It moves without direction and transforms with your perspective. It glides and ripples around you, undulating over surfaces and melting into itself. Always changing, fragmented in space and time, endlessly reflecting.
“Everything you see can only be glimpsed for a moment. A second in time; a flash of a window, wall or door. The buildings in this city are scattered all around existing in many places at once - you can see everything in this city - but the more fragments you see the less real they seem.”
This work was shown at the exhibition Unexpected Smells at de Electriciteitsfabriek in Den Haag, which I helped to organize as part of my final year of studying ArtScience.
Boservaring is a site-specific installation created by Kay Churcher and Stefano Zucchini for Into The Great Wide Open 2018.
The theme of the festival for this year was ‘Free Space’, I chose the dark areas of the world as the free space I would like to explore. Since the 1800’s artificial light has been an integral part of human society, making once dangerous areas safe and encouraging us to stay out later. Nowadays we rarely venture beyond the safety of the light and are thus limited to where the lights are; leaving the darkness as ‘free space’. I wanted to open up the forest at night to people because it is a place they would otherwise not go. I designed a route through the forest where lights would detect the presence of people and light up, creating a path for them to follow. The lights illuminate the forest around them and alter its appearance; flattening surfaces, revealing textures, and changing shapes. This created a very different experience of the forest from daytime and also complete darkness.
Stefano Zucchini designed a soundscape, inspired by the crickets on the island, where sound reaches the audience from multiple directions and they are unable to determine it’s source. The sound changes as participants walk through the installation.
Photographs by Sander Heezen
Boservaring at Into The Great Wide Open 2018
In Between Space
on and on and on and on
This work is an exploration into repetition, infinity, and the surreal inspired by the work of M.C. Escher and Herman Hertzberger. Hertzberger’s visionary architectural style challenged the idea that form follows function, he created “in-between spaces” that allowed users to define how they inhabited it. Escher’s method of combining multiple perspectives of the same scene created surreal and layered realities in his works.
All of the content in this video are images of the old Ministry for Social Affairs building, in The Hague, designed by Herman Hertzberger.
video and sound
This work was exhibited at the Grey Space in the Middle for the exhibition ‘Opening Credits’, which my fellow students and I organised and showed our work in.
In Between Space
An installation consisting of 30 metal sculptures that, like sunflowers with the sun, rotate with the wind. In this field of kinetic works, each sculpture produces a ghostly and abrasive sound when set in motion. The interaction between the sculptures, which are of different heights and dimensions, produces a conversation between the different sounds.
Installation 7: “02/12/16-”
This installation is situated up this staircase.
Please enter one at a time and wait for the previous person to return.
The stairs are uneven, so mind your step.
The ceiling is low, so mind your head.
There is a place for you to lie down and observe.
Take your time.
Soil 100kg Salt Crystals String 10m
This piece was designed as an explorative experience. At the base of the staircase is a gate at which I stood and explained to the audience what is written above. I gave them a headtorch, opened the gate, and closed it behind them. The room was so dark that the experiencer had to wait a few minutes for their eyes to adjust. As they would move their head, the crystals would glitter and appear to change shape. Each individual returned with a different idea of what they had seen.
This piece was developed during a residency at Fort 1881 in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. As a small group we slept, ate, and worked in this 135 year old Fortress, while learning about the history of the building and surrounding landscape. I was inspired by the labyrinthine layout and cave-like atmosphere of the building, so I added the soil to give the space more of an earthy scent. I introduced the crystals after researching cave-systems. I settled on this non-representational design as it best created the mysterious and inexplicable feeling that I wanted for the audience.
Noititeper / Repetition Residency
This piece was an interactive installation shown at De Fabreik in Eindhoven as part of a residency with my fellow students.
The theme of the residency was ‘Repetition’, this piece reflects that in its physical structure where material is hung in mirror symmetry. An open corridor is created down the centre of the structure, as people walk through it they activate the LED’s.
This was an experimental piece, playing with structure and finding different forms in which to express my ideas.