Niko Hendrickx
Pick and Change Project
In this series the artist gives a dynamic twist to the static character of particular spatial works. From a supply of shapes and forms at his disposal he chooses one or more, works with them and stores them again.
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Every time the forms take on a different meaning, and with every new arrangement the project is deepened.

In the video Change (2007) the project at hand is literally visualized: a man incessantly changes a construction with five objects. A complementary and contrasting version of the same title was made in 2012. In the video Change from 2007, a man – the artist – is wearing a T-shirt with the word CHANGE on it. His head is invisible and he constantly changes a construction with five objects. The tape is played at accelerated speed. In comparison the 2012 version of the same title is both complementary and contrasting with the one from 2007. Now the artist is recognizable and sits down in a meditative position for 55 minutes. Together these two videos convey Hendrickx’ artistic creed: in one way or another his complete oeuvre is related to the concept ‘change’.

Liquid Shapes through Space
This work is a video of liquid polyester floating through space. The liquid mass slowly takes shape and then disappears into space. The installation is three-dimensional and consists of an aluminium frame with nine separate surfaces which create a strong spatial effect and give depth to the moving polyester. The concept 'change of form' is given a particularly concrete interpretation in this work. (2008)
The Boundary Speech
An unidentified person is facing a barrier. His luggage is his brain, and on his back he has a pistol (or, in a different version of the installation, a bomb). He sees the border, and before it a rotating device with a hand making the stop signal at one end, and one with a pointing finger at the other. In the background a booming speaker repeats the words 'go home'. (2007)
Moving Installation

A small installation comprising five polyester shapes 'moves' through the exhibition hall. Using 'stop-motion' the artist constantly changes the construction and a picture is taken of every change. When the different shots are edited and pasted the installation seems to be in motion.

This video was made for the exhibition BASTART in cultural centre De Kollebloem in Puurs (Belgium). Curator Vivianne Mertens added small ceramic blocks to the installation. (2007)

Installation for a Selfish Rapper

This work caricatures the 'gangsta rapper' phenomenon. It symbolically offers each rapper the opportunity to choose 'the honourable way out', rather than to put a bullet in his rivals. In the installation we see a black pair of spectacles, an artist's mirror and a handle, all at the honourable rapper's disposal.

When the handle is turned, the pistol is put into firing position. Whoever turns the handle is put on live video. Fans can watch the show on a small LCD screen. The music for this work was written by an 18-year old beatboxer, George Ocloo, who sang the 18-minute piece in one go. Lights react to the music via a light modulator.

The installation was developed for the BASTART exhibition in Villa Basta, Houthalen (Belgium) (2006)

Distance to Morsmaille and Back

The installation consists of two screens connected by a metal pipe. The screens send each other the messages 'We have got e-mail too' and 'So do we', not by e-mail but in Morse code, a now outdated means of communication. This work looks at the worldwide web and at regional geography with some irony. It does not only put a sculpture (a little polyester hammer) but also the visitor in motion. The latter, encouraged by image and sound, has to walk through the rooms to read and understand the message.

The installation was shown in Z33, room 4 in Hasselt (Belgium) in October 2006. It was developed for the exhibition POWER PLAYS - Interior Spaces Exterior Desires, which was part of the project Freespace 2006. Curator: Ive Stevensheydens. Organizer: Platform Beeldende Kunst Limburg.

The Catcher of the Cross

In this video someone using a net is trying to catch a cross flying around in a church. We see the action through the catcher's eyes. Who is he? What possesses him or her to chase this cross like mad? Is this reality, a vision, a dream or a game? (2006)

Unidentified Arcade

This installation, build up around the topic ‘seeing’, was made for culture centre “De Breughel” in the city of Bree. The work was exhibited during the weekend of the 3rd of September 2006. This work, a video and an installation, deals with the theme 'to see and be seen'. It was exhibited in cultural centre De Breughel in Bree in September 2006.

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The video shows children horsing around in a playground. They see and play with 'forms' that are not really there. The forms 'react' to the children's actions (or to the lack of action). We see a reality that changes, a fascinating and fantastic event, of the kind the media like to focus on today. Using 'keying', i.e. filtering out a strong colour, and 3D the forms are first created and then pasted in the video: a technical tour de force (of which the viewer is probably unaware) which barely takes a few seconds to unfold before our eyes. As this is a silent movie, the viewer focuses entirely on the visual aspect.

Between different parts of the video 'arcade shots' are shown, explaining what is happening or what is about to happen. The installation contains all the forms that occur in the video. To minimize its static character the shadow of a UFO is constantly moved by light effects, so that it seems to fly through the air. An LED spot creates changes of colour. (2006)

Dueling Handguns

Two pistols move to the rhythm of the tune Dueling Banjos from the 1972 movie Deliverance. The theme of the movie is the confrontation of man and nature, and man's sickening and violent character. The video, projected in a corner, holds a mirror up to man's face. The two guns shoot at one another at different intervals, then return to their original positions, ready for the next shot. In the tune some notes are replaced by gun shots. (2005)

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