Light Space Modulator (2018)

Renders by: Rod Bothof











Light Space Modulator (2018)

One of Rijnierse’s latest light sculptures, CUBE , operates on the kaleidoscopic principle of multiple reflections, by displaying several mirrors at perpendicular angles, forming a cube that is lit from the inside. In contrast to the classical kaleidoscope, where light enters the object, CUBE embodies light from within the object and projects its multiplication outwards into the space. CUBE is choreographed by an autonomic algorithm that directs the synergy between light and sound, developed in collaboration with artist Rob Bothof.

The work of Rijnierse allude to optical instruments and devices such as the Laterna magica, kaleidoscopes and the zoetrope that are considered to be precursors of film, animation and digital media. Mike Rijnierse is not guided by nostalgia, his interest is in questioning the current production of image and examining visual experience, since devices and instruments of today no longer show their process and therefore work as ‘black boxes’. By showing the process of production of light, color, source and shadow, he illustrates how illusion and vision are intertwined.

The technical images currently all around us are in the process of magically restructuring our ‘reality’ and turning it into a ‘global image scenario’. Essentially this is a question of ‘amnesia’. Human beings forget they created the images in order to orientate themselves in the world. Since they are no longer able to decode them, their lives become a function of their own images: Imagination has turned into hallucination.
– Vilém Flusser, ‘Towards a Philosophy of Photography’ (1983) –

Light Space Modulator is a kaleidoscopic tunnel that rotates around the visitor. While the visiting body is free to walk through the rotating kaleidoscopic tube, the reflection of the body is being multiplied by the mirroring inside of the tunnel. Hereby the visiting body extends into a multiplication of itself. While this image is moving, it will put the visitors surrounding reference in motion, which will result in a disturbance of the visitors balance and its gravitational sense. The experience does not tend to focus on the multiplication of the visitor, but rather confronts the visitor with its sense of reality. And tries to shred the visitors self image and be completely in the present.

The mechanism of the kaleidoscope offers an experience which engages to negotiate a world beyond conventional cognition, and therefore provokes transition.

“Our perceptual apparatus is a cultural construction. The way the eye functions is partially a construction, since it processes light from our surroundings, and the brain compresses and digests information around us, but we mistakenly tend to understand these complicated systems as a natural given thing. Kaleidoscopes play with the fact that what we see can easily be disorganized or reconfigured. They playfully show us multiple ways of seeing the world, so you could say that a kaleidoscope constitutes a different perspective.”
– David Howes, ‘Empire of the Senses’ (2005) –














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