Elmo Vermijs is a Dutch architectural artist and designer. In 2006, the artist graduated cum laude at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the direction of architectural design. Elmo Vermijs has given numerous lectures, presentations and workshops for (inter)national public.
In his latest long term project, StagingWood, the artist explores our relationship with the forest, a tree and the material wood by taking the lifecycle of the forest as a starting point.
StagingWood started with a research residency at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center in Japan, in 2019. For now, resulting in two works:
1.) "Residual Landscape" (2019) explores the relation between the spiritual worship of nature, and the linear production process of lumber.
2.) For "Compost the linear" (2019), he used the inner space of a hollow tree trunk as mould to shape compost amongst other materials.
The interview took place in February 2020 during an IN SITU Atelier in Kelburn (UK), hosted by IN SITU partner UZ Arts.
The United Kingdom (UK)
Founding member of IN SITU in 2003, until 2020
UZ Arts was established in 2011 as a charity to support every aspect of the creation and distribution of art. It builds upon the legacy of UZ Events established in 1994 to create large - scale festivals and events for Scotland. UZ Arts supports artists who wish to work across borders and artforms and outside conventional venues through residencies, commissioning, presenting and sometimes touring their work. UZ manages the international artist residency programme at the Sura Medura Centre in Sri Lanka. It commissions through the support of Creative Scotland and as UK representative of the European network IN SITU.
The company creates innovative cultural platforms that support partnerships between the public and private sector, the artistic and wider communities. In 2012 UZ established the Scottish network “Roofless” to support producers who wished to present art in public space in Scotland with partners from the Shetland Islands in the north to Dumfries and Galloway in the South-West. In 2015 UZ launched a new festival “Galoshans” in Greenock Scotland with a national and international programme inspired by an ancient local practice celebrating Halloween - “when two worlds meet” and an international annual symposium “MovingOut” exploring development in art in public space in Sri Lanka and Scotland.
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