Martijn Tellinga (1974, Netherlands) is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice renders an ongoing meditation on the rudimentary conditions of the sonic arts, enfolding elements of concert, installation and performance art. Drawn from a reduced formalist-seeming vocabulary, his work centers 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.
Recently 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 received a Master’s degree in Sonology and Artist Stipends from the Mondriaan Fonds. 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 Ocrhestra, Yan Jun. He interpreted and performed works by a.o. Brecht, Cage, Lucier, Nono, Tenney, Xenakis.
The past 2 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 intensive courses at the Modern Academy in Hong Kong and Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City.
He is one of the curators for the long running series DNK-[amsterdam]. With DNK ensemble he interprets and re-enacts seminal pieces on the edge of experimental music, performance art and installation, from the likes of Antoine Beuger, Cornelius Cardew, Dick Raaijmakers, Anthony McCall, David Tudor.
He lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Beijing, China.