation of (traveling) phenomena which happen around us on a daily basis.