Frank van der Stok
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Frank Van Der Stok

Frank van der Stok (b. 1967) is a curator, editor, essayist and intermediary for artists and art institutions. Van der Stok studied art history in Leiden. He was a staff member at Fotomania Gallery, Rotterdam (1989-2000). In 1999 He initiated the independent research-programme The Past in the Present, which culminated in the show and publication Questioning History (2009) and curated the festival To be Continued for the Dutch Doc Days at Central Museum, Utrecht (2011) and the show Lest we Forget at Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg (2015). Currently his main focus is on editing and producing art(ists’) books and the creation of independent image-based essays. Van der Stok is co-founder of Radical Reversibility.
bio

Frank van der Stok (b. 1967) is a Dutch curator and editor, based in Amsterdam.

website

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studies

Frank Van Der Stok's Studies

Getty Images / Ken Murray1993

Getty Images / Ken Murray, 1993

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

Wikimedia CommonsPhotographer unknown1914

Wikimedia Commons, Photographer unknown, 1914

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.  

Thought photographTed Serios1967

Thought photograph, Ted Serios, 1967

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

works

Frank Van Der Stok's Works

Hello WorldCenter for PostNatural History, loaned by the lab of Dr. Andy Ellington2006

Hello World, Center for PostNatural History, loaned by the lab of Dr. Andy Ellington, 2006

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Escherichia coli is a bacteria found in the human gut and a “model organism” for scientific research around the world. The variety shown here was genetically engineered to be the first living photographic biofilm.

Mammoth Blood (still from the documentary Genesis 2.0)Christian Frei2018

Mammoth Blood (still from the documentary Genesis 2.0), Christian Frei, 2018

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

On the New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters are searching for the tusks of extinct mammoths. In the thawing permafrost they happen upon an exceptionally well-preserved mammoth carcass, complete with blood and fur.

NsalaAlice Seeley Harris1904

Nsala, Alice Seeley Harris, 1904

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

After they were made public, these pictures forced people in Europe to face what was really happening and, under public pressure, in 1908 Congo was signed over the the Belgian state. It wouldn't gain independence until 1960. The power of these images added largely to put an end to colonial rule.

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Second View: The Rephotographic Survey ProjectTimothy O'Sullivan1868

Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project, Timothy O'Sullivan, 1868

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1977–79

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

12650000Susanne Kriemann (on of the appropriated images from the project)> 1941 - 2008 <

12650000, Susanne Kriemann (on of the appropriated images from the project), > 1941 - 2008 <

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

12650000

visuals

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

Marinetti's vehicle in a ditchUnknown Photographer1908

Marinetti's vehicle in a ditch, Unknown Photographer, 1908

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1908

Op 1 mei 1909 werd de Nederlandse Tijd ingevoerd. Op zoek naar de vraag hoe dat verwoord wordt in de krant, zocht ik in - nota bene - De Tijd de dag eraan voorafgaande (30-04-1909), maar die werd geheel beheerst door de geboorte van Prinses Juliana.

The Granite Dish in the Berlin LustgartenJohann Erdmann Hummel1831

The Granite Dish in the Berlin Lustgarten, Johann Erdmann Hummel, 1831

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Some paintings and sketches of the late 18th and early19th centuries seemed to anticipate photographic techniques.

The Other Face of ApartheidPictureNET Africa / Ken Oosterbroek1993

The Other Face of Apartheid, PictureNET Africa / Ken Oosterbroek, 1993

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. It proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.  

The Kiss of DeathReporters / Associated Press / Boris Yurchenko7 October 1989

The Kiss of Death, Reporters / Associated Press / Boris Yurchenko, 7 October 1989

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1979

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.

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[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

The other AngleCredit Terril Jones/Associated Press1989

The other Angle, Credit Terril Jones/Associated Press, 1989

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1989

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

Boulevard du TempleLouis Daguerre1838

Boulevard du Temple, Louis Daguerre, 1838

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Louis Daguerre, Boulevard du Temple, is believed to be the earliest photograph of people (1838). Because the image required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene.

