Between Mind and Matter
ANIMA
AURA
Iris van Herpen
AETHER
SKYLINE II
ESPER
ANIMA II
SKYLINE
POLARIS
Joep Beving & Maarten Vos
IMAGINARY LIMIT
APERTURE
BJÖRK
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 (NL), The Shed (New York), STRP (Netherlands), Design Society (China), Paris Fashion Week (France), SXSW (Austin), Art Central (Hong Kong), Iceland Airwaves (Iceland), Dutch Design Week (Netherlands), MIRA (Spain) 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 Fashion Week (Paris, FR)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

MIRA Festival (Barcelona, ES)

STRP (Eindhoven, NL)

Nuit Blanche (Paris, FR)

EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Nieuw Dakota Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

FRAME Lab (Amsterdam, NL)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

De Nieuwe Kerk (Amsterdam, NL)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Bimhuis (Amsterdam, NL)

 

selected awards

Elisabeth van Thüringenprijs

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship

 

selected collaborations

Iris van Herpen

Björk

Suzanne Ciani

Fatima Yamaha

Colin Benders

Oceanic

Salvador Breed

4DSOUND

Maarten Vos

Boris Acket

Nikki Hock

VPRO Medialab

TNO

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)

NRC (NL)

Volkskrant (NL)

3voor12 (NL)

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

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.”