Bringing emotions to facts
Bring yourself, Thijs will do the sameThijs Biersteker is 37 years old. He is an artist and founder of Woven Studio in Zaandam.
Art reflects the times we live in. If there’s one subject that deserves even more attention than it already gets, it’s climate change. Like many people, I’ve become a bit numb to all the facts and headlines about this. In my work I look at how imagination can partner with scientific data on issues such as deforestation, air pollution, or plastic in the oceans. I believe that art and science should come together to increase awareness and make this more tangible for everyone.
Giving nature a voice
My work deals with the future; one that we really should avoid.
Science, art, and technology
Every project starts in collaboration with scientists. To actually carry out the installation, I work with a full team - from scientists and engineers to (intelligence) designers. The art installations are created as sustainably as possible here at Woven Studio. Each work is given a 'passport' with data on CO2 emissions and the reusability of the material. What I make is a kind of symbiosis between science and art using the latest technology that makes this possible. This trinity makes it completely unique, and it’s also very cool to work with all those diverse specialists.
My work deals with the future; one that we really should avoid. Over the past 50 years there have been many reports on climate change, so we already know a lot about it. By presenting the data and the facts through a work of art, I hope to usher in a new era in which we are more willing to take action. Standing in front of it and being confronted with the reality of it has more impact than just reading a headline.
Where do you see the Netherlands in 10 years?
In the Netherlands, we have battled extreme weather and water for centuries. This knowledge could be very important in the coming years in the fight against climate change and its consequences, especially in combination with art and science. The Netherlands can grow into a role in which we help, inform, and inspire people about the major challenges that lie ahead.
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