Niels RoestArt & Research Breda
Uselessness, please do not touch.
My art practice focuses on finding methods on how I could combine my personally motivated search within existentialism to a more theoretical research, in which I take on a critical attitude on my (precarious) position within the art world.
This opens up a dialogue and playfield based on self-reflection during the making process. Through contradictions and confirmation -banalities and clichés- I keep working towards visual outcomes. This often starts with the temptation to wonder if I could bring odes to uselessness, defying a productivity-oriented society. By repetitively using these odes to uselessness as a kind of score within my practice, the focus is mainly on banal performative gestures. Combining these with photography and video, I try to document -and thus grasp- something of that impossible pursuit.
The final works are documentations. This means that I try to honour the gestures, as they are too valuable to be so momentary, while at the same time questioning if they are worth the attention. I often refer to these gestures as “protests”. Materially and physically researching the contradiction and tension between protest and uselessness functions as a framework for my practice.