Constant Dullaart

Rapid Response Fellow 2020 - 2020

The fluidity of boundaries between artist and tech communities and questions of authorship, virtuosity, and the performativity of art in a mediated environment are an important aspect of the work of Constant Dullaart‘s practice. A practice which reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies. Dullaart’s work stays firmly yet defiantly within the realm of contemporary art, but from a position profoundly informed by the conditions of new media networks—technical as well as cultural, social, economical, and political networks. Dullaart strives for an honest, respectful, yet unembellished approach to the materials and conditions of the network. At the same time his work is full of humor, wit, and critical commentary…”(Jury statement on Prix Net-art 2016) His work includes websites, performances, routers, installations, startups, armies, and manipulated found images, frequently juxtaposing or consolidating technically dichotomized presentation realms. Showing internationally in museums, galleries and institutions, Dullaart has curated several exhibitions online and offline and lectured at universities and academies throughout Europe and the United States.

What do you plan to do during Phase 1 of Rapid Response?

Rebuild the social meeting format and set up series of possible venues to use for bars, community spaces, institutions, meeting rooms etc. Finding the right setting to invite different communities to invite their public to use the presentation spaces. Further developing the technology that triggers an audio connection through a simple graphic interaction, reminiscent to the conditions of meeting somebody in real life.

How does your work relate to the theme of the open call?

Creating new, better conditions under which casual meetings can take place if general social interaction is obstructed. Without the limitations of an appointment, revealing an identity, the need for an account with a large tech company. Either due to a lockdown, or other challenges.

What does the future look like to you?

Mouldable. But which forces will mould it?

What is your grounding ethos?

The message is more important than the messenger.