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Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist exploring human behaviour and perception by composing light and sound in spatial dimensions. The resulting intuitive experiences, co-creations of artist and audience, generate meditative environments for the subconscious mind. His installations symbolize the materialisation of intertal into external reality, aimed at breaking down social boundaries. Nick's work is created through collaborative design processes which transcend disciplines.

selected exhibitions & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

SXSW (Texas, USA)

Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL) - with VPRO Medialab

DGTL Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Trouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Kassel, DE)

Fiber Festival (Amsterdam, NL)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

Club 11 (Amsterdam, NL)

Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, ISL)

REC Festival (Rotterdam, NL) - with Suzanne Ciani

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, NL)

TEDx (Delft, NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

ADAF (Athens, GR)

Amsterdam Light Festival (NL)

MTA (Beijing, CHN)

European Union Summit (private event)

Leeds Digital Festival - Lumen Prize (Leeds, UK)

Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (Amsterdam, NL)

Museumnacht Amsterdam (NL)

EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)


selected awards

Lumen Prize - finalist in the category 3D/Sculpture

HKU Award Entrepreneurship - winner

FWA Award - winner


selected collaborations

Fatima Yamaha

Suzanne Ciani

VPRO Medialab


Children of the Light

Salvador Breed


Detroit Swindle

Ruben van Leer

Nikki Hock

Ramsey Nasr


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

Design Society - Minding The Digital (CHN)

Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)

Resident Advisor (UK)

BBC Radio (UK)


The Chicago Tribune (USA)

Frame Magazine (print)

Creators Project (USA, CHN, NL, DE)

Mister Motley (NL)

Engadget (USA)

Trendtablet (FR)

RTL Late Night (NL)

National Post (CAN)

The Berlin Agenda (DE)


3FM (NL)



selected presentations

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

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

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

Fiber Festival (NL) - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

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. 

biosensors, RGB lasers, hazer, octaphonic speaker setup, 20 minute composition, NAP software platform and other custom software


created by
Nick Verstand
Salvador Breed
Sophie de Krom

commissioned by 
VPRO Medialab

special thanks
Poul Holleman
Eleonora Remmen
Maarten Kanters
Angel Callander