When was the last time you felt really moved after seeing an image that expressed pain? Does a shocking picture still have the power to leave an impression when it is the umpteenth you encounter?
For the programme Foam Farm, Foam invited five talented artists to reflect on the value of images in present-day society. The five participants of this experimental think-thank worked on the question: “What is the meaning, value and social relevance of images in our present-day society, or what could it be?”.
The participants were challenged to work together by connecting their expertise, to exchange experiences, and to inspire each other. The discussions resulted in valuable insights that form the theme of the presentation. Foam Farm analyses the impact the imagery of suffering can still have on the disposition of the viewer, in an age when the same images are being used for commercial purposes.
The participants of Foam Farm are director Emmanuel Adjei (1988, Amsterdam), photographer and visual artist Robert Glas (1986, Zaandam), visual artist Thomas Kuijpers (1985, Helmond), designer and illustrator Emilie van Spronsen (1988, Amsterdam), and theatre-maker Naomi Velissariou (1984, Bilzen).
– Performance Naomi Velissariou and voice-artist MAASK (Joost Maaskant)
– MAASK: a one-man band performance
– Stippenlift: melancholic texts accompanied by electonic music
COLLABORATE! A YEAR OF VISUAL ENCOUNTERS
To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Foam is organising a broad range of activities throughout 2017 united by the theme of collaboration, under the title Collaborate!. Foam Farm is part of this programme and goes beyond the limits of photography and fine arts, to help develop ties between different artistic disciplines, as well as venturing into scientific and technological fields.
The Collaborate! programme is made possible with the support of Fonds21, the Mondriaan Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and VSBfonds.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.