A duo exhibition by Machteld Aardse and Lyske Gais.
The 37PK guest studio brings together the practices of the Amsterdam artists Machteld Aardse and Lyske Gais. The two very different artists focus on a common topic: the relationship between data and people. Data Science, Big Data and algorithms largely and increasingly determine the world around us. Do people still have a grip on this data, or do they only have a grip on us?



Machteld Aardse and Lyske Gais use the guest studio as a base for a series of performative actions in public space. They perform a number of measurements on passers-by who voluntarily participate in the project. The proportions of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man are central to these measurements. For example, according to these ideally formulated proportions, the span of the arms would correspond exactly to the height of the human being, from head to toe.


The data generated by these sessions formulate a joint work, which is central to the Outer Space exhibition. A work that will grow slowly during the exhibition: new measurement sessions will take place during the course of the exhibition, and new data will be added.


In the exhibition this central work is mirrored to two other recent works. Lyske Gais shows a four-part work in which she has included a dataset of 1985 American soldiers (and added her own data to it (no 1986). While Machteld Aardse makes a correct reverse gesture by showing a work based on a large number of MRI scans made of her own body.


Finally, the exhibition can be divided into two parts: the first, ever-growing part will run from November 18 to December 16, after which the exhibition will be converted into a new, definitive second part that will take place from 10 to 27 January 2019.

Concept: Machteld Aardse & Lyske Gais
Curator: Martijn Lucas Smit

In collaboration with: Virag Dezso (performer, mime) and Yung-Tuan Ku (performer, percussion) from the Moving Academy for Performing Arts (MAPA)


Machteld Aardse, My Body, mixed media & light,  2019