Philip Vermeulen – More Moiré²

Philip Vermeulen’s sensorily powerful audiovisual installation More Moiré² premieres at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. In a panoramic Ganzfeld environment, with no horizon or anchor, the immersive cinematic experience puts visitors’ senses to the test. Inspired by the work of light artists such as Doug Wheeler and James Turrell, Vermeulen plays with human perception. In a virtual and abstract landscape of light, sound and moving moiré patterns, he constructs new worlds and dissolves others. The tension between the experience of body-less digitality and material physicality is palpable in More Moiré², which resets the senses in stimulating the awareness of one’s own material existence.
Philip Vermeulen on the making of More Moiré²
Commissioned by Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and W139. Supported within the framework of Immerse\Interact by the Netherlands Film Fund and Creative Industries Fund. Philip Vermeulen is an artist based in The Hague whose large-scale installations are part of his research into altering psychological states by manipulating the primary phenomena of light, sound and movement in a lineage of Zero, sound, kinetic and audiovisual art. His ​‘hypersculptures’ move at high speeds, changing the perception of their physical properties: fans spin at such a rate that they split white light into colours (Fanfanfan), soft materials ripple so fast they stand still (Flapflap) and with the stimulation of stroboscopic lights, ghostly images are summoned into the retinal surface (Int/​Ext). Playfulness, seduction, self-destruction and delirium place audiences on high alert as his work dissolves the borders between mind and material. A 2017 graduate of the ArtScience Interfaculty, his work has been bought by Rijksmuseum Twenthe, showed at galleries like Arti et Amicitiae, W139 Amsterdam, clubs (Berghain), and festivals like Mapping, Geneva and Novas Frequências, Rio. Presentations World Premiere Sonic Acts Academy 2020 21-23 February 2020 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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