Kirsten Spruit (1993, NL) is a designer that wanders between images, words and sound. With a background in graphic design and strong inclination towards writing and time-based media, she likes to explore themes such as boredom, doubt and (non)productivity within the context of technological acceleration and the hyperactive information age. She also draws a lot of dots and occasionally makes ambient music as Personae.
A Space For Lingering (2019)
A mixed-media installation that invites you to lay down and spend time — for the sake of dwelling in time itself. A resonant soundscape generated from the surrounding noise that is morphed through a series of delays provides a backdrop for people to linger in their own thoughts. An accompanying film uses slow textual iterations to contemplate the act of doing nothing.
On Lingering (2019)
The information age is an age of overload and immediacy. Ever-accelerating machines and technologies provide the tools to live and work more flexible and efficiently, dictating the pace of life. With infinitely growing amounts of content being available 24/7, to educate or entertain wherever and whenever, boredom no longer needs to be endured; every minute can be spent. On Lingering is a musing on the ever-present pressure to be busy, what it actually means to be bored, and how to make someone endure duration.
About 10 Hours (2019)
Dot drawing of a rock, commissioned by the Contextual Design department of Design Academy Eindhoven for the sleeve of their reader Perspectives After C. The remixed colour version on the sleeve was made in collaboration with Gijs de Boer and Rawad Baaklini.
Complexity ft. Joost (2019)
Merchandise of the Information Design department of Design Academy Eindhoven.
365 Days, 497 Words (2018)
In the year 2017 photojournalism agency NOOR archived 2173 photos in their public image library. The 2173 photos are worth a total of 32.852 keywords. After subtracting the duplicates what is left is 497 unique keywords.
This reader, made together with Domitille Debret and June Park, depicts a year's worth of photography through a three-part enumeration of those keywords.
Remote Control (2018)
Taking the Port of Rotterdam’s automated APM Terminal as a case study, Remote Control is a short video reflecting on how humanity distances itself from direct physical labour. As our tools advance and become more autonomous, we slowly let them drive us into an unmanned future.
Footage: VPRO Tegenlight's De Slimste Haven Van De Wereld + Google EarthSoundtrack: Isabella Mason - III (Rework)Voice-over: Josh Plough
Just Trying To Keep Up (2018)
A performance on performance.
A Lecture On The Work Of Georges Perec (2018)
A poster for the Design Academy Eindhoven Source Lectures series.
Time And Tide Wait For No One (2017)
A mirror floats slightly below the water’s surface. Underneath, a steel and concrete construction competes with a layer of cork, pulling against the buoyant force to keep the mirror submerged. Anchored to the bottom of the harbour the object drifts about, as far as the tide allows, while its reflective surface amplifies reverberations of the rippling water that flows across.
Sound: Personae - Waterworks (specially made for the project using underwater field recordings)
This project floated around the waters of the Oude Haven in Rotterdam as part of the group exhibition De Negen Leeuwen.
A audiovisual piece made through a visual feedback loop and delay. NOW(HERE) was exhibited as part of "In Uit Sluiten" at Kadmium Delft (12 June – 9 July 2016).Sound: Personae - Saudade
Mentaxis – Horizons (2015)
Horizons is the first (and only) single of Mentaxis, a synth-pop act formed together with Loes Claessens for their BA graduation project An Ode To Doubt. The project reevaluates “doubtful” traits, such as uncertainty, ambivalence, contradiction and inconsistency, that are often considered inadequate and unconvincing by society. In reaction to this negative reputation, Mentaxis explores a mentality which acknowledges the complexity and ephemerality of the contemporary metamodern zeitgeist, and embraces doubt as a mode of progress. To exercise and spread this mentality, they literally put doubt in the spotlight by performing as a band.
forever under construction <3