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Cylinders by Joris Strijbos and Daan Johan completely misleads you using the principle whereby the afterimage of moving light sources in the dark draws a shape on your retina.

A sleek machine made of steel and electronics shows light patterns that, based on biological processes, move freely and elegantly. You experience a physical form, but in reality you see fast moving light. What is happening here?

Cylinders by Joris Strijbos and Daan Johan completely misleads you using the principle whereby the afterimage of moving light sources in the dark draws a shape on your retina. The impressive life-size moving sculpture consists of five rectangles with hundreds of bright LED lights on each side. The patterns vary constantly because the LEDs are controlled from a centrally written computer program.

Nature always plays a major role in the work of these artists, who have been working together within the Macular collective for almost 15 years. Their aim is not to imitate nature, but to approach a similar complexity of function and beauty such that the viewer feels the tension that arises between a fully machined work of art and the natural processes that can be recognized in it.

About Macular

Joris Strijbos and Daan Johan have been working together within the Macular collective for almost 15 years on projects in the field of kinetic lights and sound art. The series of works executed by the duo, including Revolve, Parsec and Phyllotaxis, are seen as unique experiments within the audiovisual spectrum. Within the projects, themes from music theory and underlying rules of biological processes are combined with contemporary technology to create new compositions that are performed by the self-developed installations.

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