Mariska de Groot

Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot [1982, NL] makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often has a reference to media inventions from the past.

By transferring the rational into the sensorial, she aims to excite a multi-sensorial and phenomenological experiences in light, sound, movement and space.

Mariska studied graphic design BA at ArtEZ Arnhem [2000-2005] and received her masters diploma at the ArtScience interfaculty in 2012. She lives and works in The Hague [NL] and is boardmember of iii [Intrument Inventors Initiative].

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No one ever discovered Nibiru – ‘Planet of crossing’- the ninth planet that passes our solar system ones in a 3000 years. During the performance De Groot intends to track the trace and shape of Nibiru with a simple, unstable human handmade apparatus made of simple materials.

Nibiru is an analogue and mechanical performative installation wherein simple rhythmical body movements activates a squeaky pendulum drawing machine, that on its turn creates complex mathematical images. Noises of friction are amplified and sound patterns are created by lightsensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image.

The patterns of light and sound refer often to the positions of the planets and provoke a desire for cosmic understanding of the organisation of space.

This work is made possible with the support of iii and FIBER Amsterdam in collaboration with Mirage Festival Lyon 2016