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A video overview of a solo exhibition by Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken at  De Electriciteitsfabriek in Den Hague from February to April 2017:


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From September 10 to 13, the Gogbot Festival 2015 will be held again in Enschede, NL.


Gogbot is the largest yearly Dutch multimedia/media art event. This years festival theme is “the internet of things“, in which I also have a professional interest. Focus is on the influence internet connected devices have on us and society:

The festival is held on multiple locations in Enschede and has art, lectures and music program tracks. Collaborating media artists include a.o. Dries de Poorter and Julius Popp who will present his BIT.FALL installation:

I’ll visit the festival opening on September 10. Don’t miss it if you are anywhere near Enschede and are interested in disruptive media art!

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Tonight the STRP Biennale 2015 will start in the Klokgebouw on Strijp-S in Eindhoven. The STRP biennial brings together art, technology and experimental pop culture and connects them to interested audiences. With its interactive art, light art, robotics, performances, experimental music and films, lectures and workshops STRP offers a glimpse into the near and sometimes distant future of our technology-driven culture. The topic of this edition is “SCREEN ON | NO SCREEN”:  the electronic screen. As is described on the STRP website:

.Screens are all around us, and they’re not only becoming bigger, smarter and more interactive, but also thinner, sharper and more flexible. The STRP Biennial 2015 investigates the thin line between the material and immaterial image. We show how our relation with the images that are moving all around us is getting more and more complex. It’s getting very hard to separate ourselves from them, sometimes we immerse ourselves in them, but at the same time we are getting better at controlling the images.”


The festival opens with a performance by Robert Henke (a.k.a Monolake, a regular participant at the STRP festival). He will show an updated version of his Lumiere audio-visual performance, simply called Lumiere II. I will be there to attend it. Four specially crafted lasers are linked to the world-famous Ableton DAW software, that was co-developed by Henke, to create animated patterns aligned to sounds with it.  The video above contains an excerpt of the original Lumiere laser performance.

Be sure to visit STRP 2015 too, if you are interested in cutting edge tech art and are near Eindhoven.

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From 8 until 15 November 2014 Eindhoven will once again be completely immersed in the light art festival GLOW.

The theme of the ninth edition is ‘City in Motion’. The work of around fifty artists in the form of light installations, sculptures, projections and performances provide the public with a surprising new angle on the city. GLOW is free to everyone and last year it attracted no fewer than 520,000 visitors.

Click here for more information about the GLOW theme.
Opening hours – GLOW and GLOW NEXT

  • 8 until 15 November 2014, Eindhoven 
  • Sunday to Thursday from 18:30 to 23:00 hours
  • Friday and Saturday from 18:30 to 24:00 hours

Swiss sound sculptures artist Zimoun will be present at the upcoming 2014 edition of the Dutch Design Week (DDW). The DDW is a yearly event dedicated to what was once called “industrial  design“, but now extends simply to “design“. It is held from October, 18 to 26 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are characterized by these quotes:

«Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects.» bitforms nyc

«The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.» Tim Beck

Exhibitions and events are spread all over the city of Eindhoven during the DDW. The STRP Scene #2 installation of Zimoun can  be viewed at the Klokgebouw on the Strijp-S facility.

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Yesterday I visited the exhibition Nature Rewired by Dutch artist Cristiaan Zwanikken in Museum Valkhof in Nijmegen.

Zwanikken creates art installations  in which remnants of animals are brought to life through microprocessors. His works are hybrid animalistic figures, made of wire or cable that come to ‘life’, responding to the viewer and to each other, as can be seen in this (sorry – Dutch language) promo video of the exhibition:

As  Tinguely in the 80’s, his installations contain animal skulls, skeletons and sometimes stuffed animals to suggest living creatures, but unlike Tinguely are computer operated and make use of robotics instead of mechanical contraptions. They also often contain a narrative, sometimes derived from films – such as this one from spaghetti westerns:

The exhibition of moving objects supported by sounds and voices resembles a modern cabinet of curiosities or a futuristic zoo in which the devices seem to demonstrate “creation” in the broadest sense by their attempts to fathom nature and/or animals. The viewer is a witness to a chaotic  and spectacular display of motions and sounds which mimick nature, but do not lead to any result. By doing this, Zwanikken plays nature – against artificial – against viewer. Due to the unpredictability of the computer-aided  motions, it is not certain who responds to whom, and who is looking or being looked at:

By making technology  ‘out of control’ in this way, Christiaan Zwanikken seems to irony the hype around interaction in media art and the illusion of smooth-running communications. His fusion of organic and inorganic materials melded with technology demonstrates the evolution and de-evolution of sculpture in the twenty-first century.

Definitely an artist to follow and an exhibition to check out!

More information:

  • Museum Valkhof website
  • Blog of Christiaan Zwanikken
  • Blog of filmer Jarred Alterman (who made a few short films about art works of Christiaan Zwanikken)

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