Born 1986 in Haarlem (Netherlands),
lives and works in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
The explorations of Isabelle Andriessen focus on apocalyptic theories and on fictitious and scientific stories involving the challenges that our changing civilisation will pose in the near future, as well as the new life forms liable to emerge. The artist disrupts the distinction between human and nonhuman, living and non-living, creating what she describes as “zombie materials.” For the Biennale, she has made an ensemble of sculptures that will undergo a transformation during the four-month exhibition but also afterwards, in a process that lets them resist their status as static artworks and take ownership for how they are arranged. The sculptures behave like organisms infected by a strange virus, or like eerie mutants from a hypothetical future. They are parasitic; they perspire, melt and metabolise. These synthetic life forms make up an unsettling and speculative ecosystem beyond our control.