Symbiotext.net documents Walter van Rijn’s art as part of a research project Dispersion as Artists’ Strategy. Each project creates a new situation where specific questions about the dispersion of instances of art are tested. Projects: Symbiote 4, 5, 6, and 7. What is a symbiote? See info.
Symbiote 7 evolved from Sym6 and lives inside existing collections. From private art collections, projects connecting various artists, gallery selections and databases.
In this version the symbiotic life form adapts and embeds itself into texts and textual elements or glyphs. The font and/or substituted glyphs become the affected space and means of dispersion.
An exhibition alongside ‘Feint’. Symbiote 5 appropriates, adapts, changes, eats away the art shown at this gallery. It uses archival material found on YouTube and Flickr and materialises different versions alongside the existing exhibition across various media: onsite, online, in print, on screen.
An exhibition alongside another exhibition in 2011. This work displays the exhibition events that took place at the Winchester Gallery, but within a different temporal and spacial sequence. It re-uses historic installation photographs from which all artobjects appear to have been eaten away. The pictures are presented as a gallery guide to the current exhibition. All pictures in this project are based on photographs of actual exhibitions at this gallery. Archive images courtesy of the Winchester Gallery.