The media artist “Heidi Hörsturz” is working with audiovisual performances, video and sound art. Her work has been presented at international exhibitions, gallerys and art festivals. Her animations, live shows and installations combine contemporary art and modern trash aesthetics. She published a series of limited sound art vinyls and audiotapes. These works research the connection between noise, artificial overstimulation and constructed visual associations.
In his sculptures Freerk Wieringa incorporates icons from the low and high culture. Aside form daily references such as cars and American footbal, Wieringa uses academic references such as the base and the traditional function of an image as a monument. How identity is shaped by archetypes, commerce, religion and other extreme factors fascinates Wieringa greatly. The use of steel makes Wieringa’s work, as it stands, a powerful presence. The hardness of the material obliges him to work in a specific matter. A mistake is not easy to recover. This intensive method forces him to make informed choices and so it has a decisive influence on how the work is developed.
Jelle de Graaf makes sculptures from old plastic materials. He often moulds and shapes them as machines into the physical appearance as animals. For example he makes giant ponies, tanks, robots and laser eyed skulls. He aims for them to be either violent yet harmless, he contradicts between power and no power, or creates a cuddly animal while being a predator. He also enjoys to involve the viewer into the installation themselves. Jelle de Graaff is also working with the interior and exterior design of festivals and events.
Step into the light
The installation ‘Step into the light’ invites the visitor to do exactly what the title suggests. Go ahead, do not hesitate and step underneath the 4 meter high, circular construction of lights. In fact, it is this so-called ‘sweetspot’ which gives the strongest and most impressive experience. When you find yourself underneath the circle you will get a new optic experience. The light sources seem to indefinitely continue towards the sky. It’s almost as if you are in the eye of a hurricane. In resting position, the light beams appear as if they join towards one central point. Or is this just an optical illusion?
Due to the individually controlled lights, a variety of light patterns is created which produces a spectacular interplay of light. The need to connect rhythm and speed to the movement of the light is caused by the supplementary of sound.
Oude Markt until sept 24 in collaboration with Concordia | Film Theater Beeldende Kunst
A thing and its essence. Joseph Klibansky
Joseph Klibansky’s work examines the relationship between a thing and its essence, between what we see and what an image implies. The sense of precarious equilibrium that can be found in his recent paintings and in his sculptures reveals just how sadly dystopian an image can be that, at first glance, appears happily utopian. It thus reveals how utopia and dystopia can coexist within the same image.
Klibansky ventures into the territory of phenomenology and revisits matters related to perception that have fascinated philosophers and art historians, and have equally captured the attention of artists. In his recent paintings, Klibansky juxtaposes architecture with slices of urban and natural landscapes, the majority of which were photographed by the artist himself during his travels. Butterflies, birds, nymphs and impressionist-esque shimmers are mingled with images projected on giant screens, street signs and sparkling automobiles. Although nothing can reflect reality more effectively than a photograph that was taken to remember a place where one has been, in order to tell the truth Klibansky takes advantage of a lie.
Marco Broeders (1970) has studied Architectural Design at the AKV St.Joost Breda. Currently he is employed as a spatial designer and constructer of all-terrain-objects, scenic interiors, theatrical environments and tactile analogue light works.
Humor and alienation, a fair (re)use of materials and designs are a main feature in his work. His designs are inviting and always have a sense of recognisability, yet at the same time it steers the viewer into a different direction.
Based in Rotterdam his studio Co2RO provides specialist lighting using light-emitting diodes and analogue beamers. The studio transforms small objects or big buildings with multi-layered imagery, using projectors and specially designed rotating discs. Projected images crawl along and in each other, and by doing so they create interfering patterns and abstract story lines.
Phyllotaxis [2017 – ongoing]
Phyllotaxis is a project by Daan Johan and Joris Strijbos in which they explore the audiovisual possibilities of self-constructed feedback systems by means of kinetic light machines and modular synthesizers. For their live performance, the duo interferes in the interaction between light, sound, and movement of their spatial installation. Due to controlling the performative installation through algorithmic composition and repetitive patterns, the space is transformed into a hypnotic vortex in which abstract patterns of sound and light merge into an intense experience.
Daniela de Paulis is an interdisciplinary artist based in The Netherlands. She exhibits internationally, often collaborating with other artists, scientists and radio amateurs. Since October 2009 she is artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope and ASTRON, the Dutch research centre for radio astronomy. She is member of the permanent international SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) committee, the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists, and member of the METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) advisory panel. She is a regular contributor for the Wow! Signal Podcast. She has published her work with the Leonardo MIT Journal, Inderscience and Cambridge University Press.
She is currently working on a new project called ‘COGITO’ for which she is collaborating with the Overview Institute, as well as neuroscientists and philosophers.
COGITO is a thought experiment, currently in the process of being developed as an art installation and experiential excursion in the Drenthe area (NL). The project is the result of several years research at the Dwingeloo radio telescope and ASTRON, during which she had the opportunity to work with interstellar transmissions for a number of her art works.
Frederik De Wilde works are in the interstice of art, science and technology. Frederik has studied fine arts, media arts and philosophy. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the inaudible, intangible and invisible. An excellent example is the conceptualisation and creation of the Blackest-Black art, made in collaboration with American universities and NASA. The project received the Ars Electronica Next Idea Award and the Best European Collaboration Award, which was extensively covered (e.g. Huffington Post, Creators Project, TED). In 2019 De Wilde brings the Blackest-Black art to the Moon in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon, NASA, AstroRoboti
Museum of the Moon
New touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the inflated moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
The Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways, both indoors and outdoors, over time. This results in altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The moon can be presented as a venue for lunar inspired events to be held beneath it, but also as an installation artwork in its own right.
From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. The moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. The moon has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and as a night-time navigation aid. Throughout history the moon inspired artists, poets, writers and musicians the world over. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon.
In more recent history, the moon has been a site for ongoing scientific exploration. The far side of the moon cannot be seen from the earth, and was seen for the first time by scientists in 1959. For most people this artwork will be an unique opportunity to see the moon in exquisite detail and in three dimensions.
Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world and to acknowledge moon science. Depending on where and how the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Local research carried out by Luke Jerram at each location of the artwork results in new stories and meanings.
‘Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.