For whom the tides toll 2.0

Including two new evaporation systems situated in front of the windows. The plants are needed for 'speeding up' the evaporation proses. When the water is evaporating the vases are getting lighter and will pull the valves on the organ pipes so the sound will be pitched higher or lower in a frequency of a week. The air pump is hidden in a wooden box with a rubber skin around it which blows it self up when pumping air in the organ pipes.

'For whom the tides toll 2.0' for the first time to experience in this solo show.

Location: Centre for Contemporary Art CBK Drenthe,
Assen, Netherlands.
Solo exhibition: 'A natural order, time and rhythm'
recent works of Ronald van der Meijs
Year: 2014 - 2015

Thanks to the following funds:
Sound Architecture 6

The bells of this sound installation swing against each other by the wind. This installation was build during winter time. If one was lucky by being present during a hailstorm, the bells reflect this kind of weather by creating a tickling sound because of the hailstones which fall on the bell caps.

This location based installation is part of the diptych 'Nature versus synthetics' for the solo exhibition 'A natural order, time and rhythm'

materials: chrome bicycle bell caps, steel pins
measures: 11 x 2,5 x 1 m (l x w x h)
location: Centre for contemporary art, CBK Drenthe, Assen.
year: 2015

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If I should live in the past, I wouldn't need a memory

This sight specific installation refers to the coal-miners situation. The concept is based on the history of the exhibition space and location in Amsterdam. In the early days a gas plant, running on charcoal, was situated on the same spot. Where the exhibition is held in one of the remaining Purification Halls.
The installation consists out of two plastic bag structures which symbolize two lungs. The plastic material gives a cracking sound when breathing in and out slowly in a sequence of 7 minutes. This process creates several identities; old versus new and full versus empty. It symbolizes the contrast between life and decay. Both with there own character and qualities.
In the opposite a very delicate charcoal birdcage (for a canary bird) is hanging under the air pump. It refers to 'a canary in a coal mine'. Miners took them into the depth of the mines as a warning sign. When toxic gasses appeared the canary would die which was a sign for the miners to get out as fast as possible.

If I should live in the past, I wouldn't need a memory. from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Materials: PPE plastic bags, pvc air hoses, air pump,
electronics, brass, steal wires, wood, charcoal.
Measures: 440 x 140 x 32 cm (2 lungs), 28 x 40 x 36 cm (birdcage)
Location: Center for Contemporary Art CBK Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Organisation / curators: John Prop & Loes Diephuis Polderlicht Foundation
Year: june 2014

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Sound Architecture 5

'Sound Architecture 5' in Surrey, England at the Hannah Peschar Gallery and Sculpture Garden. 5000 bells on a bed of moss. The higher bells will sound by a strong breeze and in autumn the installation will be played by the falling acorns of an nearby Oak tree which is hanging high above the installation.
The complete installation is made without a plan. The hole idea is to start somewhere in nature and let it flow while working on it. The structure and composition reacts on the shape of the landscape and the trees of the garden.
One must be lucky to be a witness of the sounds being produced. Acceptance plays an important role in this work.

Measures: 10 x 3,5 meter wide, 10 - 100 cm height.
Materials: metal, 5000 chrome bicycle bell caps
Completion: march 2014
Location: Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Black and White Cottage Ockley, Surrey, England
Design and production: Ronald van der Meijs

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Even the sparrow has to practice

The location of the artwork is situated near the NAXT music building in Almelo city. It’s a building where young talented musicians can make use of rehearsal rooms and perform in the concert hall. The artwork is a marker point on a crossroad leading to a new residential area along side an industrial estate. The artwork has several similarities with the music building. A certain transformation process is going on amongst the users. Both structures have an anonymous exterior. But above all they both have rehearsal rooms where music is produced, in the building by talented musicians and in the artwork by the sparrow. One can regard the work as a sound-art work in which nature produces the sound.
The shape refers to certain industrial objects and former dovecotes. The specific form and plan of the tower creates a dynamic perspective. The image appears to move just as the people who are passing by.
The work consists entirely of natural materials. A oak supporting structure and a tower of Spanish slate. All materials are left untreated so time and the weather conditions will affect its colors over the years. Also here a slow transformation process takes place. Besides the fact that the artwork is home to the sparrows, it is also accessible to people by crawling in the slate cutout. On the inside of the tower is a staircase leading to a half way up service platform. For the bird association to maintain the nest boxes and for visitors (lovebirds) who just want to stay inside looking for shelter or something else... To provide natural light inside the tower it’s lifted with the oak beams. The concrete slabs will reflect daylight into the top of the tower.

