Design legend David Carson and interactive artist Thijs Biersteker present their collaborative installation Mind over Matter. Premiering Carson’s first interactive art work in his long career. Controlled by your brainwaves the installation shows that if we keep our focus on the right things in life the world doesn’t spin out of control.
Our world today is more fragile than ever. Something we have a hard time putting our mind to. David Carson and Thijs Biersteker show you what happens when we lose focus on the most important thing in life, our ecosystem. Driven by collective brain waves with the use off EEG’s, the audience controls a giant spherical installation. When they keep a calm, meditative state of mind the world stays in balance, but when one person loses focus the planet spurs out of control into a collage of waste explosions, floods and pollution clouds.

Mind over Matter explores how we can overcome challenges by focusing collectively on one thing. It symbolises the materialisation of our thinking and empowers people to believe in their ability to change something in this world for good, as long as they keep their focus on it. The interactive art experience immerses the audience in their materialised collective state of mind, and allows them to co-create the piece together with the artists.
Carson’s new collage art style has been put in motion using randomised algorithms. Driven by the brainwave data, of theta and beta waves, well known for reading the meditative state of mind, the piece has a direct response to the brain activity of the spectators. the analog designs are woven together in an elegant pattern.

“ the combination of some of my new work, done with real hands,takes on a refreshingly new dimension and meaning when combined with this state of the art technology skills.were both makers, both enjoy to work with our hands. i think out passion for what we do comes thru in this collaboration. while it's fascinating to watch others brain waves on the screen in front of you, nothing i know of is quite like the experience of actually putting on the head set and seeing the results of your own brain waves. “ David Carson

First appearance

Newwerktheater ( SEPT-2018)


Projection, eeg scanners, steel and wood


David Carson x Thijs Biersteker

Technical producer

Daniel Schotsborg, Bas Van Oerle , Thijs Biersteker


David Carson, Thijs Biersteker


Marlies Olbertijn, NewWerktheater.


Roland Pupupin, Martin v/d Veen

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