Culture to a human being is like oxygen, it is invisible and yet so deeply rooted and conditional to existence that it is taken for granted. And yet, it determines the ways that humans think and act on a daily basis. Societies create and develop their sets of cultural norms, and most groups or individuals feel compelled to follow them because it is an intrinsic part of who they are. Art has the power to challenge these norms and offers the possibility to take a look at them or to explore alternatives by pushing the boundaries of what is imagined to be real and also possible. The role of art at its best may be to open for other ways and to invite us into these unexplored and uncertain territories.
I like to think of art as a form of research, much like scientific research but with a different set of rules. Not based on empirical evidence or logic, but rather one that defines its own rules and frameworks as it moves forward and develops. The studio as a place for experimentation rather than production.
I come from a background in photography and as an artist my work has always had some sort of relationship with the public realm. My first experiences of photography were in the streets with so called “street photography”. Today, the work is more often than not, site specific and still connected to the public realm and to photography but by exploring principals such as time, space or light. The final results, although, rooted in these explorations are often conceptual and end up taking form in a variety of different mediums.
More and more I find that the work is a sort of dialogue with reality, sometimes in a very direct and immediate way and other times through a more thorough research involving many aspects of a situation. At the moment I am particularly interested in the mediation of the senses through technology and how this affects our perception and our relation to "reality".