Materials: oak, plywood, concrete, zinc, slate.
Measures: 6 x 2,7 x 1,85 x 1,43 m (h x l x w x w)
Completion: december 2013
Location: Kolthofsingel, Almelo, Netherlands
Client: Municipality of Almelo, Netherlands
Curators: Art committee Almelo
Design and production: Ronald van der Meijs

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A Time Capsule of Life

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A time Capsule of Life is a growing interactive sculpture, the structure of which derives from a seed, the Lamourouxe Viscosa, a balloon seed which travels by the wind as complete survival package. This allows them to survive in dry state for a long time. It had a major impact on the evolution of our civilization. In the development of agriculture collecting seeds was an important factor. It gave us the ability to grow crops and systematically repeating this process. Moreover the structure of this seed gave us insight in new construction methods. It is made up from pentagons and hexagons. An architectural structure which is very common in nature.
The sculpture is created from plastic bags, a contemporary mode of collecting daily goods. When connected together they form a transparent structure of cells and conduits. By connecting the bags with air tubes the bags will be pumped up. This is put in motion by the movement of the audience who become part of the system, allowing the seed to grow out as a mature structure. Without the presence of an active spectator the sculpture falls back slowly. Growth and decay alternate in a process of which man forms a natural part. When the sculpture is growing or reducing it also causes a cracking sound because of the sort of plastic the shopping bags are made of. It gives an almost meditative feeling. Moreover it says something about the state of mind of the consumer to.

Nowadays one is collecting new things; in a plastic bag, an item everyone knows in this world. Even a homeless person has plastic bags for its existence. In the Netherlands a homeless person is even allowed to remain on the front steps of a supermarket if he is in the possession of a plastic bag with the logo of that supermarket…

A time capsule of life from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

This is a time laps video with normal speed sound recording

Materials: plastic PPE, brass, pvc air tubes, air pump, motion detectors.
Measures: 5,5 x 3 x 2 m
Completion: October 2013
Location: Het Glazen Huis, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Organization: zone2source
Curator: Alice Smit

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For Whom the Tides Toll

'For whom the tides toll' refers in many ways to the area around DordtYart where water, ships, nature reserve Biesbosch and religion play a leading role. The city is the location where the Merwede divides into the North and the Oude Maas. The municipality covers the entire Island of Dordrecht and is surrounded by the national park De Biesbosch. Characteristic for this area is the large tidal range which can reach more than 1 meter. The installation was created in this whole context.
The system of wooden air ducts is an abstract map of the five major waters in the Biesbosch area. These air ducts start from the existing white supervisor house where a fan ensures air pressure. The air is blown through the channels and eventually enters the organ pipes. The changing of the tides causes a change of the tone in the organ pipes. The tidal range is different each day. This natural phenomenon has its very own rhythm and therefore causes the pitch of organ pipes sound different every day.

In order to make this pitch possible a pulley system is created. Thin steel cables are connected to tone-valves on the organ pipes and on the other side connected to a float in the water outside. At high water, the float slides up and the valves on the pipes are going downward. This causes a high tone. At low tide, the valves are pulled up and creates a low tone.
The water-filled vases ensure that through water evaporation two slide valves are closed in the air duct. This will increase the air pressure to the organ pipes so it will sounds louder.

♫ for whom the tides toll 02.mp3

For whom the tides toll from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Materials: plywood, brass, zinc organ pipes, water, glass, steel, wind turbine.
Measure: 1,45 x 3 x 7 m
Completion: 2013
Location: DordtYart Art Foundation, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Curators: Lyda Vollenbrecht, Gerrit Willems

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Play it one more time for me La Ville Fumee

This installation is controlled and monitored by the use of hand-made cigars. Because each cigar has its own strength due to the natural and traditional way of making, it means they all have their own fire rate rendering the installation unpredictable. This means the cigars determine the rhythm and sound compostion. The artwork is composed of 4 tuners, each control a flute by means of pistons containing the hand rolled cigars. By burning the cigars the valves will drop on the tuning holes of the flute causing different tones.
There are 4 different flutes; a bass, alto, tenor, and soprano. The pistons with the cigars and the flutes are both controlled by 2 abstract lungs.
This site specific installation can be seen as a tribute to the former tobacco industry of Eindhoven city and its thousands of workers and craftsmen. The composition is a requiem for the former cigar production industry of Eindhoven.

