Op 17 mei kwamen de 5 geselecteerde kandidaten voor het project Open Media Art voor het eerst samen. Tijdens deze kick-off leerde ze elkaar en het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid kennen. Na afloop stelde we ze enkele vragen over wat ze van het project en de kick-off vinden.
Tereza Ruller, 28, Amsterdam
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, afgestudeerd in 2015 Grafisch Ontwerp
Faculty of Fine Arts, VUT Brno, CZ, afgestudeerd in 2012
Kan je ons iets meer over jezelf en je werk vertellen?
I’m Amsterdam-based Czech-born designer and artist. I graduated from Intermedia Art at VUT Brno. Then as not satisfied of autonomous nature of art I decided to investigate the field of communication design. During my following studies of design at KABK, I discovered that intermedia art strategies can be useful as a surface production tool. In my final thesis, I established a theoretical framework around triangle Body presence — Surface — Action and tested result on graduation project about immaterial form of nonstop labour — Playbour. My attention is currently divided between working in my practice called The Rodina which I founded in 2010, working in studio Moniker as well as giving lectures and workshops.
Waarom heb je gereageerd op de open oproep?
While I was searching for typically Dutch things (for my integration course) I stumbled upon this enormous archive, later on I saw the open call. I consider the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision as a valuable source of authentic information that captures Dutch society in all its variety. Therefore I see working with the collection as an opportunity to create a new means to visualise the idea of “being integrated” and identify oneself with Dutch culture. The Archive offers me a great source of daily life depictions, tv documents and historical moments. During this project, I would like to bring my artistic and design expertise to the integration process and investigate possible use of the archive materials as an “integration tool”.
Kan je al iets vertellen over waar je aan gaat werken voor Open Media Art?
The subject of my fascination is the intersection between personal — subjective and cultural — national identity. My project turns the Sound and Vision archive to a personal narrative — an artwork that connects the subjective and the collection. I see the archive as an imaginative territory where the memory of a nation offers to be re-territorialized as a space for creative invention and speculative ideas. This project invites the participants to re-narrate their subjective experience in Dutch historical and political realm by using the materials from the Open Beelden collection. The result is a participative video artwork, an interactive website application.
Wat was je eerste indruk na de kick-off?
I think that kick-off was great opportunity to share some initial ideas with other colleagues – inspiring designers and artists – who will work with the same materials. It was nice to see some selected footages together because the archive is huge and contains a rich variety of topics throughout the history. I immediately felt in love with the architecture of the archive. It’s like a huge but elegant safe deposit and reminds me of my favorite computer game of my childhood. It was fascinating to enter the two of huge archive rooms storing all the recording and playing machines during the guided tour.
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