Curse of The Walking Techbane
Mathew Kneebone

04.05.2018 – 29.06.2018

Curator and writer Huib Haye Van der Werf has made three poetic video-supplements to Kneebone’s exhibition.

Van der Werf explains: “Our smart-technologies contain systems that we do not understand, yet fully rely upon. These systems remain invisible behind their sheaths of minimal design and user friendly glassy surfaces. While the software for these technologies is seems readily adaptive to our consumer needs, the different hardware necessary to make these systems operate are unknown to us. Their mineral origins lay under our feet, yet we do not know their source. They have been mined, and touched. Then transformed and inserted, and made inconspicuous. Present only in their elemental function. Used up, until returned to the earth again as refuse, at the end of their periodic cycle.”

Huib Haye Van der Werf (BE, 1976) lives and works in Maastricht) has been head of the artistic program for the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht since 2013. From 2012–2013 he was partner/curator for TAAK and from 2011 until July 2012 curator for the Foundation for Art in Public Space (SKOR). From 2008 until 2011 he was curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam. From 2005 until 2008 he was adviser on visual arts for the Chief Government Architect and was responsible for realizing projects under the percentage-ruling for visual arts for government buildings.