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Philip Vermeulen

Ocular Drift (2022)

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Philip Vermeulen makes large-scale sound, kinetic and audiovisual installations. These “hyper-sculptures” move in ways that alter our perception of their physical properties. Mesmerising moiré patterns spellbind and place audiences in trance-like meditative states; walls seem to come alive; fans spin at such a rate that white light is split into colours; and soft materials ripple so fast they appear to stand still in mid-air. This sense of playfulness, seduction, self-destruction and delirium is designed to place audiences on high alert. Vermeulen, who is based in The Hague, has had work acquired by the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, and has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Museum Voorlinden. In 2020, he was nominated for the Volkskrant’s Visual Art Prize, and his immersive installation More Moiré² was nominated for the most prestigious film award in the Netherlands, The Golden Calf.