Between Mind and Matter
ANIMA
AURA
Iris van Herpen
AETHER
SKYLINE II
ESPER
ANIMA II
SKYLINE
POLARIS
IMAGINARY LIMIT
BJÖRK
SUZANNE CIANI
Colin Benders
AETHER II
about

Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist researching human perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the frontier between the material and the immaterial, and are created through collaborative design processes aimed at breaking down social boundaries. The resulting intuitive experiences, co-creations of artist and audience, generate a hypnotizing environment for the subconscious mind.

Nick has exhibited and performed at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Shed, STRP, Design Society, Paris Couture Week, SXSW, Dekmantel, Art Central Hong Kong, Iceland Airwaves, Dutch Design Week and collaborated with artists such as Iris van Herpen, Björk and Suzanne Ciani. Dezeen selected his project AURA as one of the top 10 art installations of 2017, alongside Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor.

selected exhibitions & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

The Shed (New York, USA)

Paris Couture Week (Paris, FR)

Dekmantel (NL)

SXSW (Austin, USA)

Le Guess Who (NL)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

Lowlands Festival (NL)

Dutch Design Week (NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

MIRA Festival (Barcelona, ES)

STRP (NL)

Nuit Blanche (Paris, FR)

EYE Film Museum (NL)

Nieuw Dakota Gallery (NL)

Concertgebouw (NL)

FRAME Lab (NL)

Sandberg Institute (NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

De Nieuwe Kerk (NL)

TEDx (NL)

Van Gogh Museum (NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (NL)

Trouw (NL)

Bimhuis (NL)

 

selected awards

Elisabeth van Thüringenprijs

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship

 

 

strategy and website design

Agency Agency

selected collaborations

Iris van Herpen

Björk

Suzanne Ciani

Fatima Yamaha

Oceanic

4DSOUND

 

studio team

Nick Verstand

Salvador Breed

Boris Acket

Poul Holleman

Marcel Smit

 

selected publications

Dezeen

Victoria & Albert Museum

FRAME Magazine

Resident Advisor

Elephant

Design Society (CHN)

Mister Motley (NL)

BBC Radio (UK)

NRC (NL)

Volkskrant (NL)

3voor12 (NL)

The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Engadget (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

National Post (CAN)

 

selected presentations

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

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

Fiber Festival (NL) - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

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

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

Between Mind and Matter (2019) explores the subtle and diffuse transition space between physical and perceived reality. How do we relate to this newly found space?

Seemingly tangible laser light creates a perceptual architecture in the space, modulating through the tension of a physical string model. The light is influenced by the gravitational pull of spatial sound objects through deep integration in the 4DSOUND engine.

Between Mind and Matter investigates how this perceptual architecture can create a living, enveloping and constantly shifting audiovisual environment, engaging with visitors during extended interactions and enhances their human experience. How do humans respond to these evolving interactions, in a process of mutual adaptation?

medium
8 RGB laser, hazers, 20.4 speaker system, 4DSOUND, NAP Framework

created by 
Salvador Breed
Nick Verstand

in collaboration with 
Marcel Smit
Stijn van Beek
Maarten Vos
4DSOUND

commissioned by
STRP

year
2019

dimensions
32 x 8 x 5,5 meters

photo
Hanneke Wetzer

video
Blitzkickers

press

Volkskrant (NL): "Enchantingly beautiful and also slightly confusing" 

NRC (NL): “It’s overwhelming and subtle at the same time: the wall of laser light sometimes seems soft as silk, at other times hard as steel.”