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"Concepts of Humanism"

The work of Belgian artist Hilde NIJS, entitled "Concepts of Humanism” encompasses drawing, painting, mixed techniques, digital art, collages, sculptural ceramics, installations and sceneries and comprise many new works from her recent series Messengers of the Unconscious, The Riddle of Thinking Humanity, Human versus AI Machinery etc. Inspired by the books of Hannah Arendt, Freud's topographical model of the mind, Marcel Broodthaers and his Institutional Critique, Word and Image, art world role playing etc., the provocative art of Joseph Beuys and his extended definition, in which the ideas of social sculpture could potentially reshape society and politics, Nijs' art should be thought as some sort of wake up call for a new world and absolutely something to reflect on.

On her canvases, Hilde NIJS writes texts, messages and words as a result of her research study, also she selects the contemporary media, news headlines, advertisements, etc. and drops this all into a dialogue with each other, with history and with her own imagination such as a new world who comes alive on the surfaces consisting of layers deposits on each other. Inspired by Palimpsest, the preparing surfaces are defined as a manuscript that has been modified or changed but that still has traces of its original writing and as the world is constantly changing, our society as such can be viewed as a frequently altered palimpsest. All those elements are the raw materials necessary for the new and better world she wants to create for the survival of mankind. Regarding the ideological underpinning of her methodology, she describes the process of layering, printing, scribing, drawing, painting, scraping, erasing, dripping as a “necessary act of renewing,” an overflow of matter, sources, fragments, drawings, patterns and symbolism who allows the viewer to assemble their own moral view on society.

S.M.A.K. GENT

Biënnale van België

​"The Plinth"

Installation "WakeUP, Imagination Free" 26 01 2022, Gent

Stakeholders for a Human and Connected World

We can’t fall back on past experiences to help us with the enormous challenges that we are facing today. Imagination is sorely needed to solve these gigantic problems. It's five to twelve and time is running out, the hours pass almost unnoticed and without mercy. All of us are stakeholders and partners sharing the same task: to change our way of life. Finding the right words can lead to new, innovative insights. A new discourse is needed to change things bottom-up and to become aware of the power of a connected world. - Hilde NIJS

The Human Condition. From the series "HUMAN MACHINERY"

Artificial Intelligence. Human as a machine, the machine as a human.

HUMANS, NOT MACHINES, CREATE MEANING!

In the term "Artificial Intelligence (AI), the word Intelligence is just a metaphor - 2022

Analytical preliminary study of the human body.

An architectural plan for the human body to build the human such as a machine

or the machine such as a human.

Analytische voorstudie van het menselijk lichaam.

Een architecturaal bouwplan voor de mens als machine of de machine als mens - 2022

The Human Condition. From the series "HUMAN CONNECTION"

 The world would not exist without the human activity which produced it. 

No human life is possible, not even the life of the hermit in nature's wilderness,without a world which directly or indirectly testifies to the presence of other human beings.

 Conversation and communication are both essential ingredients of connectedness - 2022