Vliegen, liggen, in gedachten

VLIG is a composition made for a kite.

Flying a kite is both an eventful and meditative activity at the same time. The wind is unpredictable and can direct the kite in sudden directions and cause the kite to crash land. At other times the wind provides a steady flow, for the kite to stay endless in the air, only shifting sideways slightly, minute pressure changes on the cloth.

VLIG is an installation for one person at a time, to lie down and look at the kite, while hearing the sound of its line, transformed by the movement of the kite in the air and the flow of the wind around the kite.

Mounted on the kite are sensors to measure the flow of the wind, the pressure on the cloth, the turbulence of the tail, and the acceleration of the movement. The data is transmitted wireless to a computer – powered by solar panels – on the ground.


V.L.I.G. was originally created for Musicaerial by Frouke Wiarda, and adapted in 2016 for Artefact at STUK, and adapted to a video/sound installation in Soulangh Cultural Park.

  • Original kite design by Benny Schreur, Nannette Kraaikamp (Vogels/delta) and Arnaud Gerniers (Nachtvlieger/hata).
  • Kites remade in 2016 by Marije Baalman
  • Pillow phones created in collaboration with Tineke van Hilten, in 2016.
  • Video/sound installation version made in 2022 in collaboration with Ju-An Hsieh (video) and Shu-Jie Lin (projection screen), recorded at the beach in Anping (Tainan).

VLIG at “Sugar, Sails, Silicon”, Siao-Long Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan, 2022/23

VLIG at Artefact, STUK, Leuven, Belgium, in 2016

VLIG at Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland, in 2012

Videos of the exhibition "Sails, Sugar, Silicon in Soulangh Cultural Park:



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