I am a visual artist who graduated from the Rietveld art academy in Amsterdam (V.A.V. Department — Fine arts with emphasis on Audio-Visual) back in 2013.
In my studies and my artistic practice, I focus mainly on investigating alternative means of creating music and sound, the importance of noise and silence, and the rule of the artist when it comes to composing and performing music.
I believe that the audience can be an integral part of the music creation process with or without their awareness and I try to achieve that by incorporating interactive element in my installations and instruments.
MyCage” was the final project of my studies at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and was the result of two years of experimentation and development.
“MyCage” is an interactive sound installation and a “reactive” stage composed out of an array of self-made musical instruments, sound-making machines, and interactive
elements which allow the generation and manipulation of sound as a result of physical interactions initiated by the audience or by me — the performer during the performance using visual programming in Pure Data to translate touch into sound and sound manipulation.
Each musical instrument in the installation takes a different approach, from hybrid DIY instruments combining multiple sound sources with a non-conventional way to modify them alongside acoustic self-made instruments and organiclooking “high-tech” textile objects with sensors embedded in them that react to any touch or vibration.
MyCage at the Rietveld Academy graduation show
Various sound installations and performances
In my ongoing investigation, I have created numerous noise/music-making machines, sound installations, unusual musical instruments, sound experiments, performances, and writen a bachelor thesis on alternative means of creating music.
Storage Space line of exhibitions
Storage Space line of exhibitions was a series of 9 exhibitions I created and curated in the Heesterveld Creative Comunnity in Amsterdam.
Storage Space line of exhibitions focused mainly on creating group exhibitions in the context of so called “problematic” locations and neighbourhoods.
The nine Storage Space exhibitions (No. 1-9) were held in and around the storage spaces of the old Heesterveld building (block no. 4) in Bijlmer, Amsterdam Zuidoost.
The Bijlmer area was renowned in the past for its criminal activities, drugs and violence and these small cement storage spaces in the Bijlmer were used in the past by drug dealers as places to conduct their business or reside.
Converting the old cement storage spaces and corridors leading to them in to an exhibition space is to both comment on the “art world” conventions for exhibiting an art work in a space, mix low culture with an high form of culture and inspire the artists participating in the exhibition by confronting them with a non conventional space to exhibit their art. The participating artists in the Storage Space Exhibitions are an ever changing diverse group of artists and art students from different countries, mentalities and social status.