Marnix de Nijs (NL) Vibrating Zagreb - Thrillmachine


Explosions, crashes, disassembly and dismantling have always interested a Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs. His artistic motivation varies from an ordinary human thirst for sensations to a necessity for mapping out or challenging certain social developments. This is accompanied with an interest in purely artistic and aesthetic potential of destruction.

Crowds have always, to borrow from Guns 'n' Roses, had an appetite for destruction. What is it about damage that makes people happy? From the Bastille to an American phenomenon of demolition derby (smashing junk cars at public arenas), the collective thirst for wreckage has never lost its appeal. Within the project Vibrating Zagreb - ThrillmachineMarnix de Nijs comes out to meet such appetites as the performance entails a spirited, high-energy 'shaking' of the architecture. In his performance artist shakes up people's false sense of security.

Thrillmachine is a device that can bring an entire building into motion through heavy vibrations. The machine vibrates with the use of weights; a relatively small weight is attached eccentrically to an revolving axis. This technique produces vibrations that are powerful enough to bring an entire building into motion. The vibrating building confuses the balance system of the visitors inside the building, and creates a feeling of being slightly out of control, in some cases even generating nausea.

Marnix de Nijs (NL)

Marnix de Nijs is an Rotterdam based installation artist and researcher who has been working with full body participation in immersive audio visual environments since the late nineties. His works include mainly interactively experienced machines that play with the perception and control of image and sound, but also, radical and humorous pieces such as his Bullet Proof Tent & Lingerie, the Physiognomic Scrutinizer and his Autonomous Oil Reserve. Impelled by the idea that technology acts as a driving force behind cultural change and is therefore capable of generating new experiences in which societal habits and communication are rethought, his work thrives on the creative possibilities offered by new technologies, while critically examining their impact on contemporary society and human perception.

De Nijs' works have been widely exhibited at international art institutes, museums and festivals. He received honorable mentions at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2013, 2005 and 2001. In 2005 he collected the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award, for his entire oeuvre.