11″ x 27″
electroformed copper paper, venice printed leather
Multilayered research using video, projection mapping, kinetic sculptures, wearables, electroformed objects, found artifacts, focused on the idea of becoming, agency over the body and who we are along the way.
The work is built from stories of various people that I met these past months in the US and before who struggled within gender dysphoria.
How do we create freedom to try out different names, pronouns, gender expressions, and modifications on our journey during a lifetime? As something feeling authentic, as a sense of coming home? When does gender dysphoria shift to ‘euphoria’? (That rosy light inside that we feel when seen and loved). If queer is not a manifesto, then what could it be or become? Are bodies and sexualities collective, as institutions that we inhabit and perform?
Video still and kinetic object part of the total installation “Gender Euphoria”.
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I am currently graduating from the 4D Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI).
My work navigates the space between technology, social design, and performance, where I create non-normative stories within a wide variety of bodily perspectives.
On the one hand, there are innovative kinetic installations and (video) performances that interweave sexuality and contemporary objects, set in both public and private domains.
I transform varied materials (paper, fiber, metals, silicone) into objects that are capable of contracting, expanding, glowing, or twisting by way of hands, motors, and timers. Multilayered installations manifest in a contemporary unfolded universe, with pleated patterns and transforming structures, electroformed objects, sand casts, video projections, soundscapes, AI and non-AI generated poetry.
I develop social design and interrogate inner forces and artistic implications, renewing online dependency, identity, access, and common language, both physical and digital, in the service of the future of touch, attunement, and being at-home together.
On the other hand, I develop social design and interrogate inner forces and artistic implications, renewing online dependency, identity, access, and common language, both physical and digital, in the service of the future of touch, attunement, and being at home together.
The mission within these two primary areas is to exchange ideas on fluid spaces, transposed into a shared visual language.
Looking at the public area as various physical and digital sex positive spaces, what are the different vernaculars, gestures, scents, sounds and colors that we use to communicate with one other? How do these define, evolve, intersect, and influence on a personal and cultural level in the public realm, digital space, and physical tools that we use?
Background info: Merel Noorlander received a BFA from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL), growing up in Amsterdam’s Red-Light District amongst self-chosen queer family, captain of their boat. Prefers coffee in trees, challenging gravity.