Vincent Vulsma
15 Feb till 8 Mar 2020
Opening: Saturday 15 Feb 2020 — 18:00 till 21:00 hrs

Additional Opening Times:
Friday 21 Feb, 14:00 -18:00
Friday 28 Feb, 14:00 - 18:00
Friday 06 Mar, 14:00 - 18:00

     So when you turn your wrist to grab your cup of coffee, the camera rotates to the same angle? Well, from the point of view of your smartwatch, that is?

      It is in fact a gimbal camera stabiliser that is interpreting a script of motion coordinates of the smartwatch, setting the camera in motion rather than reducing camera shake. In a way, the logic of the system is reversed and used against itself.

     [the artist rubs the back of his neck]

As we go about our daily lives, we leave behind virtual breadcrumbs—digital records of the people we call, the places we go, the things we eat and the products we buy. These breadcrumbs tell a more accurate story of our lives than anything we choose to reveal about ourselves.…Digital breadcrumbs…record our behavior as it actually happened. – Alex Pentland

     The data doesn’t say much about who you really are, nor shows anything essential about your family?

     By recording my own raw sensor values and filtering these for recurring patterns, I realised that I often repeat certain movements, a sort of tics. From a vast amount of data, I managed to isolate the values corresponding to these subconscious movements, generating a kind of model. You could call the resulting camera trajectory a portrait. It is an abstraction, a portrait based on the movements of my wrist.

     [the artist rubs the back of his neck]

They claim the data from our private experience and take the profit. Illegitimate profit. Because they took it at the beginning without our knowledge. Bypassing our awareness. Shoshana Zuboff

Vincent Vulsma (1982) investigates the embodiment of power structures, such as extraction, appropriation, and distribution, within all kinds of commodities. A common thread in his work is the retracing of ongoing colonial structures within contemporary production processes, which runs from in-depth research, to the artistic appropriation of cultural heritage, like an African mask or a 19th century Kuba textile, to the production and trade of natural indigo pigment. In the exhibition ‘Breadcrumbs’ the main point of departure is the appropriation of our private domain by means of (wearable) sensor-technology.

This project is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Mondriaan Fund.



Photo documentation by Ilya Rabinovich