The touch, the kiss and the embrace (still images), 2019


These works were part of the exhibition 'Eyes On Robert' at Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam.


In this group exhibition, 8 artists were invited to create new works inspired by Mapplethorpe's body of work.


"To me, the most beautiful aspect of Mapplethorpe’s work is the sensitivity it captures. His subjects are depicted as strong and confident yet incredibly soft and vulnerable at the same time. With these works, I sought to explore a range of emotions that often feels absent in the portrayal of men. I wondered why so many considered Mapplethorpe’s work to be obscene. Perhaps not because of its homoerotic explicitness but instead due to its revelation of emotional capacity, embodied by men." - Daan Couzijn


Curated by Fleurie Kloostra and Tjade Bouma.


These works are available for acquisition in various prints and in different sizes. For acquisition requests and further info: contact the artist.

The touch

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The kiss

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The embrace

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Beautiful Impact (video), 2019


Beautiful Impact was part of the 2019 Sandberg Institute graduation exhibition show at Looiersgracht 60 in Amsterdam.


The video illustrates a melancholic state of being – an identity that has become addictive. The work examines a longing for a metaphorical crash that would mean the end of that identity. 


Curated by Lukas Feireiss.


Duration: 4 min (loop).


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Still images from the video

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Looiersgracht 60 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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Drying my tears in the cooling fan (audio/visual installation), 2018


Drying my tears in the cooling fan was part of the exhibition 'Radical Cut-Up' at Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam. 


Drying my tears in the cooling fan is a 3D rendered image printed on a 6m2 satin banner. This banner is placed in a kinetic installation involving wind, causing the shiny fabric to softly move. 'Drying my tears in the cooling fan' aims to showcase the manufacturability of melancholy. As a self-proclaimed narcissist, Couzijn finds that his sadness is often designed to serve an existential desire to find meaning behind the ruins of self-satisfying self-destruction.


Curated by Lukas Feireiss.


Size: 6m2.

Material: synthetic satin (100% polyester, fire-retardant).

Texture: shiny.

Weight: 840 gr.


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Fat guy dancing (video), 2018


Fat guy dancing was part of the exhibition Eye See You at Not In New York in Rotterdam. 


In this group exhibition the artists were inspired by the theories of The Gaze. 


The Gaze is the act of seeing and being seen. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre believed that we as human beings only become aware of ourselves when we realize that we are visible objects, which leads us to objectify ourselves in the same way that the other does simply by looking at us. In psychoanalysis, The Gaze describes the anxious state that comes with the (un)awareness that we are being viewed. Fat Guy Dancing aims to show the desirable beauty of someone who seems unaffected by this phenomenon.


Curated by Charlie Koolhaas.


Duration: 2 min (loop).


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Apocalypse, a working title  - Museum van Bommel van Dam (Venlo, The Netherlands, 2017)


Daan Couzijn exhibited two video installation works (Forever Online and Bring back the Logitech) as part of the group exhibition Apocalypse, a working title at Museum van Bommel van Dam.


Museum van Bommel van Dam presents: Apocalypse, a working title. This exhibition evolved around contemporary imagery and their aesthetics. The language they speak, the sounds they make and the stories they show us through their presents. This presents had to be fought for in a time where the immensity of what we call images is being attacked by itself, its reproduction and productivity. The Apocalypse of the image; the knowledge that can be hidden again. Through the layers of mass production secrets can be lost and visions can be found. Consisting work of a combination of young artists working with new media en contemporary imagery. From modern animations to sculptures dealing with subjects like the internet. This younger generation of makers grew up in a different world, a worldwide world, full of new techniques, developments in the social arena en they will probably see in this life the first people who will travel to Mars. The exhibition Apocalypse, a working title combines several pieces from the core-collection from Museum van Bommel van Dam with this new generation of makers, a clash, a rare meeting, but most of all a valuable experiment that maybe will give us an insight in the zeitgeists of one and the same world.

An Apocalypse is romantic, therefore it is asked for, pushing towards it, cheering for it, fighting side by side it.


Other participating artists were:

Armando / Arthur Boer / Henri Boot / Flip van der Burgt / Marc Chagall / Daan Couzijn / Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof / Jan van Essen / Arash Fakhim / Valentina Gal /Jan Groenenstein / Aad de Haas / Thijs Jaeger / Onne Kamerlingh / Melle / Will Rieser / Mantas Rimkus / Gerard Sluyter / Boris Smeenk / Nardus van de Ven / Joeri Woudstra / Dick Zwier.


