Monday, April 30, 2012
11:30am –1pm, Screening Room, 112 Center For the Arts
Co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Department of Media Study and the Visual Studies/Media Study Emerging Practices Graduate Program
Marnix de Nijs is a Dutch installation artist. He focused his early career on sculpture, public space and architecture. Since the mid 1990s, he has been a pioneer in researching the experimental use of media and technologies in art. Impelled by the idea that technology acts as a driving force behind cultural change and is therefore capable of generating new experiences where societal habits and communication are rethought, his work thrives on the creative possibilities offered by new media, while critically examining their impact on contemporary society and human perception.
de Nijs’ work has been widely exhibited at international art institutes, museums and festivals such as the Maison des Arts de Créteil (Paris 2011), National Art Museum of China (Beijing 2008 & 2011), Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (Firenze 2008 & 2010), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid 2010), ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Aarhus 2009), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Barcelona 2008 & 2011), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam 2008), MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Arts (Taipei 2007), DAF Festival (Tokyo 2006), 6th Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai 2006), Itau Cultural (Sao Paulo 2002), Ars Electronica (Linz 2001, 2004 & 2005), DEAF Festival (Rotterdam 2000, 2004 & 2007). His work won the Art Future Award (Taipei 2000) and received honorable mentions at the Transmediale Award (Berlin 2000), the Vida 5.0 Award (Madrid 2002), and Prix Ars Electronica (Linz 2001 & 2005). In 2005, he collected the prestigious Dutch Witteveen & Bos Art and Technology Prize for his entire oeuvre.