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EXPLORE THE INVISIBLE ARBOREAL REALM
Urban Wood Web
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EXPLORE THE INVISIBLE ARBOREAL REALM
Urban Wood Web
Teaser Video

Urban Wood Web

Amazed, admired, and to be loved together. Allow me to introduce the artwork “Urban Wood Web”, part of the outdoor auditorium “ADORE” at Zuylen Cemetery. Rooted in Breda and connected to the world. A magical place symbolizing growth and development, fertility, immortality, and healing.

Within the artist duo, MARNIX played a significant role in designing and creating the auditorium surrounded by greenery, with an interactive playground of illuminating tree roots, stage & grandstand.

At the heart of Zuylen Cemetery stands a majestic Liquidambar tree, serving as the focal point. The artwork unfolds organically around this tree, consisting of a clever root network fueled by light and sound. During the day, and especially in the evening, spectators will experience an interactive play of light and sound. The artwork is enclosed by a stage and grandstand for gatherings and ceremonies.

Urban Wood Web is an artwork that highlights the underground communication of trees through a sophisticated network of fungi. The underlying message is that we, as humans, are also interconnected, with each other as well as with nature.

Sustainability is crucial for the client as well. The artwork and its foundation are entirely 3D printed without waste, using an innovative 6-axis robotic printer with 100% hospital waste plastic. The robot printer meticulously followed the natural curvature of each unique root element, unprecedented on a global scale.

Biodiversity is promoted with greenery in and around the artwork. The use of Azobe wood, previously serving as a floodgate element, gives the wood a second life. Wooden instruments such as piano, cello, and harp musically accompany the transition from day to night, creating an enchanting atmosphere in the cemetery where nature comes to life.

Concept and design of the auditorium ADORE with the artwork Urban Wood Web, stage & grandstand:
Merel van der Linden & Marnix van de Vijver

Client:
Zuylen Cemetery

In collaboration with:
Merel van der Linden
Livingprojects
Shape Service
Studio Solo
Contracting company M.P. Drijvers BV
MOOK architectural drawing & consultancy firm
Qtents
Dumont Beton
Metaalplan BV
Kropman Installatietechniek BV
2B bouwconstructies
Constructiebedrijf van de Camp
Timber trade – DHZ Arno van den Dungen BV
YURR studio

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JUICY GOSSIP FROM THE PLANT KINGDOM
JUICE! Peek shamelessly
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JUICE! Peek shamelessly

Enjoy listening to the juicy gossip from the plant kingdom, featuring the most intriguing stories from the flora and fauna circuit. Not everyone smoothly undergoes photosynthesis.

Nearly 400 years ago, at the end of Speelhuislaan in Breda, there stood a hunting lodge amid a forest where wild animals were kept. The now vacant land has been transformed into an amusement park once again, featuring the art installation JUICE!

MARNIX takes you into the fascinating world of plants and their fungi. We tend to anthropomorphize nature, such as talking to animals and plants. This concept was translated into a rehabilitation center for plants; four different patients, each with their own character, are connected by fungal threads called mycorrhiza.

What do the plants have to say to each other? Are they recovering from harsh conditions, or are they screaming in pain? Are they reflecting on life, or looking forward with joy? Tune in to their fungal network, find the juiciest gossip, and shamelessly nose around.

Playing is about meeting, getting to know each other, and practicing collaboration. Can we, through play, make our city more sustainable?

Embark on a discovery in the Havenkwartier. For six weeks, you were welcome here for a sensory-stimulating art and culture program within a magical art maze, featuring JUICE! as a permanent part.

JUICE! is part of SPEEL!, a project by CrossArts, and is co-created by Mothership and Krijn de Koning.

Client:
CrossArts. The five initiators of CrossArts include Brack, Electron, Grote Kerk, Breda Photo, and Stichting Tranzforma (stadsgalerij).

Concept, ontwerp en productie:
Merel van der Linden en Marnix van de Vijver

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MULTIMEDIA POP-UP THEATER PERFORMANCE
Midsummer Madness
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Midsummer Madness

What if what you see turns out not to be reality, and people are not who they seem to be? The Genius Loci (Latin), ‘the spirit of the place,’ is in that case the best beginning.

As a creative producer, MARNIX translates Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream into a contemporary pop-up location theater performance, fulfilling the last wish of artist Anne Pillen.

In this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anne and her love for the magical place AnnAtopiA are honored. The co-creation with various artists makes the performance a unique experience with poetry, multimedia, theater, music, and visual arts.

Let yourself be carried away by the sensory and multimedia pop-up theater performance, Midsummer Madness, and ask yourself: Is it illusion or pure art in the magical place AnnAtopia?

With this performance, we provide knowledge about the wonderful place, nestled in nature. MARNIX triggers the audience to sensory experience the history of the place with respect for its ideology and location.

Client:
AnnAtopiA Foundation. AnnAtopiA is a special location where Anne Pillen passes on her artistry to creative talent. The life’s work of artist Sonja Prins also continues at this place. She had her own connection with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as she performed it during her captivity in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

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EVENT CONCEPT
"Have I scanned you before?"
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Compliments & Talents Scan

There’s a good chance you’ll encounter the Agents of the Secret Society soon at a festival or networking event. Step into the mysterious scanning suitcase and let yourself be taken on an exciting journey… one that will make you feel risen.

