We work within a spectrum of contemporary moving image practices and come together to pursue a mode of production based on collaboration and mutual support. WET assists in the production of works through the exchange of labour, equipment and expertise.
WET is also a platform for distribution, curating and programming, with a focus on works which question existing film orthodoxies, and which propose alternative (social, historical, political and aesthetic) perspectives on the medium.
In December 2020 we recorded a podcast with curatorial collective Anorak (Lukas Ludwig, Johanna Markert, and Florian Model) about the interlinked nature of our collective and individual practices, and the upcoming workshop Communal Luxury for the Anorak summer school (June 2021, Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg). If you want to know more about us, and our collaboration with Anorak, you can listen to the conversation here:
Born 1990, UK. Nick is an artist based in Rotterdam, working with moving image, sculpture and performance. He graduated from the MFA programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in 2018, and from the BA Fine Art programme at the Glasgow School of Art in 2012. He has been involved with various artist-run projects, such as Transmission Gallery and Glasgow Open House Arts Festival and, in addition to WET, he is currently a member of Filmwerkplaats and co-editor of Rotterdam Art Writing. His work tackles relationships between form and politics, with a particular interest in the aesthetics of coexistence: what are the underlying forms which structure our everyday existence, and what do new social formations look like? Film-making, in its utopic spirit and collaborative nature, provides unique tools to explore these questions.
Born 1984, PL. Lives and works in Rotterdam. She graduated from Piet Zwart Institute (MFA), and Willem de Kooning Academy (BA). Participant at Jan van Eyck Academy (2017-18). She works with video in combination with spatial elements. Through her projects she explores subjective, fragmented and intuitive approaches to collective histories and their influence to daily life. She is interested in the way in which images circulate on the Internet, and how their meanings change according to the context, or due to the order of presentation. In her work, Anna has been questioning national identity, social status and the way these external elements shape human life. Since September 2018, together with Angelica Falkeling, she’s running Emotional Channel – a platform for fashion and lifestyle https://emotionalchannel.hotglue.me/.
Born 1991, Paris, FR. Erika is an artist based in Rotterdam. She graduated with a Master in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2017 and holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from Gerrit Rietveld, Amsterdam. Currently she is a participant of Jan van Eyck Academy (2020-21). In her work, video becomes a tool for investigating the link between audiovisual languages and life. In her videos, the camera functions as an apparatus that summons the subject to perform while also being a recording tool of the unfolding processes; the ones of producing the artwork and performing within it. Her work aims to reevaluate moments of becoming and deliberation as positive modes of being in order to address the complexities of our existence.
Born 1991, Warsaw, PL. Marta is an artist based in Rotterdam. She graduated from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (MFA), Academy of Arts in Szczecin (MFA) and University of Arts in Poznań (BFA) with and exchange in Naples. She has co-founded and co-run Silverado (2013-2018), an artist-run space and later on an art & curator collective; currently she is involved with WET and Filmwerkplaats. Marta makes video works that explore female biographies and identities – especially those shaped by experiences of displacement – as well as activating relations between cinematic tools and gender. Her work is often entangled with the past; she is particularly interested in the resurfacing of histories in the present, histories which reappear in her own life and the lives of those around. Point of access is usually through storytelling and personal accounts, working with family archives and stories, trying to link them to artist’s own actuality. Her work relies on intuition, intimate encounters, and on empathy being embodied in the camerawork. Pointing the camera is a poetic act at the same time as it is research.
Born 1993, London, UK. Sophie recently graduated with a Master in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL and holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from Newcastle University, UK. Sophie’s practice involves both investigating and mirroring social tropes, interactions, etiquette and social media. She employs mimicry and hyperbole in her performance, video and live works. Appropriating scripts from supermarket aisles, TV dating shows and advertisements, she performs in an unflinching key with an ever-changing voice: flat, awkward, tragic-comic and puzzled in its search for expression. She engages with gender, class and race privileges and the ease with which we adopt technologies. In the re-presentation of these phenomena, the self and utterances are overturned, creating moments of destabilised reflection, distantiated contemplation, whilst maintaining a degree of ambiguity. She is concerned with creating spaces of discomfort by increasing our awareness of watching and being watched. Positioning herself as the director poses challenging questions around community, individuality, solidarity and control.