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Nicky Assmann project

Moiré Studies and Liquid Solid

Rotterdam-based artist Nicky Assmann explores how the body relates to objects and spaces. She is interested in the mental process and physical activity of seeing. Referring to scientific research and natural phenomena, Assmann experiments with the properties, behaviour, and aesthetics of solid and liquid materials. Her multidisciplinary approach results in a range of outcomes, including self-made instruments, video, audio-visual performances, and kinetic light installations. The embodied sensorial experience is central to Assmann’s installations.

Assmann gained a BA in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in ArtScience from the Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Assmann and Strijbos are part of Macular, an artist collective researching the intersection of art, science, technology, and perception. The duo collaborated on two projects in the past year.

Moiré Studies is a kinetic light installation based on the principles of the moiré effect. The qualities of moiré patterns are physically investigated using moving light sources and static grids.

In December 2014, the duo participated in the Ars BioArctica residency programme at the University of Helsinki’s Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in the sub-Arctic region of Finland. They researched the cinematic qualities of freezing soap film and developed the video installation Liquid Solid. With the wind and temperature significantly varying each day, the film captures the differing behaviour and appearance of the freezing process. The soundtrack incorporates a mixture of recordings made using self-made instruments, including monochords played with electromagnets.

Special thanks to Gideon Kiers, Lucas van der Velden, Erich Berger, Tividorfabriek, Meetfactory, Danny van Tongeren, Dieter Vandoren, Marijn de Jong, HC Gilje, Tim Leyendekker, Hilde Methi, Per Platou, Matthew Biederman, Annette Wolfsberger, Eric Parren, Bart van Bokhoven, Stefan Julizar and Mirna Belina. Made possible with the support of Gemeente Rotterdam and The Finnish Society of Bioart.

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Year of Birth
1980 (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

University of Amsterdam, Royal Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Company Name
Nicky Assmann, Macular Collective


Work Address

Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Critical People
Cocky Eek, Robin Deirkauf, Joris Strijbos, Lucas van der Velden, Gideon Kiers, Robert Pravda, Michael van Hoogenhuyze, Joost Rekveld, Marnix de Nijs, Mariette Dölle, Hans Beekmans

ArtScience Interfaculty, Sonic Acts, V2_Institute, TENT Rotterdam

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