Erfan Abdi (1983 – Tehran) is an artist, designer and performer based in The Hague since 2009. He graduated from the Masters program at the Artscience Interfaculty, Royal Conservatoire The Hague in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Tehran (2006) he has a background in visual art and design, while he has also experimented with electronic music, video art, computer programming, physical computing and with constructing physical models for haptic controllers.
Erfan Abdi takes advantage of the possibilities offered by DIY technology, and constructs his instruments from found or re-purposed material, seeking new ways of relating to the world of production and consumption. He researches the concept of active perception in the context of performing arts, investigating the interactions between performer, instrument and audience. Looking for new ways to express the abstract, he creates spaces of simultaneous stimuli and exposes the agential role as well as the phenomenal quality of the performer in the intra-action with instrument and stage.
Erfan Abdi has presented his works in several venues and places including Todaysart (The Hague), Arselectronica (Linz), STRP (Eindhoven), NIME (conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression, 2013, Deajeon), Logos (gent) and Steim (Amsterdam).