Inspired by historical experiments with light and colour, scientific experiments, and psychedelia, Matthijs Munnik’s performances and installations utilise coloured stroboscopic light, prisms, and hypnotic sounds.
The kaleidoscopic light work Neolastoscope is the outcome of research into the history of the colour organ: an instrument developed in the late nineteenth century, fuelled by the desire to visualise music through flowing modulations of light, shapes, and colours. The colour organ’s heyday was in the 1920s when Bauhaus acolyte Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack constructed his Farbenlichtspiele, and Thomas Wilfred built the Clavilux. Neolastoscope is a contemporary version of these early forms of light art. Inside the projector, a combination of transparent plastic templates and polarisation filters generate two-fold light diffractions, allowing Munnik to create a hypnotic universe.
Year of Birth
1989 (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Interfaculty ArtScience, Sonic Acts, Rijksakademie