“Nan0trash”. Too tiny to care about, too big to ignore. part 2

After a while I decided to give a name to material I work with. I made a research of some term and that’s what I have found:

First of all, the small particles I work with are often called “trash” by other people. For now I’ve decided to take this word as a base, so it’s easy for other people to imagine material I work with.  We have a term microtrash, that means “small pieces of trash in the environment that are dangerous to wildlife when ingested”. But my material is even smaller: crumbs, dust particles, sawdust etc.  We just don’t care about it, unless it interrupts our vision, but those small particles we can consider as “bacterias” of “trash kind”. That’s why I’ve decided to choose the name “nan0trash”.

With my project I tried to study the difference between trash from different spaces: public spaces, nature or households. My goal is to search for qualities and patterns while examining different distribution patterns of nan0trash.

Here is my video from my last presentation.


Project SNDP (Spreek na de pieptoon)

The inspiration comes from recently taken Dutch exam “NT2: Nederlands als de tweede taal” (deel “Spreken”) (Dutch as the second language, part Speaking). You can’t have any devices while you are taking exam, but the contrast between talking crowd and silence I’ve experienced was extremely charming. I want to repeat that sound experience in my piece. Public heard an audio-piece in the dark. 

Here is the link (audio)

Too tiny to care about, too big to ignore part 1

We are all aware of a small world of bacterias around us and the big Universe we live in. What about very small particles such as crumbs, dust particles, etc? We don’t see it on the asphalt outside, we don’t look very closely on the walls of buildings, we don’t clean trees in the park with a duster. We just don’t care about it, unless it interrupts our vision.

My interest is something that is too tiny to care about, too big to ignore. Of course at home it becomes visible if you will not clean it for a long time, but in public spaces and in nature it has a completely different context.

That’s why I started to gather different samples. My technique was pretty simple: collect small particles with tape from important for me places, so I have started in Peru.

Here are some examples:

Here is the movie based on gathered samples




Catching the light

In October 2016 I had an opportunity to work with light. Michiel Pijpe gave an amazing course at the Royal Academy of Art . Here are some results.

  1. Self-portrait

    – Starting points: First I started with lamp and plastic frame. I was searching for tits  boundaries, because I wanted to use minimum materials. All experiments with color filters were a bit destructing for me, I wasn’t satisfied with my result. Then I made a decision to take a food plastic, because it seemed to me as clear, flexible and interesting material. I put it under my plastic frame to see what will happen.

    – Discoveries: From the first minute of working with plastic I was amazed how such a simple material   can completely transfigure my perception of   plastic frame: I started to see all possible qualities of plastic, even though I didn’t do anything with it yet.

    – Further explorations: Then I  slowly started to move my frame and then magic happened. Plastic under my frame begun to transform. Even slow movement caused changing  food plastic on the whole surface. Here it is.

  2. Space-light modulator sculptures (moving images)

    I was working with Sophie Jurrjens and our approach was to create a landscape from paper and see how far can we go with playing with lights. First we wanted to create several different set-ups for our paper models, but process has shown, that we already can explore so much by only using single setup and only playing with lights and taking pictures from different angles. 

    So we have 2 categories, based on the position of our camera. The first category  of pictures was taken from the side and includes qualities of geometrical shapes and light experience, the second category  is the view from above, where we concentate on possibillities of light movement.


    Our process began from playing with paper. First Idea was to create a kind of a city landscape from paper. But we didn’t want to spend too much time for only  working with paper, so we decided just focus on easy geometrical shapes. When our models were done, we started to play with light and search for a perfect position of our paper models. We focused on the qualities of light we could get. Geometrical shapes caused  interesting refraction of light in the paper fold zone.

    After we started to experiment with reflection from different subjects and camera. First we made some  series of video’s and photos only with light itself, then with effects with glass and foil we could get. It was very magic and unpredicted. That’s how we came to the final result.

  3. Here is the movie
  4. Light performance 

    Performance started in the room with normal light. We asked people to lay down on the floor, so they feet will face the wall. Also we asked them to relax and concentrate on their breath. The audience was allowed to watch any direction, but without turning their heads. Then the lights went off. People were laying in completely dark room. After a minute they started to see a long red line on the celling and the hum sound. 

    The line  was slowly  moving  down to the wall. The sound was louder and louder. I was controlling the light with 2 other people. We were very concentrated, because it took a lot of power to keep all three short red lights in one line and move it very slow and smoothly. Because of the sound I also had special experience. 

    When the line of light was just above people’s shoes, the stroboscope slowly started to blink. The volume of sound also was increasing, the tension too. When red line was on the people’s faces and even I felt the speakers shiver,  suddenly all lights with sound went off and performance was finished. 

    It was amazing experience!

Art-Project “You are special for me”

 At 2011 I had had a project for people I know, who were inspiring me at that moment. I made a special birthday present for those people.

Just before the date, I was sitting at the table with a lot of different magazines/images and I let my mind go, thinking about the person in question. I took every picture or words from there, that I associated with the qualities that person has.

So after this work was done, I had a collection to make a collage that said in my own words “You are special for me”.

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