Artist Karen Lancel is practice based phd candidate researching: 'TELE_TRUST: new parameters for online trust'. Her theoretical research is closely related to her artistic work, in which she collaborates with artist Hermen Maat. Together they create 'meeting places' in (semi) public spaces. Their 'meeting places' are performances and installations, designed as seductive, visual environments - functioning as artistic 'social labs'. Here the artists invite their audience to experiment and play with their especially designed deconstructed social technologies - and to reflect on their own perception of body, identity, community. While combining different strategies and technologies in a social montage for physical and virtual interaction, Lancel en Maat research contemporary social systems in a mediated society.
Through their 'meeting places' Lancel and Maat show social portraits of an urban mediated environment. Their artworks are internationally shown, among others in: Ars Electronica Linz, Austria // ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany // Banff New Media Institute, Canada // Transmediale Berlin, Germany // Eyebeam New York, USA // De Appel Amsterdam, NL // Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL // Urban Screens 08, Melbourne, Aus // ISEA 04, Finland // Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris, France // Art Center Nabi Seoul, South-Korea // Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL // V2_Institute for Unstable Media Rotterdam, NL // NIMK Amsterdam, NL // Shanghai International Science and Art Expo, China // Second new media Art Exhibition at Millennium Art Museum Beijing, China // Both artists lecture internationally and teach at media art academies, like Frank Mohr Institute Groningen, Minerva Groningen, APT Antwerpen, Rietveld Acadamy and Film Academy Amsterdam.
For more information and public commissions, see: http://www.lancelmaat.nl