Ronald van der Meijs

A Time Capsule of Life

Ronald van der Meijs – A Time Capsule of Life

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This two meter long growing seed structure is the logical step after designing the first ‘A time capsule of life’ structure in a formal mathematical way. This one is made by interpreting it’s structure in a natural way by making a composition on sight an feeling. It’s also a study into the diversity of the polygonal shapes of its structure. This inflatable sculpture is directly inspired and based on the structure of the Lamourouxia Viscosa (Orobanchaceae) – collected in Mexico – balloon seed displaying the most extreme form of the typical honeycomb pattern found in wind-dispersed seeds.
Time Capsule of Life 2.0 is more advanced and organic. The seed is inflating and deflating until it is completely vacuum.. It’s like in nature where every living organism has two identities: fresh and living – dehydrated and death.
It’s a growing interactive sculpture, the structure of which derives from a balloon seed and travels by the wind as complete survival package. This allows them to survive in a dry state for a very long time. It had a major impact on the evolution of our civilization. In the development of agriculture collecting seeds was an important factor. It gave us the ability to grow crops and systematically repeating this process. Moreover the structure of this seed gave us insight in new construction methods. An architectural structure which is very common in nature.
The sculpture is created from plastic bags, a contemporary mode of collecting daily goods. When connected together they form a transparent structure of cells and conduits. By connecting the bags with air tubes the bags will be pumped up. This is put in motion by the movement of the audience who become part of the system, allowing the seed to grow out as a mature structure.
By vacuum the balloon structure growth and decay alternate in a process of which man forms a natural part. When the sculpture is growing or reducing it causes a cracking sound because of the sort of plastic the shopping bags are made of.
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I’m an Amsterdam based designer / artist in the field of sculpture, installation and sound art and architectonical design. Born in 1966 in Tilburg, Netherlands he lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied architectural design and graduated cum laude in 1993 at the Art Academy St. Joost / Avans Hogeschool in Breda. From 1993 he had his own practice and focused primarily on architectural designs and concepts involving various architectural, furniture and interior assignments, which have been realized. He received several architectural stipends from the government and had exhibitions in museums and galleries such as NAI in Rotterdam, Central Museum Utrecht in the Netherlands and the Martinez gallery in New York. Centro de Arte Complutense Madrid, Dordrechts Museum, Gorcums Museum, SIM House Reykjavik, Museum Bronbeek Arnhem, DordtYart Dordrecht, Netherlands, Fabbrica Europa 2012 Florence, Italy and Verbeke Art Foundation Kemzeke, Belgium. Since 2001 his work shifted to conceptually and autonomous work in which architecture is still a recurring theme. Ronald van der Meijs has exhibitions in various museums, galleries, artists’ initiatives, art biennials and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. He received art commissions of the Dutch Province of Drenthe, SKOR and Atelier Rijksbouwmeester / Dutch Ministry of housing. Also he received two art grands from Mondriaan Funds of the Dutch government.
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Born in 1966, Ronald van der Meijs lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied architectural design and graduated cum laude in 1993 at the Academy of Arts St. Joost in Breda, Netherlands. From 1993 he has had his own practice and focused primarily on architectural design and concepts. He received architectural stipends and was a lecturer in spatial design at the Academie of Arts St. Joost for three years. Since 2001 his work shifted to autonomous work in which architecture and sound is still a recurring theme. He has exhibited in various museums, galleries, and biennials in the Netherlands and abroad, including the NAI in Rotterdam, Central Museum Utrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Gorinchem Museum in the Netherlands, Martinez gallery in New York, SIM House Reykjavik, Verbeke Art Foundation in Belgium, Fabbrica Europa 2012 in Florence and Centro de Arte Complutense in Madrid. He received art commissions from the Dutch Government and several grants from the Mondriaan Fund.