Had a powerful, emotional, expansive, and visionary conversation with the artist, PhD candidate, Alexandra Crouwers. We discuss a variety of topics including deep time, the origins of art, climate change, our uncertain futures on planet earth, the uncharted terrains being created by crypto artists, the Ethereum merge, our desire to leave behind artifacts, Alexandra’s journey with the tezos blockchain, web3, WAGMI, NGMI, and more!
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Check out Alexandra’s YouTube Channel
Learn more about Alexandra’s Solo Show NGMI at De Groen, Arnhem, Netherlands.
You can also collect the anthem Alexandra created for NGMI on Versum:
From her website:
NGMI stands for ’not gonna make it’. The abbreviation is often used for bad investments in crypto space, but in the case of Crouwers’ solo show it describes a post-pandemic sentiment towards our collective behaviour in the light of the climatological and ecological system crisis. The exhibition consists out of new installations including digital video, audio, and text.
Alexandra’s bio from her website:
The works of Alexandra Crouwers (NL, 1974) continuously oscillate between various media, sets of ideas, landscape and architecture, silence and sound, materiality and immateriality, technology, and a broad sense of art history.
Crouwers works mainly with digital media. Her works can be described as collages, assemblages, tableaus, or dioramas. Her images and animations are constructed with 3D software and post-production. To her, the ‘virtual atelier’ behind her computer screen is similar to a physical studio, only without the burdens of gravity, storage, or logistics. The digital realm has its own challenges, though.
Throughout the years, certain themes reoccur regularly: science fiction, eschatology, and apocalyptic imagery, architectural structures, deserted landscapes, references to quantum mechanics and astronomy, time and decay, animals, and a sense of suspense.
Some works touch on the subject of ecology, or ecological collapse. Others suggest portals to other worlds; windows to possible futures, or to visual history.
Crouwers is interested in the exhibition space as a whole, not only in individual works of art. Many of her works are presented in modular clusters, and often mix media.
Next to her artistic practice, Crouwers writes about art, language and literature, and works as an audiovisual/graphic designer. She has been involved in curatorial projects, theatre, exhibition design, and music videos, and was a guest teacher at various art schools in The Netherlands (AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch) and Belgium (KASK, Ghent, Sint-Lukas, Brussels).
Crouwers has been awarded stipends by Fonds BKVB (now Mondriaanfonds), BKKC (now Kunstloc Brabant), Kunsten & Erfgoed (Government of Flanders), Tijl Fonds (Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds), Kunstloc Brabant, and deBuren (Brussels).
From October 2019 until 2023, Crouwers is working on a four-year phd in arts trajectory at Leuven University / LUCA School of Arts, Brussels.
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Thumbnail avatar for Alexandra is from the Ariel Institute Collection on Objkt:
Edgar’s Thumbnail comes from their piece El Fuego Aclara on Objkt: