live show
Joep Beving & Maarten Vos

Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist exploring human behaviour and perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the materialization of internal emotional experiences 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, Dutch Design Week, Art Central Hong Kong, SXSW and collaborated with artists such as Fatima Yamaha, Joep Beving 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)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

FRAME Lab (Amsterdam, NL)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Bimhuis (Amsterdam, NL)


selected awards

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship


selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

Suzanne Ciani

Joep Beving

VPRO Medialab


Children of the Light


Salvador Breed

Maarten Vos

Ramsey Nasr

Nikki Hock


selected publications

Dezeen - Dezeen's top 10 installations of 2017

FRAME - Hightlights of Dutch Design Week 2017

Elephant - Hyper-Sensory Future

Dezeen - AURA installation translates emotions into beams of light

Resident Advisor (UK)

Design Society (CHN)

Mister Motley (NL)

Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)

BBC Radio (UK)

FRAME Magazine (print)


The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Engadget (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

RTL Late Night (NL)

National Post (CAN)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)


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


design, strategy and website

Agency Agency

ESPER is a series of works researching human perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. Using materialised laser light and a 4DSOUND system, the installation transforms its surrounding into a meditative environment for quiet contemplation. The organically modulating light, synchronous to the spatially animating sound, creates a hypnotising environment for the subconscious mind, calming the senses.

RGB lasers, hazer, 4DSOUND, NAP custom software

in collaboration with
Boris Acket
Salvador Breed


FRAME Lab (Gashouder, Amsterdam, NL)
Art Central (Hong Kong)