All works



Licht-Wegen |Courthouse Breda, 2018

My work Light-Wegen for the brand new courthouse 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.

Monument for Jan Zwartendijk

Monument for Jan Zwartendijk |Kaunas, Lithuania

In his capacity as Dutch consul in Kaunas, Jan Zwartendijk helped thousands of Jews escape from Lithuania in 1940 by issuing them with forged visas.

More than 2,000 small light lines form a spiral measuring more than seven metres in diameter, which swirls around the tree directly opposite Jan Zwartendijk’s former office: the light lines represent the survivors – adults and children – who, thanks to Jan Zwartendijk’s courageous act, survived the Holocaust. The intensity of the light varies, and every now and again a movement passes through them, they are joined together for life. A monument that celebrates life. The design was officially unveiled on the 15th of June in Kaunas, Lithuania, with two of Zwartendijk’s children present, one of the survivors (who came over specially from Australia), Dutch King Willem-Alexander, the president of Lithuania and the mayor of Kaunas.

Dim. Ø 730 cm
Height: from 320 up to 400 cm

On Thursday, 14th of June, I took part in the Dutch Radio 1 News broadcast with Jurgen van den Berg. You can listen to the broadcast here.

For a video registration of the work see this link


Pitch Dark

Pitch Dark |at Stedelijk Museum 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.

The performance premiered in the Verkade Fabriek. During the longest night of the year Pitch Dark was performed in het Stedelijk museum, for the 'Nacht der Lichtkunst' it travelled to the Center for International Light Art in Unna. Pitch Dark was part of the Oranjewoud Festival Frieslanden and the Bach Festival in Dordrecht, and was featured in het Veem theater and de Vodelbonker in Amsterdam.

We performed Pitch Dark earlier at the Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch, at Festival Oranjewoud in Friesland and at Bach Festival in Dordrecht. 2019 saw multiple performances scheduled in Amsterdam and on June 30th we played at the Centre for International Light Art in Unna, Germany.

With stage assistance by: Mila Baumann, Rosanne Jonkhout, Jesse Ahlers.

With the support of Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

The Space of Light

The Space of Light |Vedute collection

I was also able to finally finish my manuscript The Space of Light for Vedute, and the work was included in the collection.

Vedute was founded in 1991 with the purpose to build up a collection of 3D manuscripts: a library of three-dimensional objects, each in a closed box measuring 44 x 32 x 7 cm, as visualized thoughts that make the concept of space accessible and tangible.


I'll Be Your Mirror

I'll Be Your Mirror |Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht 2016

I'll be Your Mirror is a round mirror, hanging from the ceiling in the foyer like a large gong. The mirror is built up of fifteen separate elements which react to noise in the room and move independently, in a slow performance. Shortly before the show in the theatre begins, the segments start trembling and moving faster, while they light up from behind. Visitors see themselves reflected, while the mirror, like theatre itself sometimes, plays with their expectations.

Afm. 4 platforms, Ø 2.30 x 2.30 m
Mirror, stepper motor, aluminium, leds and microprocessor


Sjamaan |DordtYart, Dordrecht 2016

GlassFever was a large-scale event, organised by DordtYart in collaboration with Studio Berengo at Murano, Venice (Italy), presenting the use of glass in contemporary art. It was for this occasion that DordtYart commissioned Rossella Biscotti, Folkert de Jong, Zoro Feigl, Tomáš Libertíny and myself to each make a new work in Venice, with Berengo's maestros. The brief moment when the glass comes out of the oven and is still hot, fluid and radiant served as a starting point for my design. Before the glass solidifies and turns hard, glossy and motionless, it is a bulb full of energy. I have tried to translate that magical moment into a monumental, dynamic object of cast blocks of glass, which will be brought back to life by the light of day.

Dim. Ø 210 cm
Steel and solid glass

The making of GlassFever @ DordtYart on vimeo


Passage de la Baleine

Passage de la Baleine |Oude Lombardsteeg, Leeuwarden 2015

Passage de la Baleine refers to the arcades of Paris as well as to the times when the old marine clay region of Friesland was cloven in two by a sea arm and Leeuwarden was a settlement at the Middelzee. The ribs of a whale skeleton serve as the bows of a passage. The whale seems stuck in the narrow ally in the centre of Leeuwarden, but LED lights incorporated in the 60-meter-long metal structure suggest the movement of an immense, organic leviathan.

