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Philip Vermeulen. Photo by Julia Schmitz.

Philip Vermeulen


Philip Vermeulen provokes emotional reactions with kinetic installations that listen in on unexpected conversations among everyday materials like elastics, textiles and fluorescent lights. He tempers danger with attraction: to make Berghain less overwhelming as a 2018 venue for his monumental installation Boem BOem in which tennis balls fly at sound boxes at 150 km per hour – he turned out the lights and turned on a strobe.


Philip Vermeulen is an artist based in The Hague whose large-scale installations are part of his research into altering psychological states by manipulating the primary phenomena of light, sound and movement in a lineage of Zero, sound, kinetic and audio-visual art. His hypersculptures’ move at high speeds, changing perception of their physical properties: fans spin at such a rate that they split white light into colours (Fanfanfan), soft materials ripple so fast they stand still (Flapflap) and with the stimulation of stroboscopic lights, ghostly images are summoned into the retinal surface (Int/​Ext). Playfulness, seduction, self-destruction and delirium place audiences on high alert as his work dissolves the borders between mind and material. A 2017 graduate of the ArtScience Interfaculty, his work has been bought by Rijksmuseum Twenthe, showed at galleries like Arti et Amicitae, W139 Amsterdam, clubs (Berghain), and festivals like Mapping, Geneva, Novas Frequências Rio.

Commissioned by Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and W139. Supported within the framework of Immerse\Interact by the Netherlands Film Fund and Creative Industries Fund.


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