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Light and art melt into one

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Studio Drift and BMW at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 – a living work of art in the sky.

When technology and art come together it often results in an experience that is both fascinating and impressive. Something that captivates the viewer and unleashes emotions. This is embodied in a vehicle like the BMW Concept 8 Series, but also in the works by Lonneke Gordijen and Ralph Nauta from Studio Drift.  In their groundbreaking works of art, they always combine the technical and the natural in a never-before-seen way.

Studio Drift – the poetic designers

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta met each other in the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and in 2007 they founded the Studio Drift in Amsterdam. Their focus is on the creation of multi-disciplinary and interactive installations and films, sculptures and objects. They always bring to their pieces a clear blend of the latest science fiction inspired by high-tech images combined with poetic pictures.

Emotional technology is not an oxymoron

Works by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta appear poetic, intricate and even alive, yet they are also always highly technical and very innovative. For each new project, it is essential for the artists to work with programmers and engineers.

Only by working closely together with experts from universities and research institutes is it possible to bring to life the almost magical works of art – and sometimes it takes years until they are fully realised.

The environment can’t be experienced in a studio

Studio Drift explores the world wherever it appears. Their sources of inspiration can be found outdoors in nature.

People find the time to view art in an art gallery, but the world is one big exhibition if you just look at it.
Lonneke Gordijn

Shylight sculptures: light in movement

Just as every flower bloom is unique, every Shylight light sculpture has its own pattern of movement. Fragile lights made of many layers of the finest silk unfold smoothly – and then close again. Over and over again, in a choreography designed down to the last millimetre, like graceful dancers on a stage.

Harmoniously light and very complex

Over the skies of Miami – an art space

At Art Basel in Miami Beach, Studio Drift and BMW present their newest light project “Franchise Freedom” – a flying sculpture and crossroads for technology, science, nature and art.

A swarm of 300 illuminated drones rise to emotional, classical music into the evening light of Miami Beach. The drones are perfectly independent, yet together simulate the flight of starlings.

Never before has such a natural phenomenon of this magnitude been artistically interpreted with flying drones. Studio Drift developed a special algorithm which arose from observing the flying patterns and flying forms of the birds. The drone will then fly through the night as organic, self-controlled beings.

The drone performance “Franchise Freedom” is inspired by the flight paths of starlings. A real work of art inspired by nature and initiated by Studio Drift in cooperation with BMW.

Art Basel Miami 2017 incl. exhibition of the BMW Concept 8 Series

Miami Beach Convention Center
1900 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139


PrivateDay (by invitation only)
Wednesday, 6 December, 2017, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Vernissage (by invitation only)
Thursday, 7  December, 2017, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Public Days
Thursday, 7 December, 2017, 15:00 to 8:00 pm
Friday, 8 December, 2017, 12:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, 9 December, 2017, 12:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, 10. December, 2017, 12:00 to 6:00 pm

BMW believed in our idea and as a manufacturer understands how complicated and complex these innovation processes are.
Studio Drift


The 8 Concept.

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