Matthijs Munnik researches all kinds of colour combinations, patterns, and rhythms to create spectacular visual effects to develop performances and installations which play with the perceptions of spectators.
Munnik will develop a site-specific work in the ministry which is part of 'Citadels', a series of projects that facilitate investigations into the hallucinatory realm created inside eyes stimulated by flickering light. The 'Citadels' project could be called a spiritual continuation of Brian Gysin and Ian Sommerville’s 'Dream Machine'. This Machine produced a whirl of kaleidoscopic visions behind the onlooker's closed eyes. In the Citadels series however, there is no longer a need for closed eyes. Spectators can completely immerse themselves into this world by standing in front
of the installation, a virtual universe which purpose is to explore the borders of our sensory hardware. While the eyes try to make sense of the sensory overload, a dazzling display of colours, patterns and geometry is produced inside the retina and fed to the brain. These curious phenomena you see are created by the eye itself, induced by the installation. The experience is something that is impossible to capture on video or in text, but something that must be experienced in real life. Previous works in his ‘Citadels’ series were shown at BIAN Montreal, V2_ and the Stedelijk Museum as part of Sonic Acts.