Dim. 60 x 3.40 x 7.80m
Bead-blasted maritime aluminium, multi-coloured LEDs and computer


Possibility Plant

Possibility Plant |Education executive agency & Tax office, Groningen 2014

In the open square by the entrance to the building is a large black steel box with a pattern of wavy lines carved into it. Through the gaps a system made up of tubes and cylinders, steps and little bridges is revealed. The box leads down into the car park. Walking underneath it, you can look up into the box- an “information refinery” that doesn’t give up its secrets easily. From there, you can see that the tubes and cylinders seem to drip light onto the car park floor. Outside, through the slits in the black box, you can catch a glimpse of the processes taking place inside. In the evening, a strange light emanates from the black box on the square, suggesting the workings of a large brain.

Dim. 4.30 x 4.30 x 4.30m
steel, aluminium, LEDs, micro processor

More Possibility Plant on vimeo


Swing |Beeckestein, Velsen-Noord 2014 / Huize Frankendael, Amsterdam 2015

A lady on a swing, up in the trees- this work took its inspiration from paintings by French artists Watteau and Fragonard. The dress, made of thick layers of iridescent foils, changes colour moving back and forth.

Zomeren op de Buitenplaats (Summer in the country) showed site specific works by Atelier Van Lieshout, Inti Hernandez, Chikako Watanabe, Giny Vos, Job Koelewijn, Maze de Boer, Berend Strik and students from the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

The dress was made in collaboration with Niki Milioni

Materials: plastic, rope and iridescent foil


Gabriël |DordtYart, Dordrecht 2014

In a former machine hall in Dordrecht the angel Gabriel appears through foils of transparent colour. Hanging suspended from the ceiling, thirty layers deep, the rectangular foils create a light and shadow effect which grants the image a sense of spatiality. The apparition plays with the incoming light, momentarily changing the hall into a sacral space.

Dim. 10 X 16 X 7 m
88 coloured foils, measuring 560 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 and 90 x 120 cm, 32 horizontal cables

Realised with the assistance of Janina Schipper and Santiago Fernandez de Mosteyrin


Light Gig

Light Gig |LantarenVenster, Rotterdam 2013

On a large wall alongside the entrance to LantarenVenster a drawing of horses at full gallop is created in lines of light. The horses are never seen in their entirety, but light up fragmentarily in hasty sketch form. The work refers to the rich history of the representation of running horses: from the earliest cave paintings, through Muybridge’s photographic series and the Western as a film genre right up to advertisements and billboards seen in contemporary urban space. The drawing’s touch is based on the scratches in celluloid so typical of early films.
Founded in 1949, LantarenVenster has a long history as an avant-garde theatre for film, dance, music and drama. When moving from the disorderly streets of the city center to a new, much more metropolitan location at Wilhemnina dock (where the Holland-America Line used to have its headquarters and which later became the symbol of emigration to the New World) in 2010, and concentrating its program on arthouse movies and jazz music, LantarenVenster commissioned a multimedia artwork for the foyer as well as for the venue’s projection onto the street outside. Recalling jazzy rhythms and city buzz, Light Gig can be seen from the inside as well as from the outside, and aims to preserve some of the venue’s rich history while responding equally energetically to the new location.

More Light Gig on vimeo

Dim. 21 x 7.5 m
Wood, 300 white LED strips of various lengths, microprocessor



Interference |Keizer Karel Galerie (K2G), Amselveen 2012

Interference was made for K2G, a gallery located in the Keizer Karel Viaduct on the A9 highway in Amstelveen. On both sides of the road a total of 12 panels were installed showing noise, from which pixelated images of art historical icons appear and disappear.

Dim. 190x 135 x 15 cm Perspex, plastic, 2034 white LEDs, 12 microprocessors

More Interference on vimeo

The White Cube

The White Cube |Nieuwezijds Armsteeg, Amsterdam 2012

An artwork for a residential complex in a busy, dark and neglected alley – a favourite spot for public urinating in the centre of Amsterdam. The title of the work, The White Cube, refers to the exhibition space in the form of a white cube, a pristine, pure white space in which silent contemplation and attention prevail. The White Cube creates a clear, clean, almost sacred place in the heart of the city, evoking a museum-like atmosphere. A suggestion of exhibition spaces is created in perspective lines painted in light and fitted into sheets of thin, corrugated aluminium. A drawing that incorporates existing windows, doors and letterboxes, giving the whole wall space the illusion of depth.

dim. 12 x 3.70 m
Aluminium, steel, toughened glass and LEDs

The Window of Your Eyes

The Window of Your Eyes |Provincial Government Building Drenthe, Assen 2012

The Window of Your Eyes consists of 200 tree trunks, erected amongst the trees and assembled in circles like a coven in the park surrounding the Provincial Government Building in Assen. The middle parts of the trunks making up the inner circles are replaced with glass tubes that emanate a soft, diffuse glow. The radiating tubes bring out a form suggestive of a large bowl that seems to reflect the colours of the sky- a whirlwind, a cloud, mist or witte wieven. The work relates to land art strategies of large scale landscape interventions, introduced by Robert Smithson in the 1970’s. Simultaniously, the the work refers to the Balloër Kuil, a pit in the landscape found in this very location, a historical place for (spiritual) gatherings.

