miniplaatje
Interactive soundsculptures, sound-art performances and art-installations
made (and played) by Margriet Kicks-Ass

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Margriet Kicks-Ass (NL) works as an interdisciplinary artist. Her artistic process can be described as investigative. In a Dadaistic manner she combines art with technology. Already as a child she asked herself: ‘Why are the dishes not arranged alphabetically?’ Margriet refuses to be intimidated by calls for efficiency and functionality. She is exchanging the context and meaning of everyday objects and combining opposites with an analytical attitude which also reflects her fascination for natural phenomena. This is the starting point for the development of playful kinetic sound sculptures, which she later exhibits as interactive works of art or in theatrical live performances.

The physical power of sound is her inspiration source. Earlier work concerned research in magnetic fields, pneumatic sounds and the ´quake-factor´ or vibration and resonance behaviour of daily objects, to shape an audible landscape of sound layers. Now she has changed her direction more in a philosophical way towards nature.

Her best known work so far is the SPLASHBOX, her 8th kinetic sound-sculpture, rewarding her with an entry for the ´Guthman Instrument Design Competition’ held at  Georgia-Tech University in Atlanta (US) in 2014.


In 2015 she developed a prototype, based on the sound of waterdrops falling on hot metal surfaces. The first set-up was presented during November Music in Den Bosch. This project was funded by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. More info.
 
In 2016 and 2017 she took a break in her practice as soundartist. Since then she expanded her activities with writing (mainly poetry and dialogues) and nature photography. Her short story "Perpetuum Mobile" is nominated for the longlist to be published.

In 2018 she did a collaboration-project with Dewi de Vree (Gaia-Resonance). It  consisted of an installation-based sound performance in which physical and natural materials generated and manipulated electronic sounds; water, sea-sponges, stones and graphite are used as variable resistors, as part of self made electronic instruments.

In 2019 she participated with a project called 1001 poems for 1 night, in Night of the Deads at NDSM in Amsterdam. It existed of 500,5 own poems, fixed on a long washing line of 100 meters. A playful research about death. The poems were written on plastic sheets, each one filled with beach-sand and a shell. The poems made great sounds, wildly being moved by the wind. See video and pictures.

From 14th of October 2020 until 11th of January 2021, she participated with a soundtrack in an exhibition called: AUDIOSPHERE: Social experimental audio, Pre-and Post Internet at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in MADRID, organized by Francisco Lopez, as one of 810 non-mainstream participating sound-artists.

In 2021 she started experimenting with noise-poems and radioplays, combining both text and soundscapes and started an online collaboration with Dr Iain McGregor (Edinburgh Napier University).


Margriet graduated at the Interfaculty Sound & Image (nowadays called ArtScience) at the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (about combining different art-disciplines and using technology. This academy was founded by Dick Raaijmakers). Before that, she had been studying for 3 years Audio-Visual Arts at the former Academy of Visual Arts in Tilburg (containing film, video, sound and photography), which doesn´t exist anymore.

She follows her own path, while drawing inspiration from movements as Dada, Fluxus, Pataphysics and (the vision of) artists like Theo Jansen, Mary Bauermeister, Socrates and of course the mystery and absurdity of life itself.



ARTISTIC VIEW:

By showing the pure sound source (without effects), visitors can literally see how the sounds are made. I'm playing with daily objects, juggling with the possible meaning like a dadaist. Mixing things which are normally not destined to be placed together, highlighting how easy it is to break free of daily life conventions and showing how automatisms are fixed in our behavior without us being aware of any other options.

It is possible to make a composition with a self-made object instead of traditional instruments. In that sense I'm trying to open up some prejudices about so called ´music´. Not opening the discussion if it is music or not, I am able to play noises in such a way visitors enjoy the performance, imagining other planets or even dance, or discover and play themselves. A live sound-research with visual ingredients put together in a sculpture. Presenting crossovers of different media: combining monumental 3d-sculpture with sound-art (installation), sometimes with moving parts (kinetic art), or live performance (theater), all inspired by nature herself.

NB: The name Kicks-Ass is given to her by friends/collegue-artists in 2005. This title refers  more to her character (like the Indians do) then that it points to an aim or dogma. This is why she uses this name joyfully, with a wink to the prevailing seriousness in Art.



SUMMARY OF OTHER PROJECTS:

- Asking Stupid Questions  a self-developed series of workshops based on 
  observing and absurdism. Given mainly in museums of modern art.

- Given online guest-lecture for the Music Technology Department of the University in 
  Edinburgh (Masters Sounddesign), about my take on interactive sound-sculptures.

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Rammelfest
an irregular sound-art and performance festival organised by me and 
  funded by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.


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Dutch-Experimental-Music-Scene  a release, organised together with 
  Lukas Simonis
to support Motorschiff Stubnitz in Hamburg.

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Urban Arts Berlin
a compilation of sound works of international female  
  composers. My participation was in 2014.

- Have a look at my accounts on different digital platforms    
            
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