Joris Strijbos + Daan Johan – Phyllotaxis
Dutch artists Daan Johan and Joris Strijbos from artist collective Macular bring their performative installation Phyllotaxis to TodaysArt. With this project, the artists explore the audiovisual possibilities of self-constructed feedback systems by means of kinetic light machines and modular synthesizers.
The duo will work with a special setup to present a live composition focusing on the repetitive spiral patterns which are generated by the light machine. The work can be seen as a machinic, digital and automated equivalent of the phyllotaxis phenomenon which appears in nature. In this phenomenon, a repeating spiral can be represented by a fraction describing a full rotation of leaves around the stem.
The duo interferes in the interaction between the light, the sound, and the movement of their work by controlling the performative installation through algorithmic composition and repetitive patterns. Through this, the performing space is transformed into a hypnotic vortex, in which abstract patterns in sound and light merge into an intense experience.
Macular is an initiative of a group of artists who share a collective interest in art, science, technology, and perception. The members of the collective collaborate on the creation and production of multi-sensorial artworks that are presented at media arts festivals, galleries, and other arts institutions around the world. As part of Macular, Joris Strijbos focuses with his works on the synaesthetic relation and interaction between moving image and sound. Daan Johan works on the creation of instruments and installations with the interface as a starting point.
Photo taken at Woodstreet Galleries Pittsburgh. This project is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.