On 15th December at the New Dakota Art Museum in Amsterdam the exhibition Art Duo | Duo Art opens. The exhibition explores co-creation through the work of celebrated duos of contemporary artists, such as the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, the brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, the inseparable Gilbert & George and the Swiss partners Fischli/Weiss. Among the artists taking part, we should also mention Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, whose work Life Spacies II obtained an Honourable Mention in VIDA 3.0, and Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen, winners of the first prize ex aequo in VIDA 2.0 with the robot Tickle.
As the organisers of the show have said, “working with a partner involves being open to the influence (unpredictable in part) of the other person. Therefore, working as a duo leaves room for external influence and actively involves the spectator in the work.” As opposed to the individualism of the romantic figure of the solitary creative genius, current artistic practice is the result of a team-work philosophy that is displayed clearly in the work of artists who use new technologies. Often this is a meeting between one individual who is more technical and another who is more creative, but more often the skills of both creators include all aspects of the work, from planning the concept to programming or creating specific objects. The show, which is open until 24th January, allows viewers to compare the work of sixteen pairs of artists from the international panorama.