Program 2016

Berndnaut Smilde

The Netherlands (1978)



With his series Nimbus, Berndnaut Smilde blends science with art. Thanks to a fog machine and a fixator, the visual artist produces actual clouds that float above the ground for a little while before disappearing. These temporary installations are set up in museums, galleries, churches, abandoned buildings, hotels and castles. The artist questions the very nature of artworks by regularly choosing his exhibition venues. By creating natural phenomena in urban interiors, this series raises questions about our relationship with the environment. Smilde’s clouds are placed on both sides of the railway, while the image of the Nimbus d’Aspremont is presented in monumental format on the façade of Andritz Hydro, a company specialised in systems that transform hydraulic energy into electricity.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey