Florian Borstlap is a visual artist, performer and chief officer on large commercial vessels. He also produces costumes, decor and music for theatre shows.
Florian’s work develops itself around its umbrella project ‘The Entity of ZOON’, mythology fabricated by himself. Driven by a utopian desire, he enters a relationship between reality and fantasy. Reflecting playfully on religion, rituals, hegemony and social structures. The so-called ‘ZOON’ is the central figure in this mythology. It acts as a self-referencing symbol by which meanings change or new ones emerge. Florian’s creations are very detailed and executed with fine precision. They find their roots in various disciplines including ceramics, drawing, architecture, installations and performance art.
In 2014, together with Daniel van den Broeke, he founded The Performance Bar, a bar that can transform into a stage, where he performs, curates and hosts. Every weekend, a seemingly normal evening out suddenly becomes an adventure when performers jump on the bar and present everything, from the low-brow to the profound.
Florian is our Open Residency artist in December 2019. You can check out his works at his Instagram.