Driessens & Verstappen
The Amsterdam based artist couple Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have worked together since 1990. After their study at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, they jointly developed a multifaceted oeuvre of software, machines and objects. Their research focuses on the possibilities that physical, chemical and computer algorithms can offer for the development of image generating processes. Driessens & Verstappen aim for complexity and diversity in the conviction that chance, self-organisation and evolution order and transform reality. An important source of inspiration at this are the self-organising processes in our surroundings: the complex dynamics of all kinds of natural processes and the genetic-evolutionary system of organic life that continuously creates new and original forms.
Driessens & Verstappen participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums, a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, LABoral Gijón, IVAM Institute Valencia, Neue Pinakothek München, Eyebeam New York, DEAF V2 Rotterdam. The artists couple gave presentations at conferences such as Siggraph Los Angeles, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Second Iteration Melbourne. In 1999 and 2001 their Tickle robot projects have been awarded first prize at VIDA, an international competition for Art & Artificial Life. In 2013 the couple received the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award for their entire oeuvre. Since 2001 the artists are represented by gallery VOUS ETES ICI in Amsterdam and since 2013 by gallery DAM in Berlin.