Mariska de Groot

Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot (1982, NL) makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often refers to historical media inventions, 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.


Incidence of Light

With her use of optical sound as main medium and interest to create immersive environments where light and sound are one, Mariska de Groot now explores the possibilities of the single sculptural object and 360 ̊ light-to-sound scores.

Inspired by unintentional light projection or reflection and in the tradition of kinetic light sculptures like the Light-Space Modulator by Moholy-Nagy, ‘Incidence of Light’ is a kinetic light-to-sound sculpture that uses the interior space as an extension of itself.

Using a selection of white LED’s, rotating masks and mirrors, different light frequencies peek through the small openings of a slowly rotating cylindrical graphical score, creating a light composition on the walls and possible objects (and visitors) in the room. Primitive cameras on top of the sculpture scan the projected patterns and make the rhythmic light / dark parts in the room audible.

The translation from light to sound happens one on one. The light is controlled audio frequencies, the reflection of the high frequency flickering light turns back to sound. Shadows become rhythmic silences and gray values determine loudness.


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