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Dutch Design Week Spotlight: Sabine Marcelis

International Dutch designer and ambassador of Dutch Design Week, Sabine Marcelis created two project experiences for the event that take on the idea of experiencing visual and tactile art in a digital fashion. In the time of COVID-19, this may be our immediate future of viewing art. How would an activity we usually enjoy in person translate remotely?

We’ve been a fan of Sabine Marcelis’ work as well as her fascination with materials such as marble, epoxy resin, neon and glass, and for the way things are made. In collaboration with tech partners 5GHUB and Dimenco, she developed a three-dimensional digital interaction: Tactility. The project allows her to think outside of the box on what it means to interact with art. By giving viewers the key to seeing all of her newest work, the game has changed. Watch the video above and you’ll no doubt be as impressed with the technology as we are!

Sabine Marcelis

Sabine Marcelis

chaise lounge

Chaise Lounge

chandelier

Glass Chandelier

table

Stacked Table

light

Totem Light

table

Soap Table

neon light art

Marcelis has also been researching the possibilities of offering a physical art experience from a distance. In collaboration with the newly built Victor Hunt Gallery in Belgium, visitors can book a time slot on the website to explore “in person”. They’ll then gain control over a remote high-resolution mobile camera, giving them full range of vision through their proxy set of eyes. This is the first step in what the collaborators say will be larger steps taken with this technology later in the year. This technique will be used on a larger scale soon, but for DDW the first steps will be taken in this new form of art experience.

neon light art

neon light art

As Marcelis continues to explore light interactions and reflection, RISE creates an experience with the use of layered mirrors combined with neon lights. The outcome is a unique series of hybrid objects that create unique optical illusions of infinity.

neon light art

neon light art

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.