Nou & Herkauw
Nou&Herkauw comprises the artists Adri Schokker and Ruben Boxman. In their games, interactive installations and workshops they fuse the material and digital worlds. Their background as spatial artists and their love of authentic materials like clay and cardboard play a key role. For Nou&Herkauw, participant input is essential, and everyone is an artist. Material is produced through drawing or making, for example, and then used to create a final product in the digital realm. This could be a game, a film, a photo collage, or an animation of a dancing puppet.
In the interactive installation KlooN, you can stand in front of a big video screen and make compositions out of pictures of yourself. You can effortlessly copy yourself and decide whether you want to appear in front of or behind each likeness. Alone or with friends, you can use “cloning” to create a beautiful composition, a freaky piece of art, or a huge group photo. KlooN raises several important contemporary issues at once. First, there’s the question of whether we can trust what we see in pictures: are the images real? Second, selfie culture: why do we so love seeing pictures of ourselves, and how do we behave in our efforts to make those pictures perfect? Finally, to what extent can we shape life? For example, is cloning a good idea? These are serious questions, yet the visitor considers them almost inadvertently, thanks to the installation’s infectious quality and its playful aspect.