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

Gabey transforms spaces into a sensory environment through kinetic machines, light and sound. She observes simple behaviours and patterns in nature from where she extracts and assembles fundamentals. Her work explores relationships between human kind, nature and technology where unpredictable processes, conflict and harmony, are important subjects. She develops techniques, invents mechanical sculptures that embed different materials and perform at different poetic levels. Hereby choreographies that have both a mechanical and natural character arise.

In every work, the elements are constantly evolving thus demanding patience and attentiveness to fully reveal themselves. They invite us to wonder at, contemplate, and investigate. With each work she aims to create immersive spaces where we can experience how the world touches us.

Photo: Pieter Kers

Education

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

Residencies

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