Shapeshifter | transformable organism

Creating robotica with soft materials inspired by nature. This project can be viewed in more depth on this special website.

In my research towards transformable matter I discovered the muscular and hydrostatic action of sea anemones. Inspired by the deformable abilities Shapeshifter has become a living sculpture that has the possibility to change its physical shape and live within its environment. The movement of the Sea anemones is a translated dimension for aesthetic development of kinetic motion.

Shapeshifter | transformable organism from montani on Vimeo.

A Video and more documentation will come soon!

Crystal city | Core meeting

The theme of the festival, “East meets West” and the location,Tokyo, challenged us to create an object that had to be custom for its place. This city, full of modern architecture and skyscrapers reminded us of crystals we had seen, which also has these very futuristic look with some kind of mystical chaos. During discussions we had around the festival theme, we came across the idea that the shortest way to Tokyo would be to go right through the earth instead of move around it like you would do with a plane. The beauty is that crystals outflow from magma, molten rocks that are located in the core of the earth. With the idea we were going to meet Tokyo it felt really logical and challenging to plant our own source, the city, and let it outflow from the core of a crystal.

In this project we needed to embrace traditional and new techniques because the object we wanted to create couldn’t be made without both of our specific skills. It was really important to come together, not to mix our specialty, but to find a place were we can meet and push each other further into a new direction. In research of this project we also explored our core of were we could meet in creating.

More pictures, documentation and 3d models will follow soon.

In collaboration with Barre Verkerke

WEITER’s Light Letters

In commission by Oliver Weiter we where ask to build a light installation for him in the shape of his Dj name. After a very intensive week of working, where we order all the electrical equipment, lasercutted the digital designs and assemble the whole installation together it was exposed during the big party in the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

We used 202 lightbulbs, 202 bulb holders, 100 meter of electricity wiring, plywood, paint and 1000 bolts and nuts.

Together with Kleurbleur










Deflecting Particles is an interactive kinetic installation mainly made out of wood, dowels and balloons. By turning the lever of the machine you decide if the balloons turn counterclockwise or clockwise.

Autumn 2011
120 cm in diameter

320 cm high
MDF, metal, bolt, ring and nuts, bearings, 800 dowels, screws, black balloons, helium.

Wind is a flow of gases on a large scale, the natural movement of particles in the atmosphere. Caused by horizontal air pressure where the strength and direction is influenced by earths rotation in friction with the surface. The image of the rotating balloons are a visual translation for the movement of wind flows on earth.  It is prominent in the movement of clouds around low-pressure area’s. Clouds don’t move to the center of a low-pressure area, they move around it and in a form of spinning. By moving the arm of this installation you decide if the flows moves as on the southern hemisphere, clockwise, or as on the northern hemisphere, counterclockwise.


Four hundred and thirty seven

A self portrait made from four hundred and thirty seven wooden sticks. (25*1*1) held together by an iron frame.

Interactive Data visualisation Installation

Input for this installation was the movie Soy Cuba. After taking a lot of data out of the movie I pixelated it and project it with a beamer on 20 motors with mirrors. How the motors move depends on the tint of each pixel what is projected on the motors.


This kinetic installation found his origin in a drawing of negative space based on a collection of objects. My instrument make the user observe this specific shape from multiple angels. The project developed itself over a few weeks, this is what finally came out of it.

The cube & The living lightbag

This was a one hours project and made of garbage that varun vachhar and me found on the street. We where working on the two topic, outer space and switch. Used materials: Styrofoam, a milk tint non transparent bag, laptop and speakers.
Varun Vachhar :

The cube:

The living lightbag:


With this installation I tried to visualize the human soul. The soul, who is always in contact with the elements of nature, humanity and ego. The three motors are representative for those elements. The flux that arises through the magnetic balls in the core always shows that “time based happenings” are never exactly the same. This symbolic construction shows continuously a unique image, a fragment in time, and it moves on and on. See It like a soul, a mind state, what is never exactly the same because you get anyway continuously influenced by at least one of those three elements.

Manipulation Cube