Sound art installation; 'Play it one more time for me LA Ville Fumee' from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Performance sound recording: A live sound recording during an performance in Madrid is available on CD. duration 28:38 min. in stereo WAV. Order by e-mail: info@ronaldvandermeijs.nl

Materials: silk, epoxy, wood, brass, hand made cigars, pvc pipes, recorders
Measures: 500 x 500 x 120 cm
Completion: 8 march 2013
Location: Art Foundation De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Sound Architecture 04

An architectural and sculptural sound-installation made of 5,500 repurposed bicycle bells positioned on steel pins. As the wind picks up, the bells gently ring against one another, lending a visual and auditory component to invisible breeze.

♫ sound architecture 04.mp3

Materials: 5500 chromium bicycle bell caps, steel welding pins 30 - 100 cm
Measures: 4 x 9 x 1 m
Completion: 2012
Location: Anningahof Sculpture Garden & Gallery, Zwolle, Netherlands.

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Obscura Reverse

An architectural construction gives insight into the structures, formation and transformation of peat landscapes in the Netherlands.

On a busy main road in the Drenthe province in the Netherlands, is an architectural object marked by the transition from the area of production landscape (agricultural and peat) to consumption landscape (tourism and recreation). Entitled 'Obscura Reverse', the work by artist / designer Ronald van der Meijs refers to camera obscura, a early projective chamber and precursor to the photographic camera: the work, instead alludes to the history, structures and transformation of the moorlands and peat pervades the area. Peat and its extraction have determined the landscape of the province of Drenthe on a large scale and made it habitable. An oak structure frame underlies a glazed skin and brass form based on the veins of a leaf and meandering lines of a map. The fine lines of the village cartography transform into structures of decayed plant remains in the peat landscape. The sculpture's glass container faces a nearby highway and allows the work to further incorporate the presence of contemporary infrastructure.
The oak-beamed structure is clad with epoxy-lined peat discs. The structure refers to a traditional agricultural roof that is so prevalent in the production landscape. The peat tiles are all spaced slightly apart so the light can shine through them. On the inside of the roof whimsical lines of light show abstractions of the drainage systems and subdivision of the moorland what was required for peat production. Both the oak construction as the peat discs will be transformed by the weather conditions. After a rainstorm, the peat and oak will become dark colored, while dried again with years of sun, these materials lighten in color and become moss-covered testaments to the changing landscape and the micro-worlds within them.

More information and interviews about al the sculptures along the N34 highway. N34-kunstroute

Obscura Reverse was nominated for the International Prix de Triennial Lanchelevici 2013.
For integration of monumental sculptural art in urbanism.
Musée en Plein Air du Sart-Tilman, Université de Liege, Belgium.

Materials: Oak wood beams, concrete, peat, epoxy resin, brass, glass, metal and lexan sheet
Measures: height 4,2 m, length 12 m, wide 3,5 m
Completion: december 2012
Location: parking area Vogelpoel at the N34 highway near Coevorden, Netherlands
Client: Drenthe Province (Netherlands), CBK Drenthe, Taak (former SKOR)
Curators: Nils van Beek, Monica Boekholt
Design and production: Ronald van der Meijs

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Arabidobsis Synaptic Transmission

A sculpture in the wintergarden of Europol HQ in Den Haag.

One of Europol's main tasks is about information management and technology. It has to support the member states as a complex and international organ with hi-tech information systems to communicate with great efficiency and effectiveness. One could say Europe is a complex living organism that tries to grow and survive in an effective, harmonies and human way. Where Europol is an important organ to manage al kinds of information to do so.
The concept should be an intermediary between the garden, the building, the people and function of Europol. Starting points for the design are Europol as a communication organ, architectonical technology and the winter garden as location. As a symbiosis of nature and technology.

