Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan work together since 2002, producing film installations, writing, sculpture and collages that explore cultural and geopolitical landscapes such as Europe’s borders (Grossraum, 2005), sites of resource production and global trade (Monument of Sugar – how to use artistic means to elude trade barriers, 2007; Episode of the Sea, 2014), and the (non) sites of cultural heritage (Monument to Another Man's Fatherland, 2008, View from the Acropolis, 2012 and subi dura a rudibus, 2010). Most of our projects involve extensive research and long term collaborations. As part of our artistic practice, we express formal and informal research trajectories and the contingency of fieldwork in textual supplements. We do our own camera work, sound recording, production, montage, sculpting, and graphical design.

In the concluding chapter of the film essay Monument of Sugar (2007) we speculate on a drifting studio practice: installing a studio on a ship transporting sugar to follow the material on board as it moves across the worlds oceans. Over the years we abandoned the sugar ship as concrete setting for a studio, but adopted ‘drifting studio practice’ as an artistic ethos: a moving along with things to attend to them as the revolting beings that they are.

The PhD research ‘Drifting Studio Practice – return of the making in the thinking’ (facilitated by ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) at the University of Amsterdam, and MaHKU) has this ethos as its point of departure. The PhD program is supported by NWO and Mondriaan fund. 

Venues where our works have been shown include Extra City, Antwerp; HartWare, Dortmund; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Argos, Brussels; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; SMBA and De Appel Amsterdam; CCA Vilnius; the Shanghai and Guangju Biennials; IAC Villeurbanne, France. Our works are included in the public collections of Kunsthaus Zürich; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; MUDAM Luxembourg; FRAC Marseille; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; Hoffmann Sammlung, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Our films have screened a.o. at IDFA, Modern Mondays at MoMA, Flaherty Seminar New York, Toronto International Film Festival and CPH:DOX Copenhagen.

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan live and work in Amsterdam.

Contact: info[@]vanbrummelendehaan.nl