5 days off MEDIA - SENSORIUM

08-07-2006 - 16-07-2006

exhibition SENSORIUM and live performances

During 5 days off the NIMk presented under the title SENSORIUM some installations and live performances in which spacial experience and the effect on the senses will come afore.

Michiel van Bakel & Bill Spinhoven, Edwin van der Heide, Jan Robert Leegte, Lawrence Malstaf, Daan Roosegaarde, Jan Peter Sonntag

live performances:
Sonia Cillari, Incite, Jacoohzi, Terrace


Edwin van der Heide
Sound Modulated Light

Sound is transformed into light, and with the aid of a mobile instrument again returned to being sound. The lamps in this three-dimensional installation have a double function; the visitor hears the modulated light via a special set of headphones. In the space hang twenty different sound sources, and the sound balance changes in response to the visitor’s movements.

Jan Robert Leegte
Cassette Ceiling
Cassette Ceiling is a series of computer projections on the ceiling that covers the whole length of the corridor. The projection is a grid of separate cassettes that each open and close like a diaphragm, the action taking place according to a random algorithm. The intensity of the light also changes. When a cassette is closed, it radiates a large amount of light, when opened, little. Cassette Ceiling is an installation that challenges the spatial experience of the visitor, and slowly liquefies the massive building.

Jan Robert Leegte

The selection tool on Photoshop and other image manipulation programs is familiar to just about everyone. The cropping of a photograph, frames on paintings, the image choice that your eye makes: selection is a basic phenomenon in perception. The computer has given selection a body, a physical quality. Selections is an installation that projects the sum of selections on the walls of a room, on the basis of the architectonic arrangement of the space where it is located. The self-animated Photoshop selection frames are projected, and form a composition in relation to the architecture.

Lawrence Malstaf

Compass is an ingenious machine to aid orientation, which should be worn around the loins. It is literally an extension of the body which is directly connected to the wearer’s pelvis. It guides the wearer’s movements when walking through an empty space or building. In the presence of certain zones the apparatus produces a force of attraction, or is repelled as if by a magnetic field. By wandering around in an empty space in this manner, the wearer becomes acquainted with a tactile architecture. The Compass machine is programmed to pilot its wearer along an invisible but pre-determined course, but the wearer can also choose to go against the machine. It is ultimately the wearer who chooses if he or she surrenders to the machine and lets him or herself be led, or offers resistance.

Daan Roosegaarde
Liquid 2.0
After Daan Roosegaarde’s 2003 project ‘Liquid Space’, Montevideo in Amsterdam is presenting the premiere of Liquid 2.0: more adaptive, sensual, and dangerous. Liquid 2.0 is an interactive cocoon which reacts physically to the intensity of your voice and movements. This interactive sculpture of 4 x 4 x 3 meters is an ingenious fusion of software, electronics and mechanical components. As you sit still within it, the space becomes more intimate. If there is a lot of activity, Liquid 2.0 becomes larger by half a meter. In this way a direct relation arises between human conduct and the outward appearance of the space, as though it were the visitor’s ‘second skin’.

Jan Peter ER Sonntag
SonArc::ion is an ingenious installation that combines art, science and music. The installation reaches back to century-old theories about electromagnetism, and the ideas of the eccentric but highly gifted researcher Nicola Tesla. The installation’s laboratory part revolves around the sonArcs – the very minimal interfaces between a person as a partly electrical system and an artificial electrical system in space. SonArc::ion offers a whole lot simultaneously, among other things a history of electricity in general and of the incandescent bulb in particular.

Bill Spinhoven & Michiel van Bakel
Time Ring

Time-Ring is an interactive video installation. With the aid of a circle of cameras the visitor is observed from multiple angles from the moment they enter. With his or her electromagnetic presence, the spectator who walks into the ring influences a theremin – a predecessor of the synthesizer, and one of the earliest electronic musical instruments – which in turn controls the sequence of the camera. In this way you can manipulate the perspective and the passage of time in the projected video image while you walk around in the space. Through its strange distortion of time, the installation repeatedly puts you on the wrong track. Now and then, past and present appear to merge. You are at the same time director and actor, or director and musician, or, if you will, guard and the subject being watched – all at once.

live performances


wed.12 july, 21.00 hrs: Terrace - Ambience, electrons, and minimal techno by Stefan Robbers (Eevo Lute Muzique).
thu.13 july, 21.00 hrs: Jahcoozi - Berlin: 'ragga-tech, bliphop or click pop illectronica'.
sat.15 july, 21.00 hrs: Incite - Minimal listening, 'bone dry minimal elektronics'.
sun.16 july, 21.00 hrs: Sonia Cillari, Se mi sei vicino...(If you are close to me...) - interactive multi-user installation. Environment
programming: pix (aka Steven Pickles); sound design: Tobias Grewenig; performer: Astrid van Baalen. Produced by Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo. Interface developed by STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music): Jorgen Brinkman and René Wassenburg on schematics by Kees Reedijk. With the support of Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

Thanks to:
Mondriaan Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds voor Podium Programmering & Marketing

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