Daan Roosegaarde (The Netherlands)


An eco-friendly hybrid of nature and technology, triggering light and sound through movement. 

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde’s Dune has been seen all over the world and is permanently installed in Rotterdam, but it had never before been seen in a location as atmospheric as the cloisters of Durham Cathedral for Lumiere Durham, 2009.

The setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies and home to a hibernating colony of Pipistrelle bats, the cloisters provided the perfect twilight setting for this interactive piece. The visitor passed along a densely-planted row of illuminated ‘flowers’, triggering light and sound by their movement. Dune is an astonishing blend of nature and technology: a sustainable artwork using no more power than a single 60 watt lightbulb, it was at once eerie and exhilarating.

Engaging in a world shifting from analogue to digital, Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of the Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers. The studio creates interactive designs exploring the dynamic relation between people, technology and space. It develops its own innovations and is internationally known for interactive projects such as Dune, Smart Highway and Waterlicht. Roosegaarde has been the focus of exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, the Tokyo National Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and won numerous international innovation awards. Studio Roosegaarde also has a vast experience in public space commissions for the cities of Rotterdam, Singapore, Eindhoven and Stockholm. Studio Roosegaarde has studios in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Shanghai, China.

Daan Roosegaarde also created other installations for Lumiere, Liquid Space (Lumiere Durham 2011), Marbles (Lumiere Derry-Londonderry 2013) and Waterlicht (Lumiere London 2018).



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