Dim. 4 x 20 x 20 m
200 tree trunks, 81 glass tubes, 772 multicoloured LEDs, computer

Video of the opening event



Hope |Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam 2011

A vessel of light captured in a sea of brass tubes; an afterimage of the work Miracle in Between, which was realised in 2008 in Delhi, India.

Dim. 36 x 51 x 30 cm 500 brass tubes, 180 white LEDs, wood

Cinema Today

Cinema Today | Glow Festival, Eindhoven 2011

The shop windows at America Today have been temporarily turned into a rough pixel movie screen. Moving images from early cinema show simple human activity and everyday happenings. The low resolution of the images make them look like they originate from the very beginnings of the computer era.

Dim.3.20 x 19 m
Cardboard, paper, 1536 white LEDs and computer

More Cinema Today on vimeo


Elektrowachter |Weidevenne, Purmerend 2011

In the mortar seams of the brick walls built around an electricity substation, green pulsing lines of light move horizontally around the entire building: like a light chart with peaks and throughs in the wave pattern it seems to monitor the activity rate in the neighbourhood. An abstract and playful depiction of the concept of energy, Elektrowachter makes the function of the hidden substation to provide the neighbourbood with energy palpable and concrete.
The goal for integrating an artwork into the newly built neighbourhood called Weidevenne in the city of Purmerend was to transform the existing electrical substation into an eye-catching symbol for the new inhabitants. The substation could not be removed, but was thought of as an eyesore in the otherwise much refurbished area. Instead of simply concealing the thing Elektowachter took its essential characteristic of generating and providing energy as a starting point and used it as a metaphor. Its prominent location at the entrance to the city and the odd rhythm of its light wave makes it distinguishable from afar- it can even be seen from the highway and thus functions as a rather flashy signpost.

Dim. (13 x 9 x 15) x 7m high
Brick, steel, LEDs and computer

More Elektrowachter on vimeo

Round and Round

Round and Round |KunstKapel Zuidas, Amsterdam 2011

Round and Round is a temporary, cinematographic light installation, which combines early film footage with early, rough computer images and translates these into blown up pixels. The exceptional architecture of the KunstKapel - a round, continuous wall - is adopted to construct an installation of 4096 LED pixels, that plays a continuously changing, computer programmed pattern of light and dark over the entire wall. Because the pixels can adjust to a total of 256 different grey shades they can form nuanced and recognisable images in the otherwise abstract pattern. As such, the room is transformed into a zootrope, the first existing device that was able to bring about moving images. The light in the room only comes from the installation and the viewer is right in the middle of it, surrounded by fragments of the earliest examples of motion picture. The material used is originally from a.o. Eadweard Muybridge, the brothers Lumière, Thomas Edison, Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger and Busby Berkeley.

Dim. 20 x 20 x 4.20m, 360º panorama
Cardboard, tracing paper, 4096 white LEDs (pixels) and computer

More Round and Round on vimeo
The making of Round and Round

Video of the opening


Seeing without Being Seen

Seeing without Being Seen |Kromhout Barracks, Utrecht 2010

In the Kromhout barracks, images are projected on a 32-meter-long, suspended wall by means of 2624 LEDs. Inside, in the corridor, only a pattern of light and dark patches can be made out, but on the outside, from the Weg tot de Wetenschap, pixelated moving images can be seen, based on military observational instruments such as radars, infrared and night vision devices or searchlights. A flock of birds takes off from a camouflage pattern, trees in a forest change into zebra stripes en from an image of rustling leafs a military vehicle appears.

Dim. 2 walls of 16 x 3.5 m
164 aluminium tubes, 2624 white LEDs and computer

More Seeing Without Being Seen on vimeo

Link to NTR footage


New Face

New Face |Azelo intersection, Deventer 2009

For the IAMAI manifestation, organised by Kunstenlab Deventer, the work New Face was installed along the A1 near the Azelo intersection. The work is a large, semi-transparent canvas which shows an abstract landscape composition. It is an assemblage of new and old landscapes, merged in a pixelated image. New Face was on view from June to September 2009.

