‘presence (Un) presence’, Martijn Tellinga

‘presence (Un) presence’, Martijn Tellinga  at Glazen Huis, 13- 20 December 2020

‘presence (Un) presence’ is an evolving environment for images, objects, performative actions. And sound. The piece follows Martijn Tellinga’s ongoing interest in the musicality of space and situation, and his current research to extend musical principles of process, collaboration and esthetics as concept and method to negotiate the layered composition of installation work.

Throughout its unfolding 8-day event-structure, ‘presence (Un) presence’ slowly gains shape as a contingent durational dialogue between emerging interactions within the ensemble of 7 participating musical interpreters testing the musicality of largely silent actions, and a building spatio-visual narrative enacted by a multichannel AV meditation on musical memory, anticipation and experience.

Utilising a score-based approach to installation, the work aims to transpose musical system, reading and delivery onto this speculative musical space, asking how musical forms can materialise through non-audible agencies, and how music compositional ideas as abstract objectscan travel between different mediums and situations. Disconnected from the necessity of sound & listening, ‘presence (Un) presence’ invites the viewer to engage with the fundamental ideas of music composition and performance through this alternative setting.

The exhibition at Zone2Source / Glazen Huis is the first public presentation of this current, exploratory chapter of work of Martijn Tellinga, which distinguishes musicality and composition as attitude and discipline from music as a sounding result. The project is concerned with imagening an intermediaconcept of musicality which is able to function as a generative compositional devise crossing material bounderies, and, ultimately, proposes the possibility for music to express and affect in a transformable space of medium and format.


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 modes of music 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 teaches projects 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-Amsterdam he is co-responsible for a long-running series of events, concerts and exhibitions.