Martijn Tellinga (The Netherlands, 1974) is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice fuses elements of concert, installation and performance art. Drawn from a reduced formalist-seeming vocabulary, his work centres on the exploration of sound, listening & musical methods to express ideas of space, place and process: their reciprocal production, contextual intertwining, and potential as a perceptual, performative and social medium. Much of his work is score-based. It includes a wide variety of conceptual actions and chance operations, probing the emergent field between intended and accidental occurrences.
Having left behind the concerthall for the exhibition space, in 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. These works have increasingly aligned his output with emerging propositions for an evolved, postmedia music practice capable of addressing an expanded field of materials, concepts and symbolic relationships. His current work questions how a concept of musicality as a generative, multimodal compositional device can be imagined and developed through installation. This has increasingly aligned his output with emerging propositions for an expanded compositional practice capable of addressing an evolved field of mediums, ideas and formats.
He received a Master’s degree in Sonology and multiple Stipendiums for Established Artists from the Mondriaan Fund. He presents worldwide, lectures and works in residence. He collaborated with a.o. Jonny Axelsson, James Beckett, Dante Boon, Dario Calderone, Seamus Cater, Dextro, Sagi Groner, Robin Hayward, HKNME, Konzert Minimal, Anne La Berge, 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.
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 is one of the curator producers of 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, David Dunn, Dick Raaijmakers, Anthony McCall, David Tudor.
He lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.