AURA
ANIMA II
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about

Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist researching human perception and consciousness. His large-scale immersive art installations – spatial compositions of visuals, light and sound – transform human behavior into hypnotic environments.

Co-creations of artist, object and audience, Nick’s intuitive surroundings trigger exploration and interaction. They form sensory experiences that touch upon the subconscious mind.

Nick has collaborated with artists like Fatima Yamaha, onformative and Children of the Light, and exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, TEDx, Design Society (CHN), Lumen Prize (UK) and SXSW (USA).

For info and inquiries pleaes contact studio manager Sophie de Krom at studio@nickverstand.com

selected exhibitions

 

2017

SXSW (Texas, USA) - opened by prince Constantijn van Oranje

Leeds Digital Festival - Lumen Prize (Leeds, UK)

Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, GR)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL) - with Suzanne Ciani

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Amsterdam Light Festival (NL)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL) - with VPRO

 

2016

Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

MTA (Beijing, CHN)

Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Kassel, DE)

European Union Summit (private event)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

 

2015

TEDx (Delft, NL)

EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Museumnacht Amsterdam (NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

Fiber Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

 

2014

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

 

selected performances 2006 - 2013

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Club 11 (Amsterdam, NL)

Paradiso (Amsterdam, NL)

Fanklub (Antwerp, BE)

ParisParis (Paris, FR)

 

selected presentations

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

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

RTL Late Night (NL) - Muziek Maken Met Je Emoties 

FORMS (Toronto, CAN) - AI In Art Is Metaphor

MTA (Beijing, CHN) - Discovering Interfaces Between Art, Technology and Sound

Fiber Festival (NL) - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

HKU (NL) - Realising Multidisciplinary Art Projects

Blink YoungBlood Award (NL) - head of jury

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) - Sound Lab

Pakhuis de Zwijger (NL) - AVATAR

 

selected publications

Victoria & Albert Museum - A Preview of Minding the Digital

BBC Radio (UK)

The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Frame Magazine

The Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Mister Motley (NL)

Engadget (USA)

RTL Late Night (NL)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)

CNET (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

National Post (CAN)

3FM (NL)

Dutch Culture USA

ARCH2O

 

selected awards

Lumen Prize - finalist in the category 3D/Sculpture

FWA Award - winner

 

selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

onformative

Children of the Light

Salvador Breed

BEA1991

Detroit Swindle

Ruben van Leer

Nikki Hock

Ramsey Nasr

TNO

 

design and website

Agency Agency

premiere:
Dutch Design Week 21-29 October 2017
open daily from 10.00 - 18.00
location: Design Perron, Fuutlaan 12, Eindhoven

register here to experience AURA

AURA is an audiovisual installation that materialises emotions into a perceptible, physical form. The audience' own emotional experience manifests as organic, pulsing light compositions of various form, colour and intensity. The installation further explores light as a medium, pioneered by artists such as James Turrell, Anthony McCall and Olafur Eliasson.

The transformation of emotions into light is accomplished by a scientific system, developed in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. Using multiple wearable biosensors, the system registers brainwaves, heart-rate variability, and galvanic skin response. From the sensors, emotional “data” is analysed and metamorphosed into its symbolic representation as light. The differences in individuals’ emotional responses, being influenced by a musical composition, become visible to all who are present.

AURA explores how this perceptual process influences the understanding of ourselves and of each other. The installation symbolises the materialisation of (internal) metaphysical space into (external) physical space. 

medium
biosensors, RGB lasers, hazer, 4D sound, 20 minute composition, NAP software platform and other custom software

year
2017

created by
Nick Verstand
Salvador Breed
Naivi
Sophie de Krom

commissioned by 
VPRO Medialab

with special thanks to
TNO
EagleScience
Effenaar
Poul Holleman
Eleonora Remmen
Maarten Kanters
Angel Callander

 

premiere
Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, 21-29 October 2017)

video
Blitzkickers

photography
Noortje Knulst

publications
TNO - Emotie meten omdat emotie verbindt