Mariska de Groot


Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot (1982, NL) makes, performs and composes for comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often has a reference to media inventions from the past, with which she aims to excite a multi-sensorial and phenomenological experience in light, sound, movement and space.

Mariska obtained her BA in graphic design in Arnhem (2000-2005) and received her masters diploma at the ArtScience interfaculty in 2012. In 2009/2010 Mariska received a Startstipendium from Fonds BKVB. She won the BNG Workspace12 Project Prize in 2012, in 2014 she won the O68 Price for German/Dutch artists and in 2016 she received Creatives Industries Talent development grant.


Project NIBIRU

No one ever discovered Nibiru – ‘Planet of crossing’- the ninth planet that is said to visit our solar system ones in a 3000 years. With its huge mass and elongated different angled orbit it causes a slight moment of disorient to our known planets, what would explain their offbeat position compared with the human made calculations.

Intrigued by this ancient story de Groot goes in conversation about the position and movement of this lost planet. How does this galaxy old choreography of Nibiru look like, sound like?

Nibiru is an audiovisual performance instrument constructed from simple, yet unstable handmade pendulum oscillators. The pendulums are activated by rhythmical body movements which then scratch complex curvilinear patterns into black chalk treated glass.

Noises of instability and resistance in the apparatus are amplified and sound patterns are created by light sensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image.

Rhythmical movement, light and sound all come together naturally as an analogy for cosmological trajectories, whereas the drawing becomes a plotted chronicle of Nibiru’s dance.


Photo © Pieter Kers
Thursday | OCTober 11th, 2018 | 20:00

Goethebunker Essen