ANIMA II
Between Mind and Matter
ANIMA
AURA
Iris van Herpen
AETHER
SKYLINE II
ESPER
Maarten Vos
SKYLINE
POLARIS
IMAGINARY LIMIT
BJÖRK
AURORA
Colin Benders
AETHER II
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, The Shed (NYC), STRP Festival, Design Society (CHN), Paris Couture Week, De School, SXSW (USA), Dekmantel Festvial, Art Central Hong Kong, Iceland Airwaves, Dutch Design Week 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 Couture Week (Paris, FR)

Dekmantel (NL)

SXSW (Austin, USA)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

De School (NL)

Design Museum Gent (BE)

Lowlands Festival (NL)

Dutch Design Week (NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Le Guess Who (NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

MIRA Festival (Barcelona, ES)

STRP (NL)

Nuit Blanche (Paris, FR)

EYE Film Museum (NL)

Nieuw Dakota Gallery (NL)

Concertgebouw (NL)

FRAME Lab (NL)

Sandberg Institute (NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

De Nieuwe Kerk (NL)

TEDx (NL)

Van Gogh Museum (NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (NL)

Trouw (NL)

Bimhuis (NL)

 

selected awards

Elisabeth van Thüringenprijs

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship

 

strategy and website design

Agency Agency

 

selected collaborations

Iris van Herpen

Björk

Suzanne Ciani

Fatima Yamaha

Salvador Breed

Colin Benders

Joep Beving

4DSOUND

Nous'klaer, Oceanic, Mattheis

Maarten Vos

 

selected publications

Dezeen

Victoria & Albert Museum

FRAME Magazine

Resident Advisor

Elephant

Design Society

Mister Motley

BBC Radio

NRC

Volkskrant

3voor12

The Chicago Tribune

Creators Project

Engadget

Trendtablet

National Post

 

selected presentations

SXSW  - Linking Art & Science Through Technology

Netherlands Film Festival - Visualising Beyond The Mind

TENT Rotterdam - Collaborative Art Practices

Fiber Festival - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

MTA Beijing - Discovering Interfaces Between Art, Technology and Sound

MU Artspace - Materialising The Internet

FORMS Toronto - AI In Art Is Metaphor

RTL Late Night - Muziek Maken Met Je Emoties 

HKU - Realising Multidisciplinary Art Projects

Blink YoungBlood Award - head of jury

Amsterdam Dance Event - Sound Lab

Pakhuis de Zwijger

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.

medium
projector, hemispherical lens, air motor, 8.1 speaker system, 4DSOUND software, openFrameworks

created by
Nick Verstand - concept & design
Salvador Breed - spatial sound composition
onformative - software & design
Pufferfish - spherical projection

supported by
Creative Industries Fund NL

special thanks
Isabel Schulz
Angel Callander
Kromhouthal

year
2017

dimensions
2 meters diameter

exhibitions
Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN, 2017-2018)
Nuit Blanche (Paris, FR, 2018)
Shanghai Fashion Week (Shanghai, CHN, 2018)

video
Blitzkickers

photography
Noortje Knulst