Mariska de Groot

Mariska de Groot, Netherlands (1982). Her background is in Graphic Design and [live] animation. In the passed years she developed a undercurrent fascination for straight forms, stroboscopic movement and analogue machines. As soon she came in contact with the principle of synthetic sound on film, she started to build cinematic instruments and installations based on ‘optical sound’: moving form and light which are sound.

In 2009/2010 Mariska received a Startstipendium from Fonds BKVB, In 2011 she was nominated for the STRP Talent Pit and selected for the New Arrivals of Rewire Festival and she won BNG Workspace projectprice 2012. Mariska presented at events like Oddstream Festival, STRP, Fiber, Freemote and Rewire Festival.

QUADTONE – LUMISONIC ROTERA. Rediscovering optical sound – an invention of the 1920s originating in film and employed in early synthesizers, Mariska de Groot provides the technology with a life of it’s own creating instruments that openly reveal their functioning. ‘Quadtone – lumisonic rotera’ is a mesmerizing light-is-sound projection performance in space. Graphical patterned wheels are coding a beam of light, which portable light-sensitive speakers convert into audible frequencies. All leftover light is visual sound.

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