'Fading Shadows' is a kinetic light installation by Joris Strijbos and Nicky Assmann which is the result of their ongoing research project 'Moiré Studies' under which the duo creates installations and performances based on the principles of the moiré effect. The moiré effect is the phenomenon of spatial interferences provoked by the superimposition of two patterns. In this installation the artists tune the phenomenon to the limits of human perception and use the effect as a method for composition.
The work 'Fading Shadows' consists of two opposing horizontal static grids placed against a white background. Several kinetic light machines are positioned in front of the grids each with their own motion: 'Circular Motion' and 'Horizontal Motion & Vertical Motion'. Thus creating different movements and field of depths in the visual patterns. Complementary colors, that are oscillating through the color spectrum, flicker to create a state of mental uncertainty. The screens are transformed into optical fields of interference showing a hallucinatory choreography of shadow, color, and stroboscopic light.
Assmann and Strijbos are both members of the Macular collective, a collective research on art, science, technology, and perception and have collaborated in previous projects such as the video-installation and film Liquid Solid and the performance Monodrone.