L.C. von Sukmeister Esq. MA (b. 1981) is the pseudonym of R.S. (Suki) de Boer a para-performative artist-historian since 2005. He is born in Surabaya (Indonesia) and is of Javanese descent, but is raised in the Netherlands. Trained as an art historian at the Radboud University Nijmegen, he currently works on his PhD dissertation at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His PhD research is about art-related corporate activities by European multinational companies. In particular he focuses on a project by Clegg & Guttmann in the headquarters of the former DG BANK in Frankfurt in 1995, on a project by Maurizio Cattelan on a public square in Milan funded by fashion company Trussardi in 2004, and on a project by Andrea Fraser produced for the opening of the museum-like exhibition space of the Generali Foundation in Vienna in 1995. Besides his PhD, he works for the Amsterdam based design company Droog, for which he co-curates design exhibitions, and theoretically and practically supports Stichting Droog Design’s latest projects and initiatives.
I invent artistic concepts for installation art, performance art, and video art. I try to raise questions both on the authenticity and originality of art’s nature (and the allographic nature of digital arts in particular), as well as on the institutionalized context of art (the space, site, platform for art exhibition and distribution) and its corporatization/financialization in the culture industry. The duplication of the image and exclusion mechanisms are my central themes.
OK.Video 6th Jakarta International Video Festival organized by ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia, September 5-15, 2013, with The Art Collector (2013) OK.Video 6th Jakarta International Video Festival
The Saints of The New Age, art event in Istanbul, Turkey, June 20, 2012, with his Friendly Video Graffiti Project (2009-2011)
OK.Video 5th Jakarta International Video Festival organized by ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia, October 6-17, 2011, with his Friendly Video Graffiti Project (2009-2011) OK.Video 5th Jakarta International Video Festival
SMart Multimedia Arts Festival, Grand Rapids (MI) United States of America, April 4-8, 2011, with his
Friendly Video Graffiti Project (2009-2011) SMart Multimedia Arts Festival
Venice Biennial 2009 @ Padiglione Internet, in the Wikipedia Art Project by artists Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern with the video work Banned Wikipedia Art Attempts to Intervene with Banned Airlines into Art Venues in Vienna (2009) Wikipedia Art
Featured in the PUBlications
LC von Sukmeister. ‘OK.Video.’ In: Metropolis M, October 6, 2013.
Catriona Croft-Cusworth. ‘Art of Deception Unveiled at RuRu’s OK. Video Biennial.’ In: The Jakarta Globe, September 9, 2013 .
R.S. de Boer. ‘Site-Specific Work of Art in a Corporate Context: An Exploratory Guideline for Critical Artists.’ In: Continental Breakfast. Place of Encounter. Fifth CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators (ed. Giuliana Carbi), Trieste Contemporanea, 2011, pp. 166-187.
R.S. de Boer. ‘Kunstige bedrijvigheid: Apenrots of Kunstwalhalla? Professionalisering van corporate collecting en de noodzaak van kwalitatief onderzoek.’ In: Kunstlicht, 30: 3/4, 2009, pp. 14-20. ISBN 978-90-73588-48-6. ISSN 0921-5026
R.S. de Boer & Stefano Mirti. ‘…les boys got leather straps les boys got SS caps…’ In: Fetisch + Konsum (eds. Jean-Baptiste Joly, Catherine Perret, Julia Warmers), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany) 2009, pp. 221-241. ISBN 978-3-937982-24-3
R.S. de Boer. ‘De waarneming van de beschouwer waargenomen.’ In: Desipientia, zin & waan, 14:12, November 2007, pp. 34-37. ISSN 1386-1069
Daily newspaper nrc•next: Karin Quint (2009). ‘Zij proberen zo ergens binnen te komen.’ In: nrc•next, Wednesday, February 25, 2009, pp. 22-23
Ad Valvas VU University newspaper: Daphne Lentjes (2009): ‘Kunst voor plant en publiek.’ In: Ad Valvas, June 18, 2009, pp. 16-17.
The Art Collector (2013) by LCVS @ OK VIDEO 6th Jakarta International Video Festival organized by ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia, September 5-15, 2013.
An untitled painting by LCVS with a peephole in the middle on the wall. Through the peephole the gallery visitor can see a single channel video.
