The 48 Hour Project
What can you create in a weekend? That is the question we asked twenty-three students. As it turns out, the answer is ''a whole lot''!
During the 48 Hour Project, students were paired up and tasked with creating a piece of art in one weekend.
The theme: rooms. Some students reflected on their lives amidst the pandemic, choosing to focus on their student room in which they have spent so much of their time over the past year. Others took a different approach, exploring dissociation, feeling suffocated, and more. In this online exhibition, we present the artworks, and the stories behind them. We hope you enjoy it.
Merged environments - Stef Naydenov, Tom Herz and Arij Makhzoum
Suffocated space - Georg Müller and Olivier van Rooij
Cella - Frederique Boon and Gelijn Brandjes
Room for change - Mai Elkhalek and Charlotte Dessaignes
Room - Laura Alcalá Pérez and Danique de Laat
The person makes the room - Marthe Baalbergen and Charlotte van Straten
The room - Anna Konecny and Grace Alonzo
Memory chamber - Albert Ferkl and Fabian Mulder
Wake up - Marit Fokkink and Ann-Kristin Klewes
High - Loes Versteeg and Zoë Schaaf
Georg Müller and Olivier van Rooij
This musical piece does not reflect how we are being suffocated by a space—as that would be a suffocating space—but instead, it reflects how we are suffocating the space by our seemingly everlasting presence. The song transitions into different stages of being in and out of rooms.
At first it was very hard for us to come up with a concept that wouldn't be too broad. The only fixed part of the piece that we wanted to incorporate from the very beginning was the constant kick drum and the fade into the 'bird sounds', but apart from that everything was up for grabs. All in all, it was a very creative, collaborative effort with a constant exchange of ideas.
Frederique Boon and Gelijn Brandjes
The word ‘cell’ derives from the latin word ‘cella’, meaning ‘small room’. In that sense, we are all nothing but a clump of small rooms; each with a complete set of functionalities.
As students during the pandemic, we know what it is like to have a whole life stored in one room. In isolation, we sleep, eat, study, and relax in the same enclosed space, day in, day out. The boundaries between work and leisure have disappeared. Like our cells, we only have the boundaries of walls closing us off from the virus.
Our installation is a representation of the human cell, with every different function packed in the same, single confined space. Starting in the nucleus, the ER and golgi are producing protein, that in bubbles travels along lines to reach out to others.
Mai Elkhalek and Charlotte Dessaignes
Room for change
Charcoal and water colours on paper
The idea of our project was to show contrast in one place, to bring two emotions in one room and to collide space and time together. By bringing the images together we emphasise that time passes so fast, bringing different emotions with it. Looking at the art piece will bring consciousness to realise this reality, and to appreciate and accept the different emotions that can exist in one place.
Laura Alcalá Pérez and Danique de Laat
Installation (canvas, panels & acrylics)
Our artwork plays with the idea of a room in a kind of surreal way. We created a 3D structure of the somehow enclosed and integrated type of space that represents for us a room, but played with the elements that make up such "room".
The paintings show the decadence after a long solitary confinement and troubled mental state. Something beautiful still comes out of the person, but at a big cost. It conveys the notion of a room getting too small for someone. However, our room is both and outside and inside space. The floor is meant to represent strong currents: a rush of lively movement into the decrepitude that creates contrast, but still such a strength you cannot get out of restrained in a room. Over all, it shows the constricting, incapacitating and numbing feelings of a state like that, which does not necessarily need a closed space.
Marthe Baalbergen and Charlotte van Straten
makes the room
Oil paint, ink, charcoal and pencils on paper
In the pandemic we have been through a mental rollercoaster, only in one room. In this artwork we wanted to express all kinds of moods or feelings we feel during ordinary life, but especially during COVID. We did this through the use of colour and by experimenting with different styles. The title; the person makes the room is illustrated in the artwork by not portaying the actual person in the room and only showing the room itself in different states.
Albert Ferkl and Fabian Mulder
The majority of stories and memories that people carry never escape the personal realm. We seek to capture and free these human experiences by creating memory palaces all over the city. In order to do this, we created a 'room' in the city and invited people to come talk to us.
We noticed that we have cheered up many lives in the short period we executed this project, where we translated people's personal experiences into poetry. This poetry is hung in the city and serves as a place to relive and speak out on joy and all that is good in life.
Anna Konecny and Grace Alonzo
The theme of our dance is ‘being trapped inside a room’, since quarantine has made us feel that way. We took different sections of our room to use as a dance floor and tried to use our small rooms to their full potential. The song we are dancing to is “I feel like I’m drowning”, which fits our theme of being trapped. By creating new spaces in our rooms we hope to inspire people to find new spaces in theirs, to help them through quarantine.
Marit Fokkink and Ann-Kristin Klewes
Digital art (looped video)
In our 48 hour project we connected our respective artforms (video editing, stop-motion, digital art and drawing) and created a mixed-media piece that conveys the feeling of dissociation. By definition, dissociation is the mental state of being disconnected from your body/bodily sensations: perception is altered. We show this by ‘turning the mask’ and letting the viewer see how the world is perceived differently (from a non-dissociated state to a dissociated state). The ‘wake-up’ is the feeling of snapping back into reality after dissociation.
In this looped video, we shared our passion for psychology & expressing emotions through visual media.
Loes Versteeg and Zoë Schaaf
We wanted to explore how two artists would work and interpret the prompt. So we set some perimeters for ourselves and then we each made a line drawing. Then we gave our partner our drawing and filled this one in, in our own style. This is the result.