Do big art institutions represent the here and now? Amber van den Eeden and Kalle Mattson didn’t think one of Amsterdam’s most famous institutions did: “The Stedelijk forgot the internet,” they say, “it overlooked the abundance of young and promising artists that the city itself has to offer. It’s as simple as that.”
Swooping on the URL “www.temporarystedelijk.com,” Eeden and Mattson created an accessible online gallery space, “free from the nuisance of closed buildings that is always open.” Inspired to tell the story of the overlooked artists that are either working, living or educated in the city, the Temporary Stedelijk reconnects innovating digital art with the context from which it originated, representing the previously unheard versions of the here and now to a diverse audience. The site seamlessly combines established artists and lesser-known names, allowing the user to roam interactively among the art and the stories behind the pieces and get a new sense of Amsterdam as a vibrant, dynamic, artistic city.