Escape is a reaction triggered by the paradox of freedom. Littered with choices, our society offers an apparent freedom. Video streamed on demand anytime, even the most bizarre questions answered via online search, products you weren’t yet aware of you needed recommended specifically for you. Escape is a response to this world in which everything seems possible, in which we are always connected, always available. The digging is a basic act to escape and to disconnect. The act itself is an important experience, digging the soil to find fundament and autonomy
The tunnel doesn’t lead to freedom. It ends just a few meters from where it starts. The choice to dig however becomes the freedom itself.
The Escape’s are documented on film from the first person as well as the observers perspective. Wijnsma has been digging tunnels since 2013. The project currently exists as a series of 10 escapes commission among others for the Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, the World Design Capital in Cape Town and Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk. In 2015 she has held the first Therapy Tunnelling workshops.
The work presented at the gallery has been commissioned by White Hole and will be filmed during April 2015 in Genova, Italy.
Leanne Wijnsma (1987) received her BA in Graphic Design from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2009, followed by an MA in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in 2013. Currently she leads the research group ‘control society’ investigating data mining by smartphone apps and gadgets as part of Dutch media-lab SETUP and has received an e-culture grant from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund to research and develop the Smell of Data in collaboration with filmmaker Froukje Tan. Leanne Wijnsma’s studio is based in Amsterdam NL.
Leanne's work uses design as a tool for research and experience in an urgency to reflect on the human condition. She explores the relationship between freedom and technology through smell design and installations as well as through performances located somewhere in between therapeutic sessions and extreme sports. Wijnsma is interested in addressing the instinctual within us by creating experiences for our senses, trusting that instinct evokes an inherent truth and freedom of mind.
White Hole is a project space devoted to the production and dissemination of critical investigations into the relationship between technology, authority, the landscape and everyday life. It operates as a platform through which an international network of contributors and researchers can investigate, document and debate the forces—visible and invisible—that shape the contemporary landscape.
Inspired by the astrophysical concept of the white hole, a hypothetical region of spacetime which is inaccessible from the outside, the gallery itself cannot be entered although matter and light can escape from it. Its primary function is to project critical debate—increasingly confined to the online realm—into the public domain.
White Hole is a project by Lorenza Baroncelli, Marco Ferrari, Joseph Grima, Antonio Ottomanelli, Elisa Pasqual, in collaboration with Simone C. Niquille and Fitzgerald G. Saenger. It will exist for 12 months, until January 31st, 2016.