Probe 33
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Probe 33 | November 2015

Sharon Houkema  Playing The Bucky Card

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DOMINIC VAN DEN BOOGERD
ABOUT SHARON HOUKEMA
BY CHARLIE BRENDSEN

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What did you want to create in Probe?
I had no plan to start with. I figured it out along the way.

How different was it to work in the space of Probe compared to other exhibition spaces?
The setup of Probe is that it creates an illusion of an exhibition space with normal dimensions, but in reality it is scaled 1:4, and can be accessed only by an online audience through installation shots taken from 9 angles. It takes a unique position between a physically accessible space, online publishing and VR, that I was interested to respond to.

What obstacles did you run into?
I like to keep the production process as open as possible. When I encounter an obstacle, I listen to what it has to tell me. As an artist I want to be response-able (this is something other than being responsible, which has more to do with obligation, control and accountability) So I listen, and then talk and then listen and like this there are all kinds of exchanges going on in the work simultaneously, that address different subjects on different levels.