Lecturer and artist, curious and interested in all sorts of technology. This is how one could describe Jorrit van de Waal.
Born in 1977 in a small village called Wijnjewoude, the Netherlands. Raised in an artistic and educators environment he graduated in 'Art education' specialising in sculpting and photography. After that he started working at Stenden university of applied science where he is a lecturer at the leisure management bachelor program. Currently participating in the Master of fine arts program 'MADtech' at the Frank Mohr Institute, his work is often raising questions. Where in his early work was made with materials like iron and ceramics and he now adds electronics, trying to challenge the viewer by adding subtle distortions is a common element in his work.
The project for the Orbit light festival was a collaboration with Hannes Anderson and Romy Kuldip Singh. The project is part of a story about Groningen in some future era, in this future we imagined that natural sunlight was blocked by some reason. For the people, to get sunlight in this era, special buildings have been created with an artificial sun inside. These buildings, or “temples”, were made by people who started to worship the sun.
So the “temple” we created, would need a shrine where one could kneel before the sun and receive its light. The fact that it was an artificial sun, it would need a power source as well. Due to its great importance we positioned the source in the center of the “temple”.