Jim van HekkeArt & Research Breda
Conversations in open space
As an artist, I incorporate methods of bricolage, not limited to the definition given to it in the artistic world; a method for creation using the things that happen to be around, a sort of cross-over between improvisation and DIY (do it yourself). It’s the combination of definitions given in all scientific fields that attract me. Bricolage is not only a mode of physical creation; it’s a way to create a new cultural identity (cultural studies), the cognitive process of combining unrelated knowledge to form new solutions (psychology), and most notably, bricolage describes the method of mythological thought, antagonistic of engineered thinking (Claude Lévi-Strauss, anthropology).
I combine this technique with an interest in, or an urge to understand, technology and its dogmas. Specifically, the open-source movement because that not only gives me the ability to tinker with technology. It helps me bricolage-ing, as a means of creation, by being a platform for unrelated knowledge, and by making room for mythological thought. I also identify it as a social movement that encourages sharing (without expecting anything in return). Because bricolage-ing doesn’t assume a route from goals to means, and it does not pursue usefulness, I can use it to make room for hesitation, retardation, and intervention. I silently resist capitalism and its tendency to commodify anything by sharing freely, by embracing unusefulness, and by making room for others to do the same.