LAB

Clash Lab is the place where art and research meet. Talented artists and master students collaborate and look for new and creative ways to look at problems and dillemas. With this years edition of Clash, our theme was: Identity and Conflict. This was also the starting point of the Clash Lab participants in 2020.

Within the Lab, we aim to create new opportunities for talent to develop. In doing this, we stimulate young artists to make new work and give them a place to present their work. For 2020 we aimed to present you the results at Clash Festival, but due to the current circumstances we had to cancel this years edition. Instead we proudly present the results of Clash Lab 2020 in an online environment.

Alan Ahued Naime & Jian Ding 丁键

Clashing Cultures

Jui-Tsz Shiu 許芯慈 & Neela Pirwitz

Making Art

Theresa Schulze & Julia McKellar

Who Do You Think I Am?

Zoë Wang 王瑞琪 & Bart Bruinsma

Identity Points

Alan Ahued Naime & Jian Ding 丁键

Clashing Cultures

Clashing Cultures is a combination of qualitative research and the musical translation thereof. For this project, Jian Ding 丁键conducted research on the cultural backgrounds (America, Costa Rica, Mexico and Wales) of four participants. Composer Alan Ahued Naime translation of this is a composition that consists of five music tracks  spatialized in a 360° binaural system. After analyzing the scale and harmony of each pieces, Alan decided to work with the one note that they all share: the note G. He used the audible frequencies of G and created automated filters on every track. In the artwork you can hear how the other frequencies are being gradually removed, so by the end you are left with a piece where all of these songs clash.

CREDITS

Music & artwork: Alan Ahued Naime
Research: Jian Ding 丁键
Thanks to participants:
Thomas Bird 
Christine Gilbert
Christian Alfaro 
Alan Ahued Naime

Alan Ahued Naime

Since 2017, Alan has been working in the field of sound art, creating sound sculptures and installations. He is currently studying the Media, Art and Design Master’s program at the Frank Mohr Institute where he is developing art projects in different mediums with a trans-disciplinary approach.

Jian Ding 丁键

Jian Ding 丁键 studies Change Management at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Leadership is the focus of her research and she’s interested in the intricate ways in which leadership impacts organizations and society. Currently she is exploring whether cultural leadership plays a role in influencing people’s identity.

Jui-Tsz Shiu 許芯慈 & Neela Pirwitz

Making Art

What constructs artistic identity? Jui-Tsz Shiu 許芯慈 and Neela Pirwitz explain, “it is the result of a series of interactions between self-imagination and social practice. It includes past, present or even future experiences being channeled together into one. In others words, it is the product of an individual’s context, history and background.”
Their video Making Art is based on the analysis of interviews with three different artists about how they make art and the process of their artistic practice. With it, they explore how artists project identity onto their work and how it affects the artist’s decision-making. 

CREDITS

Artists: Neela Pirwitz & Jui Tsz Shiu 許芯慈

Interviewees: Alan Ahued, Julia Mckellar & Linde Ex

Performing artist:
Jamie Huang

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An Exploration into Identity and Connection

Getting to know people online step-by-step is very difficult, maybe even impossible. A sentiment that becomes even more clear in the wake of the corona crisis. We cannot construct our own impression of other’s identities before having a glimpse at how they present themselves. The question of how identity unfolds online is something Julia McKellar and Theresa Schulze set out to explore. They invited people from across the internet to participate in an online experiment where they’d share personal information about themselves and be connected with another participant who they have never met. Participants had to construct the identity of another participant based on the limited information they received. The artworks throughout this experience showcase some of the identities that were constructed during this experiment.

CREDITS

Theresa Schulze

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Julia McKellar

Julia McKellar is a multimedia designer and artist examining changes in relationships, phenomenology, and space in the wake of emerging technologies. 

Zoë Wang 王瑞琪
& Bart Bruinsma

Identity Points

Zoë Wang and Bart Bruinsma combined their strengths to tackle alienation and identity. Growing up in China and studying in the Netherlands, Zoë was head on confronted with a new language and environment that made her a cultural outsider. No matter how much effort she put into learning to speak Dutch, her accent would always give away that she’s not from here. She delves into the connection between language, dialect and identity. Is there such a thing as a proper accent? Are there stereotypes you never noticed? come and find out through this sound collage composed by Bart Bruinsma based on conversations with Zoe Wang.

CREDITS

Research and creative input: Zoë Wang 王瑞琪
Music production and composition: Bart Bruinsma
Vocals: Merel Wentink

Bart Bruinsma

Bart Bruinsma is a composer and music producer from Leeuwarden, The Netherlands and is currently based in Groningen, NL and London UK.
During 2019, Bart produced several performances and composed music autonomously and in collaboration with theatre-makers and choreographers in the North Netherlands. Through these collaborations, an interest in the exploration of spatiality and performance within contemporary music experiences has been developed and is one of the core aspects within Bart’s compositions.Bart also produces electronic music under the alias Nadya KID.

I AM PARTICIPANT #1

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
THIS IS HOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT REPRESENTED MY IDENITTY...
Participant-1---Representation
I don’t relate with this representation of my identity because I am not a girly girl and rarely go to bars. But parts of it are kinda me…like staying at home, being chatty, wearing glasses, and loving animals and food.

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I AM PARTICIPANT #2

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
THIS IS HOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT REPRESENTED MY IDENITTY...
Participant 2 Representation

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I AM PARTICIPANT #3

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
THIS IS HOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT REPRESENTED MY IDENITTY...
Participant 3 - Representation
This other participant thinks I’m a creative person and that I play guitar and maybe some other instruments. They also think I probably don’t cook much and that I travel frequently.

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I AM PARTICIPANT #4

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
THIS IS HOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT REPRESENTED MY IDENITTY...
Participant 4 - Representation
This participant explained, “Its kind of strange, you just have 2 photos, like 2 seconds of their life, and then you try to make an identity out of that. It seams impossible.”

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I AM PARTICIPANT #5

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
THIS IS HOW ANOTHER PARTICIPANT REPRESENTED MY IDENITTY...

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I AM PARTICIPANT #6

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
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I AM PARTICIPANT #7

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...

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I AM PARTICIPANT #8

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
It’s a bit scary how little information a person needs to figure out who you are...

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I AM PARTICIPANT #9

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...
I definitely identified with the style of the sketch and the scene that was shown. For at least some part of my identity I felt accurately represented. I was a little bit "concerned" how accurate the assumption of me/a part of me is based on only two photos...

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I AM PARTICIPANT #10

HOW I THINK OTHERS SEE ME...

This is a photo I would share online...
This is a photo I wouldn't normally share with someone I don't know...

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