START POINT PRIZE – Prize for emerging artists

Fen deVilliers

The work takes the form of a sculptural environment as well as a performance piece, which took place in it. The gallery space was transformed into an imaginary office with several tables with a number of indefinite objects with no apparent function lying on them. Everything is shiny white here, impersonal and rectangular. Several actors – very similar to each other, dressed in uniforms of white shirts and black pants and shoes – perform step-bystep a few exact and mechanized office tasks. They do not show any emotions and do not communicate with each other, as if they were mere machines that execute a task and then they leave. A white disc on the wall – the only non- rectangular object – dominates the scene. It could be a visible symbol of power, derived from the world of the leftist avantgarde, to which the artist refers in all his work, and of a similar nature to Malevich’s black square or black disc – an attribute of the Czech Devětsil. Due to its location on the wall it also resembles a clock without numbers and without hands, again, a symbolic reference to the ideal sense of the absence of time of eternal happiness from some kind of Kafkaesque dystopia. (Marcel Fišer)

1989 born in United Kingdom. Education: 2007 – 2008, Glasgow School of Art; 2008 - 2012 Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Sculpture Department. Awards: 2007 Leverhulme Scholarship for studies in Art; 2009 De grote STARTprijs – 1st prize; 2010 Noesen Metal competition – Selected and awarded 2nd prize.