Dim. 8 x 16 m
Mesh banner

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace |Elicium RAI, Amsterdam 2009

The work Crystal Palace is located at the entrance to the Elicium by Benthem Crouwel Architects – the new building for the Amsterdam RAI exhibition and conference centre. Recognisable spatial objects appear in a cube consisting of thin aluminium tubes and white LEDs. A ceaseless stream passes by – a chair, a vase, a house, a ball – all showing off their seductive allure in a glittering display. Icons of our modern age, they float magically and weightlessly through space. They revolve on their axes, collide with one another, lose their shape, implode or disintegrate.

Dim. 8 x 5 x 5 meter, 256 aluminium tubes, 4096 light dots, each made up of 6 white LEDs, computer

Interview with Valentijn Byvanck, AVRO Kunstuur / 4Art, 2010

White Noise

White Noise |Alticomtoren, Amsterdam 2009

With a big bang, on December 2nd in 2009, the work White Noise for the telecommunications tower at the Zuidas (Amsterdam) was opened. Every night, high up in the tower a dynamic image appears, a twinkling universe where stars fall and planets light up, where meteorites swish by and small explosions take place. Every now and then, codes of letters and numbers pop up, as a sign of human communication.

Dim. 4 platforms Ø 50 x 20 m Galvanised steel, 1044 LEDs, computer

Amsterdamse Straatkunstprijs, AT5

Interview with Valentijn Byvanck, AVRO Kunstuur / 4Art, 2010


Miracle in between

Miracle in between |Ramlila Ground, New Dehli 2008

Miracle in Between was a temporary work on Ramlila Ground, a large open field between Old Delhi and New Delhi. Five hundred bamboo poles of various lengths were planted in a grid in the ground. On top of some of them light bulbs were attached. When lit, those dots formed a three-dimensional drawing of a boat. The light intensity of the lamps varied slightly, and made the boat look like it was rocking adrift. The work was part of the 48⁰ festival, with a.o. Subodh Gupta and Tomas Saraceno.

Dim. 21.5 x 19 x 5 m 500 bamboo poles, 180 light bulbs, DMX-mixer

Second Thought

Second Thought |Stadsbalkon Central Station, Groningen 2008

Under the Stadsbalkon (City Balcony) that was installed in front of Groningen’s historical train station, a snow globe is hung upside down from the ceiling. Every few minutes, the train station appears as a crystal light construction, to then be concealed in a cloud of shimmering snowflakes and fade out into its own shadow.

Second Thought is a reaction to the visible tension between the old station and the new Stadsbalkon. In the snow globe, the train station lights up like an enchanting apparition. Each time, however, its shadow, like a hovering bat, overtakes the scene. The work aims to reflect on the things that have changed and are changing- a souvenir for a place that has been taken out of sight.

Dim. 3.00 x 2.00 x 1.35 m Perspex, wood, LEDs

Travelling Sand

Travelling Sand |Railway Station Square, Apeldoorn 2008

In front of Apeldoorn Railway Station, sands drift across a large glass wall. Stirred up by a gentle breeze, whirled around in surging storms or lulled to rest in moments of calm- programmed LEDs control the shifting patterns, causing minimal, sometimes tempestuous changes in the landscape. Also on a larger scale the landscape shifts, as the hills roam unhindered. Sometimes the sand heaps up to one side as if in the hollow of a dune, an impression reflected by the basin-shaped square.

Dim. 100 x 4 m
Etched glass, 1.3 million LEDs and control system

More Travelling Sand on vimeo

De Stentor interview, 2008 (Dutch only)

AVRO Kunstuur, 2009 (Dutch only)


The Illuminated Room

The Illuminated Room |Limospark, Nijmegen 2007

A construction of a building with only its frame remaining has been placed in Nijmegen’s Limos Park. At dusk, when the streetlights are switched on, a floating interior lights up. The construction is a remnant of the Officers’ Hotel that used to be located here, on what was a gated military base before the area was turned into a residential district. A corner of the hotel building was spared from being demolished. Its walls and floors were cut open and when the night falls a table and a chair appear and stick out on all sides from the interior. Inside and outside blend in this construction, which is open and closed, vacant and inhabited at the same time. It is a symbol for the disclosure of the terrain, and a reflection on ideas about private and public space.

Realised in collaboration Bart-Jan Hooft

Dim. 6,5 x 7 x 8,5 m
Bricks, concrete, steel and LEDs


Solar Treasure

Solar Treasure |Shell Headquarters, The Hague 2006

When the heavy, seven-metre safe door in the hall at Shell Headquarters opens with a click, a narrow beam of radiant light escapes through the chink. This is where the Sun’s energy is stored and guarded. A digital panel placed next to the door shows yield and consumption rates. When the amount of energy generated by the sun is higher than the amount consumed, the door opens. In the artwork a fictive twenty-four-hour day is condensed into twenty-four minutes. Depending on how much solar energy is generated, the door is open for 1 to 6 minutes during that time.

