Heleen Blanken (Nederland / The Netherlands)
When Water Falls, 2019
Installation at Contrair Festival
7 x 40 meter
Plastic Metallic Foil
The When Water Falls project is a relection on plastic waste. It deals with the complexity of our man-made presence in todays natural environment. The foil is re-used and made into a new work. When Water Falls #3, shown on the island of Kunstfort bij Vijhuizen, is the third work in de sequence of the reused materials. The previous work was commissioned by DGTL festival. Heleen Blanken is a visual artist and lives and works in Amsterdam. She is working across the media cinematography, photography and installation art. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
Her artistic practice is deeply inluenced by the complexity of the separation between humanity and the natural environment. She explores the different layers of our aesthetic perception of the natural world; deining traditional artistic dichotomies like the organic vs. artificial and analog vs. digital. In her work she raises questions on how we contemplate ideas of nature, inviting us to question these and absorb alternative visions. With her performative visual shows around the world, she has established a strong presence in both the electronic music world and in the visual arts scene. Her work has been shown internationally in curated shows at institutes like Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Mutek Montreal, Gropius Bau Berlin, Gallery Ron Mandos, Rembrandt House, La Gaîté Lyrique, Mapping festival and STRP Festival.