Leonard van Munster – Dancing White Man

During GogBot 2016 XPO will show the exhibition – Dancing White Man (the making of) by Leonard van Munster and Edwin Dertien featuring photo’s by Julia Blaukopf.

Opening: Wednesday September 7th, 17:00

Opening hours during Gogbot: Friday September 9th – Sunday September 11th: 12:00-20:00

Leonard van Munster makes Site-specific and Subject-specific work. He studied from 1992 to 1996 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. This included an exchange programme to Parsons School of Art and Cooper Union in New York.

Van Munster’s installations are to be found mostly in public spaces, where the surroundings play an important role in the work and how it is experienced. Sometimes, he chooses a location that suits an already made sketch, and sometimes he makes a work especially for a specific location. Although his works at first glance have a cheery or boyish look about them, there is a more sensitive idea at their basis. Recurrent underlying themes are desire, homesickness and sentiment: a frozen moment of happiness or a childhood memory. (from Wikipedia)

With the dancing white man he tries to capture the intimate (and sometimes slightly ‘out of control’) feeling of dancing to reggae music – in a self-portrait realized ‘in robot’. The project was commissioned by the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, supported by the Mondriaan Fund. Visit leonardvanmunster.com for more information

The Dancing White Man has been on display in Amsterdam for the past five years. It featured in the dutch children’s TV show ‘Het Klokhuis’ and on TEDx Amsterdam in 2012.

Julia Blaukopf is a photographer, artist and designer who creates large-scale works on wallpaper, window panels, as well as glass and ceramic tiles. She has photographed for a women’s empowerment organization in Ghana, a reforestation project in Kenya, and collaborated with artists and organizations alike in Lithuania, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Sri Lanka and the United States. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, in Germany, Holland and Denmark, as well as nationally, in New York, Philadelphia, and along the West Coast.

In 2010, Julia launched an arts-products venture that pushes the boundaries to re-envision the possibilities for art and photo-based products. Most recently, Julia completed photo-based wallpaper commissions to create custom works for restaurants, a co-working space, and a corporate meeting room in Philadelphia, as well as apartment buildings in Philadelphia and New York. Her work is featured in commercial and residential spaces to strengthen their individual identity and are available for sale online. Julia has studios in Philadelphia & New York an can be found online at JuliaBlaukopf.com
julia-blaukopf.squarespace.com (Shop Page) and instagram.com/juliablaukopf

Her works on the Dancing White Man were part of a larger project capturing ‘Enschede Creatives’ during an arist-in-residence project hosted by ARE in 2011. Her impressions and pictures can be found online, during the exhibit a selection will be shown in print.

“During a residency at ARE in 2011 I photographed a number of ‘Enschede Creatives’ as part of an ongoing series, “Creatives Working.” Edwin was the first electronic artist in the series. At that time he was working on the dancing man in a sort of caffeinated frenzy (haha, oh my goodness, I wrote this! Sorry…).
The session yielded very dynamic pictures showing an impression of his working process and the contrast between human and technology. My hope was to capture the behind the scenes, process-oriented element of Edwin’s work. We see the product, but rarely get an insight into the compelling facet of the work done in the studio. Edwin’s creative focus was an intriguing meditation on the work that goes into bringing life to an electronic man.”

Edwin Dertien has a fascination for robotics, and has worked on several projects involving (autonomous) robots, both from an engineering or artistic interest. He holds a Ph.D. in mechatronics and lectures in the Creative Technology program at University of Twente. His company ‘Kunst en Techniekwerk’ (Making Art Work) has provided the engineering backbone in many art projects and has spawned a FabLab inspired workshop tailored for technusiasts diagnosed with ASD run by the ASSortiMENS foundation. Together with Marlies van Grootel (B93/ARE) he started the XPO project space. His work can be found online at edwindertien.nl

His work on the dancing white man was a roboticist’s dream-come-true. A project containing all the mad-scientist qualities (and cliches) of the modern-age Frankenstein …