Originating in the dark corners of the Amsterdam underground party scene, PIPS:lab has conquered the theatre, pop and art world in the 15 years of their existence. Using unstable media the multi-talented group members have truly become masters of the unexpected. The computer is their mixing tool, blending music, theatre, film and a healthy dose of comedy into absurd media theatre, interactive installations, and surprise acts. A PIPS:lab production never meets the expectations.
Creativity thrives when confronted with limitations, that’s why PIPS:lab works with dogma’s: a PIPS:lab project must always include multiple art forms, the audience must be involved using interactive techniques, fiction and reality are mashed up, the footage is always recorded live, high tech is made low brow, all elements of a show or installation (like wires, cables and screens) are visible on stage.
PIPS:lab is totally self-made. They produce their own software, hardware, music tracks, stories and visuals. But no PIPS:lab production is ever complete without the input of the audience.
is an installation that enables the audience to make light paintings and contribute to the installation. The prestigious ZKM in Karlsruhe purchased this installation in 2007 for their new media collection. This collection also includes works by Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman and Nam June Paik. On the website www.luma2solator.org
you can find over 400.000 images that visitors created with the Luma2solator.
The theatre performances Wortal Combat and the Washing Powder Conspiracy were successful shows at festival De Parade: In 2005 Wortal Combat won the ‘Golden Sparrow’ assigned by the audience as the favorite performance of that year’s edition of the festival. The Washing Powder Conspiracy reached over 20.000 visitors in 2007.
Created in 2007, this interactive theatre experience is still part of PIPS:lab’s repertoire. Updated and fine-tuned over the time, DieSpace is nowadays mostly performed abroad. The latest edition, known as DieSpace 3.0, was recently presented in Pittsburgh (US), Paris (FR) and Milan (I). And according to the twittering audience it was one of the highlights of TEDx Amsterdam 2012.
Preview: what’s next?
The past years PIPS:lab experimented with the Mo-Cap, a Motion Capture Studio that transfers movements in 3D into data. One of the tools that derived from these experiments is the Potator. The Potator is an installation that processes peels of images into a simultaneous combination of paint and canvas in 3D. The most recent addition to the lab is an industrial robot, that enables PIPS:lab to take the Mo-Cap experiments further.
Meet the members
PIPS:lab nowadays is: Keez Duyves (artist/inventor), Mathijs de Wit (actor/artist), Yorick Heerkens (actor/performer), Daan van West (composer/artist), Willem Weemhoff (video/artist).