Dim. 7 x 3 m
Copper, LEDs, microcontroller

Körper in Körper

Körper in Körper |SportPlaza Mercator, Amsterdam 2006

A moving light stain traces the walls and ceiling of a swimming pool like a flash light. Sometimes the light pauses, trembling slightly, zooms in, then out, speeds up or slows down, disappearing to reappear elsewhere. Simultaneously, three-dimensional projections of bridges, sci-fi constructions and other kinds of silhouettes emerge all around the pool. Images of our contemporary mythology light up to sooner or later fade out.

Dim. 6 x 25 m2
Fibers, wood, white LEDs, computer

Call - The Painted Chat

Call - The Painted Chat |Westpoortbeheer, Amsterdam 2006

6.500 white LEDs have been fitted to the profiled cladding along the entire length of the facade of the Urban District Council building. Switching off a number of these LEDs creates voids that form words. These words are constantly changing and in turn form series of words that have an associative relationship with the surrounding area and with what goes on inside the building. The words appear in a rhythmic sequence, a new one every twenty seconds: MISTROOST - MOERSTAAF - MODEMOER – LAMOER. The work is also visible from the trunk road and from passing trains.

Dim. 76 x 6,5 m
White LEDs, computer

More Call - The Painted Chat on vimeo

Interviewed by Valentijn Byvanck, AVRO Kunstuur / 4Art, 6 March 2010 (In Dutch only)


Black Light

Black Light |Kunstenlab, Deventer 2004

Kunstenlab, an exhibition space completely isolated from the outside world, has been transformed into a brightly lit laboratory. In the room, there is the highly disturbing 50-herz sound lamps sometimes make, shot through with bangs and hammering. In the background street sounds can be clearly distinguished. When the superabundance of light begins to dim, a shadow is cast on the floor and a heavy silence falls upon the room.

Dim. 3,5 x 18 x 16 m
340 lamps, light computer, sound installation with 6 speakers


There's no place like home

There's no place like home |Shopping centre Snel en Polanen, Woerden 2003

In shopping centre Snel en Polanen in the city of Woerden, well-known and made up proverbs about shopping and greed lay, like jewels, in the streets. Neon running hand letters form slogans which are framed in shapes of punctuation marks, like a comma, an underscore or parentheses, which in turn are moored into the pavement.

7 pieces, 1 to 3 m. each
Steel, neon, etched glass


Spacesaver |Hogeschool Domstad, Utrecht 2003

A spatial screensaver: a “spacesaver”. Thin neon tubes fill up with the colours white, red, yellow, blue and green, just like the Microsoft screensaver. Their total length measures up to one kilometre. A three-dimensional drawing, it hangs almost entirely suspended. The screensaver is literally transposed from the computer to the canteen, the place where people take a break. The coloured lines run along the walls and the ceiling, and into the space. They fill up in varying speeds and rhythms, sometimes meet and pause in a certain composition for several minutes. The transportation of a stream of information: a network.

Dim. 13 x 8 x 19 m
Neon tubes with a 5.5 mm diameter, computer

More Spacesaver on vimeo


Le Poème Electronique 2

Le Poème Electronique 2 |Breitnertoren hoofdkantoor Philips, Amsterdam 2002

In the lobby of the Breitner Tower, the newly-built Philips Headquarters in Amsterdam, a large mirror wall is installed. In the mirror, words light up which refer to what goes on inside the building - meetings, schedules, exchange rates and the daily menu from the canteen – or are otherwise derived from poetry and art texts. The words, their rhythm and the way they appear form an associative narrative full of images. When the words are turned off, the work presents itself as a plain mirror wall, reminiscent of the one in the Palace of Versailles.

Dim. 10,5 x 3,6 m
Mirrors, LEDs and computer

More Le Poème Electronique 2 on vimeo


Lost and Found

Lost and Found |Hortustunnel Amsterdam 2001

Lost and Found consists of 20 stills from staged scenes, filmed at a train station. The stills show people who are being reunited, who are waiting or saying goodbye. There is a latent emotional charge to them. The panels are backlit and made to fit the Hortus tunnel displays.

In collaboration with Rob Jongbloed

20 billboards of 80 x 215 cm each
Prints on paper, noise, tube lights

Sjoert Daor

Sjoert Daor |Stadskantoor Tilburg 2001

The entire glass facade of the Tilburg City Office is covered in red, green, blue, orange and grey transparent foils with cut out texts. The texts refer to the activity inside the building and are a “state of mind”: fragments of conversations, a list of names, a poem, an exclamation, a tale. This frame story addresses the waiting visitors inside as well as passers-by outside, allowing for texts and mirrored texts to be displayed and read simultaneously.