The reason that plants communicate is in a way metaphorical to the communication activities of Europol; According to recent scientific research, plants communicate on all kinds of levels to optimize their lives. Plants have developed a signalling apparatus with both chemical and physical communication pathways. Plant neurobiology is a newly emerging field of plant sciences. It covers signalling and communication at all levels of biological organization and from molecules up to ecological communities. Plants are intelligent and social organisms with complex forms of communication and information processing. Plants are able to recognize the identity of herbivores and organize the defence responses accordingly. The chemical communication in and between plants is complex. More than 20 different groups of molecules with communicational functions have currently been identified. For instance, up to 100,000 different substances, known as secondary metabolites, are actively used in the root zone. Plant roots and plant shoots detect environmental signals as well as development levels and communicate over long-distance pathways.
The area where a new shoot is coming out of a branch serves as an example for the shape of the sculpture. It can be seen as a metaphor of a natural expanding network, development and growth. The shape of the sculpture is organic but also technically constructed and refers to the architectonical roof construction of the winter garden. The honeycomb cell structure of the skin refers to the cells of a plant but also to modern engineering because of its very strong and light weighted structure. Also every change in day- and artificial light will cause a variety of light and shadow patterns into the skin because of its translucent honeycomb material.
As a metaphor for the chemical signalling of plants, the sculpture is sprayed with human pheromones. The male armpit has been hypothesized to be a source of human pheromones. A pheromone is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species. Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting outside the body of the secreting individual to impact the behavior of the receiving individual. There are alarm pheromones, food trail pheromones, attraction pheromones, and many others that affect behavior or physiology. Pheromones also exist in plants: Certain plants emit alarm pheromones when grazed upon, resulting in tannin production in neighboring plants. These tannins make the plants less appetizing for the herbivore.

Arabidopsis is a small flowering plant related to Cabbage and mustard. This genus is of great interest since it contains thale cress, one of the model organisms used for studying plant biology and the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced. Changes in thale cress are easily observed, making it a very useful model. Synaptic Transmission also called neurotransmission, is the process by which signaling molecules called neurotransmitters are released by a neuron, and bind to and activate the receptors of another neuron. Neurotransmitters are used to communicate the signal from one cell to the next.

Materials: PPE plastics, plywood, acrylic paint, steel, pheromones.
Measures: largest diameter: 2,6 meter, total length: 14 meter
Completion: febr. 2011
Location: Europol HQ, The Hague, Netherlands
Client: Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, Rijksgebouwen Dienst Dutch Government, The Hague, Netherlands
Curator / adviser contemporary art: Hans van den Ban
Design and production: Ronald van der Meijs

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Tension 02

A metaphorical translation of a medical necessary circumcision. The skin is put in a glass container and is pushed in the bronze phallus. It can be seen from the peephole at the top of the bronze. The silicone rubber mold serves as a counterweight to keep the bronze phallus in balance.

Materials: bronze, iron, brass, glass, skin, formaldehyde, silicone rubber, human tissue (foreskin)
Measures: 102 x 74 x 95 cm
Completion: 2011
Location: De Vishal Art Foundation, Haarlem, Netherlands.

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Section 31 part 63

The location-based installation implies that it is a part of a huge structure. It refers to the activities of the famous shipyard Wilton - Fijenoord. Located on the back of the Juliana Park. The discredited and defunct shipyard donated the park to the municipality of Schiedam. The yard was also controversial weaponry, submarines and dubious secret missions during World War II. The image calls up associations partly true but not quite. The delicate skin is turned inside out and is on the wrong side of the rafters. In the darkness of the Art festival, the sculpture is illuminated by a huge flashbulb. This image is only seen for a fraction of a second and should hang onto the retina as a thought from the past.

The term "component" is inseparable from our technological age. We live in a time where assembly techniques have become important specialization and low-wage countries. Parts come from around the world together to end somewhere a whole. The time that craftsmen made a complete piece of work has become a scarce commodity.

Materials: Lexan film, PVC rivets, paint, plywood, strobe
Measures: 8 x 6 x 1.8 m
Completion: 2011
Location: Winter Light II Art Festival, Juliana, Schiedam and Sculpture Park Anningahof, Zwolle Netherlands.

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Clouds of knotted sound

A sculpture of sounds;
The installation consists out of two different sound bowls. They both produce a sound in an analogous manner by the friction of rubber on the edge of each bowl spinning around on a turntable. The two different tones are dueling with each other in the space around the installation. This results in various sound fields with so called ‘sound knots’. This sculpture of sounds can be experienced by walking through it. The bowls are filled with water to give a more clean tone and to visualize the sound of the bowl. The water pattern corresponds with the sound fields around the installation.
As a second layer it symbolizes the symbioses of two cultures, two different time travels and hi meets low tech.

