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Published on Oct 14, 2016
Beyond modernism; SanderBokkinga's Floating Circus for SANAA's KAF in Almere.
"Yeah man, It really ties the room together" Michiel Rijsberman, governor, aptly quoted the Dude from the Big Lebowski (Coen Brothers), during the opening of SanderBokkinga's Floating Circus.
This comprehensive installation, commissioned by KAF ( Almere's newly formed center for the arts) has just been completed in the Dutch New Town Almere by artist Sander Bokkinga.
At the early stages of the assignment Sander Bokkinga was challenged to interact with the formidable building of KAF. A cultural center- and theatre building by world renowned architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), situated on the waterfront of the "Weerwater" lake that borders Almere's city center. In Bokkinga's opinion the building was a prime example of modernism yet seemed to lack an 'inviting spirit' and connection with it's surroundings. SanderBokkinga's Floating Circus can best be described as a wicked gesture to bridge the physical and mental gap between entities; architecture, urbanism and human interaction. His parade of artworks appears to have set up camp in Almere overnight. Each piece/artwork engages in a dialectic play (a narrative) with its surroundings, amongst itself and each other. As a collection (parade) of different objects, which form a narrative of a slight anarchistic, yet friendly clandestine pack, it seems to impose itself on the strict modernism of the cultural center. The makeshift, nomadic character of the artworks makes them stand out towards their context and yet their overall narrative seems to draw us in. Sander Bokkinga's work in Almere is part of city's collection of public artworks.
The Netherlands, Almere, The KAF Center of Arts (kunstlinie Almere Flevoland)