A synergy between nature and technology

Habitat  is a data-driven installation by Heleen Blanken with software developer NAIVI and sound artist Stijn van Beek, presented for the first time at Nxt Museum. The work translates 3D scans of organic artefacts from Leiden’s Naturalis Biodiversity Center into a game-like, meditative environment. These ever-mutating ‘digital worlds’, each accompanied by their own bespoke composition, are responsive to the movement of visitors and appear reflected and distorted in a body of water on the museum floor.

Heleen Blanken is an interdisciplinary artist and lives and works in Amsterdam. She is working across the media film, installation art scenography and sculpture. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Her artistic practice is influenced by the complex exchange between humanity and the natural environment, her artistic practice explores the different layers of our aesthetic perception of the natural world while defining traditional artistic dichotomies like the organic vs. artificial and analog vs. digital. In her work she raising questions on how we contemplate ideas of nature.

Heleen’s work has been shown internationally in curated shows at institutes such as Stedelijk Museum, Gropius Bau Berlin, La Gaîté Lyrique, Gallery Ron Mandos, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Mapping Festival, STRP and Gray Area Festival. She has collaborated with institutes such as Naturalis, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the institute for Geosciences.

“Researching the space between humanity, the natural environment and future possible interactions between these entities is what interests me — uncertainty is a dominating and always exhilarating element.” | Heleen Blanken