Clouds of knotted sound from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Materials: 2 Technics 1200 SL dj turntables, brass, bronze, two bowls, water, rubber
Measures: 95 x 102 x 35 cm
Completion: 2011
Location: Polderlicht Art Foundation, Amsterdam
Curators: John Prop & Loes Diephuis

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Section 32 part 25

Radiolaria are tiny calcareous skeletons of unicellular creatures at the bottom of the ocean.
Fascinated by the architectural and geometric forms of these natural structures, I started experimenting with a new combination of materials to create a similar structure. When the plastic bags are inflated the structure is applied with resin. The air pump can be disconnected when the resin is hardened. It is a study for building blocks to create a larger form.

Completion: 2010
Dimensions: 100 x 88 x 350 cm.
Materials: pvc air tubes, crystal clear epoxy resin, polyethylene plastic bags.

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'parthenocarp' is a large-scale sound art installation whose sound is affected by the growth of growing cucumber plants.

The work consists of three sound cabinets, each with a steel string suspended over a small black wheel sunken into the top face. These wheels are connected to an electric motor. At the end of each cabinet arm the strings are running under a metal cage housing a living cucumber; a mechanical teflon 'finger' against the string changes position depending on the length of the vegetables as they grow. Thus each cabinet, functioning something like a mechanical hurdy-gurdy, plays a tone that mutates slightly over the course of the exhibition, relative to the cucumbers' growth. The installation is representative of the transformation of the urban zone of 'Overstad' in Alkmaar, Netherlands, which has shifted from a farming region to an industrial area to now a modern downtown center, 'a slow urban transformation process', van der meijs reflects, 'not only associated with changes in the built environment but also include the surrounded noise, the skepticism and opposition from residents and political opposition parties.' Likewise, the 'combined sound of the Parthenocarp system transforms very slowly during the exhibition, and is subject to a variety of harmony and discord.'

The modern greenhouse cucumber is processed so thorough that no male flowers remain. Only female flowers create beautiful glossy fruits without spines or irritating hairs. The cucumber grows without any form of pollination and fertilization is required, this phenomenon is called parthenocarp.

♫ Parthenocarp.mp3

Materials: okoume plywood, steel cables, metal, ebony, maple, slow electric motors, UV lights, drip irrigation systems, hybrid cucumber plants.
Measures: sound cabinets: 4,5 x 0,65 x 0,5 m. total size: 4 x 5 x 3 m.
Completion: 2010
Location: Kunsteyssen Art Foundation, Alkmaar, Netherlands.

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Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

A pulsating tube structure sound art installation.

.. usually abbreviated as PTCA, also called angioplasty, is stretching a constriction in a blood vessel of the heart by inserting a small balloon and blow it up with great pressure. Despite the many problems in the construction of the new North / South metro line, Amsterdam city council said this week reiterated its confidence in the technology, the construction continues. The city, so the reasoning goes, must continue to evolve and grow. The data 'angioplasty' is used as a metaphor for the underground operations and affairs of the North / South line. The spatial installation in the gallery at Waterloo underground station lies just below the "heart" of the city. The installation is a large, pulsating tube structure, in the form of an underground pipe, made of plastic bags - a symbol of consumerism that the economy is still increasing pumping. The installation generates a cracking sound because of the crispy plastic bags.

Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, ASMR from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Materials: polyethyleen plastic bags, 1,2 km pvc airtubes, airpomp, brass, sound amp, contactmicrophoness.
Measures: 2,5 x 2,5 x 6 meter
Completion: 2009
Location: YXIE - Lab, Alkmaar, Netherlands and Waterloo Metro Station, Amsterdam

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Cummins Big Cam III

In one of the greenhouses of the Verbeke Art Foundation is an engine made of black oil-containing materials and is illuminated by two heating lamps. These lamps react to the movement of cars on the highway Antwerp - Bruges, which is close to the Verbeke Foundation. The engine will melt very slowly and transforms from a technical-constructed shape into a more organic form.

