thijs biersteker's plastic reflectic installation provokes a conscious response

thijs biersteker's plastic reflectic installation provokes a conscious response



‘plastic reflectic’ is an interactive kinetic installation by thijs biersteker, which draws attention to the growing amount of waste which is poured into the ocean each year. the theatrical performance places the viewer at the center of the display, which causes one to recognise the consequences of this contaminative material within the natural environment.

the installation is controlled by motion sensors that capture the movements and outline of the participant



the installation which was commissioned by the plastic soup foundation and de persgroep, is built using 601 pieces of plastic which have been taken from different oceans all over the world. the piece uses a pixel grid of 601 waterproof engines and individual motion sensors which capture the movement and outline of the surrounding spectators. thijs biersteker explains that this material moves from human waste into nature’s food chain and slowly entangels with our muscle and fat tissues, turning us slowly into plastic. the artwork brings this issue to the surface, empowering participants with the realisation that they have the control to influence the growing problem of plastic waste.


‘plastic reflectic’ was produced in collaboration with future factory and front404, and is currently on show in amsterdam at the ADCN Gallery until the 10th of november, and will also exhibit at the innit building from the 18th of november until the 18th of december.

the installation is built with 601 pieces of ocean plastic from all over the world


the project aims to raise awareness over the growing problem of plastic waste




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