Marnix de Nijs

Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist

Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist


Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist

Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist


Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist

Exploded Views 2.0. 2012–2013. Interactive installation. Courtesy of the artist


Exploded Views 2.0.

Interactive installation
2012–2013

In Exploded Views 2.0, De Nijs investigates the representation of global urban environments and comments on the prominent role the World Wide Web has assumed in constructing our view of the real world. Visitor physically navigates through an audio-visual city landscape built up from point clouds with a 3D scanning technology that creates a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere. The content for 3D city landscape is provided by users of social media platforms.

Playing with the possibilities offered by the combination of movement and 3D interactive imagery, this installation purposefully places the viewer in an intensely absorptive experience. However, what is actually offered contradicts the reality of the physical and illustrative perception by mediating a juxtaposed dreamlike encounter. Quivery landscape breaks down into smallest pixels. Images woven from reality transfer to the sphere of the imaginary. In the same way Italo Calvino created his imaginary Invisible Cities out of real travels of Marco Polo: "Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else".


Marnix de Nijs (b. 1970, Arnhem, the Netherlands) is a pioneer of Dutch media art. To create his technologically complex installations, de Nijs often relies on close collaborations with media labs, universities and highly skilled developers/engineers. His work won the Art Future Award (Taipei 2000) and received honourable mentions at the Transmediale award (Berlin 2000), the Vida 5.0 award (Madrid 2002), and Prix Ars Electronica (Linz 2001 & 2005), Witteveen & Bos Art and Technology Price (2005).