ANIMA
Nick Verstand
Thursday, Friday 17:30-22:30 Saturday 17:30-22:00

Due to the light in the church, this installation is best visitable after 18 o’clock, when it is dark outside.

Fluid, shimmering patterns flow on the surface of a luminescent orb suspended in space, tones oscillating, encompassing the room. ANIMA (2014) is an immersive installation that investigates the emotional relationship between humans and artificial entities, through the use of movement, texture, light and sound.

‘An immersive installation that investigates the emotional relationship between humans and artificial entities, through the use of movement, texture, light, and sound.’

Fluid, shimmering patterns flow on the surface of a luminescent orb suspended in space, tones oscillating, encompassing the room. ANIMA (2014) is an immersive installation that investigates the emotional relationship between humans and artificial entities, through the use of movement, texture, light, and sound.

The spherical imagery, which emanates from inside the object, is achieved by the use of a single projector coupled with a hemispherical lens. Both image and sound are generated in real-time, based on the entity’s contingent perception of our presence. ANIMA interprets our behavior and portrays its character by responding to the viewer with an array of audiovisual expressions. Through this behavioral process, the installation creates the illusion of being a sensory autonomous entity, thereby challenging us to reflect upon our position in relation to artificially created intelligence. ANIMA creates the context which allows us to investigate the extent to which an object can feel, acquire agency, or even possess a soul.

About Nick Verstand
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 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, STRP, Design Society, Paris Couture Week, De School, SXSW, Dekmantel, Art Central Hong Kong, Iceland Airwaves, Dutch Design Week and collaborated with artists such as Iris van Herpen, Björk 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.

In collaboration with Salvador Breed & onformative

Special thanks to the Maria van Jessekerk

More information
www.nickverstand.com/
www.instagram.com/nickverstand/