Workspace Members

Erfan

Erfan Abdi is an artist, designer and performer. He has a background in visual art and design and has experimented with electronic music, video art, computer programming, physical computing and with constructing physical models for haptic controllers. Creating sensory stimulation to invoke active perception is Erfan’s way of investigating the intra-actions between the artist, the instrument, and the audience. In his instrument design practice, he takes advantage of the possibilities offered by DIY technology, and employs found or repurposed material, seeking alternative ways to connect to the world of production and consumption.

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02 Falco

Falco Pols is a sound artist who makes site specific resonant sound installations. He graduated from the Bachelor’s ArtScience program at The Royal Art Academy at KABK, winning the Royal Academy Award (2016) for his “Saturation Chapel”. In 2017, he won the Bonn Hoeren Sonotopia award.

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Farah Rahman is a mixed media artist working with archives, found footage and objects. Farah’s tendency to collect and document artistically is similar to the work of an ethnographer who analyzes peoples and cultures through field research. She strives to use remixing media techniques as a research tool. Her starting point is the de-construction of found (archive) materials, fragments from the mainstream media landscape, popular culture and personal archives.

Rahman studied audiovisual design at The Willem The Kooning Art Academy and is currently a member of the Film Werkplaats in WORM Rotterdam.

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Sound Art at Kruithuis November music 2016, den Bosch, the Netherlands

Gabey Tjon a Tham transforms spaces into sensory and immersive environments through kinetic machines, light, and sound. She observes behaviours and patterns in nature from where she extracts and assembles fundamentals. Tjon a Tham considers technology as a natural occurrence. In her works the technology has a logic on its own, it conflicts and harmonizes. The artist develops techniques and invents mechanical sculptures that embed different materials and perform at different poetic levels. Hereby natural-mechanical choreographies arise. The works invite us to wonder at, contemplate, and investigate.

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05 Ilya

Ilya Ziblat Shay is a composer and performer (bass / electronics). His music relates both to composition and improvisation, usually featuring a combination of instruments and live electronics. He has composed for various musicians and ensembles, often being involved himself as part of the performance. Ilya has participated in a wide range of projects, collaborating with with dance, visual- and video art, and film. After studying composition and contrabass in Tel Aviv University, he continued to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague. Currently working towards a PhD in artistic research (Leiden University), his research focuses on the idea of musical freedom, exploring ways in which it can be expressed- and triggered- by composed structures.

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06 Graham

Graham Flett is a composer who has written for numerous groups within Europe, Canada, and the US, establishing a repertoire of pieces for small and large ensembles. His music is often characterized by a sense of mystery, subtle humour, and the use of characteristic sound-objects. At balance with the rational and the playful, Flett explores the limits and expectations of certain musical styles and their overall ability to be destroyed, combined, and reconfigured.

He has recently completed his PhD in Music Composition at Brunel University (U.K), with his principal and external advisors being Christopher Fox and Michael Finnissy, respectively.

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07 Mariska

Mariska de Groot is intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound. She makes, performs and composes for 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 experience in light, sound, movement and space.

Mariska obtained her BA in graphic design in Arnhem (2000-2005) and received her masters diploma at the ArtScience interfaculty in 2012. In 2009/2010 Mariska received a Startstipendium from Fonds BKVB. She won the BNG Workspace12 Project Prize in 2012, in 2014 she won the O68 Price for German/Dutch artists and in 2016 she received Creatives Industries Talent development grant.

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08 Matteo

Matteo Marangoni focuses on the potential of listening to establish new connections between people, places and objects. His performances and installations employ field recordings, sound archives, computer programming and DIY electronics. Finding unconventional uses for audio technologies and other media, his work probes the relationship between sound, space and the body, approaching the body of the listener through physical experiences that collapse and reshape the space between subject and object.

His installation “Quiet Before the Storm” received an honorary mention at the Sonic Arts Award 2014. He curates the nomadic performance program “No Patent Pending” and co-curated the Wonderwerp series at Studio Loos in the 2014/2015 season. He has curated the exhibitions “Taming Technology” (Le Murate, Florence, 2011) and “Eavesdropping” (VillaK, The Hague, 2011).

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09 Nikos

Nikos Kokolakis is a composer living in Den Haag (NL). His main compositional interest lies in developing an understanding of sound as space in sonic structures. His works have been performed by various ensembles including New European Ensemble, Ives Ensemble and Slagwerk Den Haag. He is an active member of the Catchpenny Ensemble, focusing in multimedia and collective composition. In 2016 he won the first prize in the Composition Concours within the TROMP international percussion competition for his piece Stream for Marimba performed by Jonathan Bonny, and in 2015 the second prize in the International Carillon Composition Contest in Zwolle for his piece Squarcle for Carillon performed by Gijsbert Kok.

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10 Stelios Manousakis

Stelios Manousakis is an artist exploring relationships between time, space, body, system, and sound. His work is particularly concerned with the invisible and the ephemeral, and with shaping sensation, perception and experience in time. His practice extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to compositions, fixed media pieces, and film music and has been presented internationally in venues & festivals such as ZKM Karlsruhe, Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, IDFA Amsterdam, Dag in de Branding, NIME, and Rewire festival. He has co-founded several groups, most recently the Modern Body Festival.

Stelios studied music and linguistics in Greece, Sonology in the Netherlands, and is currently completing a PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS, University of Washington, Seattle, USA).

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11 Stephanie

Stephanie Pan is a vocalist, performance artist, maker, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in The Hague. A mutating combination of theater/ performance art/experimental music/improvisation/controlled chaos/pop music/classical music, her work is visceral, passionate and intense, and often explores the limits of the body and voice. She has presented work in venues and festivals such as CTM Festival Berlin, Young Vic Theatre London, La MaMa Theater NYC, Amsterdamse Stadsschouwburg, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Rewire Festival, IDFA and Beursschouwburg Brussel. Additionally she is cofounder and co-curator of Modern Body Festival.

Ms. Pan holds a Masters in Theatre from DasArts (AHK), BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics, and a First Phase Diploma, with distinction, in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague.

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12 Tivon Rice

Tivon Rice is an artist and educator working at the intersections of visual studies and technology. His work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital culture. His projects examine the ways physical environments and mass media create images, and in turn build histories around sites and communities.

Rice holds a PhD in Digital Art + Experimental Media from the University of Washington, where he is currently an Affiliate Artist. He was a 2011-2012 Fulbright Researcher in South Korea, a recipient of the inaugural 4Culture Tech Specific Grant, and one of the first artists to collaborate with Google AMI – The Artists and Machine Intelligence research group.

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13 Wen Chin

Wen Chin Fu graduated in 2006 from the Classical Music Department of Shih Chien University, Taipei, and continued her studies at the ArtScience interfaculty of The Hague, where she graduated in 2010. Her performances explore the relationship between physical movement, sound and the environment. A key element of her practice is concentration, which opens the senses for perceiving things through new perspectives.

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