CLIFTON MAHANGOE (1973)
Lives and works in Amsterdam and on Ibiza.
In the nineties Clifton Mahangoe was one of the first to use video projections of waterfalls and other natural phenomena on life-sized holo-, and water screens as decor pieces during commercial events. He often worked together with Dutch artists such as Mischa Klein and REL.These enchanting installations gave the visitor a stimulating sensation. From these applied designs, Mahangoe developed his current autonomous works. His oeuvre consists of videos and light installations in which Mahangoe creates a great attention for stillness. The artist has a deep interest in spirituality, energies and the meditative effect of natural phenomena. Nature in general, and water in particular, have a healing effect according to Mahangoe. Water acts as a mirror that confronts us with the hustle and bustle of our daily existence and at the same time brings us peace of mind. We find all these aspects in the videos and light installations of Mahangoe. The installations are often a succession of intertwined images: running water, reflections, shadow play, a sky full of stars. The slow rhythm of the sequences creates a mesmerizing and soothing effect. Important to the artist is the use of the circle, the symbol of infinity: the line without beginning or end.
Clifton Mahangoe is greatly inspired by artists such as Jan Dibbets (Weert 1941), Anish Kapoor (Bombay 1954), Bill Viola (New York 1951) and Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen 1967). In recent years Clifton Mahangoe’s work has been shown at Felix Meritis, at the Doornburgh estate, in monastery De Priorij in Maarsen, on the Westergasterrein, at ViaHenri Project Space, in the Kunstfort Asperen, during the Vondelpark Festival and at Het Cleyne Huys gallery in The Hague.
At the moment Mahangoe is working on a series of installations in which spiritually rich places of this world play a leading role. In these new works he will show the energy of these unique locations.
2005 – 2012 Coaching & accompaniment
education: HKU Highschool for Arts Utrecht
Art design for interaction, 3d Design, Animation, Illustration
assignment: develops short artfilms for public spaces, in order to improve spatial experiences from stations, 10 films without a beginning or an end, intrigued by the architecture from Rotterdam.
Period: 2007 (6 months)
Amount of Students: 17
Education: TU Delft University of Technology
Interaction design, Industrial design, strategic product design
assignment: develops visual concepts for public spaces , in order to improve spatial experiences from public spaces
goals: bringing video-art in public spaces by designing new shapes of buildings and squares.
Period: 2008-2009 (12 months)
Amount of students: 9
Video links autonomous work
– Windows Gallerie HCH: https://vimeo.com/149049044
– Windows Westerpark: https://vimeo.com/145201531
– The Sphere Moooi Milaan 2014: https://vimeo.com/129091310
– The Sphere 5m, Westerpark Amsterdam 2015/16: https://vimeo.com/148809335
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Photo Credits Lieke Lagas Photography