Gabey Tjon a Tham is an installation artist working and living in the Hague, The Netherlands.

Gabey transforms spaces into sensory and immersive environments through kinetic machines, light, and sound. She observes behaviours in nature from where she extracts and assembles underlying structures. Technology is a natural occurrence for Tjon a Tham: “While what we have traditionally called nature is increasingly being influenced by human action, our technological environment is becoming increasingly complex and untameable, we almost have to relate to it as a new nature.

In her works the technology has a logic on its own, it conflicts and harmonizes. The artist develops techniques and invents mechanical sculptures that embed different materials and perform at different poetic levels. Hereby natural-mechanical choreographies arise. The works invite us to wonder at, contemplate, and investigate.

Photo: Pieter Kers


2010-2012 Royal Conservatoire, The Hague – Artscience, MMUS
2008 Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, Exchange program
2007-2010 Royal Academy of Art, The Hague – Fine Arts, BA
2006-2007 ArTEZ Institute of the Arts, Zwolle


2016 How do we save time – TimeLab, Ghent
2016 Steim, Amsterdam
2015 DordtYart, Dordrecht
2014 Museum of Transitory Arts, Ljubljana

Selected exhibitions

2016 How do we save time – TimeLab, Ghent
2016 November Music, Kruithuis, Den Bosch
2016 Interferences – KIKK Festival, Namur
2016 In No Particular Order – Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
2016 ))))) repetition at my distance – De School, Amsterdam
2016 Fort Process, Newhaven
2016 Kunstschouw, Burgh-Haamstede
2016 TONE, Steim, Amsterdam
2015 Lichtbaden – CBK Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2015 DordtYart 2016, DordtYart, Dordrecht
2015 Hoogtij#41, Sound composition for Aural tool #1, Trifoglio by Attilla Faraveli, Studio Loos, The Hague
2015 Glinting honey in the dark, a feather tickling on my back, Stroom Ondertussen – Stroom, The Hague
2014 Sonica – Museum of Transitory Arts, Ljubljana
2014 TodaysArt.JP, Edition Zero – Warehouse Terrada, Tokyo
2014 Voyage Fantastique, Shoot me – Barth Kapel, the Hague
2014 TodaysArt Festival – Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague
2014 Mapping Festival – Le Commun Bac, Geneva
2014 Lucida Space – National Center of Contemporary Arts, Moscow
2013 Steim Winter Party – Steim, Amsterdam
2013 Book presentation Le Jeune homme et la Mort, Here we live and now – Korzo, The Hague
2013 Rendez-vous en territoires infinis, Electrochoc – Bourgoin-Jallieu
2012 Third culture, Sonica 2012 – Kino Siska, Ljubljana
2012 Glow-S, Glow 2012 – Klokgebouw, Eindhoven
2012 Oddstream – Falkenhofpark, Nijmegen
2012 Todaysart 2012 – Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague
2012 (im)possible worlds, Fiber – Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam
2012 Clash of Context – West, The Hague
2012 Lighthouse Festival – Korzo theater, The Hague

Projects / Collaborations