DARKMATTER is a Netherlands based art collective of various medial, trans-medial, post-medial and interdisciplinary artists
for whom "dark matter" refers to the way we see ourselves,
our work and our community of practice.
Physics tells us that “dark matter” is a type of matter that is invisible to all our scientific instruments, its existence known only by way of its effects on the behaviour of visible matter.
DARKMATTER is a collective of various medial, trans-medial, post-medial and interdisciplinary artists for whom “dark matter” refers to the way we see ourselves, our work and our community of practice. We are products of complex processes of creolization and globalization that have formed the uneven world we live in today as well as our mongrel identities within it - conquest, slavery, indentureship, colonization, mass migration, commercial travel, asylum, resettlement, inter- culturality and precarious citizenship -.and that have rendered our lives and experiences virtually incomprehensible other than by means of radical self-expression.
DARKMATTER is a home for strange, new, hybrid happenings, visions and manifestations. As artists, we see, experience, describe, theorize and critique the world using a highly eclectic intelligence that comes from our experiences as citizens, non-citizens, netizens, émigrés, children of diasporas, and members of diverse urban subcultures. We believe that personal and cultural autonomy should coexist with an openness to the new possibilities for communal life, aesthetic creation and technological innovation provided by the presence and input of Others. For this reason, we are advocates for every kind of social, economic and environmental justice.
DARKMATTER is an outlet for individual and collaborative co-creative art-making, radical experimentation, research and education, curation, theoretical writing, cultural criticism, storytelling, design-thinking, event-staging and trans-national talent recruitment.
It should be assumed that we are explicitly and militantly feminist, anti-racist, anti-colourist, anti-homohobic, anti-transphobic, anti-ableist, anti-fascist and environmentalist in our thinking and our practice.