Martijn Tellinga (1974, Netherlands) is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice renders an ongoing meditation on the rudimentary condition 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 are often concerned with the intuitive bending of (music) systems: open-ended scores proposing simple rule-based organisations that provide performers with 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, Splinter Ocrhestra, Yan Jun. He interpreted and performed works by a.o. Brecht, Cage, Cardew, Lucier, McCall, Nono, Raaijmakers, Tenney, Tudor, 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 art 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]. He lives and works in Beijing, China and Amsterdam, Netherlands.