Elki Boerdam / Image Researcher
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Crocodile spotted using pool noodle.
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Every word is a question, every result a optional path and every outcome a foreseeable ending to the story. Systems of search direct our quests and simulate adventure. Is it even possible to get lost?
Combining images has been a valuable research tool. These image combinations offer different reading options of the images and propose new narratives. They are printed on a4 paper. These compositions are used to frieze new contexts before the images are stored back again in the archive. I have made hundreds.
The Input Party
The Input Party is a (recurring) gathering where various participants share their image archives and together discuss this found imagery. These conversations often result in an insight of how the individual participants approach and treat existing images.
Input Party is an initiative of visual artist Rachel Sellem and myself.
Input Party XL at the Posthoornkerk
During this Input Party we printed out and explored the complete image archives of seven artists.
Together we discovered which archiving structures the artists are using, which narratives can be discovered within the archives and what happens when these different archives intertwine.
In this two-day workshop the participating artists were invited to collaborate with each other, the images and our Xerox machine. Diving deeper in the image archive as a tool for artistic process and research.
Participating artists: Aafke Bouman, Nastia Cistakova, Anne-Laure Ruffin, Clarinde Wesselink, Ton Zwerver, Rachel Sellem and Elki Boerdam.
This project is kindly made possible by the Amsterdams Fund for the Arts and Stadsherstel.
Currently I am writing a science fiction story on the loss of randomness and its impact on society. Join the Alliance and fight the recommendations!
This story is part of my reflection on chaos and randomness and their relation to the way we collect and process images.
Extraterrestrial: the picture as evidence of the unseen
Reading at The Hmm at De Ruimte, Amsterdam
Century of the self, pattern of the masses pattern
Part of the investigation on the documentation of the unseen and supernatural.
video database What Images Have You Seen So Far?
Input Party at Lowie Kopie
The Input Party spent a day in a private copyshop and brought the Input Party archive. By processing these images we navigated in a playful way through the archive which resulted in material for an upcoming publication.
Made possible with the kind support of Lowie Kopie and the AFK.
published in de Volkskrant (Uitgelicht) in 2016
Poedels en Badkamers
Series of a6 booklets.
Sad Men Magazine
Zine i.c.w. Io Cooman
Input Party x the Institute of Social History (IISG)
The IISG has a collection that focuses on social history and has a collection of 250.000 photographs. For this Input Party the IISG is opening up a part of their collection for us to work with. In combination with images from participants own image archives, the images from IISG will serve as input to start a conversation about how archives are formed and how this selection process works.
Image Curator for the Hmm
The Hmm, an inclusive platform for internet cultures, asked me to be their one-month image curator.
What Images Have You Seen So Far?
Still from the video installation
manipulated copy of a rock
Input Party - A Visual Conversation (2017)
Workperiod where seven artists applied the Input Party method on their artistic process while developing new work. Results were shown in an exhibition in NEVERNEVERLAND, Amsterdam.
What images have you seen so far? (2017)
Two-screen videoinstallation, as part of the research for the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, What images have you seen so far? juxtaposes the historical material from the archive with contemporary web images. Pointing out our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see through context and association.
This work was developed during the residency Open Media Art, commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Stimuleringsfonds creatieve industrie.
Wet cats that look like aliens
Share This. Art on social networks. (2015)
- Head of Research
SHARE THIS: Art on Social Networks was a threefold symposium and research program with Het Nieuwe Instituut, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid and Upload Cinema.
This research explored the possibitities of the social platform within the context of contemporary art. When does the platform becomes an autonomous artistic medium and which projects are, from a museological perspective, worth collecting and presenting?
Part of the research on the still as a new type of image.
The image as an archive
In an effort to explore my own intuitive methodology I investigated how intuition works. Working based on intuition for me means working with (un)definable aspects of memory and association. Taking one image as a case study I worked back on how association can establish an image archive within one image. And how from dealing with these archives new narratives can arise.
This exploration was presented in a lecture at the Retrouvailles symposium at Fanfare Amsterdam.
series of zines