Aernout Mik

Dutch artist Aernout Mik is known for video installations that stage fictional scenes rooted in reality, producing a dreamy uncertainty about reality. Mik combines filmmaking with sculptural installation to create surreal, often semi-apocalyptic scenarios. Refraction is a three-screen projection that depicts the moments after a supposed accident, with a traffic jam visible behind the wreck. Though police, ambulances, and first aid workers stand in shock, no victims are visible. The video continuously shifts between simultaneous shots of onlookers and wreckage, revealing details and wider views.

Exhibition Schedule

New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York, NY
June 23 – September 10, 2005

Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL
June 28 – September 25, 2005


Aernout Mik: Refraction is part of a series of commissioned works organized and presented by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, courtesy carlier | gebauer. Generous support for the series has been provided by the Peter Norton Family Foundation and the American Center Foundation.

Aernout Mik: Refraction also received support from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, and The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York.