Whether being small enough to fit in your palm or sufficiently large to decorate the entire Chapel bridge in Lucerne, DRIFT's installations share grace and delicacy while in the same time delivering strong and powerful messages. In the past years the studio has also started exploring the film and NFT realms, with similar spectacular results. DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it.
The studio was founded in 2007 by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.
With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.
All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.
DRIFT has realised numerous exhibitions and (public) projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at The Shed NYC (2021); Stedelijk Museum (2018); Art Basel (2017, 2021) Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); Pace Gallery (2017); Burning Man (2018, 2021) amongst others.
Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; Rockefeller Center, Dallas Museum of Art, and Victoria & Albert Museum. DRIFT was awarded Dezeen designer of the year (2019) the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice (2014).