ArtScience blog 2018-2020

Nr. 6


Disocculted Spaces



For this semester I want to make a visual installation about sensing/illuminating hidden spaces
(the occult).

The work will be about scale, size, uncovering spaces and (dark) space awareness.


How to illuminate space in different ways (using ‘floating’ lights)?

From the beginning of the 2nd semester until now, I made a couple of variations with ‘my’ little lights in the dark.
I tried to ‘disoccult’ (reveal) space in different ways using only two elements (light and a ‘light vehicle’), which I also documented on video.



Like the light, the viewer will be discovering (the spaces in) space and wonder how spaces are unfolding in front of them.


I started out with having the audience looking at a ‘screen’ in front of them.

From now on, I want the spectator to become the participant, or the protagonist of the sensorial experience.

The spectator will move from the back to the centre, to the middle of the happening. 

And he/she will be ‘trapped’ in space, on a fixed position.

In that way not only the light(s) are discovering the space but also the viewer discovers his/her surroundings more actively, and spherically; because the hidden phenomena will not only just happen in front of the viewer but also from the left and right, front and back, up and down.
Like an owl in the night, the viewer has to become aware of the space around him. 

How can you sense the space that is unfolding around you? Can you predict how the space is shaped? Can you follow the light (and its construction)?


Next to the concepts of the dark museum and occult spaces I want to work with what I call hidden foolery.

I want the hidden to be more playful, more (inter)active; the playful hidden. 

From a passive visual performance installation to an analogue VR or 3D experience; the viewer will be fooled by the lights and space around him; spherical fooling. There will be a more stronger interaction between the human and the non-humans.
The dark space phenomena (lights and other possible hidden elements) will disorient and mislead the viewer but at the same time the viewer gets to know his/her surroundings and spatial environment in a ‘foolish’ (optical illusory) way.

How to compose for the occult?
How to get fooled in the dark?

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