Fascinated by the dynamics of the city of Beijing, Marnix de Nijs'
installation examines the precarious balance of machine, image and body
in time and the effects that accelerated forces of gravity have on
today's urban citizenry. By manipulating both elements separately, the
installation plays with both physical and visual perception.
Participants sit in a racing car seat attached to a motorized revolving
arm and focus on a video projection which is simultaneously circulating
with them. Using a joystick the 'accelerators' control their own tempo
and direction, and are challenged to synchronize their own speed with
that of the images. Faster than ever and against the earth's
gravitational pull ... the experience begins to tilt to a condition
inducing a relative visual standstill. Rotterdam based artist Marnix de
Nijs presents his works internationally and has recently been awarded
with the Witteveen & Bos Art and Technology Prize in 2005.
Beijing Accelerator by Marnix de Nijs (2006) from V2_ on Vimeo.