Artist Biography

Daan Kars (°1981, Nieuwegein, Netherlands) makes installations and performances using light video and 3d sculptures. His practice provides a useful set of tools for manoeuvring with a minimalist approach in the world of visual art: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. By emphasising aesthetics, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions luring the viewer round and round in circles. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role.

Kars, has been making light instalations since he was 8 years old, with diffusers, color patterns and pulsating lights he emulated a time-machine that would turn on its inventor and start a life on own. Since that time he has been deeply facinated with light as an actor in the story. Learning more about construction, electricity and storytelling his works grew with him. When presenting a thesis about environmental psychology, Kars, turned the whole classroom into an space of light, projections and sound experience to accompany him on his recitation on the matter.

“… I was always more interested to bring a story through other means than just words. For me words bring more a dicussion that is ego driven instead of a true knowlegde. It’s without experience and feeling, and to my understanding we can truly learn and see through those matters, much more then abstract words… “

It was years later, after attending to his Antropological studies and being educated in the sjamanistic world, that he would enlist himself into the Art Academie. It was here , facinated by new techniques and in a sea full of creative thoughts, that he accelerated and started working obsesively works. With the first instalation, “The lonely City”, he won the jury and audience award Best Off HKU2009. Since then, Kars, has been working thoughout Europe solo and in different (international) collectives of artists.

Pushing forward he has been commisioned by companies as, rabobank, eneco , vrede van utrecht and the european youth olympics aswell as been taken part in presenting his works on international art festivals as lpm, oddstream, robot, lowlands, patchlab, fiber, b-seite and more. He has been taken part in the Born Digital collective with whom they reached out into the fields of education, and organised the Freemote festival. Currently, Kars, is working on his own projects while collaborating with different artist on project base.

 

Beauty as guidance and an imaginative power
Crafting data generated art and experience to capture a language that speaks to the imagination.

01

University of UtrechtBACHELOR OF Antropology 2004

I started my studies in Antropology with a minor in Philososy. My main subjects were Multicultural and Hybrid society along side Utopian Thinking and practice.

02

SAE 2006Certificates audio production && audiovisual production

As during my studies in University I discovered  communication through the means audiovisual products. So i decided to develop my skills more technically.

03

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten UtrechtBACHELOR in Digital Video Design 2012

In the School of Arts in Utrecht, i developt a more Artistic sense to the whole project. Facinated by expanded cinema, projections in public space and realtime based media.

Exposities / Screenings

2017

  • Bridge Film Festival (Verona, IT)
  • ENECO (Utrecht, NL)
  • Verona Risuona(Verona, IT)

2016

  • Oddstream (Nijmgen, NL)
  • Ruimte voor Kunst (De Bilt, NL)
  • Eufonic (Amposta, ES)
  • Bridge Film Festival (Verona, IT)
  • Share(Oslo, N)

2015

  • Syposion Gorinchem, (Gorinchem, NL)
  • Kunstmarkt (De Bilt, NL)
  • Patchlab (Krakau, PL)

2014

  • Luminous festival, (Ioaninna, GR)
  • KOS (Utrecht, NL)
  • Patchlab, (Krakau, PL)

2013

  • Staatslieden community art, (Utrecht, NL)
  • Tetem “Identify Europe”, (Enschende, NL)
  • Born Digital @the Vrijstaat, (Utrecht, NL)
  • Rabobank, (Utrecht, NL)

2012

  • Patchlab, (Krakau, PL)
  • Staatlieden community art (Utrecht, NL)
  • Rabobank (Utrecht, NL)
  • Paperdome Cultuur19, (Utrecht, NL)

2011

  • Freemote, (Utrecht, NL)
  • Think Design Play festival (Utrecht, NL)
  • Moving Buildings festival (Amstelveen, NL)
  • Kunsteiland (Zaandam, NL)

Performance

2018

  • Aptoo Zoota(Grezanna, IT)
  • Palazzo Rosso(Grezzana, IT)

2017

  • LPM( Amsterdam, NL)

2016

  • Verona Risuona (Verona, IT)
  • SUREPURE (NL)
  • mappingPerfomance (PietraSanta, IT)
  • machine (Verona, IT)

2015

  • Vj on Tour (Utrecht, NL)
  • Patchlab(Krakau, PL)
  • Ploqtones(NL)

2014

  • Patchlab, (Krakau, PL)
  • CRAFT/ DAMARIS (Amsterdam, NL)
  • Kunstbende (Amsterdam, NL)

2013

  • Cross Culture Festival (Utrecht, NL)
  • European Youth Olympics Festival (Utrecht, NL)
  • VJ op de Dom (Utrecht, NL)
  • B-SEITE Festival (Manheim, DE)
  • Kunstbende (Amsterdam, NL)

2012

  • Cross Culture Festival, (Utrecht, NL)
  • Swung ADE, (Amsterdam, NL)
  • Robot Festival (Bologna, IT)
  • VJ op de Dom (Utrecht, NL)
  • MindCamp (Amstelveen, NL)

2011

  • Freemote(Utrecht, NL)
  • B-SEITE festival, (Mannheim, DE)
  • AMAZE, (Berlijn, DE)
  • Fiber festival, (Amsterdam, NL)
  • Robot Festival, (Bologna, IT)
  • YoOpera, (Utrecht, NL)

Productie

2017

  • STRP, (Eindhoven, NL)

2015

  • STRP, (Eindhoven, NL)
  • Fiber, (Amsterdam, NL)

2013

  • Cross-Culture, video productie stage (Utrecht,NL)

2011

  • Freemote, stage manegement setup visual artists, (Utrecht, NL)