Meta.Morf 2018 – A Beautiful Accident

JORIS STRIJBOS  (NL) – Trondheim Art museum – Gråmølna, March 8 – May 6, 2018
Artist’s presentation @ Dokkhuset, March 9 – 10 @ 10:00 – 17:00. See full program here.


(Installation / 2016)

Photos by Bresadola + Freese/ for NOME

The installation entails three kinetic robotic units that communicate with each other and their environment through light, sound, and movement. The presence of an audience in the space has an influence on how the group of robots behaves. They perform an audio-visual choreography. Light, sound and movement are controlled and interpreted by the system itself, setting in motion a generative composition that is written, performed, and conducted by the robotic cluster itself.

‘Axon’ plays with the notion of Jeff Hawkins which states that all our memories are stored as time patterns, sequences of electrical impulses that shoot through our brains. Understanding neural networks as sequences of electrical impulses that enable us to analyze, repeat and change these impulses, could, according Jeff Hawkins, eventually lead to the creation of autonomous and creative machines.


Joris Strijbos is a Rotterdam-based artist whose work focuses on the synaesthetic relation and interaction between moving image and sound.

His work consists of a series of kinetic audiovisual installations and new media performances inspired by an ongoing research into cybernetics, emergent systems, artificial life and communication networks within groups. In his installations he combines artificial, electronic and digital media with models and algorithms based on biological systems. In many of the pieces, the viewer witnesses a process in which machines, computer programs and the physical world interact with each other, resulting in a generative and multi sensorial composition.

Joris Strijbos studied ArtScience at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague where he earned his Bachelor degree and received his master degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. His work has been widely shown at festivals, galleries and museums like Ars Electronica – Linz, Sonic Acts Festival – Amsterdam, DEAF Biennale – Rotterdam, TodaysArt Festival – The Hague, Woodstreet Galleries – Pittsburgh, WRO International Media Art Biennale – Wroclaw, Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, La Panacee – Montpellier, Nuit Blanche – Paris, EYE Institute – Amsterdam, TENT – Rotterdam, NCCA – Moskou.