Birk Schmithüsen and Nina Maria Stemberger joined the building process of the Meta Maze during the final phase. The artist couple came to Tilburg when the structure of the multiple-room installation had already been built and the space design was almost finished. Their contributions would soon turn one of the surreal landscapes into a fascinating light and sound experience.
Birk is an audiovisual artist currently based in Leipzig, Germany. By using computers, electronics, and code in an artistic context, he explores emerging technologies that affect our everyday lives. In this way, he develops aesthetic experiments in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Computer Vision. His work has been shown internationally at key media art festivals in France, Netherlands, Spain, Austria and Germany, including re:publica, Chaos Communication Congress and Ars Electronica Festival. “In my research, I open technological black boxes,” Birk explains.
Nina Maria Stemberger is a performance artist and choreographer as well as a theater and dance educator. In her work, she investigates how art in public spaces can help shape and develop perspectives on the future. Also based in Leipzig, Nina (along with Birk) co-founded the performance collective ArtesMobiles, an interdisciplinary, future-oriented, creative production platform. Harmoniously merging visual, installation-based, and performing arts with music and new media, they create captivating immersive performances and striking stage designs while dissolving academic boundaries between artistic genres.
Inside the Meta Maze, the work of Nina and Birk bears a very distinct signature that you will surely remember: a glowing network of wandering lights, creating peculiar compositions of sound. The installation named ‘Klang·Netz’ is a dynamic organism with network behaviour – similar to intersections of neural nodes triggering chain reactions of sensations in the human body. The interplay between the sound and light impulses creates unique and intelligent patterns which organically evolve.
While busy furthering their exploration of performance and tech art, Birk and Nina like to reflect on their time with Karmanoia, the Berlin-based creative company that built and designed the Meta Maze: “Karmanoia makes the impossible happen and inspires to think big!”