MARNIX, as a concept developer, has been brought in to transform a successful past event concept into a contemporary product, including a stress test during the ‘Halve Zolen Festival,’ ‘BUT Film Festival,’ the pop festival ‘Breda Barst,’ and a talent festival at a High School.

The secret agents travel with this suitcase over land and sea to involve as many people as possible in their mission to improve the world.

The “Have I scanned you before?” Compliments and Talents Scan is specially designed to scan personalities to your heart’s content. As soon as the scan starts, a warm voice takes you through a mini-adventure of a Secret Society. Afterward, you receive your personal scan results instantly, in the form of a Compliments or Talents Certificate to take home. All packaged in radiant and soothing phrases that help you remember how awesome you are.

There was hearty laughter, astonished silence, blushing, and sometimes even a few tears shed after receiving the test results.

Client:
Marina Lourens Creations

Concept and production:
Marina Lourens & Marnix van de Vijver

Script and voice actor:
Marina Lourens

Set construction:
Creative Workshop Stambacht

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RECOGNIZE, DEMONSTRATE, EXPERIENCE!
Vincent Van Gogh Experience 2015
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Vincent Van Gogh Experience

Heritage, craftsmanship, and visual culture come to life in an innovative mix in the traveling version of ‘The Potato Eaters,’ Vincent van Gogh’s masterwork. Using 3D camera techniques, viewers are digitally immersed and suddenly find themselves at the table among the potato eaters!

By working on a collaborative project, imagination is sparked, and joy is instigated among students and teachers in vocational education. The result is an iconic end product that thousands of people have enjoyed.

MARNIX knows how to bring heritage to the attention of a challenging audience in an engaging and interactive way. Teenagers are involved: instead of designing something for this target group, it was designed with the group, taking on a leading role in the late 19th-century style, the time of Van Gogh.

The premiere of the Vincent van Gogh Experience took place during the Breda Culture Night. More than 650 visitors were digitally immersed and real time transported into the painting.

The end result was well-received and traveled to various events, including Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, Red Hair Days, the presentation of the Brabant Heritage Prize, International Tourismusbörse Berlin, ART-Breda, Winter Wonderland, Van Gogh House Zundert, pop-up Museum Grandpa Van Gogh, pop-up exhibition Welcome to the world of Van Gogh, various Open Monument Days, and Culture Nights.

In addition to many events, the experience visited several high school open days, was used as the starting point for a futures exploration workshop and served as an icebreaker at networking dinners.

Client:
Breda Promotions
Deeply rooted, widely branched.

Breda Promotions & MARNIX jointly won the ‘Value Increase by Visual Design’ (VIVID) Pressure Cooker leisure. Winning was the beginning of a sustainable relationship. From this collaboration, a series of experiences were designed, including the Vincent van Gogh Experience. The experiences ultimately converged into an exclusive Pop-up expo: ‘Welcome to the World of Van Gogh.’ An interactive exhibition for young and old at Breda station! The temporary expo attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

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IDENTIFY THE HAPPINESS HORMONES
Digital Detox D(r)ome
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Digital Detox D(r)ome

In a time where the (digital) world is racing rapidly with innovations and developments, it’s time for a Digital Detox, a moment of relaxation in Kairos time.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle at the city-deal “Proud of Projects Day,” guests could check in at the Detox D(r)ome*. Visitors handed in their phones with to a friendly hostess and were then immersed in a live audio experience through silent disco headphones. As soon as you step inside, the world around you turns into a dream.

MARNIX created a 5-minute timeless quick fix to stimulate the intuitive brain. So that afterwards, guests, once again fully charged and inspired, could make choices & policies in the field of digitization.

* D(r)ome sounds like ‘droom’ in Dutch, it is the Dutch word for dream.

In a time where the (digital) world is racing rapidly with innovations and developments, it’s time for a Digital Detox, a moment of relaxation in Kairos time.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle at the city-deal “Proud of Projects Day,” guests could check in at the Detox D(r)ome. Visitors handed in their phones with to a friendly hostess and were then immersed in a live audio experience through silent disco headphones. As soon as you step inside, the world around you turns into a dream.

MARNIX created a 5-minute timeless quick fix to stimulate the intuitive brain. So that afterwards, guests, once again fully charged and inspired, could make choices & policies in the field of digitization.

Client:
Bredata_ On the way to a digital and human society.

Concept Detox D(r)ome, design and production:
Marina Lourens, Merel van der Linden & Marnix van de Vijver

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PLAYING WITH LIGHT
Let it flow, it floats back to you!
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Let it flow, it floats back to you!

Set your own course or follow in the footsteps of someone else. Light grounds you. Light makes you consciously observe. Light provides space to move.

MARNIX set festival-goers in motion by allowing them to three-dimensionally paint with colored light among dozens of origami boats. The attendees of ‘Festival Voor het Voetlicht’ were immersed in a sea of light.

Come on Board, we’re expecting you.

The boats are crafted using the Japanese art of paper folding, Origami. It requires precision, patience, and a thorough understanding of geometry. In addition to patience and spatial understanding, the visitor’s own imagination, creativity, and playfulness contribute to the creation of a new world that was enthusiastically shared.

‘Let it flow’ proves to be a surprising encounter on the route from Het Huis van Waalwijk to the Hooisteeg Ateliers.

Client:
Festival Voor het voetlicht

Concept and design:
Marieke Habraken-Meijers & Marnix van de Vijver

Production:
Marnix van de Vijver