Thijs Biersteker
Awarness artist to create sustaineble digital work on topics of climate change, pollution and nature



Giving back collected festival data in an interactive mist cloud.


Periscopista gives festival visitors back their data in a beautiful way. Completely the opposite of what data tracking is normally used for these days.


Presented on an 120m2 mist cloud floating above the lake,


visitors can control the giant mist cloud with their fingertips and voices.

The magical interactive installation Periscopista is 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.

Gand Prix Award
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 installation was chosen as winner because of “her” ability to provoke the thought that data can be beautiful, turning every spectator into a creator.

Different components installation

Different components installation

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 an island that is sustainable for years to use and build with as many sustainable parts as possible. Recycled Boat steel, 3d printed elements from recycled old dashboards and PET bottles, pontoons.
Technical Ardruino, Kinect, Gopro’s, max MSP, 30.000 lumen beamer, waterpump, led light and fountains

Commissioned by
Mojo, Down the Rabbit Hole

Amp.Amsterdam, Univate

Merijn & Juriaan Hos

Better Future Factory

Research and  collaboration

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