Presence by Daan Roosegaarde

December 2019
Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has opened his first major solo museum exhibition at the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. For the show, he has created a ground-breaking new interactive artwork in collaboration with the museum.
Typically, Roosegaarde displays his ideas, concepts and research in public space, and for the first time he has adopted the internal museum space; it’s a phosphorescent landscape which changes both colour and shape due to the presence of visitors. Unlike most other works by Roosegaarde, which demand that the art be viewed from a distance, this in installation encourages physical interaction and immersion. Although the 800 sq metre installation is the result of innovative material and technical research, it comes across as highly intuitive and immersive. In a way, it could be seen as an interactive call to action to save the planet.
The installation was inspired by climate change, and environment-art of the 1960s and 1970s in which awareness of Earth’s vulnerability was an important role. In the work, visitors’ traces, which eventually disappear to make room for new ones, symbolise the impact of humans’ presence on Earth. 'I wanted to create a place where you feel connected. You make the artwork and the artwork makes you. PRESENCE shows your relationship with the environment and how we can influence it,' commented Roosegaarde.
PRESENCE is on view at the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands until 12 January 2020.