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 behaviour of daily objects, to shape an audible landscape of sound layers. Now she has changed her direction towards nature.


In 2016 and 2017 she took a break in her practice as soundartist. Since then she expanded her activities with writing (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and nature photography.

Margriet graduated at the Interfaculty Sound & Image (nowadays called ArtScience) at the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (KABK) and Audio-Visual Arts in Tilburg (NL). She follows her own path, while drawing inspiration from movements as Dada, Fluxus, Pataphysics and (the vision of) artists like Theo Jansen, Mary Bauermeister and Socrates.

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 Technical University in Atlanta (US) 2014.

In 2015 she developed a prototype, based on the sound of waterdrops falling on hot metal surfaces. The first set-up she presented during November Music in Den Bosch. This project was funded by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. More info.

In 2018 she started a collaboration with Dewi de Vree, called Gaia-Resonance. It consists of an installation-based sound-performance in which physical and natural materials generate and manipulate electronic sounds. Her instrument Unheard Voices consists of seasponges, self-soldered electronic circuits, a lot of wires and a waterfountain. The sqeezing of the wet sponges changes the sound-image and refers to the amplification of hidden (electrical) signals, the voice of nature we are neglecting so drastically nowadays.

ARTISTIC VIEW:

By showing the pure sound source (without effects), visitors can literally see how the sounds are being born. 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 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.

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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

- Have a look at my accounts on different digital platforms

 
 
                                Rauschmachine at Stubnitz
                                      



                  

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Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
made with open-source software (Kompozer, Gimp and Filezilla) on Linux
  by Margriet Kicks-Ass
2018
 


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