'Neolastoscope', 2015, acrylics, LED light, lenses, wood, electronics, dimensions variable
'Citadels: Lightscape VII' (Sao Paulo, 2013)
Matthijs Munnik’s work is inspired by historical experiments with light and color, scientific experiments and psychedelia. His performances and installations incorporate colored stroboscopic light, prisms and hypnotic sounds.
The kaleidoscopic light work Neolastoscope resulted from research into the history of the color organ. This instrument was developed in the late 19th century fueled, by the dream of making visual music: flowing modulations of light, shapes and colours. The color organ’s heyday was in the 1920s when Bauhaus acolyte Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack composed his Farbenlichtspiele and Thomas Wilfred built the Clavilux. Neolastoscope s a contemporary follow-up to those early forms of light art. Inside the projector, a combination of transparent plastic templates and polarization filters doubly fracture light, allowing Munnik to create a hypnotic universe.