The Monads


Derives from the ideas of the mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) who assumed that the universe consists of “monads”, invisible elementary particles equipped with a certain degree of consciousness.
Although they appear to act individually, they eventually merge wonderfully into a greater divine plan.
In the installation one can hear sound recordings of wind blowing through tree leaves. A series of rotating speakers create a mix of direct and reflective sounds where the source appears to be closeby and far away.

The control of sound and movement is approached from a meta-level. Instead of controlling each individual unit separately, there is a system of conditions by which the entities can move freely. Hereby various behavioural patterns arise through time. The timing, speed, volume of sound, motors, and the relation between these formed the frame of rules that were set for this self-controlled system.

November Music 2016, Kruithuis – Den Bosch

With the kind support of Stroom, DordtYart, Steim and Creative Industries Fund NL
Special thanks: Marcus Graf, Marnix de Nijs, Ben Terwel, Bram Vreven
Photos: Maurice Tjon a Tham
Camera & Grading: Tanja Busking
Edit: Gabey Tjon a Tham

2023 – De Warande, Kasterlee
2021 – Wilde Westen, Kortrijk
2020 – Bierumer School, Bierum
2018 – Tetem, Enschede
2017 – Sonica, Ljubljana
2017 – Tec Art, Rotterdam
2016 – November Music, Den Bosch
2016 – Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
2016 – Fort Process, Newhaven
2016 – Kunstschouw, Burgh-Haamstede
2016 – Steim, Amsterdam
2015 – DordtYart, Dordrecht