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Leidi Haaijer  

visual artist, The Netherlands.

A survey of completed projects can be found at
The site is developed and maintained by the artist herself. A cv is also included.

Leidi Haaijer preparing the exhibition
Leidi Haaijer at work on the installation " LINEAL
PERIOD - contemporary synchronization
" in 1998.
This work consists of various two-dimensional departures
from the text. There was also a screensaver in the
same exhibition where the words
"contemporary synchronization" were only visible
at the moment when the two sets of animating forms
overlapped precisely.
The artist in the 'Grafische Atelier',
's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Since 1996 I have been working on the "Punten&Vlekken&Cirkels"(Points, Spots & Circles -2000->)
collection, an expanding work in which evolution manifests itself in a diversity of materials and
techniques. Sometimes this is manifested as a particular theme such as "the blue series" where I showed a number of blue round forms. My choice and arrangement of this work always depends on the exhibiting environment and depending on the environment, new works will also develop. Some of the techniques used in this work are sculpted wood, pressed and reworked glass, etching, computer reworked photographic images, and ink, pencil and paint used in combinations with various materials.
I have consciously recycled a lot of my work since leaving art school.

The most recent project is "The Tower of Babel", a collaboration between 6 artists which was presented in February 2003. The concept deals with public space and the neighbouring occupants. The Tower of Babel was constructed out of slide material taken by these (non-artist) neighbours and revealed the concept that each facade conceals its own tower of secrets. The artists considered it their task to reveal this, and a result was to create an interaction between the environment and its inhabitants.

A description of this project (*.pdf) can be downloaded from the site.

The CdROM Plooibaar Product - Formowalny Product - Pliable Product   The "Pliable Product" is a CdRom in English, Dutch and Polish on which you can pull out pre-made shapes and colours and create your own design which then can be printed out for use in public spaces such as on buildings externally or internally, for clothing or as an autonomous work of art.
This Cdrom is both an work of art in itself and a means for teaching others the use of colour and form, not only in public works but in seeing how images can exist.

The concept, as well as the programming of the CdRom in Director, was done by the artist.

"Plooibaar Product - Formowalny Produkt - Pliable
Product" where the design (in red and white) has been executed by the city council onto appartment blocks in Piotrków Trybunakski, Poland in 2001. 4

Red coloured housing block in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

"Plooibaar Product - Formowalny Produkt - Pliable Product" where the design (in blue and white) has been executed by the city council onto appartment blocks in Piotrków Trybunakski, Poland in 2001.
Detail of the painted facade

This work was developed in connection with an artist exchange in the small Polish city of Piotrków Trybunalyski between 1998 - 2000. In 1999 a student in architectural design saw the CDrom and a year later I saw three blocks of accommodation flats coated with designs from the "Pliable Product". Now there couldn't be a more practical example of its use in the public environment, could there? It was a nice surprise.

Blue coloured housing block in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland She had adapted designs from the Cdrom which used red, yellow and blue as the main colours. In February 2001 the Euro-Centre (the organisation for the integration of Poland into the European Union) invited us to give demostrations to teenagers and government administrators, to show them how they could use the "Pliable Product" as a means of the use of color and form (and particularly in the existing buildings) as part of their action "Kampania Koloru" which was about curating and caring for their city.
Youngsters at work with the Pliable Product 3
Youngsters at work on the computer
with the "Plooibaar Product -
Formowalny Produkt - Pliable Product".
Silkscreen of a shape of the Pliable Product on clothe
"Plooibaar Product - Formowalny
Produkt - Pliable Product" where
the design (silkscreen onto cloth) has
been executed as wall tapestries.
I have been working with computers as part of my art practice since 1994. While doing post-graduate
study at the Jan van Ecyk Academy in 1986 I focussed on installations incorporating video, found
objects, and the physcial act of drawing. For the installation, " 'Astand" (Icelandic for "A Situation")
in a church I worked with an Icelandic sound artist who created loops of subliminal hum.
Seven hundred and fifty gold-painted found chairs were spread organically across the whole church.

  In 1995 I was commissioned to design seating
and pavement for a playground of a school

in The Hague. My design was two circles of
chairs arranged with the back of the chairs
around the two original trees in a school
playground. I designed the shape and form of
the chairs by hand which was later transferred
to computer for manufacturing. One form was
a closed circle and the other was a half circle
of chairs. The metal seating was made out of
patterns of circles.
Pavement and benches on the frontarea of the Van Ostadeschool in The Hague
Playground of the Van Ostadeschool,
The Hague.
Postcard Boommonument "Boommonument" (Tree Monument), OL 5 54' 48,25", NB 52 32'41,09",
1996 in Kampen, The Netherlands, the postcard.

In 1996 I participated in a workshop in the city of Kampen, Holland, which looked at better ways of involving artists with Dutch city building projects.
A result of this was being commissioned to make a design for a tree
monument in a residental area. I noticed that the city had an area of park, with pathways leading from it, on the edge of the newer part of the city. I saw these pathways as 'green arms' leading from a 'green body' and so designed a monument consisting of a circle of stone around a tree with a pathway intersecting this. I presented and designed the tree as a monument for Kampen, to join other historical monuments of the city and this was celebrated with the production of a postcard declaring this to be the Tree Monument of Kampen.

"Cirkel van Pols" (Pols' Circle) in Zuiderpark, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The circle was built in 1950s by Mr. Pols. The park was renovated in 1995 and I was asked to make the design for the circular pavement.
Design for the Zuiderpark, 's-HertogenboschCompleted in the Zuiderpark, 's-Hertogenbosch
  Design, completed in the park.
However, the basic
focus in my work
is on drawing and
I have created a
number of
installations where
drawings are the
dominant feature.
I also initiate and coordinate art projects such as, "TUSS&RUIMTE ((In)between

Logo TUSS&RUIMTE (InbetweenSpaces)

Spaces) in 2002", where I invited
twenty artists to create
installations and performances
(including a sit-down meal
which was also a performance
work) in a space about to be
demolished in Den Bosch,
The Netherlands.

Last but not least I will mention the installation "BeeldTaalproduction", (Image Language Production) presented in 2002. Displayed in Eindhoven, Holland, and supported by a computer program, this installation could be physically extended by the visitors. Structures could be composed on transparent materials by dragging selected characters on the screen of a monitor. The result could be printed and added to the installation. In this way the installation grew.

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