MA / different exhibitions / 2019
The modular MA system explores the theory of Negative Space:
Ma (間) (lit., "gap", "space", "pause") is the term for a specific Japanese concept of negative space. In traditional Japanese arts and culture, ma refers to the artistic interpretation of an empty space, often holding as much importance as the rest of an artwork and focusing the viewer on the intention of negative space in an art piece.
Though commonly used to refer to literal, visible negative space, ma may also refer to the perception of a space, gap or interval, without necessarily requiring a physical compositional element. This results in the concept of ma being less reliant on the existence of a gap, and more closely related to the perception of a gap. The existence of ma in an artwork has been interpreted as "an emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled", and has been described as "the silence between the notes which make the music".
Three dimensional forms and waves become present while being mostly invisible. The viewer's mind completes the forms that are actually not really visible.
This project was initiated by
Boris Acket, Sjors Varkevisser & Kultlab
In collaboration with
Nick Verstand, Poul Holleman & Marcel Smit
Wildeburg, Into The Woods, De School, Colin Benders