POLARIS
Within Without
ANIMA
Eefje de Visser
Iris van Herpen
Oblique Time
Resonance Room
Between Mind and Matter
SKYLINE II
AETHER
ESPER
Maarten Vos
SKYLINE
IMAGINARY LIMIT
APERTURE
BJÖRK
AURORA
Lowlands
AETHER II
AURA
about

Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist researching human perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the frontier between the material and the immaterial, 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, The Shed (NYC), National Opera & Ballet (NL), STRP Festival, Design Society (CHN), Paris Couture Week (FR), De School, SXSW (USA), Dekmantel, Art Central Hong Kong, Design Museum Gent (BE), Le Guess Who (NL), Iceland Airwaves (IS), Dutch Design Week and collaborated with artists such as Iris van Herpen, Björk, Eefje de Visser, 4DSOUND, Joep Beving, Oceanic, 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 & live performances

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

The Shed (New York, USA)

Paris Couture Week (Paris, FR)

Dekmantel (NL)

SXSW (Austin, USA)

Art Central Hong Kong (CHN)

De School (NL)

Design Museum Gent (BE)

Lowlands Festival (NL)

Dutch Design Week (NL)

Design Society (Shenzhen, CHN)

Le Guess Who (NL)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, ISL)

MIRA Festival (Barcelona, ES)

STRP (NL)

Nuit Blanche (Paris, FR)

EYE Film Museum (NL)

Nieuw Dakota Gallery (NL)

Concertgebouw (NL)

FRAME Lab (NL)

Sandberg Institute (NL)

Lehrter Siebzehn Gallery (Berlin, DE)

FORMS (Toronto, CAN)

De Nieuwe Kerk (NL)

TEDx (NL)

Van Gogh Museum (NL)

Gabriel Rolt Gallery (NL)

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL)

REC Festival (NL)

Trouw (NL)

Bimhuis (NL)

 

selected awards

Dutch Design Award - finalist

Elisabeth van Thüringenprijs - winner

Lumen Prize - category 3D/Sculpture - finalist

HKU Award Entrepreneurship - winner

 

strategy and website design

Agency Agency

 

selected collaborations

Iris van Herpen

Björk

Eefje de Visser

Suzanne Ciani

Fatima Yamaha

Salvador Breed

4DSOUND

Joep Beving

Nous'klaer, Oceanic, Mattheis

Maarten Vos

 

selected publications

Dezeen

Victoria & Albert Museum

FRAME Magazine

Resident Advisor

Elephant

Design Society

Mister Motley

BBC Radio

NRC

Volkskrant

3voor12

The Chicago Tribune

Creators Project

Engadget

Trendtablet

National Post

 

selected presentations

SXSW  - Linking Art & Science Through Technology

Netherlands Film Festival - Visualising Beyond The Mind

TENT Rotterdam - Collaborative Art Practices

Fiber Festival - EEG Interfaces In Contemporary Art

MTA Beijing - Discovering Interfaces Between Art, Technology and Sound

MU Artspace - Materialising The Internet

FORMS Toronto - AI In Art Is Metaphor

RTL Late Night - Muziek Maken Met Je Emoties 

HKU - Realising Multidisciplinary Art Projects

Blink YoungBlood Award - head of jury

Amsterdam Dance Event - Sound Lab

Pakhuis de Zwijger

POLARIS (2016) is a large-scale art installation which researches our emotional response to music. Twenty participants in the audience volunteered to wear biosensors measuring their brainwaves, heart rate variability and galvanic skin response. These readings are interpreted using the Circumplex Model to indicate collective emotion, after which they are translated in real-time into light animations on the twelve meter diameter circular object. This process immerses the audience in their materialised collective emotional experience and allows them to co-create the piece together with the artists.

medium
120 RGBW strobes, smoke machines, biosensors, custom software

created by
Nick Verstand
Nikki Hock
Children of the Light

in collaboration with
Fatima Yamaha
TNO
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Pandelis Diamantides
Red Light Radio
EagleScience
Showsync

supported by
Creative Industries Fund NL
Amsterdam Dance Event
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
COMMIT
MUSE

year
2016

dimensions
12 meter diameter x 3 meter

video
Blitzkickers

photography
Olivier van Breugel

publications
Blitzkickers - Nick Verstand And Fatima Yamaha To Power Our Emotions