"For me it's a wonderful metaphor for our boundless faith in technology, progress versus the exhaustion of nature. The greenhouse, a place where nature and technology meet, reinforces this again. Like most contributions to the exhibition not pamphlet like but introverted".

Peke Hofman

Materials: tar, various types of bitumen, metal, concrete, 2x 2000 watt heating lamps, motion switches, relays, steel wires
Measures: 1,9 x 1,6 x 5,2 meter
Completion: 2009
Location: Verbeke Foundation, Belgium.
Curators: Geert Verbeke / Simon Delobel
Exhibition: Artificial Nature

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A sense of relief

The installation is about an intense conversation between father and son written out on sheets of paper. My father had a busy life as a trader of printing machines and supplies. Driven by being the best and reaching his goals to have success in his profession, it also caused a clear separation of roles in family life.
The printing ink is mixed with turpentine and will be absorbed by the paper during the exhibition. The sound recording of the interview is observable by touching the glass panels. By transferring only the low frequency of the sound, the glass panels start to vibrate. This is caused by mounting bass speakers on the back of the glass panels.

Materials: brass, zinc, glass, printing ink, turpentine, handmade paper, waterproof pen ink, CD player, speakers and amp.
Measures: 550 x 95 cm
Location: Veemvloer Foundation, Amsterdam
Completion: 2007 - 2008
Organization: The Art Connection
Curator: Christine Sluysmans The Art Connection
Exhibition: ‘Opposites Attrack; On Dialectics’

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Nature versus Synthetics (nature part)

The installation 'Nature' is the outside part of a diptych and deals with acceptance and a natural way of being. The counterpart is the installation "Synthetics" which is the inside part of the diptych at the Art Fort Vijfhuizen. This is about the urge to control and the constant technological developments of enhancing performances and pleasure in a chemical and artificially way.
‘Nature’ a site-specific composition of 5000 chrome bicycle bells that are swaying in the wind of the polder in a natural way, as a field of reed. As the wind picks up, the bells gently ring against one another, lending a visual and auditory component to invisible breeze. This is entirely depending on the wind speed and wind direction around the Art Fort. Visitor patience and acceptance play an important role in this installation.
The location and starting point of the composition is the center of an old gun on the embankment base of the fort. The ruin is caused by the German occupation in World War II. The cast-iron cannon was reused for their own weaponry.

♫ Nature versus Synthetics.mp3

Materials: welding, chrome bicycle bell caps.
Measures: 850 x 520 cm
Completion: 2008
Location: Art fort Vijfhuizen Foundation
Exhibition: Wens om indiaan te worden; verlangen naar transformatie
Curator: Marissa Evers

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Nature versus Synthetics (synthetics part)

The installation "Synthetics" is the inside part of the diptych. It's about the urge to control and the constant technological developments of enhancing performances and pleasure in a chemical and artificially way. The content of the sculpture is the chemical compound MDMA, 3,4 - methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a synthetic hallucinogenic drug. By putting in an amount of MDMA in each pin boll the sculpture is doomed to stay within the Dutch borders and thus gets an extra meaning. The production of this work has already started in 2006 and contains some 40,000 button pins and was only in Art Fort for the first time.

Materials: stainless steel button pins, wire, wire, powder MDMA (Ecstasy), epoxy resin, stainless steel mesh.
Measures: 210 x 200 x 230 cm
Completion: 2007 - 2008
Location: Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Netherlands
Materials: stainless steel button pins, wire, wire, powder MDMA (Ecstasy), epoxy resin, stainless steel mesh.
Exhibition: Wens om indiaan te worden; verlangen naar transformatie

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Twenty feet Equivalent Unit ( t.e.u. )

This location-based installation is a metaphor for our industry standardization. Everything around us is completely automated. Also the global transportation and container harbours. TEU; 'Twenty feet Equivalent Unit' is the unit of a standard shipping container and is also used to indicate the capacity of a container ship and container ports. The location is a former cargo port in Amsterdam, which disappeared with the arrival of the container. This harbor was not suitable for container vessels. When it gets dark, the container is illuminated from the inside and the transparency of jute skin refers to the vulnerability of the many dockworkers who used to work there. In the background a continuous loop of modern container terminal sounds is being played.

