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12 - 18 May 2019
DNK DAYS in collaboration with Splendor presents:

Martijn Tellinga - one site, counting

Intermedial Installation / durational composition

For resonances, musicians, light

at Splendor (attic space)

Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116
1011 LX Amsterdam - NL


12 - 17 may 2019: 16:00 - 21:00

18 may 2019: 13:00 - 18:00

19 may 2019: 13:00 - 16:00

Free entrance

one site, counting


Martijn Tellinga

Dario Calderone - Bass
Seamus Cater – Concertina
Anne La Berge – Flute
Koen Nutters – Bass
Germaine Sijstermans - Clarinet
Rishin Singh – Trombone
Elisabeth Smalt - Viola

one site, counting is an intermedia setting fusing aspects of Martijn Tellinga’s earlier investigations into self evolving durational pieces and resonance tuning. The piece is the result of his pondering over questions of the musicality of space and spatial animation of musical matter, as well as his ongoing interest in how experience of place and surrounding comes about through resonance. ‘one site, counting’ attempts to explore resonance of site as an oscillation caused between acoustic properties, narrative structure and musical interpretation.

Following a partly poetic, partly scientific reading of the acoustic signature of a given space, resonances are made palpable as an extension of its architecture. Carefully mounted speaker drivers project electronic pure waves at resonant frequencies, causing the room to naturally amplify and hum the tones in response. In this slowly shifting acoustical space, highly position-specific occurrences are situated.

The installation seeks to make the sensorial traversable as a performative plane as well, including the resonant frequencies into a score for musicians that visit the gallery on a daily basis, unscheduled and unannounced. Guided by the specific harmonic bearing of their instrument, they perform open geometries of quiet sustained pitches hovering around the resonant tones, drawing spatial musical gestures that instil body and location into the inching sounding space.

The unfolding of the installation is captured in video and audio. Fragments selected from an expanding archive of documentation are played back into the space, layering the visual and acoustic narrative of the piece as it takes place. Over time, the gradation and transformation between generations of material is becoming tangible. As the piece progresses, an increasingly dense resonance of site is manifesting.

Martijn Tellinga is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice enfolds 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.

He performs and exhibits his work worldwide, lectures and works in residence. He fulfilled visiting professorships at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and ArtEZ Academy in Arnhem, and gave courses at the Modern Academy in Hong Kong and Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City. He is currently a Fiosraigh PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media in Dublin.

With DNK ensemble he interprets and re-enacts seminal pieces from the likes of Cornelius Cardew, David Dunn, Dick Raaijmakers, Anthony McCall and David Tudor.