Gravity, random and rolling balls in Kinetic Art

About this experience

  • Visit to his Studio
  • 3:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Group size 1-4
  • €187,00

It’s all about movement. Kinetic pieces of art come to life by generating fascination through their moving parts. This motion can be provided in many ways: by gravity, wind or water power, using clockwork mechanisms, electric engines, solar energy, magnetism, and so on…

Experience description

Mark welcomes you to his studio in Amsterdam-Oost. During the first 1.5 hour he will demonstrate his kinetic installations including Markrokosmos, a complex kinetic glass marble machine measuring 300x300x250cm. A simplified replica of this piece can be seen in the Hollywood movie Fracture (2007), as symbolic hobby object of Anthony Hopkins. During the second part of the tour Mark will talk about ‘The role of kinetic work in a digital age’. He will also introduce you to the work of some esteemed contemporary kinetic artists. This talk will be accompanied by film material and whilst enjoying some typical Dutch ‘snacks’. Mark invites you to take part in the discussion about rolling ball sculptures. Curious? Take a look at this interview with Mark

This tour includes:

  • Entrance fee Studio
  • Guided tour and demonstration of own work
  • Talk about kinetic art in a Digital Age
  • Dutch snacks

What you get

  • Hands-on experience with the artist
  • Information on how the kinetic art connects with the digital world
  • Typical Dutch snacks
  • Entrance fee Studio

Location

Studio Mark Bischof

Tweede Oosterparkstraat 218
1092 BV, Amsterdam

About Mark

My fascination for kinetic art started after my graduation in cello at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Although I still enjoy cello teaching, I felt the need to also develop my own ideas. As I like working with my hands, I started to build my own kinetic objects.

For a long time I was taught cello by Russian teachers. Their uncompromising dedication was extremely inspiring. Finishing was everything – tone, intonation, shape. Working on kinetic installations requires a different kind of effort but seriousness and commitment are essentially the same.

“I often ask myself the question why someone is touched by kinetic art? The answer is because we are people who eat, drink, sleep and make love. Unpredictability is part of the charm. People like to be surprised, be moved by an object whose idea is not unlocked at first glance.”

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To make sure this experience meets your preferences and expectations, we would like to make a personalized offer. Please contact us to book this exclusive experience. We will set a suitable date in consultation with you and the host.

    2 reviews for Gravity, random and rolling balls in Kinetic Art

    1. Derek

      Just to let you know that we really enjoyed our visit to Mark’s workshops and exhibition yesterday, even though we live in the same neighborhood we had no idea what was to be found in that unassuming but magical basement. Mark was a wonderful host and we found his creations to be quite fascinating, he was also gracious enough to let us attend a viewing of his newest piece, we will most definitely recommend the experience to others.

    2. Karen N.

      I can’t remember the last time I was completely enraptured by wonder and curiosity that I forgot to take a photo of the moment as it was happening. But that’s one of the my favorite parts of this experience. There is also something about the fact that these pieces can’t be exhibited easily anywhere else, because they are so intricate and complex, that it almost felt like a pilgrimage as we headed to the studio (all the way from Limburg). It was worth it. Mark as a host was so generous – with really taking the time to answer questions about his work/process, or sharing things that inspired him. It was so memorable that at the end I immediately thought of friends (especially the artists, the makers, the engineers, the curious) that I wanted to gift this experience to!

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