This is the research blog for the PhD trajectory of visual artist Alexandra Crouwers. The Appeal of the Unreal is part of the research proposal title, and concerns, amongst other things, the emotive quality of dead things, simulations, screen culture, and virtual nature.
Alexandra Crouwers is member of the Deep Histories Fragile Memories research group, part of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre (KU Leuven) and the Intermedia research unit of Luca School of Arts, Brussels.
This blog is here for several reasons: the posts collect all that has to do with the research, it functions as a reminder, and as a way to communicate progress and findings. Please keep in mind this blog is a work in progress.
Early 2020, the research has taken a new turn. The project will investigate ways to deal with solastalgia, or ecological grief.
Solastalgia has its own sub-site. Find it here.
Article for HART art magazine about collecting digital art in the NFT space. Published on paper in issue 222, March 2022 in tandem with the first of an online column series highlighting a …
A peer reviewed publication, as part of VIS Nordic Journal for Artistic Research issue #6, Contagion by Alexandra Crouwers. October 19, 2021.
Moesgaard Museum’s digital stereoscopic prehistory dioramas. Visited Augustus 2021. Aarhus, Denmark.
NFTs: an adventuresque experimenza into the Unreal world of crypto-art.
To diorama or not to diorama? The representation of nature at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
A review of the ‘Living Planet’ hall, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, visited in January 2021. In September 2020, The Museum of Natural Sciences announced a new permanent exhibition called ‘Living …
Meet my PhD team: Wendy Morris (promotor), Jan Verpooten (co-promotor), Theun Karelse (advisor), and Sepideh Karami (advisor).
The Compositor: reading the tunnels by turning them into a font.
Attempting to make artistic additions to the internet and consumer technology: the emoji.In June 2020, I submitted two proposals for emoji, to be added to the expanding digital pictogram vocabulary.
Preface An animated GIF consumer technology exploration: 16.03.2019 – 22.05.2020 Between March 2019 and May 2020, I made a series of works on my iPhone 5s, using a combination of digital ready-mades – publicly available …
HD, colour/sound, 20’20”, 2020 Wednesday, April 29, 2020 anno covidii, I was supposed to give a talk over lunch at the end of my two months involvement with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York. …
March, 9, 2020. First visit to the American Museum of Natural History. We’re about 6 weeks into the Covid-19 corona virus frenzy, which became global right before I traveled to the U.S. as …
The Solastalgia project now has its own subsite: www.solastalgia.theappealoftheunreal.com.
A shift in research focus from visual illusions to something more relevant. Meet Solastalgia. More on this soon.
A skeuomorph object wants you to believe it’s made of another material: it’s an imitation-look. This post will expand.
The Three Motions of Loom: shuttles. An experimental non linear text on weaving as animation and time-traveling as a research method.
An experiment in animating a double sided tapestry.