Curated by Sjors Bindels and Valentina Gal.


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Museum van Bommel van Dam (Venlo, The Netherlands)

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Blood (live performance) - TEDx (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017)


Music by Cousin

Light installation by Nikki Hock


Bookings: musicbycousin@gmail.com

TEDx Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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Bring back the Logitech (interactive video installation), 2017


Bring back the Logitech was made In collaboration with Joeri Woudstra for the Royal Theatre in The Hague and was part of the exhibition Apocalypse, a working title in Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo.

 


An interactive video installation created with Joeri Woudstra that examines the relationship between media technologies and social interaction. Technology is no longer a machine which can take over one single action; it has become an extension of our personality. The fantasy of technology having a mind of its own and its own willpower has rapidly become a reality. Emotional technology is the new stage in our eternal search for artificial intelligence. This installation gives shape to a playful imitation of life by technology and its desire for emotional interaction in which the viewer can participate and interfere. In a world where we seem to want to be taken over by machines, a chance to place yourself in the middle of this artificial dialogue and to take a moment to think back of much simpler times.


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Still images from the video

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The Royal Theatre (Den Haag, The Netherlands)

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Forever Online (video installation), 2017


Forever Online was part of the exhibition Apocalypse, a working title at Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo and Fashionclash Festival 2017 in Maastricht.


"Fascinated by online presence, I'm noticing I’m slightly obsessed with the control I can have over my own image on social media platforms such as Instagram. I find it very satisfying. I presume that the desire to have that control comes from a sense of insecurity. An insecurity that only grows over time because you and the people around you romanticise their image online. You constantly compare yourself to this unrealistic ideal. A result of this, is a feeling of not being able to measure up to this ideal and the insecurity grows. It becomes a vicious circle. At the same time, it’s causing somewhat of a distorted reality because it separates actual reality from virtual reality. And once you prefer virtual reality, where does that leave the 'authentic' you? If there even is one. In this project I explored this concept by having physically, so to speak, stepped into virtual reality. By creating and animating a 3D model of myself and placing it in different scenes and situations. By doing this, I’m trying to give shape to, what a lot of people seem to call; a generation of shameless self-glorification and narcissism. But underneath that, is that extreme insecurity and dissatisfaction. You build your own utopian, virtual, idealistic version of yourself but virtual reality is empty, it’s nothingness. Or is it the ultimate form of narcissism and have you created a virtual self that will be forever online?" - Daan Couzijn

Duration: 15 min (loop)

Dimensions: 200cm x 160cm x 36cm

Animations: Daan Couzijn & Tim Straver

Construction design: Daan Couzijn & Peter Missotten


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A preview scene from the video

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Still images from different scenes of the video

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Institute of Performative Arts (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

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Human Furniture (video), 2018

This video was part of the Synthetic Selves series curated by Goys & Birls. The series consists of 14 One Minutes redefining the self in a digital era.

Other participating artists were:
Goys & Birls / Fenna Schilling / Qianfu Ye / llhtttt / Augstina Woodgate / Oliver Barstow / Daan Couzijn / Ines Alpha / Fabian Reichle / Theresa Büchner / Feline Bæk Hjermind / Juliana Maurer / Heleen Mineur / Lou Buche and Anthony Smyrski.

Screenings:

Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (CN)
Reykjavík International Film Festival (IS)
Sinan Mansions, Shanghai (CN) 
Trust Ltd, Berlin (DE)
Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Amsterdam (NL)
Offprint Paris (FR)
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL)
Dortmunder U (DE)
East China Normal University, Shanghai (CN)
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam (NL)
MU, Eindhoven (NL)
Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL)
Museum Hilversum (NL)
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)
De School, Amsterdam (NL)
WOW, Amsterdam (NL)


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Art Museum of Nanjing (Nanjing, China)

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Purple Reign (interactive video installation), 2016


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Still images from the video

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Constructive porn in its most deductive form (interactive video installation), 2016


In collaboration with Marieke de Zwaan.


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Still image from the live camera feed

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Institute of Performative Arts (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

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Gloryhole Confessions (live performance), 2016


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Institute of Performative Arts (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

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5194 (video installation), 2015


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The sound of silence (live performance), 2015


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Institute of Performative Arts (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

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