AURA
ESPER
ANIMA
ANIMA II
HORIZON
SKYLINE
SUZANNE CIANI
POLARIS
Joep Beving & Maarten Vos
about

Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist exploring human behaviour and perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the materialization of internal emotional processes 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, Dutch Design Week, Art Central Hong Kong, SXSW and collaborated with artists such as Fatima Yamaha 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

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)

EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

FRAME Lab (Amsterdam, NL)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

 

selected live performances

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Bimhuis (Amsterdam, NL)

 

selected awards

Lumen Prize, category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship

 

selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

Suzanne Ciani

Joep Beving

VPRO Medialab

TNO

Children of the Light

onformative

Salvador Breed

Maarten Vos

Ramsey Nasr

Nikki Hock

 

selected publications

Dezeen - Dezeen's top 10 installations of 2017

FRAME - Hightlights of Dutch Design Week 2017

Elephant - Hyper-Sensory Future

Dezeen - AURA installation translates emotions into beams of light

Resident Advisor (UK)

Design Society (CHN)

Mister Motley (NL)

Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)

BBC Radio (UK)

FRAME Magazine (print)

NRC (NL)

The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Engadget (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

RTL Late Night (NL)

National Post (CAN)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)

 

selected presentations

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

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

Fiber Festival (NL) - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

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

MU Artspace (Eindhoven, NL) - Materialising The Internet

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

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

HKU (NL) - Realising Multidisciplinary Art Projects

Blink YoungBlood Award (NL) - head of jury

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) - Sound Lab

Pakhuis de Zwijger (NL) - AVATAR

 

design and website

Agency Agency

AURA (2017) 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 visually tributes to the Solid Light Works by artist Anthony McCall, further exploring light as a medium.

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, octaphonic speaker setup, 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

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