Sjoerd Knibbeler is a visual artist from the Netherlands, living and working in Amsterdam. He explores the scientific quest to discover the world through an associative, process-driven approach to photography, deploying strategies like observation, experimentation and model making.
The camera – in one form or another – is always present as a tool in his process, which materializes in printed matter, objects, video installations and artist books.
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Exhibition: Museum Art of the West Coast, Wyk on Föhr, February 28–September 5, 2021
By The Way
Svefn-g-englar is a song by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, from their second album, Ágætis byrjun, released on 12 June 1999.
How do you make wind visible? How do you create a picture of air? How do you capture something in a photograph, when it is already difficult to get a visual fix on it? From its invention in the early nineteenth century onward, photography has been an instrument of scientific research. In line with this tradition, the Amsterdam-based artist Sjoerd Knibbeler deals with complex natural phenomena, which he makes visible in his photographic works.
His work is rooted in his interest in discovering the world through human imagination and technology, and so he engages in meticulous observations of nature, experiments, and exchanges with scientists. On this basis, Knibbeler constructs fragile models that allow ephemeral phenomena, such as gusts of wind or sunlight, to be experienced.
Book Specs: German, English; 144 pp.; 70 ills.; Hardcover; 21.00 x 28.00 cm; ISBN 978-3-7757-4911-4;
€ 38.00. Available here.