Joep van Liefland (Utrecht, 1966, lives and works in Berlin)
Throughout his practice Joep van Liefland explores the phenomenology and transformation of media. He investigates the decay and disappearance of media, with an emphasis on the extinction of analog video technology. A large, sprawling, collection of over 50,000 videocassettes, remote controls, manuals, connection cables, video cassette recorders, early computers and other information technology equipment stands at the basis of Van Liefland’s work. Elements from this archive are mixed and re-mixed by the artist to conjure up new constellations and installations.
As for example is the case in the ongoing work ‘Video Palace’ (2001 onwards), this‘work in progress’ has resulted into international recognition for the artist. Other elements of his practice like his sculptures, screen prints, collages and vitrines also spring from the same rich media archive that the artist uses as a source. Van Liefland’s work has been shown internationally. His work was shown at amongst others; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Extra City Kunsthall, Antwerp, Albertinum, Dresden, Ramiken Crucible, New York, as well as presenting solo booths of his work at international fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze, Art Cologne and more recently Art Rotterdam. The artist is currently working on a new installation for the Transmediale exhibition at Haus Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and on a solo presentation of his work at Nanzuka, Tokyo. Early 2017 Uitgeverij Hatje Cantz will publish an extensive overview catalogue of his work.