Thijs is an interactive artist that creates awareness installations about the world most pressing issues. He seamlessly combines science and technology to deliver an empowering experience that is accessible both intellectually and technologically.
His large-scale immersive art installations are a surprising mesh of data, analog elements, digital visuals, kinetic motion and virtual reality that explore the gap between the physical and digital, data and emotions, industry and nature.
His work provokes thought about sustainability, celebrates the good use of data, lets our brain waves overcome diversity and turns your movements into the plastic ocean trash. He produces his work in a conscious way with talented teams that share the same visionon a circulair and sustainable future.
Thijs is currently artist in residence at the Technical University of Delft. He has exhibited amongst others at MU Art Gallery (NL), Times Art Museum (CN), SXSW (USA), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) and Down the Rabbit Hole festival (NL).
CASPER VAN DER MEER
Casper van der Meer (Amersfoort, 1987) studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He is co-founder of Better Future Factory, a sustainable innovation and engineering studio based in Rotterdam, but operating internationally.
He loves to combine his idealistic drivers with his down to earth and pragmatic way of working, combining design and engineering for a better future. Converting a 2d idea into a tangible installation is what he does best.Casper is also a guest lecturer at the faculty of architecture at the Delft University of Technology since 2013.
Kees is a polymath with an education in film history and animation. His work as a creative technologist has made him an allround maker that can combine film, design, code and hardware in unique ways for broad set of clients and brands.
Teaching at Hyper Island and Decoded has given him a way to break down the biggest technological challenges into steps understandable for everyone in the process.
As a junior creative technologist Melanie can bridge the gap between the digital and physical in a playful way. The combination of her work in the music industry at the label Top Notch and her love for technology give the things she creates an entertaining yet technologically savvy edge.
Volverium creates awareness for the impact of algorithms that result in today’s information bubbles. The powerful algorithms designed to reinforce our interests also ensure that we see little of what’s new, different or unfamiliar. Biersteker’s Volverium aims to open us up again to a universe of new perspectives by putting you in the middle of it. Blending reality and virtual reality in analog ways.
Looking through VR glasses, the high tech planetarium like piece places you in the centre of a new universe. Giant lenses turn around you, rhythmically, elegantly distorting and bending reality as you experience it now, creating new viewpoints to look at your surroundings.
The art installation is created in collaboration with musician Jacco Gardner in the context of his new album. Living on the edges of kinetic art, virtual reality and augmented reality the music and installation guide you along new viewpoints and bended realities.
Volverium will premiere during Dutch Design Week 2018.
Artist: Thijs Biersteker
Engineer: Casper van der Meer
Technical Lead: Kees Plattel
Technical Build: Melanie Kool
Music: by Jacco Gardner