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Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist exploring human behaviour and perception by composing light and sound in spatial dimensions. The resulting intuitive experiences, co-creations of artist and audience, generate meditative environments for the subconscious mind. His installations symbolize the materialisation of intertal into external reality, aimed at breaking down social boundaries. Nick's work is created through collaborative design processes which transcend disciplines.

selected exhibitions & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL) - with VPRO Medialab

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 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

Design Society - Minding The Digital (CHN)

Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)

Resident Advisor (UK)

BBC Radio (UK)


The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Frame Magazine (print)

Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Mister Motley (NL)

Engadget (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

RTL Late Night (NL)

National Post (CAN)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)


3FM (NL)



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


design and website

Agency Agency

For info and inquiries please contact head of studio Sophie de Krom at

ANIMA II (2017) symbolises the materialization of inner experiences into an external physical form. The work investigates how this new perspective can shift one's perception of our respective inner worlds. Can one's interaction with a constructed symbolic object work to develop a deeper understanding of our inner being?

The transformation between inner and outer reality is actualised in the work by application of the ‘Wu Xing’ system, deriving from Chinese philosophy. This scheme links inner emotional experiences to five transitory phases in nature: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal.

The five phases are represented by algorithmically generated fluid visual projections across the surface of the sphereThe spherical imagery, which emanates from within the object, is achieved by use of a single projector coupled with a hemispherical lens. The visual representation is accompanied by a spatial sound composition constructed from recordings of corresponding elements in nature.

projector, hemispherical lens, aluminum frame, pvc screen, air motor, pressure sensor, 25 minute composition, 4D sound, custom software


Nick Verstand
Salvador Breed
Pufferfish Displays
Sophie de Krom
Dirk Broenink
Poul Holleman

supported by
Creative Industries Fund NL

special thanks
Isabel Schulz
Angel Callander

Design Society (Shenzhen, China, Dec. 2017 - June 2018)


Noortje Knulst

Victoria & Albert Museum - A Preview of Minding the Digital
Art Trade Journal - Official opening of Design Society, Shenzhen