♫ TEU recording mp3.mp3

Materials: metal, old jute sacks, polyester, timers, fluorescent lighting, sound system
Measures: 600 x 240 x 260 cm
Completion: 2008
Location: Cruquiusweg 0, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organisation / curator: Rona Mathlener Projects
Photography: Titus Brein (picture 1 and 3)

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Wind Violins

Sound installation played by a tree and the wind.

The location-based installation consists of nine string instruments. Together they form a spatial composition suspended in the air on an open space between the trees. In order to play them each bow is connected to the top branches of a ‘musician’ tree. When the wind is moving the branches of that tree the bows will move over the strings and the instruments will be played in the rhythm of the wind.
The concept shows different ways of how migration can succeed. The starting point is an exotic musical instrument. The Rebab is considered the predecessor of today's violin. The spread of Islam and the trade routes brought this instrument from Persia to Europe. The installation consists of three violins, three cellos and three bass instruments. Each instrument has one string. This can be tuned in harmony with the others. For the design of the instruments the construction of the Spring Balsam bud is being used. A plant originated from the Himalayas, which acts as an immigrant and has spread throughout the world as so-called weeds. Both the distribution of plant species as well as the migration of people transcends the imagined borders, thus helping to enrich the native species. The Rebab is exemplary for this idea; without immigration we would not have known this instrument. With the result that the violin might not have been existed, or at least in a different form. The trees being used for suspending the installation is also a metaphor for this idea. Mostly birches or pine trees are also pioneer trees. Like the seeds of the spring balsam, birch and pine seeds spread easily. Moreover, the easily digestible birch leaves enrich the soil, so that other species are easier to settle. The flexibility of the Birch or Pines is necessary for the installation to work.
Acceptance plays an important role in this installation. The system is depending on the nature and the elements. Without the right wind they will not play. Patience and acceptance of the public is brought to the test.

Violins of wind from Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo.

Sound recording: a 'field-recording' of the working installation is available on CD. 30 minutes of WAV in stereo. to order by mail: info@ronaldvandermeijs.nl

Materials: mahogany, ebony, brass, horsehair, steel ropes, fishing line, iron ore, iron strings. .
Measures: length violins 140 cm , length cellos 210 cm, length double basses 300 cm .
Completion: 2008
Location: Arboretum Wageningen University
Organisation: Beelden op de Berg, Wageningen, Netherlands
Exhibition: Beelden op de Berg, Exoten
Curator: Kim Knoppers

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Economical anaemia, a dying requiem...

A sound art installation about the boxed calves industry. They only get milk powder which causes the anaemia. This keeps the meat white. Each framework has the same scale as the boxes in the bio industry. In every framework a 'drum' skin of dried gelatin is stretched. The drops of water which fell on it at a surtain sequence causing the concert till the gelatine dissolves after 23 minutes and remains as a lens of water. The drops of water will be amplified and electronically manipulated in time. It symbolizes the transformation of the calves...

♫ Economical anaemia fragment.mp3

Live recording: of the opening performance at The Verbeke Foundation is available on CD. Duration 23:36 min. in stereo WAV. To order by e-mail; info@ronaldvandermeijs.nl

Materials: gelatine, metal, wood, water, plastic tubes, needles, amplifier, speakers, 5 piezo mics.
Measures: 175 x 495 cm
Completion: 2007
Location: Verbeke Foundation, Belgium

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Communicating about the past

The location specific installation refers to the former gas plant in the east of amsterdam. It 'cries' about the heavy pollution it left in the ground. They are already spending years cleaning the soil before they can continue building new housing projects. The 19th century gas plant provided gas to all households in this part of the city.
The sound of the singing teakettles is directed by the wind and her audience. By using traditional gaspits, which are very wind-sensitive, it gives variety to the tones because it blows away the heat under the flute kettles. When the audience is gathering around the installation they take away the wind which gives the kettles the opportunity to boil and whistles again, and therefore communicates directly with the audience as well.

♫ communicating with the past.mp3

Materials: 12 stainles steel teakettles, flexible gaspipe, steel, water, propane gas, copper
Measures: 10,5 x 1,25 x 0,25 m
Completion: 2007
Location: former gas plant area in East Amsterdam
Organization: Polderlicht Foundation
Curators: John Prop & Loes Diephuis


A sound art installation about fear caused by the imperfection of the human body.

