2016, February 15 – 20:

NSML – Non Standard Multi Loudspeaker residency week under the direction of Dario Giustarini, Siamak Anvari, Marko Uzunovski

Presentation of the residency:

the Azimuth #0 concert on the 20th of February in Studio LOOS. This event emphasizes on utilizing spatial (multichannel) location-specific system for performing electroacoustic music. The composers are invited to create or adapt their composition for this system.
This concert will feature works by:

Siamak Anvari
Peter van Bergen & Johan van Kreij
Bjarni Gunnarsson
Theo Horsmeier
Kees Tazelaar

The concert will take place in Studio Loos on the 20th of February at 20:30.

iii artist residency program 2015

In cooperation with Studio Loos and Satellietgroup, iii has organized a new residency program for artists working with sound, image, space and the body.

During their stay in The Hague guest residents will give talks, workshops and present work at Studio Loos within the Wonderwerp series and at other events. Further details are available on the agendas of iii and Studio Loos.

The residency program is made possible with additional support from the Creative Industries Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag.

Echo Ho (DE)

November 1-30 2015

Echo Ho is a interdisciplinary artist and composer, who was born in Beijing lives and works in Cologne. Her artistic practice often shows a complex migrational context and conceptual links of culturally diverse materials and artistic discipline, which ranges from mixed meida, audio video installations, art interventions to performances. As a musician she works with field recordings, experimental eclectroacoustic composition, she performs live and collaborates with musicians from around the globe.

Adam Donovan (AT)

September 10-24 2015

Adam Donovan is a a hybrid media artist working in the area of science, art and technology. His artwork incorporates Nonlinear Acoustics, robotic sculpture, Game Engine Environments and camera tracking. His research is often inspired by personal attachment to machines and the intangible aspects of physics that are part of every day experience. He explores these phenomena amplifying their effects to create new mediums and experiences.

Darsha Hewitt (CA)

August 1-31 2015

Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian artist that makes electromechanical sound installations, drawings, videos and experimental performances with handmade audio electronics. Her artwork grows out of a curiosity for the physics of electricity and an interest in demystifying the invisible systems embedded throughout domestic technology. Her studio practice draws heavily on the techniques and processes of experimentation of early 20th century radio-craft culture.

Kaffe Matthews (UK)

June 21- July 6 2015

Awarded sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews was born in Essex, England and lives and works in London.  Since 1990 she has made and performed new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, wild salmon, Scottish weather, NASA scientists, bicycles, hammerhead sharks, school children, desert stretched wires and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is researching interactive composition for outdoor enjoyment with sonic bicycles in Brussels and live diffusion instruments for spatialized performance.

Phill Niblock (US), Katherine Liberovskaya (CA)

June 1-21 2015

Katherine Liberovskaya (CA) is a video/media artist based in Montreal and New York. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced numerous videos, video installations and performances shown at various events and venues around the world. Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory “music” for the eyes. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Zanana, Kristin Norderval, Hitoshi Kojo, David Watson, David First and o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi). Recent projects have involved: Leslie Ross, Shelley Hirsch, Chantal Dumas, Richard Garet, Dorit Chrysler, Emilie Mouchous, Erin Sexton, Corinne Rene and Philippe Lauzier. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and the OptoSonic Tea series at Diapason, NYC, since 2006. In 2014 she completed a PhD in the Study and Practice of Art entitled “Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument” at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Phill Niblock (USA) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60′s he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label. He is a retired professor at The College of Staten Island, the City University of NewYork. In 2014, he is the recipient of the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Attila Faravelli (IT)

May 18-31 2015

Attila Faravelli explores the relationship between sound, space and body. His solo music is released by Die Schachtel and Senufo Editions. In duo w/Andrea Belfi (Tumble) he released on Die Schachtel, on Boring Machines with Nicola Ratti, on Presto!? with Nicola Martini and on Mikroton Recordings with SQID (Mario De Vega, Angelica Castello, Burchard Stangl). With Enrico Malatesta and Matija Schellander he has published on his own Aural Tools editions project, consisting in a series of acoustic devices for relating sound to space, the listener, and the body in ways unavailable through traditional recorded media.

Lilian Beidler (CH)

April 16-23 2015

Lilian Beidler was born on 1 March 1982 in Bern, Switzerland. She completed her Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice (CAP) at Bern University of the Arts in 2010. She was invited as an artist in residence to the USA, Finland and China. She regularly shows her work and performs at different venues and festivals in the USA, Asia and Europe. She is currently studying at Goldsmiths University of London. She speaks seven languages and is eager to learn more.

Quiet Ensemble (IT)

March 12 -26 2015

The research of Quiet Ensemble goes through the observation of the balance between chaos and control, nature and technology, creating subjects that perfectly merges the those elements, elements that take form from the relation of organic and artificial subjects, moving the attention to insignificant and wonderful elements, like the movement of a fly or the sound of trees. The interest is connected to those technologies that explores the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities deriving from interactivity techniques, approaching the newest technological discoveries as if they would be the tools for creation, like the brush for the painter. Working on the relation between time and space, sound and image the work of Quiet ensemble changes and develops in time, relating to the space, changing it. Emphasizing theunespected events, refuting the apparent immobility of shapes and melting the appearing opposition of forces in nature. Concrete and abstract shapes are sectioned and remodeled in hybrid forms and balances, parallel giving great importance to the pureaesthetics of forms. Quiet Ensemble was born in 2009 from the meeting between Fabio Di Salvo and Bernardo Vercelli.

