On-going projects on the hallucinatory realm

Citadel is a series of on-going projects that facilitate investigations into the hallucinatory realm created inside eyes stimulated by flickering light, developed by Matthijs Munnik.

The ‘Citadels’ project could be called a spiritual continuation of Brian Gysin and Ian Sommerville’s ‘Dream Machine’. This Machine produced a whirl of kaleidoscopic visions behind the onlooker’s closed eyes. However, there is no longer a need for closed eyes. With series ‘Common Structures‘ and ‘Lightscape’, spectators can completely immerse themselves into this world by standing in front of the installation, a virtual universe which purpose is to explore the borders of our sensory hardware. The experience is something that is impossible to capture on video or in text, but something that must be experienced in real life.


Matthijs Munnik (1988, NL) is a media artist who studied at Academie Minerva in Groningen and the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. His work often involves both performances as well as installations, often based in science. He researches all kinds of colour combinations, patterns, and rhythms to create spectacular visual effects to develop performances and installations which play with the perceptions of spectators.

Presented at

TodaysArt Festival 2014 – The Hague, NL


More info

Artist website – Matthijs Munnik