Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot [1982, NL] makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often has a reference to media inventions from the past, with which she aims to excite a multi-sensorial and phenomenological experiences in light, sound, movement and space.

Mariska studied graphic design BA at ArtEZ Arnhem [2000-2005] and received her masters diploma at the ArtScience interfaculty in 2012. She lives and works in The Hague [NL] and is boardmember of iii (intrument inventors initiative).

In 2009/2010 Mariska received a Startstipendium from Fonds BKVB. In 2012 she won the BNG Workspace12 Projectprice and in 2014 she won the O68 Price for German/Dutch artists. For 2016/2017 she was granted with the Talent development grant from Creative Industries.

The different works related to the optical sound project featured at several national and international events like STEIM [NL], Ars Electronica [A], Lab30 [DE], NK [DE], Atonal [DE], Oddstream Festival [NL], Fiber Festival [NL], TodaysArt [NL], Shiny Toys [DE], NCCA Moscow [RUS], NCCA Arsenal [RUS], Centras [LI], Glow [NL], HAFF [NL], Go Short [NL], CTM [DE], STRP [NL], for IFFR in Worm [NL], Atelier Nord [NO], Eye Filminstituut Amsterdam [NL], Mirage Festival [F], ADE [NL], Spektrum Berlin [DE], Fort Process [GB], NIME Londen [GB]..