Marnix de Nijs graduated as a sculptor in 1992 and focused his early career on installation, public space and architecture. Since the mid 90’s he works as an installation artist and researcher on full body participation in interactive immersive audio visual environments. He is one of the Dutch pioneers in the media arts and collaborated with various national and international media labs like ZKM in Karlsruhe, Tsinghua University in Beijing and V2_lab in Rotterdam.
Currently De Nijs works as a personal tutor bringing in a variety of expertise like: interactive imagery and sound, alternative display technologies, robotics, mechanics and sensory input.
Marnix de Nijs's works include mainly interactively experienced machines that play with the perception and control of image and sound. The interface between the body and technology forms an important basis for De Nijs’s work. Technology must literally merge, become absorbed into the body so that it becomes a co-determiner of perception. And here perception not only refers to how external stimuli are interpreted by the five senses, but also the feelings that come from within the body itself, the information that is derived from one’s own muscles and nerves (the technical term being proprioception). Impelled by the idea that technology acts as a driving force behind cultural change and therefore capable of generating new experiences where societal habits and communication are rethought, his work thrives on the creative possibilities offered by new technologies, while critically examining their impact on contemporary society and human perception.
Exhibitions & Bibliography
De Nijs' works have been widely exhibited at international art institutes, museums and festivals. He won the Art Future Award (Taipei 2000) and received honourable mentions at the Transmediale award ( Berlin 2000), the Vida 5.0 award (Madrid 2002), and Prix Ars Electronica ( Linz 2013, 2005 & 2001). In 2005, he collected the prestigious Dutch Witteveen & Bos Art and Technology Price 2005, for his entire oeuvre.
Other exhibitions: NRW Forum (Düsseldorf 2018, 2017), National Museum (Zurich, 2018), Boijmans Museum (Rotterdam 2017, 2014), Pushkin museum at 57th Biennale (Venice 2017), La Gaite-Lyrique ( Paris 2017), Lille3000 (Lille 2017), Pushkin museum (Moscow 2016), EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam 2016), MU (Eindhoven 2015), MAC Créteil (Paris 2015), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, (Taichung 2014), Cofa UNSW Galleries, Isea (Syndey 2013), National Art Museum of China (2011, 2008 Beijing), CCCS Strozzina (2010 & 2008 Firenze), Museo Reina Sofia (2010 Madrid), ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2009 Aarhus), SONAR(2011, 2008 Barcelona), Stedelijk Museum (2008 Amsterdam), MOCA (2007 Taipei), DAF festival (2006 Tokyo), 6th Shanghai Bienale (2006 Shanghai), Itau Cultural (2002 Sao Paulo), Ars Electronica (2005, 2004 & 2001 Linz), DEAF festival (2012, 2007, 2004 & 2000 Rotterdam)