Stelios Manousakis (composition, electronics) & Stephanie Pan (voice)

Residency at Studio LOOS, March 1-6 2013

‘What is the current that makes machinery’ is a cycle of short pieces for female voice and live electronics, written for vocalist Stephanie Pan and her unique capabilities in extended vocal techniques. The pieces are based on texts from the first section of Gertrude Stein’s ‘Tender Buttons: objects; food; rooms’, a collection of short prose-poems written in 1912. In these modernist texts, often characterized as ‘verbal cubism’ or ‘language art’, Stein composes with language not for the world it represents, but with its first matter – signs, sounds, rhythm, syntax and semantic fragments – treating it as a rediscovered aesthetic object that alludes to new worlds on the listener’s mind. The piece uses the voice and electronic processing to best reveal and amplify the complex multi-dimensional beauty of the texts and their inherent sonic, structural, and poetic musicality in a live setting.

During the 6-day residency we will workshop a number of short pieces from the cycle.  On the evening of March 6th we will present the result of this process.

Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis have been collaborating together since 2005. Projects include: a duo for voice and live electronics; Computer Aided Breathing, a live improv trio for voice, organ and live electronics with organist Kirstin Gramlich; more recently as co-composers for film, including feature films/experimental documentaries Reformation and upcoming film Dramayama, by Jeanette Groenendaal; and Center no Distractor, a new duo for taiko and live electronics.

Stelios Manousakis (GR) is a composer, performer, researcher and sound artist. Stelios operates in the convergence zones between art and science, composition, performance and installation, Western art music and ‘digital folk’ idioms. He applies complexity science, cybernetic and biology-inspired models to generate novel musical systems and sound synthesis methods, often merging algorithmic finesse with the expressivity of improvisation or the immediacy of audience participation. He studied music theory and linguistics in Greece, received his Masters from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and is currently finishing a PhD at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS, University of Washington) in Seattle, USA. www.modularbrains.net

Stephanie Pan is a singer, performance artist and maker currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands, specializing in experimental music, new music, experimental theater and early music. Her work is visceral, passionate and intense, and often explores the limits of the voice and body. She has performed throughout the US and Europe with her own projects as well as with groups such as Sequentia, Belarus Free Theatre, De Veenfabriek, and currently performs with Rosa Ensemble. Ms. Pan received her Masters in Theatre from DasArts: Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts (AHK), and holds a 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. www.stephaniepan.com

Ilya Ziblat Shay (contrabass, composition) & Elisenda Pujals Picó (voice) & Luc Döbereiner (electronics, sound)

Residency at Studio LOOS, 1-3 February 2013

The residency was aimed at creating new repertoire for the combination of voice & bass, alongside establishing the existing repertoire. The program featured Agostino Di Scipio’s two solo works Plex for contrabass and electronics (1991), and [untitled 2011] for voice and electronics. Several other acoustic pieces were presented – by composers Silvia Borzelli, Ilya Ziblat, and a newly commissioned composition by Lula Romero.

Elisenda Pujals Picó (voice) and Ilya Ziblat Shay (bass) have been collaborating as a duo since 2007, as well as participating together in larger settings ensembles. They are dedicated to the premiering of newly written repertoire, in addition to the performance of twentieth century music. They have performed widely in the Netherlands, and in several venues in Israel during summer 2008. In 2010 they have participated in the ILV (Institute for Living Voice) masterclass for composers and vocalists held in Venice, directed by the soprano Barbara Hanningan.



MGBG: Marie Guilleray (voice and electronics) and Bjarni Gunnarsson (electronics)

Residency at Studio LOOS, in September 2012

MGBG is a collaboration between Marie Guilleray and Bjarni Gunnarsson. Currently we are working on pieces, composed and improvised, with the goal of exploring the combination between voice and live electronics. The interplay between us creates a dense palette of sounds, coming from voice, field recordings, original designed sounds by computer and acoustic instruments.

On the 4th of October 2012 we will present a work made during a week-long residency at Studio Loos where the idea was to explore a live aspect of our collaboration with voice and electronics, and to create music together in other configurations. Some music of our recent album Korabie will also be featured as well as solo work from both created especially for this occasion.


Residency at Studio LOOS, in August 2012

NAM  is an experimental project where live music and visual art come together through improvisation and composition, using flexible structures. During a residency at Studio Loos in August 2011 we focussed in four different activities: the two main ones, collective creation and the multi screen set up, and the other two, which are a continuation of something we already had worked on: extended instrument creation and the piece “Shift Time”.

