Steps of Recursion – ICG at Fluxia Milano

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Steps of Recursion on rail – ICG


Year: 2012
Size: 135 x 110 x 75 cm
Material: steel frame, UV print, plastic


In this sculpture, a digital print is connected to a steer rail somewhat inspired by those found in airports and subway stations. Functional, stainless-steel street furniture supports a safe and smooth transit. In the digital print we see the reflection of one sneaker becoming the next but same sneaker, bent into shape of small steps which smoothly wiggle from A to B.

Sneakers, can be experienced as a very direct enhancement of the body and are also often branded to embody the spirit to strive further to improve oneself. Recursion as it appears in Mathematics, Biology, and Computer Science, could be seen as the stable factor at the core code of our reality. The question remains to what extend the constant push for adaption and improvement of our species is already included in this equation.


Trails Rising at Fluxia, Milano and Greenroom, London




Photo by Andrea Rossetti


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Trails Rising - Amsterdam - Anne de Vries





Trails Rising


Year: 2011
Size: variable from 223 cm high up to 12 meters high
Material: Plastic, sand, metal


The sculpted totem poles ‘Trails Rising’ are made from a mixture of sand and an epoxy clay which has been marked by the tread of various sneakers. The imprints forged by ergonomic footwear, designed to augment the body, remain as traces forming future terrains. In their profusion the individual prints join and become a pattern across a mutable landscape – as if a multitude of solitary runners meet one another in a collective space, traversing the poles in a direct attempt at transcendence. One reference might be Brancusi’s monumental Infinite Column, built as a WW1 memorial for those who died defending the Romanian city of Targu-Jiu, was created as a means of symbolic ascension to heaven. Through these similar gestures we are presented with a different process based interpretation, opposing Brancussi’s essentialist notion of what enhanced realities could be. 


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Katanga Bub at Sandy Brown, Berlin

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Katanga Bub


Year: 2011
Size: 35.43 x 56.69 inch
Material: Mobile devices glued on a light box displaying a press image of the Katanga mines in the Kongo, rephotographed under water.


The extreme ends of the mobile device industry are brought together in ‘Katanga Bub’.
It is based on a press image depicting the landscape and workers of Katanga, in The Democratic Republic of Congo – an area mined for many minerals like tungsten and coltan, which have been crucial for the manufacture of mobile devices. For this work the press image of the Katanga mines has been re-photographed underwater and set within a freestanding display unit. as water ripples and bubbles float over the surface, distort- ing the scene underneath, the screens of numerous mobile phones show clearer details of the same view of the Katanga mine. The elemental earthy origins of the mines are (re)connected with the liquefied luxuriance of global technology commodities and their marketing aesthetics, to express the easy exchange of information through these devices. This work fuses two opposing but connected ends of the story: on one hand the mobile devices help spread knowledge and raise global awareness, with the false prom- ise of engendering a better world. On the other hand, while the economy of “rare earths” props up the problematic social and political infrastructures of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it also reveals the recursive relationships between matter and information underwritten by the move from production to product; from raw material to data generation. 


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Places to see


Year: 2013
Size: 260 x 65 x 160 cm
Material: Stainless steel, digital print on polished and milled Plexiglas Unique 

Copyright: Anne de Vries 








Year: 2013
Material: Stainless steel, Pink Plexiglass, Key, Rubber medical tubes
Size: 45 x 65 x 175 cm

Copyright: Anne de Vries  


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Login, for two


Year: 2013
Size: 260 x 65 x 160 cm
Material: Stainless steel, digital print on polished and milled Plexiglas.

Copyright: Anne de Vries  

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At the Shores




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Year: 2013
Size: 65cm x 160cm
Material: Digital prints, framed

For some time I have gathered computer generated information about the far future online. While many of the events assigned to these random dates will probably not take place, some other predictions for example by NASA are more likely to take place.