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A new laser-and-sound installation by Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake: Fall.

Fall has apparently been inspired by the drowned Bavarian village Fall, as can be read on Robert’s website:

“In the 1950s the village of Fall in the south of Bavaria slowly disappeared under the rising waters of the newly built Sylvenstein water reservoir. In 2015 the reservoir had extremely low water. Ruins of the old village became visible again; remains of walls forming broken grid-like structures, usually submerged below the water surface. These images became the inspiration for this installation.”

It was premiered at the LEV Festival in Gijon, Spain in April. In his tech blog, Robert Henke explains how it was done.

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Intrigued by optical sound, Mariska de Groot [NL] makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often has a reference to media inventions from the past, with which she aims to excite a multi-sensorial and phenomenological experiences in light, sound, movement and space.


In CineChine you experience in physical proportions the phenomenon optical sound – an invention of the 1920’s applied in celluloid and synthesizers – where light and sound are a similar. Objects that remind of a disassembled movie machine are positioned in the room. For every exhibition a new side-specific composition is made:


Nibiru is a mechanical performative installation wherein simple rhythmical body movements activates a squeaky pendulum drawing machine, that on its turn creates complex mathematical images. Noises of friction are amplified and sound patterns are created by light-sensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image:

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I first saw this rather aggressive and intimidating installation of Edwin van der Heide in the Klokgebouw (Eindhoven) at one of the first STRP festivals several years ago. Today, I accidentally stumbled across it while browsing the web on a dull day. Thought I’d share it as a new post:

In this engine-powered installation, a speaker is mounted onto a rotating arm that is several meters long. Like a watchdog, the machine scans the surrounding space for visitors. Closer investigation would be tempting fate, with the rotating arm swinging so powerfully round. You hear the impressive sound of the mighty motor turning faster and faster. You can feel the displacement of air as the speaker whizzes past you, and you better step out of reach. The machine slows down and you start exploring the space, with your movements manipulating the sound it produces.

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At the Dutch Design Week 2015 I bought a Dandelight light made by Studio Drift, a Dutch design studio. Dandelight is a little light made from a real dandelion, which is powered by a 9V battery:

The Dandelight is based on the utopian vision of the amalgamation between nature and technology, a recurring topic in the works of Studio Drift. Actual dandelion seeds are attached one by one to a LED by them, creating a light-emitting dandelion growing out of it’s energy source: the battery. As such, each product is handmade and numbered: I have number 4378. Contemporary “Dutch design” has always explored the borders between art pieces and product design, but is this art or design? For me, it’s definitely an art piece in the “tech art” category. It is an unique art piece, but produced in series and therefore affordable. Maybe it is “design art”.  In this video the “luminous dandelion” concept is taken one step further in their sculpture “Fragile Future III“. It also describes the making process of these kind of design art works with natural artifacts, such as flower seeds:

Studio Drift won a Dutch Design Award with another stunning piece of “design art”,  also on show at the Dutch Design Week 2015 last week and again focusing on the topic of “light sculpture” and flowers: “Shylight“, to be seen (or better: experienced) in a permanent installation of five Shylights at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, NL:

This video by Studio Drift describes the making of Skylight and some of the concepts behind it

So is the work of Studio Drift art or product design? To me it is both: their work displayed during the Dutch Design Week 2015 can also be included in the upcoming GLOW light art festival. So definitely artists/designers to follow if you are interested in these kind of hybrid nature/technology objects, like I am.

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Ran into these guys yesterday in the Glaspaviljoen at the Bizarre Sound Creatures exhibition during the magnificent Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven:

Geluidsdrug, a collective organizing biweekly electronic jam sessions in Artspace Flipside, at walking distance from my home:

Everybody can join their jam sessions in Flipside, so I am going to pay them a visit soon..

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