Cold Void & Plus Instruments – Lonely Ones


“Shifting Optics”, group exhibition at Upstream Amsterdam


Shifting Optics
Rafaël Rozendaal, Tabor Robak,
Shannon Finley, Travess Smalley,
Noor Nuyten, Jet Smits, Kareem Lotfy

Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam
6 September – 11 October


Meet the artist (The Moving Museum Istanbul)

A few weeks ago, The Moving Museum invited me to do visual research in Istanbul. I’m working on an exciting project with them which will be exhibited in Istanbul in November.


Cell Structure by Cold Void & Plus Instruments


New Website: Yes No If .com

yes no if .com


Cold Void & Plus Instruments: Kissed (music video)


Quotes from “Fiasco” by Stanislaw Lem

stanislaw lem fiasco

He laughed at the mighty efforts made by the artists of Earth to reach beyond the boundary of human imagination (which must visualize everything); at how the poor devils beat against the walls in their minds; and at how little, really, they departed from platitude, though straining to the utmost to depart—while here, in a single acre, there was more proud originality than in a hundred of their anxious, anguished art shows.

Just as in a dream, whatever he saw was both totally alien and extremely familiar.

It seemed to him that eons passed in these dreams and in the voids between them. Suddenly he awoke.

She will descend from a bradychronality to a retrochronality, and from there jump to a galactochronal line. Emerging, she’ll rendezvous with the Hermes in an unfolded space-time continuum.

A man craves ultimate truths. Every mortal mind, I think, is that way. But what is ultimate truth? It’s the end of the road, where there is no more mystery, no more hope. And no more questions to ask, since all the answers have been given. But there is no such place.

The Universe is a labyrinth made of labyrinths.

The theory of the “other side” of the Hades nucleus, whose infinite space-time compression somehow presented no problem for the transfinite engineers of the alien universe, was really a mathematical fantasy spun by astronomers intoxicated with teratopology, the latest and highly fashionable grandchild of Cantor’s ancient theory.

He who explored space would perish in space.

In the growth of knowledge there are no irreplaceable people. Had there been no Planck, Fermi, Meitner, Einstein, or Bohr, the discoveries leading to the atomic bomb would have been made by others.

When we turn our backs on the world, the world does not go away. Where there is mind, there is also cruelty. They go together. One should accept this, since it cannot be changed.


New website: Soft Slow .com

soft slow .com rafael rozendaal


New website: Neo Geo City .com supported by ZKM Karlsruhe

neo geo city


Blow It Up

We (Cold Void) collaborated with infamous noise/crackle musician Plus Instruments (Truus de Groot).

This is our first song.


RR haiku 092

what better way

to spend your time

than surfing the web


RR haiku 091

a tiny mosquito

walking across

a big pond


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no idea


at all


Texts from Spheres book (Random Thoughts)

spheres rafael rozendaal

This is a selection of texts from my Spheres book, in collaboration with Philippe Karrer.

When we stare at the ocean, we can’t see that far because of the curvature of the earth. Clouds are not that far away either. Stars can be very far away, but a lot of stars don’t even exist any more by the time their light hits our eyes. The further something is, the longer it takes before you see it.

People always emphasize it’s good to grow and innovate, but it’s also good to repeat and refine.

In the future, people will not carry around devices to access the internet. Instead, with a pocket knife, they will cut a rectangle out of thin air, right in front of them, and there the internet will be. Unfortunately, many people will leave pieces of sky on the floor which might be dangerous. (More…)


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not here

not there

not anywhere