Interactive Soundsculptures, Performances and Audio-Visual Installations
  made (and played) by Margriet Kicks-Ass

                                          
  


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Margriet Kicks-Ass 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 Margriet asked herself: ‘Why are the dishes not arranged alphabetically?’ Margriet refuses to be intimidated by calls for efficiency and functionality. She is juggling the context and meaning of everyday objects with an analytical attitude which also reflects her fascination for natural phenomena and technology. This is the starting point for the development/invention of playful kinetic sound sculptures, which she later exhibits as autonomous works of art or in theatrical live performances.

Margriet has studied Sound & Image [now ArtScience] at the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (NL) and Audio-Visual Arts in Tilburg. She ignores trends in art and follows her own path, instead, while drawing inspiration from artists such as Theo Jansen, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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


From april till november she developed a prototype for a new Soundsculpture, based on the sound of waterdrops falling on hot metal surfaces. The first set-up she presented during November Music 2015 in Den Bosch. This project is funded by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Here you will find more info about this project.

A small current side-project is the more mobile
Sound Case. This set-up consists of an empty vinyl-case filled with electronics. Here she's experimenting with making artistic choices based on pure and authentic sounds and not to do any sound technical concessions for the purpose of their visual appearance. More specifically, she's making decisions combining the extremes of the sound spectrum i.e. analogue sounds of sensor operated electrical circuits producing creaks and beeps combined with very polished sounds from a synthesizer.

SUMMARY OF OTHER PROJECTS:

Recently Margriet has initiated a successful series of museum workshops called Asking Stupid Questions and she's also organised an almost annually returning event: A sound art and performance festival called Rammelfest

Furthermore she has, together with Lukas Simonis, initiated a release of the
Dutch-Experimental-Music-Scene 
to support Motorschiff Stubnitz in September 2014.

In november 2014 she was involved in a compilation of sound works of international female  composers, called
Urban Arts Berlin.
Here you can find the most recent release
 
Here some efforts in writing (dutch)

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Drops on Hot Metal Plates
splashbox @ urban explorers
splashbox @ ms Stubnitz
SoundCase

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