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Berndnaut Smilde is interested in transitional spaces; ruins and building-sites that are in-between states of completion. This interest also branches out into the possibility of how a given space might be between states of construction and deconstruction. His daily surroundings are motives that are used to create narrative-situations, within which multiple layers of meaning collide. Smilde uses construction materials and simulated objects, such as photo prints, artificial turf and polystyrene decorations, that are often used to upgrade an average household. This simulation provides a friction to spatial narratives in such a way as to parallel reality in-between reality and representation. Smilde is interested in the moment of friction that brings uncertainty and in such situations it is not possible to determine what exactly is going on.

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IMMA International Residency

Date of Residency: April – June 2006
Sculpture, installation, mixed media

Berndnaut Smilde is a recipient of an IMMA International Residency, an open call opportunity specifically created to support internationally based artists the chance to have time, research and production space at imma for up to 6 months.

Smildes residency is kindly supported by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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The Process Room

Berndnaut’s work Between was shown in the Process Room, First Floor Galleries, IMMA, from 4 to 15 June 2008.

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.