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23 februari 2021 | Nieuws

The Piket Art Prizes in times of corona (42): Brigitte Louter

Theatre makers, actors, visual artists, and dancers are much affected by government measures to keep the corona virus under control. What is the impact of these measures on the young (former) nominees and winners of the Piket Art Prizes? Part 42: Brigitte Louter, 2018 nominee in the Painting category.

Brigitte has a two-year residence at the post-academic institute De Ateliers on the Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam. Until 2022 she is involved in research and the creation of new work in a spacious studio in the Dutch capital. “This is where my focus is at the moment. Of course I am super happy to be part of De Ateliers, where I started last October,” Brigitte says. Naturally, she also feels the impact of the corona crisis. “But I’m doing quite well considering the circumstances. It’s a matter of continually adapting to the moment’s situation.” A group exhibition that was planned for late March has been postponed. “So, yes, Corona has its impact on my planning. Openings, visits to museums, lectures can no longer take place, which is a great pity. You sort of live in a vacuum.” In addition, government measures against the spread of the virus have their influence on Brigitte’s rhythm. “I like to work in the evening and I’m now trying to be more active during the day. It’s not ideal.”

Last year’s highlights

Despite the pandemic, last year had its good moments, such as STROOM Invest Week and GRIP at Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague. “Those were real highlights.” At present, Brigitte spends a lot of time in her studio. The stipend offers stability in these peculiar times. “I have weekly meetings with my tutors via Zoom, where they give feedback on my work.” The residence will be rounded off with a large exhibition titled Offspring.

World record attempts

Brigitte is fascinated by the world record attempts in the Guinness Book of Records. “I want to know what it’s like to make a record attempt.” Her favourite category are the records everyone can have a shot at. “The ‘X made the biggest so-and-so’ category is great. Usually there is a picture with the object and the person who made it. In such a situation, a human figure becomes a measuring instrument to show the dimensions of the object.” This inspired Brigitte to create the largest folding ruler in the world: it measures 33,33 meter. “I’m fascinated by measuring instruments,” she explains. Her folding ruler will be sectional and consist of ten parts, like a real one, so it will not be a problem to store the mega-object in her studio. Because of corona, the project has somewhat moved to the back-burner. “But at a certain point I really want to organise a big public event to present my ruler,” Brigitte says. “There will definitely be an unveiling ceremony. More details are to follow.”

Photo: Hessel Waalewijn