Frans van Viegen – the Netherlands - What E.L.L.S?
(Eternal Life Lightning Skull)
I was highly challenged with this participation in the Get Out Of Your Skull project as a photographer. Grabbing a good challenge is on the other hand, the thing that makes me going as a multimedia artist. From the start I knew I wanted to somehow breathe "life" into this dead skull and, as I try to do in all my works, have the viewer have a felt interaction with my work. A kind of communication with the skull. The skull responds to me, the viewer.The skull as a representative of infinite life, became my focus. As an artist, I am always in for new paths not yet trodden by myself. So I purchased a small computer, a string of directly controllable LEDs and a sensor like those used in drones and began to bring the skull to life. 250 solderings later, the skull came to life. To emphasize the eternal life idea, I drilled patterns from the different cultures that somehow represent "eternal life" into various places in the skull. I made the skull black, to emphasize the "not living" idea, and placed it in a cube that has mirrored walls inside. In this way eternal life is reflected in and around the skull and "What E.L.L.S ?” (Eternal life lightning skull) was born.
The Dutch photographer Frans van Viegen made a sudden career change in 2008 from international banking management to his childhood love: photography. With the photography of people and their context as his starting point, he combines a variety of techniques to create (interactive) experience for the viewers. Within his interactive work he integrates personal images and personal context as a starting point for the viewer, encouraging the viewer to make his own story. Combinations of image, movement and sound. Within his latest body of work: SpecialPlaces, Frans van Viegen explores and transforms everyday urban panoramas in beautiful, photographic narratives.
With the saying of Confucius in his mind, "Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand" - Confucius (450 BC), he continuously explores new ways to portray people and their environment.
Frans van Viegen graduated cum laude from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. His work and his projects are frequently on show within galleries and art venues.
Frans van Viegen - What E.L.L.S? – mixed media - 32x32x32 cm
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