3x3: Christiaan Zwanikken I - Hypergravity Bio Portal

In his first 3x3 instalment Christiaan Zwanikken will experiment with and try to make improvements on his installation 'Hypergravity Bio Portal'. This event is part of the Smart Hybrid Forms programme.

Apr 2021
18:00 to 21:00

Hypergravity Bio Portal 

In September 2020 Zwanikken started an experiment to grow a variety of red-leaved basil plants under hyper-gravitational conditions. Hypergravity is able to stimulate platns at a cellular level and changes the physiology in interesting ways.  Zwanikken tried to imagine how the plants would grow into maturity in a centrifuge over a longer period of time (at least four to five months). Intrigued by the idea of a possible sculptural outcome that would be shaped by the continuos growth of plants in a fast spinning disk he decided to build a prototype and find out.
Looking for another layer of perception for the final installation he started experimenting by using the grow lights as strobe light, turning the centrifuges into zootropes. The effects are quite mesmerizing; the image of the individual plants are invisible because of their high rotational speed but can be frozen into a still image or morphed/overlapped on each other, creating a composite image (projection) of multiple plants, using the plant's grow lights as strobe light with different frequencies and intervals.
In V2_ Zwanikken will take what he learned in his previous experiments to make adaptations to his installation, creating possible different outcomes. After the 3x3 instalment at V2_, the installation will travel to Rijksmuseum Twenthe for the solo exhibition Sheer Seeds and Monochrome Instability where the plants will continue to grow and shape it into its final result over another four months.

Christiaan Zwanikken

Dutch artist Christiaan Zwanikken (1967) has received international recognition through his kinetic and mechanical sculptures, sound works, performative and responsive installations. Using a variety of sculptural media, robotics, biology, micro-controllers, and sound— his work is both an artistic and technological experiment in which innovation and invention play an important role.

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Meeting ID: 992 4647 4969
Passcode: 264843
Feel welcome to take a look at the digital test set-up from 6 p.m. onwards. The artist will talk about the experiment at 7:00PM

3x3: The Three of  

Experiments are an essential part of every art practice. Even more than the end results, experiments, bèta versions and try-outs offer an inside look on how an artist thinks and works. Therefore, the experiment is made central in 3x3. V2_ offers three artists the space, time and resources to develop three experiments. Every first Friday evening of the month the public can witness one of these experiments live. A unique experience, since no one knows what these experiments will lead to…

Kunstavond/Art Evening

Every Friday the Kunstblock art venues in the Witte de Withkwartier are open in the evening. Visit MAMA, TENT, WORM, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CBK Rotterdam’s collection of art in the public space. Click here for the programme.

Smart Hybrid Forms

3x3: CHRISTIAAN ZWANIKKEN - HYPERGRAVITY BIO PORTAL is part of Smart Hybrid Forms which received the NWO ISA Smart Cultures grant with project no. CISC.KC.215. Smart Hybrid Forms is a collaboration between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, Zone2Source, WaagGerrit Rietveld Academie.

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