September 28 to October 7, 2018

de Groot / Vandoren

LICHTROUTEN Site: Forum am Sternplatz
ehem. Wellenbad im Forum am Sternplatz (innen), Sternplatz 2

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Photos: Jennifer Braun


Installation: Light-controlled system
Material of the city: Light technology
Image-production: LED (scanner), Nixie tubes, tripods, digital controls, motion detectors
Sound-production: composition, computer, digital control, sound system

LFS1 is an installation that emerges from the ongoing exploration of dynamic architectures, from fixed and ephemeral media through which both artists emerge. Innovative and obsolete technologies meet in the cloud of light and sound generating modules. Piezoelectric sound plates enclose Nixie neon tubes. An integrated signal generator drives both in such a way that the waveforms emanate as sound and light from the modules. The signal excites the piezo soundboard, which leads to air pressure fluctuations that are perceived as sound. Synchronously, the signal modulates the expansion of the Nixie tubes. This neon plasma tube is an analog medium subject to the complex laws of particle physics and electromagnetism. It is an imprecise, unreliable and now obsolete display technology of the 1950s that is used and exploited here precisely for this specific, unpredictable character.

While each module works independently, the light planes scanning the room act as conductors of the atmospheric composition. When scanning with a light beam, a module switches itself on. It is examined a second time when it is switched off, and so on. The choreography of the scanning beams transforms the light and sound field in the room and contrasts the warm neon glow with the washing of cold LED light. Both as a control signal and as an aesthetic element, the light projections are exemplary for the treatment of media as building blocks of ephemeral, immersive architectures in which the territories of digital and analog media, solids and sensory experiences merge into one another.

Realized with the help of:

Marije Baalman (ATtiny Synthie module design & PCB assembly instruction Simon de Bakker, PCB design)
Huub Lolang (screen printing) Mozzi (sound synthesis project for embedded microcontroller systems)
Awinash Panchu (Welding)
Protospace Utrecht (3D Printing Consulting)
Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and Stichting Stokroos.

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Photos: de Groot / Vandoren


2017 | Mühlheim/Ruhr [en], SHINY TOYS
2016 | Nijmegen [nl], ODDSTREAM
2015 | Enschede [nl], TETEM
2014 | Kaunas [it], CENTRAS
Since 2010 | Joint, regular project and exhibition activities, especially in Europe


_ Mariksa de Groot

Since 2011 | Regular exhibition and performance activity, especially in Europe
2012 | Arnhem [nl], University of the Arts, Master of Arts
2005 | Arnhem [nl], University of the Arts: Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts

_ Dieter Vandoren

Since 2008 | Regular exhibition and performance activity, especially in Europe
The Hague [nl], Royal Academy of Art and Conservatory, Master of Arts
Utrecht [nl], University of Applied Science: Digital Communication, Bachelor of Arts


_ Mariksa de Groot

Lives in Rotterdam [nl]
1982 | Born in Rotterdam [nl]

_ Dieter Vandoren

Lives in Rotterdam [nl]
1981 | Born [be]

Vimeo | Mariaka de Groot
Facebook | Mariska de Groot
Vimeo | Dieter Vandoren
Facebook | Dieter Vandoren
Gesehen bei SHINY TOYS Mühlheim/Ruhr

Quadtone ~ Lumisonic Rotera from Mariska de Groot on Vimeo.