The installation consists of 18 cardboard cones. Each spherical window contains a whisker of my cat attached to a membrane. The cones are the receptor elements in my own eyes not functioning properly. This is the cause of my color blindness, which caused much misunderstanding on boy age. Each tail cone is a resonance chamber containing a bass speaker. They let my heart rate sound when the viewer stands in front of the installation. The membranes are starting to vibrate by the air of the sound waves causing the whiskers to vibrate in the transparent casing.

Materials: brass, cardboard, wood glue, rubber latex, whiskers of my cat, amplifier, cd player, motion detector, bass speakers, metal, plywood.
Measures: 4 x 2 x 8 m
Completion: 2006
Location: Arti et Amicitiae Gallery, Amsterdam

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Foodball Cage

The installation Footbal Cage consists of a stereo arrangement of contact microphones attached to a metal football cage. The sound composition is caused by physical contact with the cage during the football game. This sound work shows the oppressive situation of young people in a given city. When listening to it again It gives a spatial tightness. Recorded during a project with street kids in Amsterdam North.

♫ football cage.mp3

Location: Amsterdam Noord, Netherlands
Materials: microphones, amp, PA system
Completion: 2005
Client: Kunstenaars & Co, TOS
Media: DVD and CD

Vegetarian Carnivore

Materials: lead, brass, wood, carnivorous plant, slides and slide projector
Measures: 110 x 100 x 22 cm
Completion: 2005
Location: Arti et Amacitiae, Amsterdam

Nephentus 01

A mechanical plant in which the two leaves are very slow to move up and down by means of water evaporation and upward pressure. The nephentus 01 catches the rainwater with two leaves. As a result, the copper tubes in the cups is full with water and pulls the two leaves vertically. Then, no more water is collected and will evaporate out of the tubes. This causes the chalices back lighter and draw the two leaves again vertically so the process repeats itself. A machine which has the speed of nature.

Materials: brass, aluminum, stainless steel, tin, copper, beech beam
Measures: 30 x 160 x 197 cm
Completion: 2001 - 2003
Location: Art et Amacitiae Gallery, Amsterdam

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hg1 elementary

Sound installation where mercury drop in the glass tube fluctuates up and down as elementary data. By contact microphones on both sides of the tube, the sound of the rolling drop is hugely amplified. A small cause with major consequences.

Measures: 120 x 3 x 18 cm
Materials: 2 x mono amplifier, battery, brass, glass, mercury drop rubber thread and sound
Completion: 2003

Dutch Nature 2002 - 2005

The project consists of 12 objects which are plotted in Netherlands. Possess as art or reason for a creative intervention in favor of the viability of the cactus.

Materials: plywood, Aloe Vera cactus
Measures: 24 x 24 x 34 cm
Completion: 2002 - 2005
Location: former studio in Zaandam, Netherlands

owned by private collector

Self portrait 2003

A 3 year collection of bellybutton fluff (lint). Clothing fibers collected by the structure of the abdominal hairs around my navel. A hushed fragment containing personal information.

Materials: stainless steel, wood, lacquer, metal, plaster, bellybutton lint
Measures: 11 x 11 x 108 cm (2x)
Completion: 2003

Sound Architecture in Autumn 02

Sound installation played by the falling fruits of the poisonous hickory tree. Because the ground is very toxic hydrocyanic acid by the tree under which nothing grows. Along with the artificial nature of the collection of plants in the Botanical Garden was reason in this location to make the installation. Rhythms are determined by natural conditions of the season and thus defy the action-oriented expectation pattern of the beholder.

Materials: 3500 verchroomde bicycle bell caps, welding wire
Measures: diameter 500 cm
Completion: 2003
Location: Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Exhibition: Art Garden 03, Amsterdam
Curator: Christine Sluysmans

Sound Architecture in Autumn 01

Sound installation of bicycle bells played by falling acorns from an American oak.

The field of bicycle bells is based on a golden section ratio as relationship with nature. Rhythms are determined by the natural conditions of the season. The action-oriented expectations of the viewer is raised.

Materials: 5000 chrome bell caps, welding wire
Measures: 415 x 672 cm
Completion: 2001
Location: Museum Bronbeek, Arnhem, Netherlands

Small works and models. (selection)

Scale / concept model Cones. (in private collection)

Model 01 & 02

Spare parts for Icarus

After cummins big cam III part I (in private collection)

After cummins part II (in private collection)
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