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THE INFINITY GAMES

www.infinitygames.xyz | ON & OFFline collaborative space

WHY 

After years of creating all kinds of art pieces and showing them to small audiences I felt a certain urge to express my vision on life, which revolves around the concepts of holism and pragmatism, to a widespread audience. 

HOW

To do so I rigorously narrowed down all my thoughts to a simple format anyone can understand:  a triangle, a square and a circle. 

With this format you can play with the flow of life: create, learn, tell, share, change and reflect.

WHAT

This minimalistic representation of my thoughts has led to a range of surprising implementations: The Infinity dice, The Composition method, The Composition Game, a scientific research paper, artistic research, performances, art exhibitions, an augmented reality app, workshops, lectures, and a graphic novel in the making.

 LECTURE PERFORMANCE & AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE 

SOLO PERFORMANCES multimedia 

WHY 

I wonder; why am I on stage? I’m shy, really. But I love to tell stories.

HOW

I invite you on a journey into my SCAPES of wonderment, where logic and imagination merge and collide. I hope to trigger thoughts and feelings within you. 

WHAT

In my performances drawings, paintings and moving images are brought to life. 

It is a world full of wonderment, where it all connects: 

theatre, film, dance, music, visual art, philosophy, science, technology and society.

 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION

An interdisciplinary approach to scientific research

WHY 

Around the age of sixteen I became interested in the topic of free will. I realised people with good intentions can do stupid or horrible things. I was thinking: is it really them, or are they just a system, or part of a system that creates certain actions?

HOW

While studying at the Maastricht Institute of Arts I was reading a bit on Artificial Intelligence, a good tool to think about (human) intelligence as a system. I came up with an idea of researching a familiar topic: harmony in visual compositions. I thought it would be interesting to examine this with AI techniques and perhaps learn something about intelligence.

WHAT

Many years later I entered into a funded interdisciplinary science, technology and art project (IMPACT), which allowed me to collaborate with AI scientists and an interaction designer. Together we’ve conducted this research. Adam Vandor wrote the paper, which you can find here: harmony in artistic compositions

I hope to work on a sequel one day. 

 SELFIE PROJECT 

Drawings on smartphone

WHY

In the year 2019 my energy levels were completely out of balance, leaving me with such heavy burnout symptoms  that I decided to take it easy on art and my projects for a while and only focus on my teaching job. 

HOW

I went through an intense phase of self reflection. I was determined to emerge from this stronger, and I found a great form of therapy in making many fast creations of myself just with my finger and a simple drawing app on my phone while enduring long moments of emptiness. 

WHAT

Just when I was doing much better, I suddenly became incredibly ill for months leaving me with little to no energy, but still I continued making these little phonedrawings. By now I’m fully cured!  But the habit has stayed.. A new series was born: SELFIE

 SCAPES 

Oil paintings

WHY

When I was a young child I said to my mother: I'll become a painter. My aunt looked worried at my mom: 'do you support this?' I don't recall any of it, but there's indeed some natural attraction between myself and paint.

HOW

In high school I started to paint with acrylics on paper and cardboard and somehow I immediately knew how to use a brush and mix colours. I traded acrylics for oil paint during my art studies and I've been looking at the work of many different artists since then to learn from their concepts, painting techniques and composition ideas. 

WHAT

I paint reflections of things that occupy my mind and body. I call them SCAPES.

At first they were figurative paintings with some abstract elements, later on abstract paintings with some figurative elements. At the moment I'm at the beginning of a new phase in painting, I can already feel what it's about, but I can't put it into words yet.

 SCAPES & TRAVELLERS 

Bic pen drawing series: SCAPES and TRAVELLERS 

WHY 

I've been crazy about drawing as long as I can remember. If I make a drawing I'm at peace.

HOW

In highschool I was drawing funny characters and small scenes with a Bic pen in my notebooks during our classes. I wasn't paying much attention to what the teachers were saying. With hours of scribbling experience the Bic pen always stayed one of my favourite drawing tools. 

I was drawing a lot from imagination, but around the age of 16 I decided to give realistic drawing a go, which I found to be fairly difficult. I started learning to measure proportions and I've been studying this a lot since to get the hang of it. Today I let imagination meet realism and vice versa. I also use computer animation and 3D design as input for my drawings.

