Nicky Assmann

Nicky Assmann, Netherlands (1980) explores in her work how the body relates to objects and spaces and refers to the concept of “wearable space”. The skin, both visible as invisible is a recurring metaphor in her work and is extended into the intimate space. This results in the use of different media, like wearable technology (embodied instruments), performance, light and soap film. With these soap films she creates temporary spaces in which wonder takes a central point. It reveals her fascination for technology, science and natural phenomena.

Her graduation project “Solace, a soap film apparatus” is a cinematic installation that investigates the mental process and physical activity of seeing. At regular intervals a handcrafted apparatus creates a soap fluid membrane as a spatial intervention. Through lighting the inner movement of the soap film is revealed, showing a turbulent choreography of iridescent color and fluid motion. As gravity slowly gets a hold of the film the viewer can drift off into the phenomenon, until inevitably the film bursts, suddenly breaking the spell.

Her work was nominated for the Artificial Light Award 2010 Reflection and she has participated in exhibitions at the Key of Life Festival (Leiden), 5 Days Off Media (Amsterdam), STRP Festival (Eindhoven), the Biënnale of Carrara (Italy) and performed with others at festivals like TodaysArt (The Hague), E-Pulse (Breda) and 5 Days Off (Amsterdam).

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Film Science and is currently finalizing the Master at the ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague.