arranging, moving, rotating, packing
4 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Coralie Vogelaar is a research-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work consists of systematically conducted studies that reveal the mechanisms within our visual culture, in relation to the human body. Taking computer sciences as her inspiration, she explores the borderland between computer and man, showing the communication between the two and the new ways of seeing and behaving that can emerge from this. Why is it that we find one image more appealing than another? How do we arrive at these preferences, and what is their impact?
For ‘Arranging, Moving, Rotating, Packing’ Vogelaar collected an archive of 3D scans of classical sculptures from art history. The poses of these human figures from sculptural traditions form a big part of our collective memory. This archive became the starting point for the installation that will be shown at BRADWOLFF PROJECTS. Vogelaar applied an optimal-packing algorithm to this database of sculptures; an algorithm that is normally used in the packaging industry to calculate the most efficient way of packaging spatial objects in a container. By using this algorithm, she was able to find poses that could be perfectly intertwined with one another. The resulting images were translated into various media, and are now presented in the gallery as a total installation.
In collaboration with choreographer Marjolein Vogels, Vogelaar uses a group of dancers to bring the combinations of these clustered sculptures to life. The performers move from pose to pose and the piece will be shown at BRADWOLFF PROJECTS during the opening and finissage. This choreography is also sequentially captured by 3D scanners and presented in the space as a computer animation. In addition, a selection of the results has been translated into the sculpture ‘Optimal Bin Packing’, which is a CNC-milled result of the bin-packing algorithm, flattened into a relief.
Coralie Vogelaar [Delft, 1981] lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated as a graphic designer from the Sandberg Institute  and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2009/2010. She currently teaches at various art schools, including the ArtEZ University of the Arts. Her work has been shown in ZKM – Karlsruhe, Kunstverein Kassel, Science Gallery Dublin, Impakt Festival Utrecht, MU Artspace, V2 – Lab for the Unstable Media, FOMU – Antwerp, SPRING Festival Utrecht, PuntWG Amsterdam and Kunstfort Vijfhuizen.