Nikki Hock is a multidisciplinary artist, graduated from the mime department at the Theatreschool in Amsterdam. His work revolves around natural phenomena and the perception of the viewer. His art is about seeing, sensing and experiencing. In this, Hock engages in a journey with his viewer, through multiple media, searching for aesthetics that fit his concept of honest communication. A collective experience, that touches you personally. In his work, Hock does not play with illusion, he does not make representations, but is sculpting a space in the present, in which – as he states – abstractions of memories are experienced.
Hock is drawn to performance as a live medium. Creating extremely filled spaces with only key elements. The work becomes the observers' presence in that space, turning them into reactor without any interference. His work moves between reality and the metaphysical, in search of other worlds and new dimensions. Hock signed for a dedicated light design encompassing 4DSOUND’s Techno is Space series of experimental techno performances. He also designed the room lighting of the Spatial Sound Institute.
'The aim of this light installation is to emphasise the spacious quality of the venue and its structure. In all it's simplicity, the design - based on the vibrant quality of neon - strips down the space to it's bare structure. In contrast to stressing the dimensionality of the room, I wanted to create an intimate environment for the collective experience of being in that space while being immersed in sound and light.
It had to feel like a void. So rather the sensation of absence and hiding elements, than adding lots of material. For instance by hiding the neon light source, so that it would not orientate the observer forcefully and distract from the listening experience; the essence of the 4DSOUND experience.
For me the focus is not on the artwork. It is rather on the experience of the observer being immersed within this space. Engulfed by a landscape of sound and light, in which light and sound exist as entities. The intention is to turn the observer into a reactor; an active observer without any interference. The light causes a lose of grip of the space, hopefully creating a different sense of spatiality. One that triggers sensitivity, awareness and above all heightens the auditory experience.'