Dim. 22 windows of 300 x 400 cm each
Transparent foils in red, green, blue, orange and three shades of grey


Another Red Letter Day

Another Red Letter Day |Kunst en Bedrijf Scholengemeenschap Sprengeloo Apeldoorn 2000

In eight different places on top of the school buildings’ facades geometric forms have been installed. Each form contains a PCD (printed circuit board) with LEDs. Three-letter words light up and fade out in a rhythmic sequence- short catchphrases, reacting to one another like instruments in an orchestra or exclamations in a theatre play. They rise like speech balloons above the buildings, as if from a thinking place. Every now and then a sentence runs over the eight objects, to keep you focussed.

Dim. Eight objects of 85 x 85 x 85 cm each
Green/transparent Perspex, PCDs LEDs and computer

Video of the work

Lust for Life

Lust for Life |Mueum Naturalis Leiden 2000

In the city of Leiden, giant digital micro-organisms squirm about in a Victoria Lake-shaped stain on the façade of Museum Naturalis. Like cells under a microscope they chase and bump into one another, they multiply, grow, clone and disperse. Some go slowly, or step by step, other move rapidly. Others again just stand still, trembling. Some spread, others vanish.
Under a microscope, various organisms in a drop of water were selected based on their form and behaviour, and they were attributed a type of character. This resulted in a choreography for the digital micro-organisms which was written as a dialogue, by an especially designed computer program. During the day the work can be seen from the streets around the museum and from the passing trains. At night it can also be seen in the city.

Dim. 8,5 x 8,5 x 0,02 m
100.000 LEDs in red, green, yellow and blue, plastic, aluminium, computer

More Lust for Life on vimeo

AVRO Kunstblik, studio visit with Liesbeth Brandt Corstius, 1999 (In Dutch only)


What Are Words Worth

What Are Words Worth

Ten thick dictionaries (“word books” is the literal Dutch translation) are shelved in the media library. Cast in aluminium with a relief of the original What Are Words Worth edition, they have integrated red Plexiglas LED displays which follow the curve of their spines. The books are carriers of the ALFABET, which rolls by in screen-filling capitals to stop at random at one of the letters. That letter turns into a word which turns into a series of associated words, in blocks of 8 lines. The chain of words is interrupted by announcements, confusions, poetry or other kinds of messages. A whole network of language unfolds, everything seems connected to everything. In this way, the work simulates the essential library experience in which connections are established and new knowledge is generated through the act of browsing.

Dim. 10 pieces of 8 x 29 x 23 cm each
Aluminium, LED displays, computer, Plexiglas


Poetry Garden

Poetry Garden |Zwembad De Hoorn Alphen aan den Rijn 1998

High waves of grass are spread out around a swimming pool. In the grass are boulders with digital displays. On the displays texts appear and disappear. A poetic phrase, a yearning or a graffiti-ish tag flash by as if from nowhere, like the beam from a lighthouse: ‘ahoy – ahoy’, ‘the further we looked, the larger it seemed’. And just like in the open sea, the images disappear as abruptly as they appeared. Because of their size and measurements, the waves encourage people to settle down in them.

Dim. 11 x 19 x 0,85 m
Soil, grass, granite, LED displays



Bolletje |Galerie Oele Amsterdam 1997

On the display, red digital letters flash by with short intervals. Successive letters form words: functions and associations of the brain. The functions ‘creativity’, ‘linguistic capacity’ and ‘humour’ are linked, respectively, to ‘Picasso’, ‘poetry’ and ‘Mona Lisa’- concepts from the arts. Bolletje (little globe) contains sixty functions with linked associations.

Dim. Ø 12 x 6 cm
Brushed steel, LEDs

Time and Time Again 2

Time and Time Again 2 |Galerie Oele Amsterdam 1997

Of the two digital clocks one indicates the time while the other displays that time in reverse. At the moment the two clocks display the same time, which happens eight times an hour, the mirror-clock temporarily switches to actual time and vice versa. On the top of the hour, programmed texts roll by from right to left, which deal with concepts of time and art. Some letters in those words are identical to the original and/or mirrored numbers.

Dim. 48 x 4 x 2 cm
Nickel-coated steel, LED displays Edition of 12

The Things That Dreams Are Made Of

The Things That Dreams Are Made Of |Galerie Oele Amsterdam 1997

Amorphous black objects and rows of LED displays stand on an unvarnished wooden table, chair and bookshelves. The displays show letters that form words. The letters flip ceaselessly but in a variable tempo, forming new words all the time. These words were made up associatively and have a poetic relation to the black objects. At unexpected moments, this poetic and experimental time is interrupted by words like GELD (money), TIJD (time) of LIEFDE (love) that roll by from right to left over the displays.

