The immaterial and intangible character of light, colour and motion forms the starting point of Nicky Assmann's [NL] spatial installations, in which she tries to heighten the perception. With a background in Film and ArtScience, she combines artistic, scientific and cinematographic knowledge in experiments with physical processes aimed at sensorial interference. The sun inspires her work in a perpetual quest for, to what she refers as the concept of hypercolours. In using distorted mirroring reflections she intends to challenge preconceived notions of our surroundings, opening space for parallel realities.
Her work takes shape in the form of kinetic light installations, video-installations and live audiovisual performances and is embedded in a context of visual music, expanded cinema, and the concept of synaesthesia. Set against the backdrop of our visual culture, where the perception of reality increasingly occurs in the virtual domain, she returns to the physical foundations of seeing in which the embodied experience and the notion of affect are central.
Assmann was nominated for the 2015 & 2017 longlist of Prix the Rome and her work Solace gained an Honorary Mention in the 2011 StartPoint Prize. She has exhibited her work in a solo show at TENT Rotterdam and in group exhibitions at ao. the Saatchi Gallery [London], National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Wood Street Galleries [Pittsburgh], Boxes Art Museum [China], Art Rotterdam Week, Quartier 21 [Vienna], V2_Institute for the Unstable Media [Rotterdam], Exit Festival [Paris] and the Biennial of Carrara.
Assmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Master in ArtScience from the Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire & the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She is part of the Macular art collective, which focuses on art, technology, science, and perception.