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First Surplus Night, November 3rd

Surplus @ Ainsi

On the 24th of February, five first year of iArts students presented an installation at the AINSI Maastricht.

Under the guidance of artist Nina Willems, they created an interactive installation called Layers as an addition to the performance Kalpana Raghuraman by Canto Ostinato and Lemniscaat. Torgeir Riise, Ruben Bass, Galiza Islas, Nirmala Hessellund, Vlad Peregontsev and Tessa Mendez, as iArts students took the music from Simeon ten Holt as artistic inspiration. Working together with artistic coach Nina Willems, they used the layers of the music and transformed them into their personal artworks. Inspired by Canto Ostinato, everyone has a different interpretation of the same piece and used different mediums to express this. This creates a dynamic combination of film, street art, poetry and visual art.

Here is what the students shared about their experience working on that project:

“While working on the surplus project with the support of Nina I was able to envision many ideas that I and other members could make into a project. It was a good learning experience for me, because I could explore something that I was interested in and at the same time work in a team.” - Vlad Peregontsev

“[...] I am glad that we maintained the individuality in our works to weaving them together at the base of the music that worked as the thread between each piece. Despite the time pressure, I think that we are all satisfied with what we presented at the AINSI.” - Nirmala Hessellund

“The experience has been intense (especially the last week), but also a good learning

experience. Trying to create something visual from music proved much harder than expected, and for me personally this project has been more about the process than an end result. An exciting process that gave me both technical and artistic inspiration for future projects.” - Torgeir Riise.