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Fragile Future

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For a private home in Meribel, France, this commission was created in May 2011. The Fragile Future series of light sculptures explores this relationship, evoking an imaginary possibility of how it could develop. Real dandelion heads are arranged within a phosphorescent bronze structure closely resembling a circuit board. Each individual dandelion seed is glued by hand onto tiny LED lights. Dandelion heads colloquially referred to as ‘clocks’, recall memories of childhood ritual and the passing of time. In life, dandelions decompose when touched by a breeze or by a breath. In Fragile Future, the dandelions are transformed into something immortal. A peaceful presence resounds from the illuminated ‘clocks’, though at the same time light is being used to reflect something darker and more complicated. Preserving the life-form destroys the life force, preventing the seeds from spreading and renewal of life. Although the dandelions appear to float within the frame, in actuality, they are contained. Underlying the gentle poetry of the work is an unsettling sense of our own, human, impermanence. The ‘Future Noir’ design conveys the truth of sentience: to feel is also to die. Fragile Future has received much recent acclaim, winning the first ‘Artprize’ in 2006, and the International ‘Lights of the Future’ prize from the German Design Council in 2008. In 2010 Drift was awarded the Moet-Hennessy PAD London prize from their Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier. Fragile Future 3 is developed in collaboration with The Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London.

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DRIFT explores the relationship between nature, technology and mankind. Their working process involves unique craftsmanship and critical engagement.

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

DRIFT has realised numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); Stedelijk Museum (2018); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); Pace Gallery (2017) amongst others. Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2014, DRIFT was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.