DRIFT, Franchise Freedom, Performed at Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 2018 © Studio Drift


We re-connect humanity with nature through technology.


Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta founded DRIFT in 2007. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re- establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

DRIFT has realized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); Stedelijk Museum (2018); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); Pace Gallery (2017) amongst others. Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2014, Drift was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.

Installation view, DRIFT, Drifter, Amos Rex, Helsinki © Studio Drift, courtesy Amos Rex


DRIFT, Bicycle, 2018, rubber, polyurethane, steel, aluminum, lacquer paint, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), polyoxymethylene (POM), gel, stainless steel, polycarbonate, brass, magnet and glass fiber, sculpture: 20 cm × 79.3 cm × 33.5 cm (7-7/8" × 31-1/4" × 13-3/16") pedestal: 45 cm × 180 cm × 50 cm (17-11/16" × 70-7/8" × 19-11/16"), Edition of 5 + 4 APs © Studio Drift


DRIFT, Obsidian Mirror, 2016, synthetic obsidian, 32" × 17-1/2" (81.3 cm × 44.5 cm) © Studio Drift

DRIFT, Shylight © Studio Drift