Castle for Mike

Castle for Mike |Brooklyn Heights Promenade New York 1997

When night falls, the contours of a medieval castle become visible on the New York City skyline, seen from the promenade in Brooklyn Heights. This form comes into being by specifically turning on certain lights in twenty-three Manhattan skyscrapers. The watchtowers, turrets and battlements that are mirrored in the waters of the East River create a dream-like image that is as majestic as it is ephemeral.

Dim. 90 x 130 cm
C-print, 10 copies


Gate of Paradise

Gate of Paradise |Kunst en Bedrijf Nienoordcollege Leek 1996

A gate and two transparent ‘doors’, built out of glass bricks, designed for a high school. Inside the doors, a LED display is incorporated in every other glass brick. The open wires connect the displays both technically and visually. On the displays seemingly random letters appear which after a while turn out to horizontally, vertically or diagonally form a text together. The text stays put also for a random amount of time. Catchphrases and lines like “think for yourself”, “look around” and “tomorrow I’m gonna make it” come by, like directives to the students. When the gate closes, a text remains for the night and the doors light up blue from the insides.

Dim. 3,5 x 0,66 x 2,35 m
Glass bricks, aluminium, LED displays, computer

Here is Looking at You

Here is Looking at You |City SPace Culturele Hoofdstad Kopenhagen 1996

The station: a place typical for hellos and goodbyes. On a platform two rows of red columns are installed, each column bearing one of the letters from the words LOST and FOUND. Under each letter short videos of minor tragedies filmed at the station are played. Like voyeurs, people can watch those scenes with a telescope, with film music playing, sung by amateur singers.

9 kiosks of Ø 1 x 2 m each
Steel, wood, 9 monitors, 9 telescopes


Killroy Was Here

Killroy Was Here |Zuiderbad Amsterdam 1995

In seven of the seventeen cabins surrounding the swimming pool mirrors are installed. Each mirror contains a digital display which horizontally, vertically or diagonally shows text phrases (digital graffiti). Sometimes it’s a long line from a poem, sometimes a single word, flickering. Without text the mirrors are ordinary mirrors. Each cabin has its own atmosphere and its own texts. A totality of 60 phrases were programmed, among which are (translated from the Dutch): “hugs”, “poetry is to make the invisible visible”, “beauty”, “hello”, “kisses”, “definitely yes”, “definitely not”, “elvis is alive”, “stress”, “lots of sex is bad for your eyes”.

Dim. 27 x 19,5 x 3,5
Seven mirrors, LED displays


Head Room

Head Room |Algemeen Rijksarchief, Den Haag 1994

The theme of Head Room –storage and data processing- was inspired by the place where the work was first shown: a basement. The installation consists of five identical filing cabinets on metal rails. Between the third and the fourth cabinet a small passage has been left open, through which one can glimpse inside: 120 filing boxes, each supplied with a small screen which displays red digital letters with short intervals. At any given moment, eight of the screens make letter combinations forming words: associations based on various functions of the brain. A sound installation producing the reverberation of a working brain reinforces the suggestion of communicating hemispheres in the human cerebrum.

Dim. 180 x 180 x 400 cm
Wood, cardboard, aluminium, LED displays


Time and Time Again

Time and Time Again |Winschoter Dollard College Winschoten 1993

On top of the symmetric facade of Winschoter Dollard College two digital clocks have been installed, each to one end. Of the two digital clocks one indicates the time while the other displays that time in reverse. At the moment the two clocks display the same time, which happens eight times an hour, the mirror-clock temporarily switches to actual time and vice versa. On the top of the hour, programmed texts roll by from right to left, which deal with concepts of time and school. Some letters in those words are identical to the original and/or mirrored numbers. On the playground a trapezoid plate vertically reflects the numbers of one the clocks. On the terrain are eight cubical seats, one of which is installed directly opposite the trapezium. On the surface of the plate a scientific definition of time is engraved.

Dim. 1,5 x 2,75 x 0,004 m
Steel, LED displays, computer

In The Company Of...

In The Company Of... |Arnhem 1993

I commissioned seven classical sculptors to do my portrait. Audiotapes were incorporated in every bust’s plinth. By pressing a button the spectator would hear a story, a thought or an opinion- a commentary to each portrait, recorded by different people.



Grensscène |De Gang - De Tuin Beuningen 1991

A replica of a border sign post from Vaals, the location where three countries (Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) meet is placed in Beuningen.

