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

Nick has exhibited and performed at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week, SXSW (USA) and Design Society (CHN) and collaborated with Fatima Yamaha, Children of the Light, onformative and Suzanne Ciani. Dezeen recently selected his project AURA as one of the top 10 art installations of 2017, alongside artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor.

selected exhibitions & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Fiber Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Kassel, DE)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL) - with Suzanne Ciani

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

Club 11 (Amsterdam, NL)

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

DGTL Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

ADAF (Athens, GR)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

MTA (Beijing, CHN)

European Union Summit (private event)

Leeds Digital Festival - Lumen Prize (Leeds, UK)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Museumnacht Amsterdam (NL)

EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)


selected awards

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship


selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

Suzanne Ciani

Children of the Light


Salvador Breed

VPRO Medialab

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

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)


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

ANIMA II (2017) symbolises the materialization of internal 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