WHAT

I'm working on two ongoing series: one that depicts people in natural poses in their natural habits, the other one depicts the somewhat ungraspable worlds that surround us or exist within us.  

You can send me a photograph of a person for me to draw from! You'll find the upload form here:

PARTICIPATE (orange button, look left)

BACK TO BASICS

Analogue photography

 

WHY 

There’s something about the honesty of daily life. While we’re concerned about global warming, societal issues, diseases, technological changes, economic progress and regress, we still get out of bed every morning to perform our daily routines. The routines to keep our world turning and our concerns alive.

HOW

When I was thirteen years old I asked my mother if I could borrow her analogue Nikon and never returned it to her. I try to capture the purity I see in people and their environments. It’s exiting to wait for the moment that will instantly inspire you. You’ll be checking the light meter constantly and you’ll be framing perfect compositions without releasing the shutter. Because, when the moment is there, you have to be ready for it. 

WHAT

Every now and then I dust off my mum's camera and I walk around with it dangling from my neck. No risk of any hard disk crashing, just a big collection of negatives in a drawer. Over time I’ve printed a couple of them in the darkroom. 

 PAPER LAND 

Movie. Genre: Arthouse / documentary 50 minutes

WHY 

15 years ago I met Shahib Sabriye Sidow in a bar in Maastricht. We became close friends. By looking through his eyes I came to see my country in a different light. Shahib has had a range of unfortunate encounters with two men-made monsters: War and Bureaucracy. 

HOW

Together we created a performance for a theatre festival. Shahib shared the story he’d written, about his war experience in Somalia and his dragging asylum process in The Netherlands. It was only performed three times. That left me with the idea that we should make a movie to reach a bigger audience.

WHAT

We pitched our concept to the film producers of Videopower, who then helped us in creating our film. We then developed the original concept further into becoming an artistic portrait of the Netherlands, a traumatised human being and friendship.

The movie has been shown internationally at film festivals in 2018 and 2019 and is now online:  

LINK PAPIEREN LAND / PAPER LAND

 NEW LINES 

Digital photography

WHY 

I'm intrigued by the idea that something simple can gain complexity. 

HOW

I use this concept often as an explorational drawing method in creating my SCAPES. In this case I was playing around with a piece of paper and I cut out a thin spiral. I put my camera into the paper spiral and took a bunch of backlit photos without seeing what I was doing. 

WHAT

The elegent spiral then gradually changed into a dynamic 3D world through my interference.

New Lines refers to complex worlds that arise from simple interactions.

 GHOSTLY MATTER 

Dyptich: drawing and animation 

WHY 

Often I don't experience time as a lineair chain of events but rather as a continuous spatial encounter of what I call: " slices of time"

HOW

The process of making this diptych was a back and forth between physical and digital creation. I had scanned watercolours onto my computer to animate them; letting them float around with different levels of opacity. Then I created a design out of animation stills to make a pencil drawing from. Subsequently I digitized that drawing, animated it and let a video of two flying dancers I coincidentally had filmed in Poland interfere with it. (Sadly I lost the notebook with their names in it). Then composer Jesse Passenier played a piano improvisation to the animation. I finetuned the animation further inspired by his music. 

WHAT

The drawing and the video can be viewed as standalone pieces, but I prefer to show them as a diptych.

 INFINITY 

interdisciplinary dance performance

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BLACKWHITE GAME

Interdisciplinary performance research series

 

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 OPGETOGICA 

Performative poetry

 

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 MULTIMEDIA INSTALLTIONS 

Site specific works and installations

 

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NANOPHONY 

Interdisciplinary performance about science in our daily lives

 

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 JAZZ MEETZ ART 

Interdisciplinary performance stage

 

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 AUDIOVISUAL 

audiovisual works and performances

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 MULTIMEDIA / DIGITAL ART 

Multimedia works

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PENCIL & WATERCOLOURS

Works on paper

 

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 LOOK @ ME 

Photographs of my art life

 

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LOOK @ EVENTS 

Photographs of exhibitions and performances

 

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 BIERVILTJE 

Coaster collection

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BINKBINK.nl

Work 2001- 2006 a screen recording of my first website

 

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The website still works in some browsers(allow FLASH player), but not on phones.