Geert-Jan Hobijn was interviewed by Jegens & Tevens during his residency at iii.
“Why do you like to use the everyday noise of objects and appliances as one of your mediums?
With everyday objects you open people up; they can relate to it. In a east german small shitty place, we built an installation with seven refrigerators making electronic sounds. Old ladies and families came and loved it, for everyone knows the hummmm of the machine. So it helps making the work transparent and you open people up to sounds that are usually considered experimental for a small elitist group, etc.
I hate speakers, and I hate it when people work with microphones. I like it unplugged, and for the object to create the sound. Many people make an instrument and then step number one is to put contact mics on it, which destroys it, because then the sound comes from the speaker. So you just might as well buy a laptop.”
Find out more about Geert-Jan’s thoughts and work in the full in the full interview.