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Philip Vermeulen is a The Hague-based Dutch artist who makes large-scale installations as part of ongoing research in altering psychological states through the manipulation of primary phenomena of light, sound, and movement.

Philip’s work continues a lineage of experimental art from the Zero art movement, sound art, kinetic sculptures, and audiovisual arts. He creates what he calls ‘hypersculptures’, kinetic sculptures that move at such a high speed that they change our perception of the physical properties of these materials. In these environments, fans spin at a rate that splits white light into distinct colours (Fanfanfan), soft materials vibrate and ripple so fast that they appear to stand still (Flap Flap), and with the stimulation of stroboscopic lights, ghostly images are summoned from your brain to the surface of your retinas (Int/Ext). Playfulness, violence, seduction, self-destruction and delirium are all at play, placing audiences at high alert as Philip’s work dissolves the borders of mind and material.

He graduated from the ArtScience Interfaculty summa cum laude in 2017 with his work “Physical Rhythm Machine / Boem BOem” which has been described as “a percussion instrument of architectural proportions that with its inhuman strength humbles the body and terrifies the senses” (Neural Magazine). Since then, his work has been shown at locations from museums (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe) to art spaces (W139, Arti et Amicitae), clubs (Berghain Berlin) media festivals (Novas Frequências Rio de Janeiro, Ars Electronica Linz, TodaysArt, CTM Berlin), and outdoors (Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland).

In 2020 Philip’s installation More Moiré² has been nominated for The Netherlands’ most prestigious film award The Golden Calf in the category of Best Interactive 2020 (in Dutch: Gouden Kalf). He was also one of the nominee’s for The Volkskrant Visual Art Prize, a Dutch leading oeuvre prize for talented artists aged 35 or younger, living and working in the Netherlands. In 2019 Philip’s 10 Meters Of Sound was purchased by the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and on display in the museum’s collection presentation.

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Education

2017

Bachelor ArtScience, Royal Academy of Art & The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, summa cum laude.

2015

Internship @ Studio Zoro Feigl.

2011

Fine Arts, Akv/St. Joost Fine Arts Academy, Breda, The Netherlands.

Awards and nominations

2020
2018

Piket schilderkunst award, longlist.

2017

Department Award, ArtScience Price, KABK.

Residencies

2020

Autopilot for Immersive Installations, Spatial Media Laboratories, made possible by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Rotterdam.

2020

Interfan, iii, The Hague.

2019

Artist in Residence, University of Twente.

2016

V2_ Rotterdam and Metamedia Croatia's Summer Sessions Residency, supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Pula, Kroatië.

Other

  • Member of 'iii' (Instrument Inventors Initiative), The Hague.
  • Member of KNAW Arts/Science: Academy Honours, Programme 2017-2018.
  • Part of Talent Development Programme 2018-2019, Creative Industries Fund NL.
Current Exhibitions
  • 10 Meters Of Sound @ Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede. Until August 18, 2022.
Upcoming Exhibitions
  • Pulse @ Rotterdamsebaan, The Hague, From 5 February, 2021.
  • More Moiré² @ W139, Amsterdam. From March 23 till July 3 2021.
Past Exhibitions
2020
  • More Moiré² and Mreee's @ Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht.
  • TLLLLLLLLT @ The Volkskrant Visual Arts Prize, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam.
  • More Moiré² @ Sonic Acts, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
2019 (selection)
  • 10 Meters Of Sound @ Novas Frequências, Rio de Janeiro.
  • TLLLLLLLT @ Amstelpark, Amsterdam.
  • Fanfanfan @ Ampersands, W139, Amsterdam.
  • Flap Flap @ Clash, Groningen.
  • Slue @ Beatrixpark, Amsterdam.
2018 (selection)
  • Boem BOem @ CTM festival, Halle Am Berghain, Berlin.
  • Slue @ Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, The Netherlands.
  • Boem BOem @ TEC ART Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam.
  • Boem BOem @ Kunstencentrum STUK, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Flap Flap en Int/Ext @ TodaysArt Festival, The Hague.
  • Flap Flap @ Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
  • Boem BOem @ Mapping Festival, Genève.
2017 (selection)
  • Boem BOem @ Ars Electronica, Linz.
  • Boem BOem @ Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, The Netherlands.
  • Serpent_Whoosh/Whoosh @ The Wild, W139, Amsterdam.
2016
  • Physical Rhythm Machine @ Industrial Art Biennial, Labin, Croatia.
Profile

Philip Vermeulen is a The Hague-based Dutch artist who makes large-scale installations as part of ongoing research in altering psychological states through the manipulation of primary phenomena of light, sound, and movement.

Philip’s work continues a lineage of experimental art from the Zero art movement, sound art, kinetic sculptures, and audiovisual arts. He creates what he calls ‘hypersculptures’, kinetic sculptures that move at such a high speed that they change our perception of the physical properties of these materials. In these environments, fans spin at a rate that splits white light into distinct colours (Fanfanfan), soft materials vibrate and ripple so fast that they appear to stand still (Flap Flap), and with the stimulation of stroboscopic lights, ghostly images are summoned from your brain to the surface of your retinas (Int/Ext). Playfulness, violence, seduction, self-destruction and delirium are all at play, placing audiences at high alert as Philip’s work dissolves the borders of mind and material.

He graduated from the ArtScience Interfaculty summa cum laude in 2017 with his work “Physical Rhythm Machine / Boem BOem” which has been described as “a percussion instrument of architectural proportions that with its inhuman strength humbles the body and terrifies the senses” (Neural Magazine). Since then, his work has been shown at locations from museums (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe) to art spaces (W139, Arti et Amicitae), clubs (Berghain Berlin) media festivals (Novas Frequências Rio de Janeiro, Ars Electronica Linz, TodaysArt, CTM Berlin), and outdoors (Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland).

In 2020 Philip’s installation More Moiré² has been nominated for The Netherlands’ most prestigious film award The Golden Calf in the category of Best Interactive 2020 (in Dutch: Gouden Kalf). He was also one of the nominee’s for The Volkskrant Visual Art Prize, a Dutch leading oeuvre prize for talented artists aged 35 or younger, living and working in the Netherlands. In 2019 Philip’s 10 Meters Of Sound was purchased by the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and on display in the museum’s collection presentation.

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