A cardboarders project is all about creating stuff together with visitors in a playful environment. We often use cheap, recyclable materials, trying to turn nothing in to something. Our projects include improvised games, puppetry, animation, character design, costume making, storytelling, set-design, and improvisation.
During our projects we became very skilled in getting participants enthusiastic and motivated to do creative stuff. We see art as an actionsport: participating in the process of making is more important than the endresults. Destruction of the things that are made (by using them) is often a part of the project!
We work in an atmosphere of absurdity and quirkiness, cherishing the freshness of amateurism. Treu creation comes from innocent pleasure of working together and a feeling of having nothing to loose.
Cardboarders is a loose group of artists working from the Netherlands, based in animation studio Reanimation.nl the center of beautiful downtown Amsterdam!
HRFTS festival is a new festival by Xsense in the Netherlands. They asked us to work together with the students from Utrecht School of the Arts to make some of the decorations! Thanks to all the students and supercreative Bram Schinkel for all the help! Want to get expressive during your festival? We can help you […]
Hedenstad was one of the first theatreshows by the dutch Hotel Modern. I saw it in Arnhem when I was still at artschool. What hit me the most was the ease and nonchalance that they crossed borders between puppetry, visual art, performance art, animation and theatre. They still do by the way.Check their new […]
I (Mathijs) was asked to do a workshop at the (international) school for Art and Design in Zwolle.I decided to make it an intense two days of cardboard costume-making. Then I would have one day left to play with the students and their costumes in the green screen studio (a really good one they have […]
Cardball is THE new sport. It’s the only sport that is played before it’s invented. Basic rules at the moment of writing: – It’s considered cheating if you don’t cheat with Cardball.– Build a cardboard costume for two people that covers all hands and feet.– No human appendage should ever touch the Cardball!– Set an […]
The most well known cardboard chair is probably Frank Gehry’s Easy Edges chair. There’s a nice article on the guggenheim website. He’s best known for his curvy architecture but with a knack for design, Gehry has branched out into furniture construction, too. The patent on the chair says: “The furniture produced by this technique is […]
There’s some eccentric cardboard world builders out there. Some are obsessed with building and extending their virtual environments in real life. Remember the game SimCity? Imagine it too be real and I think you’ll come closes to what possesses these artists This is the round up of the best ones on the net: if you know other […]