Mariska de Groot

Nibiru

Friday 21 December @ 37PK  |  21:00

Mariska de Groot performs with self-built instruments that generate light and sound. The instrument Nibiru is constructed from simple, yet unstable handmade pendulum oscillators. The pendulums are activated by rhythmical body movements which then scratch complex curvilinear patterns into black chalk treated glass. Noises of instability and resistance in the apparatus are amplified and sound patterns are created by light sensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image. Rhythmical movement, light and sound all come together naturally as an analogy for cosmological trajectories, whereas the drawing becomes a plotted chronicle of the dance of the mythical planet Nibiru.

No one ever discovered Nibiru – ‘Planet of crossing’- the ninth planet that is said to visit our solar system once in a 3000 years. With its huge mass and elongated different angled orbit it causes a slight moment of disorient to our known planets, what would explain their offbeat position compared with the human made calculations. Intrigued by this ancient story, de Groot engages in a conversation about the position and movement of this lost planet. What does this galaxy old choreography of Nibiru look like, sound like? Nibiru is an audiovisual performance instrument constructed from simple, yet unstable handmade pendulum oscillators. The pendulums are activated by rhythmical body movements which then scratch complex curvilinear patterns into black chalk treated glass. Noises of instability and resistance in the apparatus are amplified and sound patterns are created by light-sensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image. Rhythmical movement, light and sound all come together naturally as an analogy for cosmological trajectories, whereas the drawing becomes a plotted chronicle of Nibiru’s dance.