Article in Jakarta Globe
Article in Metropolis M
1 Painting by LCVS
1 14 inch Digital Photo Frame
1 SD memory card The Art Collector (2013) by LCVS 7.22min
Use less + (2013) by LCVS
The Use Less + installation simply challenges everything, and the use of aesthetics in communication in particular. Although the installation might seem a bit old-fashioned in the smartphone + google glass age, it is nonetheless less functional. People can instantly use the installation for whatever they like, except for disconnecting the power cable. A video example of a body workout is projected on the table on the wall. If people want to use the installation in a more ‘constructive’ mental and social manner, they can surf the internet to search for a job, sign a petition in support of Ai Weiwei or against animal cruelty, et cetera. But people are also free to not use the installation, or to only aesthetically use it without any actual outcome. The content of the installation is thus always open for alteration.
The installation Use Less + ( (2013) contains a random table, chair + chair, and computer with internet connection which people can use for free. A video (CLICK HERE) is projected on the table on the wall next to attached A4-papers.
A photo of the installation will appear on http://tifx.wordpress.com When people google the work they can see the installation in which they take part. During the Útil 2013 exhibition I will also shoot a little video of the installation and upload it, which then can be seen in the work itself on http://tifx.wordpress.com and the lcvonsukmeister Youtube-channel.
On the computer screen a collection of photo’s from newspapers and other material will run as screen saver, which of course is changeable by any other user of the installation.
A4-papers consist of articles/quotes from:
Bourdieu, Pierre & Haacke, Hans. Free Exchange. Stanford University Press 1995.
Diederichsen, Diederich. On (Surplus) Value in Art. Sternberg Press 2008
Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, Verzoek verlagen maandbedrag studieschuld 2012.
Financial Stability Board. Update of group of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). Basel, November 1, 2012.
Gielen, Pascal. The Art Scene. An Ideal Production Unit for Economic Exploitation? Open 2009.
Holmes, Brian. ‘Liar’s poker. Representation of Politics/Politics of Representation.’ In: Springerin,1, 2003.
Morozov, Evgene. The Net Delusion. The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. New York 2011.
Riding, Alan. ‘Slides and sunbathing: Art or entertainment?’ In: The International Herald Tribune, Thursday November 2, 2006.
Saltz, Jerry. ‘Money, Insularity, and a Huge Controversy for the New Museum.’ In: New York Magazine, November 11, 2009.
Saltz, Jerry. ‘Art Moralists. Give the New Museum a break.’ In: New York Magazine, November 15, 2009.
Saltz, Jerry. ‘Saltz on Defending the New Museum.’ In: New York Magazine, November 16, 2009.
Sontag, Deborah & Pogrebin, Robin. ‘Some Object as Museum Shows Its Trustee’s Art.’ In: The New York Times, November 10, 2009.
Spam e-mail by mr. Mong Hoi, Tuesday December 27, 2011.
Stallabrass, Julian. Art Incorporated. Oxford University Press 2004.
Thompson, Don. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark. The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. New York 2008.
Žižek, Slavoj. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. London 2009.
1 laptop or PC connected to the internet and free of use
1 video projected on the wall
several A4-papers which I tape on the wall
2 tables = € 0 (to be borrowed from the organization)
2 chairs = € 0 (to be borrowed from the organization)
1 laptop or PC connected to the internet= € 0 (to be borrowed from the organization)
1 beamer + DVD player = € 0 (to be borrowed from the organization)
several A4-papers which I tape on the wall = € 0
Total costs € 0
At the Speed of Life (2012) by LCVS Transmediale 2012
At the Speed of Life (2012) is a visual language game. It is a video installation which questions the overload of visual data in our information society. Umberto Eco has stated that to silence critique one was formerly being excluded from information, but that nowadays one is overloaded with information. Amidst all this data one cannot adequately filter crucial information anymore. In this way the dominant producers of the info overload leave one helpless alone. At the Speed of Life (2012) tries to anticipate on this. It explores whether speedily blended visual data can create new powerful singular images, which go beyond all former meanings and bear their own truths.
Four videos (V1,V2, V3,V4) on monitor/projection next to each other. Duration of each sequence is 8.03min (click for here to view DVD 1 sequence DVD 2 sequence DVD 3 sequence DVD 4 sequence). The sequences need to be looped
4 (Acer X110 – ColorBoost) Beamers
4 (AEG 4550) DVD players
1 (Onkyo SKS-22X) Speaker set
4 DVD At the Speed of Life (2012) by LCVS
4 x € 249 (Acer X110- ColorBoost) Beamers = € 996
1 x € 128 (Onkyo SKS-22X) Speaker set = € 128
4 x € 40 (AEG) DVD players = € 160
Total costs: € 1.284
Duration of each sequence is 8.03min
(I gave each visual data mix a name, there are 12 mixes in total, 3 per video projection)