In collaboration with Rob Jongbloed

Dim. 3,5 x 0,7 x 2,5 m
Concrete, aluminium, Das modelling clay, gold leaf


Eure Gunst Unser Streben

Eure Gunst Unser Streben |Berlijn/ Amsterdam/Berlijn West/DDR/Madrid/Bahnhof Westend, 1989

Three large plush dogs, the size of an average human, each in a different colour and with different features. On their travels around Europe they hit Berlin, Madrid and Amsterdam, among other places. An attraction with a premiere in a glass alley in a Berlin train station, encircled by a wall of car tires as high as the dogs themselves. The photos show the work as it was installed in the Aula of the Rijksakademie.

Dim. 0,85 x 0,85 x 2,15 m (x 3) Frame, plush and filling

Bien Trouvé

Bien Trouvé |Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem 1989

In the centre of the chapel in the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, five realists are seated at a round table that is too high and too wide. The realists, self-portraits by Carel Willink, Charlie Toorop, Edgar Fernhout, Chris Lebeau and Dick Ket (selected from the museum’s collection) fade into their own mirrored images on a monitor, while in the background an orchestra can be heard tuning and fragments of conversations are buzzing. The mirroring occurs on many levels, which the spectators can witness when they sit down at the table.

Dim. 4,3 X 4,3 x 2 m
Metal, wood, monitors

Collection: Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem


Nature Morte

Nature Morte |Galerie René Coelho Amsterdam 1988

A monitor is locked inside a zoo cage. The monitor shows a close-up of the pulsating flank of a zebra. Outside the cage a stuffed zebra head is mounted on the wall.

Dim. 3 x 3 x 2 m
Steel, monitor, stuffed zebra head

Property: Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst

12 Sculptures with Surveillance

12 Sculptures with Surveillance |Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 1988

This project involves the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in its entirety. Across the floors and walls of its rooms enormous wooden sculptures have been erected. The monumental installation divides the museum into black and white sections. In the hall, twelve monitors, connected to surveillance cameras, are installed that compose the word WATCH. The letters appear to be two-dimensional. It is only on closer inspection that you start noticing the people moving about between the letters and you realise what you’ve been looking at.
I specifically chose Stedelijk Museum Schiedam to design this project for, because its architecture as well as its surveillance system matched the concept of the work. The opening performance was done by twelve attendants from various museums.

Dim. variable
Wood, twelve cameras, twelve monitors



Wildebeest |Aorta / De Aanloop Amsterdam 1986

A herd of forty-seven toy wildebeest on a hide-shaped savannah, replicated with sand and miniature trees, are arranged in such a way that they seem to be on the run. Behind them on a monitor real wildebeest are fleeing. The sound of thundering hooves nearly drowns out the drone of the airplane that chases the animals in their flight. Every now and then- the blast of a gunshot.

Dim. 2,5 x 1,75m
Sand, plastic wildebeest, miniature trees, monitor, modelling clay


Work to Do

Work to Do |Marconiplein Rotterdam 1985

The windows on the facades of the three Europoint tower blocks at Rotterdam’s Marconi square form the words WORK TO DO. The text appears as the lights inside a number of the offices are switched on while all the rest is switched off. While the night falls, the words become more and more distinguishable. They can be read from a very far distance because of the complex’s strategic location.

3 tower blocks, 21 floors, plastic tarp, office lights


Giovanni Arnolfini and His Young Wife

Giovanni Arnolfini and His Young Wife |ZWN Lerarenopleiding Delft 1984 / Berlin Art Week Berlin 2014/The Time is Right For... Summerhall, Edinburgh 2017

Van Eyck portrayed himself as a witness to the wedding of Giovanni Arnolfini and his young wife in the mirror in this painting. Here, the painted mirror is replaced with a monitor, which is connected to a hidden camera. The spectators see themselves in the mirror and are witnesses, like they can be witnesses to basically anything in the age of media.

Dim. 100 X 135 x 2 cm
Monitor, camera, print on canvas

Golden Years

Golden Years |ZWN Lerarenopleiding Delft 1984

A transparency image of an American automobile is projected onto a blank life–size, cut-out. Monitors replace the moving parts (rotating wheels), and the artist, with her hair blowing in the wind, can be seen on the monitor’s screens. The whirr of the engine and the surrounding traffic, along with David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’, form the background sounds. As in a dream, when the light is switched on, the projection and the monitor images suddenly stop... everything appears to have been an illusion, and all that remains is a white, 6.80 metre cut-out of an American car.

Dim. 7 x 1,5 x 0,006 m
Hardboard, three monitors, slide projector

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