‘Doing research connects my practice with teaching; it strengthens and brings them closer together.’
Martine Stig was, until recently, a researcher within the Cultural and Creative Industries research group. She is also a tutor at the Master Institute for Visual Cultures. She is co-founder of the practice and research-based art cooperative Radical Reversibility.
Martine Stig studied at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, and the University of Amsterdam. She lives and works in Amsterdam. Martine’s work has been exhibited in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum and the Aperture Foundation in New York, among others. Her work is part of the collections of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, H+F collection, the Fries Museum, and the Bouwfonds collection.
Martine has published four books and a number of artist publications. Her most recent book, Noir, was published by Fw:Books in November 2016. She is currently working with the same publisher on the book Vertigo.
The central theme in Martine’s work is the photographic image, still or moving, and its authenticity. She is interested in how the ubiquity of images influences how we experience the world. By playing with clichés and changing conventions, Martine questions the medium and its capacity to represent reality.
In her research Vertigo, Martine focuses on the technological expansion of the senses. She considers whether photography and film, and with this the linear perspective, are still sufficient for capturing today’s world. Her continued research Art for Machines focuses on the changes the photographic image has undergone in the transition from analog to digital, and the consequences this seemingly irrelevant transition has for the role of humans in image production.
Art for Machines & Vertigo
The Art for Machines research focuses on the changes that the photographic image has undergone in the transition from analogue to digital and the consequences that this seemingly irrelevant transition has for the role of humans in image production.
Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries
The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?Read more
‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’
‘Well beyond their common characterisation as problem-solvers, designers have a role to play in materialising public engagement with collective concern’
‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’
‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’
‘To be able to research something thoroughly, you have to deeply engage, not just look at it from the outside.’
‘The most difficult and empowering thing as an artist is to stay honest about my work and me. And I'd like to help my students to get there too.’
‘Disrupting our contemporary society can be a serious design goal.’