It looks like mechanically moving light beings have landed on the Nieuwe Markt. They are part of the kinetic light work Parallel Strata, which literally means 'parallel layers'. The rotating lights with stroboscopic effect, revolving in the top of the sculptures, create a constantly changing shadow play on the ground. As you move through the spatial work as a visitor, you become part of the generative composition. The moving spectacle in shadow and light results in a field of dynamic patterns where the visitor is immersed in an abstract visual world.
Nice to know: nearby is another spectacular light artwork by Nicky Assmann, Wervel. This twenty-metre-long undulating LED sculpture displays a constantly changing light composition of intense colours. You can find Wervel in the car park under the Forum.
NB: the artwork in the Forum garage is freely accessible between 9am and 9pm. The car park can be accessed via the bicycle basement / connecting door to the garage. Without a parking ticket, you can use the i-button next to the door to contact the control room, which will then let you in. Or take the car entrance.
With a background in film and ArtScience, Nicky Assmann (1980) combines art, science and cinematic elements in her work to create sensory experiences. The intangible and intangible nature of light, colour and movement is the starting point of her work.
Joris Strijbos (1981) studied ArtScience at the KABKand then obtained a master's degree at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In his work, he plays with technology, focusing on the interaction between movement, light and sound. Strijbos' audiovisual installations and media performances are at the intersection of art, science and technology.
Kunstpunt presents a tour of light art in Groningen's city centre during ESNS Art. The tour goes past existing work and the new temporary artworks by Eirik Jahnsen and Nicky Assmann & Joris Strijbos. It will also dwell on some other undiscovered gems. The tours take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 January and start at 7.30pm. Tickets at €2.50 are on sale in Kunstpunt's webshop.