(Hasselt / Dr. Willemstraat 12)
Erwin Driessens (1963 / the Netherlands) and Maria Verstappen (1964 / the Netherlands) work together on several different projects, where they research and visualize changing processes by using robotics and A.I. technologies. For the Frankendael piece, nine different locations in the Amsterdam park Frankendael were recorded during one year, from January to January. Each scene has been photographed from the same positions and always at midday. These recordings where edited into a fluent motion, by using specially developed software for this project, thus visualizing the seasonal changes and landscape changes. In nine minutes, a morphologic process of one year is visualized in an artificial manner. The speed and inertia of the gradually changing nature stands in stark contrast with the timelessness of the urban environment in which the piece is displayed.
Frankendael subjects time and changes. A similar theme is visualised in Hasselt; Places (Gardening 2) by Hans Op de Beeck. Whereas Op de Beeck chooses a course of several centuries in five minutes in a fictional landscape, Driessens and Verstappen control the reality of an existing landscape within nine minutes.