Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist researching human perception and consciousness. His large-scale immersive art installations – spatial compositions of visuals, light and sound – transform human behavior into hypnotic environments.

Co-creations of artist, object and audience, Nick’s intuitive surroundings trigger exploration and interaction. They form sensory experiences that touch upon the subconscious mind.

Nick has collaborated with artists like Fatima Yamaha, Suzanne Ciani and Children of the Light, and exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, TEDx, Design Society (CHN), Lumen Prize (UK) and SXSW (USA).

For info and inquiries please contact studio manager Sophie de Krom at

selected exhibitions & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA) - opened by prince Constantijn van Oranje

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL) - with VPRO

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Kassel, DE)

Fiber Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

Club 11 (Amsterdam, NL)

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL) - with Suzanne Ciani

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

ADAF (Athens, GR)

Amsterdam Light Festival (NL)

MTA (Beijing, CHN)

European Union Summit (private event)

Leeds Digital Festival - Lumen Prize (Leeds, UK)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Museumnacht Amsterdam (NL)

EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)


selected awards

Lumen Prize - finalist in the category 3D/Sculpture

FWA Award - winner


selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

Suzanne Ciani

VPRO Medialab


Children of the Light

Salvador Breed


Detroit Swindle

Ruben van Leer

Nikki Hock

Ramsey Nasr

selected presentations

SXSW (Texas, USA) - Linking Art & Science Through Technology

Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, NL) - Visualising Beyond The Mind

MTA (Beijing, CHN) - Discovering Interfaces Between Art, Technology and Sound

MU Artspace (Eindhoven, NL) - Materialising The Internet

FORMS (Toronto, CAN) - AI In Art Is Metaphor

Fiber Festival (NL) - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

RTL Late Night (NL) - Muziek Maken Met Je Emoties 

HKU (NL) - Realising Multidisciplinary Art Projects

Blink YoungBlood Award (NL) - head of jury

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) - Sound Lab

Pakhuis de Zwijger (NL) - AVATAR


selected publications

FRAME - Hightlights of Dutch Design Week 2017

Elephant - Hyper-Sensory Future

Victoria & Albert Museum

Resident Advisor (UK)

BBC Radio (UK)

The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Frame Magazine (print)

The Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Mister Motley (NL)

Engadget (USA)

RTL Late Night (NL)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)


Trendtablet (FR)

National Post (CAN)

3FM (NL)

Dutch Culture USA



design and website

Agency Agency

AURA (2017) is an audiovisual installation that materialises emotions into a perceptible, physical form. The audience' own emotional experience manifests as organic, pulsing light compositions of various form, colour and intensity. The installation further explores light as a medium, pioneered by artists such as James Turrell, Anthony McCall and Olafur Eliasson.

The transformation of emotions into light is accomplished by a scientific system, developed in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. Using multiple wearable biosensors, the system registers brainwaves, heart-rate variability, and galvanic skin response. From the sensors, emotional “data” is analysed and metamorphosed into its symbolic representation as light. The differences in individuals’ emotional responses, being influenced by a musical composition, become visible to all who are present.

AURA explores how this perceptual process influences the understanding of ourselves and of each other. The installation symbolises the materialisation of (internal) metaphysical space into (external) physical space. 

biosensors, RGB lasers, hazer, octaphonic speaker setup, 20 minute composition, NAP software platform and other custom software


created by
Nick Verstand
Salvador Breed
Sophie de Krom

commissioned by 
VPRO Medialab

special thanks
Poul Holleman
Eleonora Remmen
Maarten Kanters
Angel Callander


Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, 21-29 October 2017)


Noortje Knulst

FRAME - Highlights of Dutch Design Week 2017
Elephant - Hyper-sensory Future
VPRO - 10 tips voor de Dutch Design Week 2017
TNO - Emotie meten omdat emotie verbindt