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Hilton HotelTed Seriosca. 1967

Hilton Hotel, Ted Serios, ca. 1967

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1967

A thought photograph by Ted Serios (ca. 1967), taken from the book: ‘Photographs of the Unknown’. Serios claimed the ability to project mental images onto photographic film, sometimes with the lens cap still on and sometimes with no lens at all on the camera.

What Images can doFound footage from Senan Molony’s documentary Titanic: The New Evidence1912

What Images can do, Found footage from Senan Molony’s documentary Titanic: The New Evidence, 1912

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

2017

Journalist Senan Molony recently came across an amazing discovery hidden in an attic in England for more then 100 years: a collection of pictures taken of the Titanic by the shipbuilding firm before it left the shipyard.

HoaxLuc Delahaye (Courtesy: Luc Delahaye & Gallery Nathalie Obadia)2003

Hoax, Luc Delahaye (Courtesy: Luc Delahaye & Gallery Nathalie Obadia), 2003

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Hoax

publication

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

Sebastiao Salgado1981

Sebastiao Salgado, 1981

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1981

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

Silent WitnessGoogle Street View2019

Silent Witness, Google Street View, 2019

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

Flat EarthCreative Commons

Flat Earth, Creative Commons,

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

pnas.org

pnas.org,

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

'The main suspect of the Reichstag fire, Marinus van der Lubbe, at the start of the process in Leipzig.'Reporters / Associated Press, Photographer unknown1933

'The main suspect of the Reichstag fire, Marinus van der Lubbe, at the start of the process in Leipzig.', Reporters / Associated Press, Photographer unknown, 1933

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

2019

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.

Courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.2010

Courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art., 2010

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan2011

Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, 2011

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Photographer unknownJune 28, 1914

Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Photographer unknown, June 28, 1914

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.

Bill GanzellJune, 1979.

Bill Ganzell, June, 1979.

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1875

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

(1) A 5KB image as published in the Guardian of two of the three Qing vases that were crashed by museum visitor Nick Flynn in 2006 (2) Nick Flynn, photographed lying amid the shattered vases2006

(1) A 5KB image as published in the Guardian of two of the three Qing vases that were crashed by museum visitor Nick Flynn in 2006 (2) Nick Flynn, photographed lying amid the shattered vases, 2006

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Vases

visuals

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

1903 / 1945

1903 / 1945

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

In this Post-Truth era, almost every photograph seems to be speculative by nature.

David Claerbout2001

David Claerbout, 2001

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

Kill our IconsCredits: Getty Images / Ken Murray1993

Kill our Icons, Credits: Getty Images / Ken Murray, 1993

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1993

The Other 9/11

publication

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.

Kill our IconsPicture-alliance / United-archives / Ladislav Bielik1968

Kill our Icons, Picture-alliance / United-archives / Ladislav Bielik, 1968

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. It proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.  

RhinocerosAlbrecht Dürer1515

Rhinoceros, Albrecht Dürer, 1515

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

1515

Rhinoceros

exhibition

When Albrecht Dürer produced this woodcut 500 years ago he could never have imagined that it would be cause for the lively debate about the odds at which fact and fiction are now related.

[person_by] Frank van der Stok

Radical Metamorphoses aims at creating unseen and unprecedented insights that may follow from the sequencing of two (or more) images, in which transformations took place overtime.  

Radical Reversibility manifestodesign Hans Gremmen2017

Radical Reversibility manifesto, design Hans Gremmen, 2017

[person_by] Martine Stig Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen Frank van der Stok Hans Gremmen

2017

On the occasion of our launch we will issue a printed manifesto, designed by Hans Gremmen along with the first RR special editions of work by Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, Martine Stig, Stephan Keppel and El Lissitzky. Interview by Daria Tuminas.

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