Coded Nature, 2022
Courtesy of DRIFT

Living Landscape

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In June 2024, LUMA Arles presents DRIFT with a unique interactive exhibition.

The collaboration with DRIFT is conceived as an extension to the ambitious group show staged at the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, Van Gogh and the Stars. Under the title of Living Landscape, the exhibition of the Amsterdam-based multidisciplinary artists will bring together two of their most innovate and immersive interactive artworks, Coded Nature and Murmuring Minds. Displayed together, the two artworks will create a new and never before seen installation as part of this commission. The installation employs powerful technological tools to create a unique environment that addresses the experience of human and machine senses and phenomena. 

Living Landscape
 is concerned with relationality, movement in understanding the visible and the invisible nature that surrounds us, and the role that the different elements in nature play in relation to each other. Notions that were also central to Van Gogh’s painterly explorations and experiments and can be vividly seen in his canvases. DRIFT aims to reveal the structures and patterns in nature and have audiences experience these in an interactive way.


Curatedy by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Director of Exhibitions and Programs. 



Workshop « ça prend forme » (in French only)

This summer, LUMA Arles invites young and old to explore their imaginations and create in several dimensions! After discovering DRIFT's Living Landscape exhibition, which explores the notion of biomimicry, participants will imagine and create their own creature, practicing the transition from 2D to 3D.

Dates: From July 12, every Saturday at 4 p.m. only in July and August.
Recommended age: 6-12 years.


"I like to do stuff that has never been done before." Ralph Nauta, DRIFT Victor & Simon

Artist portrait by Teska Overbeeke


Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multidisciplinary team of 65, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms, and to re-establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s artworks illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery do not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.


DRIFT has realized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at Biennale di Venezia (2015, 2022); The Shed (2021); Pace Gallery (2021), The Stedelijk Museum (2018); Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); amongst others.

Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2017, DRIFT was awarded Dezeen Designer of the Year. 


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