Wandering stars have occupied the human mind across centuries and millennia, along with the quest to explore and colonize cosmic space. Is there something in us that refuses to believe that we are alone in the universe? Does our longing for the stars conceal something different? To what extent can fiction shape future realities?
The construction of such inquiries are at the centre of Marjolijn Dijkman’s work, which pivots around humankind’s fascination for cosmic space, the position of our planet in the universe, and human subjectivity in relation to celestial bodies. Radiant Matter comprises a series of recent artworks that desire to analyse and reflect on the nature of scientific inquiry, the role of speculation, fiction and spiritualism.
Together with a poetic image essay and a conversation between the artist and the editor Kris Dittel, this widely illustrated book includes texts by Maarten Vanden Eynde, Ken Hollings and Raqs Media Collective.
Onomatopee 146 - Radiant Matter Marjolijn Dijkman
Graphic design: Salome Schmuki
CCS Bard is an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day. In order to make the actual production of art a more palpable part of the graduate program, the Center initiated an artist-in-residence program which allows for one or more artists to spend from a semester to a year at the CCS making new work and engaging with the program in other ways.
Radiant Matter is the first duo exhibition of work by Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde. It brings together objects, sculptures, a video and photos that explore the complex relation between the impact of the human on its environment and vice versa. Accompanied by a book launch of 'Radiant Matter' by Marjolijn Dijkman, published by Onomatopee and edited by Kris Dittel, on the 25th of November during the Amsterdam Art Weekend.
Researchers night with amongst others: Birkeland's Northern Lights Experiment, presentations of Modern Space Physicists, artists talk about meetings between Art and Science, opening of the Aurora Polaris Exhibition.
With: Ann-Cecilie Larsen, Are Raklev, Toril Johannessen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Thale Sørlie, Koka Nikoladze, Maria Hammerstrøm, Anna Follestad, Anders Kvellestad og André Granum.
Group exhibition with: Guillaume André, Pierre Balandier, Claude Boudeau, Adrien Colin, Gérald Colomb, Amandine Courtois, Nicolas Daubanes, Marjolijn Dijkman, Thomas Fontaine, Magdalena Gerber, Per Hüttner, Jo Errant, King’s Queer, Justyna Koeke, Adeline Leprêtre, Marie Minary, Monsieur Bidule, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Nushy Soup, Thomas Perrin, Florence Picard, Collectif RADA, Lois Renou & Rodrigue Guillot-Cressant, Romuald & PJ, Anna Schuster & Sara Focke-Levin, Jérôme Vaspard, Jean-Luc Verna, Didier Viodé, Dana Wyse, Lulu Zhang. Curated by Laurent Devèze, Julien Cadoret and Jérôme Vaspard.