1. Collective creation. At the moment Nam is development its own language, the result of a long and constant search of sonorous possibilities integrated in an artistic context, where free improvisation and electro-acoustic composition together offer new forms of expression, and are used as a way of creating open musical pieces. We were improvising with a common initial idea that each of us would treat differently according with the nature and possibilities of our instruments, finding really interesting combinations arising spontaneously. The challenge came when trying to reproduce that spontaneous way of playing structured in time. The residency at Studio Loos has been very fruitful in our way of working towards a “Nam” language identity.

2. Extended instrument design. This is one of the long term activities of the group, which is connected to the previous paragraph. Is what gives the identity to the sound of the ensemble, so the idea during this residency was to find what materials we already connect with, and expand the instruments in the way that the music we want to create asks us.

3. “Shift Time”. This piece for quadraphonic set up was composed by Yamila Ríos for the ensemble   ̈Nam ̈, where the relationship between the position of the sound in a specific space and the way the sonic material evolves in time. The music unfolds the space and vice-versa in a constant slow breath.

4. The “multi-screen” set up. That was the main work in the residence at Loos for the piece, to visualize it in space. In order to bring projected images out of the standard two dimensions, Yolanda Uriz is developing a multi screen set up with semi transparent fabric. It allows the image to be in multiple places at the same time, and feel depth with that projection. In the residence we tried different shapes of the set up, discovering what works better in terms of disposition of the fabrics and materials projected. The main idea of the images projected is the development of an interactive system between sound and images, where those respond to different parameters of the music in real time.


Short residency project at Studio LOOS in June 2011

This project is a performance of overlapping complex multi dimensional patterns of sound and shadow in one flowing motion. We keep on searching for the playful, the mystery and the intriguing.

The project was born in a research group about the mind of an artist. The starting point was the person of Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), a German Jesuit who was notably dedicated to the fields of Eastern studies, geology, and medicine. Kircher was, as the books tell us, the last scientist who tried to apprehend all knowledge. In his studies he didn’t put a border between any research field. In this context we invented an artist who also tried to achieve all knowledge and combine it with his/her work of art. Our fictional artist lived in Paris, during the 19th century. By studying the maps of the city and being interested in the process of the mind, our artist elaborated a complex theory which is demonstrated through our installation/performance.

DOTNOTATOR is a collective originated in Artscience department (Den Haag) by Ludmila Rodrigues, Marijke van Gorp, Mike Rijnierse and Nenad Popov. They are interested in finding a perspective to achieve all knowledge.
Marijke van Gorp (Netherlands) is a designer / researcher currently studying at the Media Technology department, Leiden University. http://marijkevangorp.blogspot.com
Nenad Popov (Serbia, 1978) is an artist who researches the relation between sound, image and space, specialized in video analysis and real-time image processing. Currently studies and teaches at Artscience department.
Ludmila Rodrigues (Brazil, 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist, graduated in Architecture and currently studying at the Artscience department, Den Haag. http:// www.tinamustao.com
Mike Rijnierse (Netherlands, 1974) is an interdisciplinary artist who frequently works with light and sound. http://mikerijnierse.nl

Angel Faraldo and Ana Ladas

Residency at Studio LOOS in May 2011

The ongoing project Feedback Study #2 by Ángel Faraldo (music) and Ana Ladas (dance), which they have been partially developing during an artistic residency at Studio Loos.

Feedback Study #2 inquires into the relationships between sound, dance and space in a naked and direct way. The research focuses on the explorations of a feedback sound system via the dancing body. The musician is in charge of altering the conditions of the feedback sound system while the dancer continuously seek for the musical potentials in it (rhythms, intervals, articulations, melodies…)

Gabriel Paiuk

Short residency at Studio LOOS in May 2011

This residency at Studio LOOS forms part of a project investigating diverse conventional and unconventional ways of recording the sound of a piano. This material is aimed at developing a series of pieces that will aim to investigate the minute material perceptual possibilities embedded in the encounter between recording/reproduction media and the piano, dealing with the association with the history of recorded piano sound as well as the embedded spatial information involved on the recording process.

Gabriel Paiuk is a composer and pianist born in 1975 in Buenos Aires. Winner of the Gaudeamus. Prize 2006 for his electronic sound work and sound installation Res Extensa. His works have been performed by the ASKO ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kwartludium Ensemble, Quinteto Sonorama, Alexander Bruck and others in Berlin, Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Warsaw, Morelia and Buenos Aires. In 2010 he has received an HSP Huygens Scholarship from the Nuffic (Netherlands) to carry out a Master of Arts at the Institute of Sonology in Then Hague starting in september 2010. During 2009 he was director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Contemporary Music in Buenos Aires. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as sound design teacher within the performing arts department of the C.I.C. (Center for Cinematographic Investigations) in Buenos Aires. As a pianist he has been particularly focused on free improvisation, having perfomed and recorded with internationally acclaimed improvisers like Axel Doerner, Jason Kahn, Andrea Neumann, Rhodri Davies, Robin Hayward and others in venues and festivals in Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and New York. Since 2001 he is stable composer of the La Otra dance company, regularly staging works for dance and music in important theatres and festivals in Buenos Aires. Website: www.gabrielpaiuk.com