Martijn Tellinga (1974, Netherlands) is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice enfolds elements of concert, installation and performance art. Drawn from a reduced formalist-seeming vocabulary, his work centres on the exploration of sound & listening to express ideas of space, place and process: their reciprocal production, contextual intertwining, and potential as a perceptual, performative and social medium. It includes a wide variety of conceptual actions and chance operations, probing the emergent field between intended and accidental occurrences.
Engaged with the formative principles of music, his instrumental pieces commonly propose intuitive bending of (music) systems through open-ended and rule-based scores that provide performers a template for listening, acting and interacting.
Recent years he has been producing performance installations explorative of extreme duration, sound installation work investigating the practice of resonance tuning, and documentary pieces utilising principles of acoustic measurement and intervention style negotiations of site.
He performs and exhibits his work worldwide, lectures and works in residence. He collaborated with a.o. Jonny Axelsson, James Beckett, Dante Boon, Seamus Cater, Dextro, James Fulkerson, Sagi Groner, Robin Hayward, HKNME, Konzert Minimal, Liminar ensemble, Mike Majkowski, Sergio Merce, Modelo62, Jon Mueller, Koen Nutters, Chrissie Parrott, Rishin Singh, Splinter Orchestra, Yan Jun. He interpreted and performed works by a.o. Brecht, Cage, Lucier, Nono, Tenney, Xenakis.
The past 3 years, he has articulated his artistic research through the development of courses focussing on the spatial, processual and environmental modalities of sound informed practices. This led to a visiting professorship at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and ArtEZ Academy in Arnhem, and intensive courses at the Modern Academy in Hong Kong and Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City.
He received a Master’s degree in Sonology and Stipendiums for Established Artists from the Mondriaan Fonds. Currently he is a Fiosraigh PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media in Dublin with a practice-based research on the rethinking of musicality through installation practice.
He is one of the curator producers of the long running series DNK-Amsterdam. With DNK Ensemble he re-enacts seminal pieces on the edge of experimental music, performance art and installation, from the likes of Antoine Beuger, Cornelius Cardew, David Dunn, Dick Raaijmakers, Anthony McCall, David Tudor.
He lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.