Mike Rijnierse (1974) is a Dutch artist, performer and educator working in the fields of light, sound and architecture. He is intrigued by sensory experience, whether visual, acoustic, spatial, or cross-sense and synesthesia, creating installations, performances, public interventions, often collaborating with other disciplines. For over a decade Rijnierse has developed a meticulous study on the interaction between light, pigment and the retina. He gave concrete form to his discoveries in installations, projections and light designs with CYMRGB, Lumokinese, and CUBE, which have been widely exhibited in Europe and abroad. His most recent installation RELIEF, based on the principle of echolocation by means of ultrasound, premiered in Novas Frequencias Festival 2016, in Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore Mike Rijnierse is known by his monumental sound installations in public space, such as THX: INT’L (landing strip) (TodaysArt 2007), Station to Station (TodaysArt 2008), KLOK (TodaysArt 2015), 5,4,3,2,1…Lift-Off  (TodaysArt 2015).

Rijnierse has shown his works throughout Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Morocco, The United Arab Emirates and Brazil, in various contexts, such as media art festivals: TodaysArt (NL), CTM (DE), Sonica (SI), Space Media Festival (TW), KIKK (BE), Novas Frequências (BR), OperaDagen Rotterdam (NL), REWIRE (NL), SuperCollider Conference (UK), Marrakech Biennale (MA), Islamic Art Festival Sharjah (UE), and in renowned institutions: Van Abbemuseum (NL), Kröller-Müller Museum (NL), Centraal Museum (NL), V2 (NL), Kunst Station Sankt Peter (DE), NIMk (NL), Schema Art Museum (Cheongju, KR), to name a few. In 2008 Mike Rijnierse was awarded with the BNG Project Prize for Lumokinese. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Mondriaan Fonds Stipendium. As a docent in the Interaction Design Department of ArtEZ (Art Academy of Arnhem, NL) since 2009, he offers the course Design of Instruments, where students research and create across technological domains, exploring new and obsolete media.

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Past events

This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.