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Emiel Ambroos


Welcome to Nomansland! A constellation of dream-like places and states of being, through a nomadic state of mind. These inner and outer spaces do not belong to anyone, rather they give space for a sense of belonging which can be shared among one another.

Through a bricoleur approach Emiel Ambroos searches for ambiguity in the relation with our sense of self and our surroundings. How do we blend in with our environments? From mostly found objects and material, possible worlds are built and new bodies reassembled. The work often departs from a feeling of being misplaced, like outbursts of odd stories on failed after midnight polaroids. A feeling of not feeling quite at home in the social roles and hierarchies that are implied within our economical and ecological structures. By moving away from the individualizing tendencies of these structures, Emiel explores to which extent mass-cultural phenomena such as rave and festival culture, digital mediums and technology can contribute to an affirmative counterculture. Through which collective energy resonates and life is celebrated.

The ‘Vibing Matter series’ are partly temporary installations which visualize vibrations of matter and thought as well as the desire to connect. For example the ‘Sandcastle Sofa’. The sand of the riverbanks and beaches around Arnhem/Nijmegen, flooded with blurred memories of wild camping and free raves, gathered and carried home. Just like the imaginary values attached to it, the sand nests and spreads in all directions. As we do the same, we allow our self to get lost and wander off. Our sense of self becomes fragile and our shared reality flexible, once it can fade away with every wave. The Sandcastle Sofa becomes an open platform to visualize new horizons and stories to be made.

Welcome to Nomansland! A constellation of dream-like places and states of being, through a nomadic state of mind. These inner and outer spaces do not belong to anyone, rather they give space for a sense of belonging which can be shared among one another.

Through a bricoleur approach Emiel Ambroos searches for ambiguity in the relation with our sense of self and our surroundings. How do we blend in with our environments? From mostly found objects and material, possible worlds are built and new bodies reassembled. The work often departs from a feeling of being misplaced, like outbursts of odd stories on failed after midnight polaroids. A feeling of not feeling quite at home in the social roles and hierarchies that are implied within our economical and ecological structures. By moving away from the individualizing tendencies of these structures, Emiel explores to which extent mass-cultural phenomena such as rave and festival culture, digital mediums and technology can contribute to an affirmative counterculture. Through which collective energy resonates and life is celebrated.

The ‘Vibing Matter series’ are partly temporary installations which visualize vibrations of matter and thought as well as the desire to connect. For example the ‘Sandcastle Sofa’. The sand of the riverbanks and beaches around Arnhem/Nijmegen, flooded with blurred memories of wild camping and free raves, gathered and carried home. Just like the imaginary values attached to it, the sand nests and spreads in all directions. As we do the same, we allow our self to get lost and wander off. Our sense of self becomes fragile and our shared reality flexible, once it can fade away with every wave. The Sandcastle Sofa becomes an open platform to visualize new horizons and stories to be made.