Martine Stig
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Martine Stig

Martine Stig (Nijmegen, 1972) lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art (The Hague) and at the University of Amsterdam, Philosophy. She is interested in the entanglement of image, gaze and technology. Point of departure in her work is the photographic image; the voyeuristic act: photography (verb) and the autonomic product: photo (noun). Whilst using the medium (and moving away from it) she researches its role in the perception of reality. Stig published four books and some artist publications and works on a new publication with FW-books. Her work has been shown at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Aperture Foundation (NYC), Huis Marseille (Amsterdam). Her work is part of collections of Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), H+F collection& ABN/Amro collection. She has a teaching position at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, Den Bosch. She co-founded Radical Reversibility and, recently, the online meeting space WeAlgo.
bio

Dutch, 1972
Based in Amsterdam
Royal Academy of Fine Art, The Hague

website

martinestig.com

studies

Martine Stig's Studies

Profiles #4Martine Stig2018

Profiles #4, Martine Stig, 2018

Martine Stig

Technological progress extends our senses and turns our x-y-z world into a 360˚ space. Since we can virtually look from every high vantage point -with the help of drones and satellites- linear perspective and monocular rendition start to lose their universal self-evidence.

still from Art for Machine (artist talk)Martine Stig2020

still from Art for Machine (artist talk), Martine Stig, 2020

Martine Stig

2020

In this research I focus on the changes the photographic image has undergone in the transition from analog to digital. In fact, the photographic image has become bilingual; it is both image and data and can be read by man and machine.

works

Martine Stig's Works

The Reflection of the Man, video stillMartine Stig2021

The Reflection of the Man, video still, Martine Stig, 2021

Martine Stig

2021

In "The Reflection of the Man" —a video essay—, I grapple the meaning of Human in a hybrid world. Deploying and reflecting on ubiquitous technologies like face recognition software, I explore the act of seeing, beyond the explorative and embodied act.

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WeAlgo, screenshotMartine Stig2020

WeAlgo, screenshot, Martine Stig, 2020

Martine Stig

2020

WeAlgo is a new way of meeting online, a playground where you create your - fluid - identity. WeAlgo uses facial recognition algorithms to protect our screen privacy, instead of violating it. It lets you move freely through a truly shared space. A ball masqué, anonymous yet truly there.

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Art for Machines (art talk)Martine Stig2020

Art for Machines (art talk), Martine Stig, 2020

Martine Stig

2020

When celluloid was replaced by sensors twenty years ago, the photographic image became bilingual. The digital image, now being shot, shown, stored and shared by one device, lives up to (and beyond) expectations of analogue mnemonic technologies.

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Through a Glass DarklyMartine Stig2020

Through a Glass Darkly, Martine Stig, 2020

Martine Stig

Through a Glass Darkly  (2020, black&white print, framed, screenprint on artglass) is a series of portraits of young girls. Black & white photography combined with coloured stripes and dots -the graphic language used in image recognition technology, grammar of machine vision.

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Study for ProfilesMartine Stig2017-18

Study for Profiles, Martine Stig, 2017-18

Martine Stig

2017

Study for Profiles (2017) Profiles is a study of the human facial profile, with its characteristic shape that leans on a gaze or camera at eye-level. The human depicted from the human perspective; anthropocentrism at its best.

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Turn#7Martine Stig2016

Turn#7, Martine Stig, 2016

Martine Stig

2017

In Vertigo I investigate the influence of technological progress on the photographic image. Drones and satellites extend our senses, mobile mapping increases our viewing space. "Eye level" gives way to "machine vision" (or does a hybrid form arise?).

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still Planar (2017, HD, 8.54”)Martine Stig2017

still Planar (2017, HD, 8.54”), Martine Stig, 2017

Martine Stig

2017

Planar, a black & white film, shot from a balcony in Genua, scans the surface of the city. Playing with connotations of surveillance drones and ‘Film Noir’ the long lens seems to act on human presence but follows nobody. 

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Still Walking in the CityMartine Stig2018

Still Walking in the City, Martine Stig, 2018

Martine Stig

2018

Walking in the City, HD, 11:42, 2018, with a text by Basje Boer. A short science fiction movie showing the city of Sao Paulo through a vertical stereoscope, uncovering different notions of perception and power.

The Photo ObjectMartine Stig2019

The Photo Object, Martine Stig, 2019

Martine Stig

2019

The Photo Object is a visual experiment in which I take pinhole photos and then pass them through the face detection and image recognition software. 

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Sync.Martine Stig2019

Sync., Martine Stig, 2019

Martine Stig

2019

Sync, 2019 Holiday photos in a rural setting, synchronously photographed from eye level and from the sky. The images, double projections, indicate the presence of the "eye in the sky".

Radical Reversibility manifestodesign Hans Gremmen2017

Radical Reversibility manifesto, design Hans Gremmen, 2017

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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Profiles #2Martine Stig2017

Profiles #2, Martine Stig, 2017

Martine Stig

2017 – 2018

Profiles is a study of the human facial profile, with its characteristic shape that leans on a gaze or camera at eye-level. The human depicted from the human perspective; anthropocentrism at its best. 

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