Studio Drift strikes out: first to the mountains, and then to the Miami skyline

‘I became an artist because I wanted to not accept how the world is,’ says Lonneke Gordijn of the Amsterdam-based art collective Studio Drift, which she helms with Ralph Nauta. ‘A lot of things don’t make sense and you just want to create things that you think make sense.’

It’s a poetic summation of their studio’s work, which sits on the interstices of technology, art and design. A new video, released preceding their appearance at Art Basel Miami Beach, sees the duo setting out into a rugged mountainous landscape. It’s a chilly visual analogy (and a strikingly shot one) for the remit of a practice that has consistently explored the tensions between nature and human beings.

That sentiment is set to continue via the installation Franchise Freedom, on view from 9pm on 6 December, above the sea between 32nd and 33rd Street off Collins Avenue behind the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Therein, an autonomous ‘flock’ of 300 drones will gather, emulating the complex murmurations of starlings: the first time a group of this scale has been realised by machines ‘working with decentralised algorithms’.

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