Periscopista interactive mist cloud

The magical interactive installation Periscopista, a giant, misty cloud above the lake that can be controlled by the festival crowd through their own data, their video feeds, sound, and movement. This installation was build to show that data can be used to give you back something good. In a world that uses data to chase you down with ads on your social media. by designing a mist installation that is as curious about you as you are about her. When you look at the installation, she looks back. If you give her attention, she will flourish in psychedelica.

The data input by Movement, motion, live feeds and sonic impulses from the festival crowd where given back to the people in the end of the day, resulting in an overwhelming psychedelic cloud that connects the people with their festival surrounding in new and innovative ways.

With Periscopista won the first ever Grand Prix run by fronteering Dutch festival, Down The Rabbit Hole, an award to encourage artists to push the possibilities of festival art installations.

The Periscopista installation was chosen as GRAND PRIX winner because of “her” ability to provoke the thought that data can be beautiful, turning every spectator into a creator.
The more the crowd shouted into the ears of one of the periscopes, the brighter and more enticing the trippy animations in the misty cloud became. The more the crowd danced and shouted, the more they influenced the animations and video feeds coming straight from the festival surrounding.


The sensors, hidden in poles around the festival terrain, provoked the interaction between the installation and the people, with live streams giving video input on the screen, and motion sensors and audio input influencing the animations. In charge of the beautiful illustrations, were the in-house illustrators of Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, the two talented brothers Merijn and Juriaan Hos.

Construction: We created a island that us sustaineble for years to use and build with as many sustaineble parts as possible. Recycled Boat steel, 3d printed elements from recyled old dashboards and PET bottles, pantons.
Technical Ardruino, Kinect, gopro’s, max MSP, 30.000 lumen beamer, waterpump, led light and fountains

Periscopista can be placed in salt and sweet water, and can be rented for festivals and exhibitions. Global shipment possible. Please contact for more info


Thijs Biersteker

In collaboration with

Amp.Amsterdam, Univate, Better future factory, Merijn and Juriaan Hos.

commisioned by

Mojo, Down the Rabbit hole festival

Winner of

DTRH Grand Prix 2016

First appearance

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