Open Studio Dries Segers

Within the context of the research project Hydromedia, the Belgian artist Dries Segers organises a three-day open studio in the Wintergarden at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. The aim of the open studio is to present a short overview of his artistic practice together with the current state of his research project Ask your hands to know the things they hold.


For his Open Studio Dries Segers invites the public to join him in his research project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. His project focuses on non-digital generative materialization of photographic images through (a)biotic matters. In this way, a potentially dominant gaze of a maker is exchanged by reacting to, and radically collaborating with, the mechanism and raw material itself. This creates an artistically open process driven by the vibrant matter and its agency. This research will focus on the local, the attachment to the soil, the connection to traditions, photographic history, seasons, and the attention to the earth. By working with materials of (a)botanic origin, Dries Segers wants the experiments to lead to new devices and techniques that (re)activate historical and innovative knowledge.