Marnix de Nijs – Rectilinear Displacement

Marnix de Nijs – Rectilinear Displacement

25 September 9/21/14 10:00 - 02:00
26 September 9/21/14 12:00 - 04:00
27 September 9/21/14 10:00 - 04:00
28 September 9/21/14 16:00 - 23:00

Zuiderstrandtheater - Foyer




Supported by
dKC Rotterdam, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, Mondriaan Foundation

After he presented ‘Spatial Sounds’, an installation developed in collaboration with Edwin van der Heide, at TodaysArt 2005, Marnix de Nijs returns ten years later for the world premiere of his new work ‘Rectilinear Displacement’.

‘Rectilinear Displacement’ is the investigation of an interactive, mechanically-controlled, physical-experience audiovisual installation in which linear movement (forward travel), is centrally employed. The operator of the installation (the festival visitor) is positioned on an object which makes a long linear movement through the full length of the space its presented in. At the same time, the user is immersed in visual images composed of ‘”laser scanned point clouds” projected on a spherical screen. The purpose of the installation is not to physically simulate a camera movement, but to create a new sensory experience whereby movement, acceleration and deceleration and the manipulation of the time-experience is of highest importance. Ultimately, the user will completely lose their control or perception of time, physical command and cinematographic space.

Visual artist Marnix de Nijs shows how culture acts upon our senses, and he expresses this in a great variety of ways making use of continually changing technology. This allows him to emphasise a new role for the artist that seems to have been established by our developing culture of technology. The interface between the body and technology forms an important basis for his work. Technology must literally merge, become absorbed into the body so that it becomes a co-determiner of perception.