Philip Lüschen (NL)
Visual artist / Scenographer
vagueing homogenized environments through multi-disciplinary work
Philip Lüschen is a visual artist and scenographer. He earned a bachelor's degree in design at the Design Academy Eindhoven and completed his research master's in Scenography at the University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU).
Lüschen's work reflects his ambiguous relationship with the built environment. Through scenographic strategies he explores the potentiality of our urban building blocks, reclaims the malleability of homogenized urban landscapes, and investigates forms of open-ended speculation and the crucial nature of fictional layers in human-constructed environments.
His wide-ranging work comprises multi-sensorial installations, writing, photography, sculptural scenography, scale models and 3D simulations. In some of his pieces, he documents places that make palpable the concept of life on a scripted set or stages situations that exercise an even stronger degree of control on citizens. In other instances, areas that refuse such structures, supply the premise for a work; alternately such places inspire him to deploy their unruly qualities so as to reconfigure polished areas in public space and through speculative design.
'Vagueing', his own coinage, indicates a world-building strategy aiming for the destabilisation of rigid rules and fixed significations and the prioritisation of sensory qualities over function. Perhaps inspired by his father, who worked as a window dresser, Lüschen often employs display techniques that foreground, as if on stage, the textures and non-functional qualities possessed by the very building blocks of our society.
Lüschen's work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei, TW), the New Renaissance Film Festival (London, UK), Non-Syntax Experimental Image Festival (Tokyo, JP), and in various venues in the Netherlands, among them the Over het IJ Festival (Amsterdam), Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam) and Museum het Vrijthof (Maastricht) as well as several public spaces such as a jail, a church and a village square.