NICKY ASSMANN

NICKY ASSMANN

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Solace is a cinematic installation that explores the mental process and physical activity of seeing. At regular intervals a handcrafted apparatus creates a monumental soap film as a spatial intervention. Through precise lighting the inner movement of the soap film is revealed, showing a turbulent choreography of iridescent color and fluid motion. As gravity slowly gets a hold of the membrane the viewer can be fascinated with the phenomenon, until inevitably the fragile film bursts.

Solace is embedded in a context of visual music, expanded cinema, and the concept of synaesthesia. The analogue imagery created in Solace refers to abstract film, but also to digital visual language. The monumental transparent screen is lifted as an intervention in the space. It creates a temporary layer that can be seen as a metaphorical reflection on augmented reality. Set against this backdrop of our visual culture, where the perception of reality increasingly occurs in the virtual domain, she returns with to the physical foundations of seeing in which the embodied experience is central.

Solaris is an apparatus existing of multiple soap films that can be lifted up manually. It is a machine that explores the mental process and physical activity of seeing and creates soap films as a spatial intervention. Through precise lighting the inner movement of the soap film is revealed, showing a turbulent choreography of iridescent color and fluid motion. As gravity slowly gets a hold of the membrane the viewer can be fascinated with the phenomenon, until inevitably the fragile film bursts.

Solaris is the little sister of the monumental soap film installation Solace and now uses 6 screens placed after each other to also fully experience the play with light and reflections that occur in between the films.

Solaris was shown at the Saatchi Gallery in October 2013 as part of an triptych curated by Piet de Jonge

The immaterial and intangible character of light, colour and movement forms the starting point of Nicky Assmann’s [NL] spatial installations, in which she tries to heightens the perception. With a background in Film and ArtScience, she combines artistic, scientific and cinematographic knowledge in experiments with physical processes aimed at sensorial interference in the form of kinetic light installations, video’s and live audio visual performances. She embeds her work in a context of visual music, expanded cinema, and the concept of synaesthesia. Set against the backdrop of our visual culture, where the perception of reality increasingly occurs in the virtual domain, she returns to the physical foundations of seeing in which the embodied experience is central.

She was nominated for the 2017 & 2015 Prix de Rome and her work Solace gained an Honorary Mention in the 2011 StartPoint Prize. Assmann has exhibited her work in a solo show at TENT Rotterdam and in group exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery [London], National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Art Rotterdam Week, Quartier 21 [Vienna], V2_Institute for the Unstable Media [Rotterdam], Exit Festival [Paris] and the Biennial of Carrara.

Assmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Culture [Major Film Science] from the University of Amsterdam and a Master in ArtScience from the Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire & the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She is part of the Macular art collective, which focuses on art, technology, science, and perception.
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シャボンで大きなスクリーンを作り、そこに光を当てて幻想的な空間を作り上げる独特のパフォーマンスアート『Solace』は、オランダ人アーティストのニッキー・アスマンさんによる作品です。

2本の金属棒が交互に石鹸水の入ったバットに浸かり、そこに自動的にシャボンの膜ができるという装置を完成させたアスマンさん。その壊れやすく繊細なシャボンのスクリーンと、そこに映しだされる揺らめく様々な光が、見る者を不思議な世界へと誘います。

『Solace』は、シャボンが持つ「虹色に反射する」という特性をうまく利用した作品です。そこに、人が意図していないなんとも幻想的な模様浮かび上がる。ただそれだけのことなのに見事なアート作品として成立しているのは、それが受け取り手であるわたしたちの想像力をかきたてるからでしょうか。

実はこの作品、アスマンさんが在学していたオランダの美術学校の卒業制作で作られたもの。学校でアートサイエンスを専攻していた彼女は、かねてから「人の体はどのように空間と関わるのか」ということに興味を抱いており、『Solace』はそのテーマに対するひとつの答えだったのだそう。

『Solace』のテーマは、「wearable space(身につけることのできる空間)」。たしかにシャボンが作りだす空間は、体との不思議な一体感を感じさせてくれるような気がします。見ているとまるでオーロラの最中にいるような錯覚を覚える、『Solace』。一度生で体感してみたいものです。