Still from 'NATURA* Daemon', 2016, stereoscopic 3D high definition video on an auto-stereoscopic monitor, dimensions variable, 10 minutes
'Detail from NATURA* Body Studies', 2016, translucent poured-epoxy with inks and pigments, 60x50 cm
Still from 'A Brief History of the Damagomi Group', single-channel video, 2016
Floris Schönfeld is interested in ‘systems of belief’, the collections of certainties and priorities held by communities to define and understand the world. These ontological basics are constantly reproduced by storytelling. Recognizing that these are not static parameters, Schönfeld attempts to invoke alternative truths which he then merges back into the belief system. Reality thus becomes an organic thing, constantly growing. The artist himself gets entangled in the process as well and becomes a shape-shifter, questioning his own identity and role.
Schönfeld’s focus is on specific groups with which he interacts, such as fan communities, participants in Live Action Role Playing, or artist colonies. Recently, though, he has embarked on a technological dream scenario. It features a non-human sentient, an artificial intelligence named NATURA*. This story connects and mixes with particular strands of contemporary philosophy such as speculative realism and neo-vitalism. It is propelled by its own logic, however, and has to generate the next step by itself. As such it comprises an opening up of Schönfeld’s current practice. (ED)