in full operation
My work Light-Wegen for the brand new court building in Breda is now in full operation. I would have loved to invite loads of people to its official opening, but that event unfortunately was only for the press. You can listen to an interview recorded during the opening for the local radio station here. (November 11, 2018 - Grensgeluiden 0:23:45 - 0:35:50)
In the entrance hall two large blocks hanging from a beam at the ceiling contain a chaos of tiny dots of light. Light as a cluster of moving particles, lighting up like a wave.
The blocks, moving up and down as if weighed in a balance, are each composed of over 8.000 LED cubes, all of which can be controlled individually. Within these blocks moving images appear, based on words to describe actions which are evaluated, or weighed, in court. The words chosen also suggest literal movement, while at the same time they have metaphorical or even emotional connotations: to leak, to part, to wring, etc. While you tend to think you understand what you’re seeing, there is a peculiar, elusive logic to the scenes produced.
Licht-Wegen is a technically unique and innovative work I was able to realise in collaboration with Yens & Yens and Bram Verhavert.
at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
On Friday December 21th during the longest night of the year, and on Saturday afternoon on December 22nd , Pitch Dark was staged in the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Pitch Dark was made in collaboration with cellist Katharina Gross and composer/percussionist Arnold Marinissen. For me it is a new experiment, a chance to express my fascination for light in a different way. It is an interplay of sonic and visual impulses, and the low-tech light scenes in the performance are inspired by the neuro-physiological effects that sometimes appear in your vision: the images, afterimages, and movements you see with your eyes closed.
We performed Pitch Dark earlier at the Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch, at Festival Oranjewoud in Friesland and at Bach Festival in Dordrecht. In the new year new performances are scheduled in Amsterdam and on June 30th we will playing at the Centre for International Light Art in Unna, Germany.
With the support of Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
in a former prison
The exhibition Architectural Healing took place in the former Koepelgevangenis, a Panopticon-style prison in the city of Haarlem. In cell 44 I presented the video work Levitation: a sense of being uplifted and free-floating in a place of total standstill.
Autumn in Kaunas
On Facebook I found this beautiful picture of my monument for Jan Zwartendijk, taken by Jurate Augustaitiene from Kaunas, Lithuania. The monument was inaugurated in June and I thought it was very nice to see how it looked these autumn days.
In October, the launch of Jan Brokken’s book “De Rechtvaardigen” brought attention to Jan Zwartendijk once more. It is a beautiful book, about the lives of Zwartendijk and the ones he helped escape.
Relight White Noise
White Noise, my work at the Alticom tower on the Zuidas in Amsterdam, was delivered in 2009 and has been in need of a thorough restoration for some time now. I am delighted that Alticom and the City of Amsterdam, Zuidas have now found the financial resources for a complete restoration of this work. This spring, White Noise, the handwriting of the universe, is expected to shine once again in all its splendour.
In the last month I’ve paid several visits to Sweden for my new work New Horizons in Stockholm. Furthermore, I’ve been working on a sketch design for the Reeve area near Kampen and the project for an apartment block in Hoorn has been resumed. And finally, a range of revised video registrations of many works is now online!