My name is Hester van Tongerlo I was born in Weert in 1991. I graduated from MaFAD art academy Maastricht, HBO autonomous. After I finished art academy, I moved to Nederweert-eind . After graduation I realised how important is that young artist get a opportunity to develop, that's why we created Destination Unknown. I am a artist & Founder of Destination Unknown.
Destination Unknown (DU) is a non-profit organization that creates a platform for young artists. The locations we offer are of temporal vacancy; waiting to be reclaimed by new owners or waiting to be demolished. We create opportunities to fill these vacancies with creative site-specific ideas and interventions of young artists, reacting to the surrounding environment that the location offers. Furthermore, we organize evening programs with interesting speakers, film evening and so on. We ensure that there are enough studio discussions with people from the art world, and this allows the young artist to easily make connections.
WEBSITE DU: https://www.destinationunknown.nu
Can I see who you are?
This work is about communication with color. We wear it, we connect it to emotions. We link it to the senses, but color is much more than this. It is a language that is seen and taught by our brain because we develop it in our childhood. We are born color blind.
Furthermore, evolution also does something with our sense of color, objects that have existed for a long time and are created by nature, for example, a banana. Are included in our system so that by evolution we always label this banana as the same color yellow. Even when we shine blue light on the banana, the whole room will glow blue except the banana that stays yellow. This phenomenon is called color correction in happens in our brains.
Our origins also determine which colors we see. In Europe we make a distinction between 11 color categories, but there are only 5 color categories for the Hibma (African strain), green for them is a much more extensive color and we see yellow much better.
Color is determined by; language, memories and emotion. And all this creates in your brain the color that you perceive at that moment. Color has always played an important role in our existence. But color tells us more about us than we realize.
In this work I am going to experiment with the spectators. By asking the viewer to paint their face with colors that they prefer, I try to read how his / her personality is based on the face that is painted. By letting the colors on the face speak for the person in our first acquaintance via camera image.
Because the effect of color is so in the subconscious, I want to experiment with this experiment, what happens when we are aware of the effect and whether we can understand it. The experiment is part of the exhibition 24/7, people are determined who paints their faces in front of the mirror in the chair. You can do this during your museum visit.
The people who participate in this experiment receive their personal lecture via an email. By participating in this experiment, the work between the viewer and me arises.
Explanation for the audience
This work is going to be created in cooperation with you. We are taking on the experiment to see if I can get to know you by your painted face.Take a seat and paint your face. The process will be automatically recorded by the camera behind the mirror. Because our first encounter will be via this video, the only way we are able to communicate is by the colours you're going to apply. I'm going to try and read your personality of what you are showing me. Who are you as a person explained by the colours you have used.
Together with those who dare to experiment, they will receive an email after 22 September. In this mail is the reading of your own painted face. Do you like to do this together with a group? Then you can register for one of the workshops.
Take a seat
Choose the colours you prefer and place them in front of you.
Take a sponge to apply the paint
Randomly apply the paint to your face
Don't be afraid, there is a cleaningstation to clean your face.
When you're finished, throw away the spunge.
If you want you can clean your face at the two sinks. Disposable washing cloths are included.
Write down your e-mail to keep posted on the reading of your own painted face.