Boris Acket (1988) is a contemporary artist, composer & director specialized in multidisciplinary projects within music, installation art, performance & film. Acket operates as a conductor of creative processes, residing within complex systems in which artist, space & medium connect as one.
His works and performances have been presented at NXT Museum, Lowlands, STRP, Holland Festival, Het Hem, Milan Salone del Mobil, La biennale del Venetia, Paris Fashion Week, Fiber Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, Dark Matter Berlin, Lost Art Festival Berlin, De School, Down The Rabbit Hole, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Van Gogh Museum, Frame Lab & DGTL Festival and featured on Designboom, Resident Advisor, NRC, Volkskrant, Parool, Subbacultcha and 3voor12. Acket is one half of Working Titles, whose 2019 LP De Tuin is composed of improvisations that are carefully cut and reconfigured into a tapestry of meditative sonic vignettes.
His debut album ‘Home’ (feat. visual artist) got released in 2021. He is also part of the Dutch artist collective De Lichting. Collaborators are, among others Gordon Hempton, 4DSound, Colin Benders, Jameszoo, Dekmantel, Rogier van der Zwaag, Botter Paris, Methamorphosis Dance (ES), Joep Beving, Salvador Breed, Oceanic, De School, Robbert van der Bildt and Maarten Vos.
Waaiwerken is a new series of works by Dutch media artist Boris Acket and a diverse group of collaborators. The works are a somewhat playful sidetrack to the artist’s more conceptual and ‘stricter’ audiovisual works. Together they act as a series in which practical research, material, light, and movement by wind and natural elements are the subject itself. The first of the series was presented at last year’s Schemerlicht Festival and was inspired by the collaboration he entered earlier in the year with Dutch artist Elias Mazian, Lumus Instruments, and Toon Rooijmans. A large piece of custom fabric was placed over a pond in an outside situated botanical garden above a pond. In the wind the fabric in combination with the light and sound programming seemed to transform into water, showcasing these beautiful patterns created by nature itself.
Waaiwerken is intended to be an endless research project into these beautiful feedback loops of art and nature. The pieces are intended to be understandable on a basic, primal level, without a set story or concept to tell. Hypnotic vacuums in time, slowly drifting or violently moving defined by conditions of that current context or day.
The works are never the same - always different. And while they seem to be about all these different moments they will never be able to capture or reproduce one exactly the same twice.