BES Interactive Platform Concept
Boy & Erik Stappaerts introduces a new, participatory aspect that is increasingly imposing itself on his artistic practice. Being a participant you get access to an interactive space (‘cloud’) in which, as a user, one can not only consult the volumes, the drawings and the paintings – the ‘Objects and Backgrounds’ from the title – but also process and integrate them into manually composed images that can be further exchanged via a virtual ‘drawing community’ or with which we can feed and express our own (online) identity. Constructed as an ‘open platform’, BES’ digital ‘studio’ collects virtually all the works he has produced to date and transforms them into vectorial ‘tools’ with which the user can generate new, personalised compositions of his own: layered ‘self-images’ that characterize her, their, or his current or predetermined capacity. In this way it connects as a concept to the various social media that increasingly form the framework in which individual and collective expression is achieved, but also contains a commentary on its aestheticisation and how the artistic product becomes a detached fact that is disconnected from its original authorship through light-hearted processes of appropriation. But in spite of (or just because of) this critical approach, it is above all an optimistic and constructive plan; a plan that, starting from the current condition with its pitfalls and shortcomings, strives for a new community of people who embrace creativity and self-reflection and rightly consider the visual arts as an environment from which they can approach, evaluate and shape the (future) world. Whereby the latter may also be considered to the letter and the (diary) drawings created through the platform become the stakes for personalising (consumer) goods.