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Gabey Tjon a Tham

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Year of Birth
1988 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Royal Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Studio/Company Name
Gabey Tjon a Tham

Artist / Researcher

Work Address
The Hague, The Netherlands


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Critical People
Maurice Tjon a Tham, Marcus Graf, Willem Marijs, Nishiko, Robert Pravda, Horst Rickels, Andrea Reyes Elizondo, Tim Terpstra, Lucas van der Velden, Bram Vreven

The Monads

Gabey Tjon a Tham graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, with a Masters in ArtScience. Using kinetic machines, light, and sound, she transforms spaces into sensory environments. By observing patterns in nature, she builds mechanical and natural choreographies.

Inspired by the sound of wind blowing through tree leaves, The Monads is a kinetic sound installation incorporating custom-made Leslie speakers, in which sound is swayed by a rotating motor.

A series of rotating speakers creates a mix of direct and reflective sounds whose source appears to be simultaneously nearby and distant. Tjon a Tham’s computer-controlled system enables individual speakers to move spontaneously whilst following swarm-like conditions, with various behavioural patterns emerging over time.

The project’s title refers to the philosophical concept of the monad as an indivisible and simple entity such as an atom or a person.

Developed with additional support from Stroom, DordtYart, and Steim


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