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Edwin Van Der Heide

Born in 1970 in Hilversum (Netherlands)

Edwin van der Heide is an artist and researcher in the field of sound, space and interaction. Originally coming from music he extends the terms composition and musical language into spatial, interactive and interdisciplinary directions. He is interested in the temporal experience of spatial media like sound and light and sees space as an intrinsic part of his work. Furthermore the audience is not seen as separate from the work but placed in the middle of it and challenged to actively explore, interact and relate themselves to the work. His work comprises installations, performances and environments. Part of Edwin van der Heide’s works depart from simple fundamental physical principles that result in immersive spatial experiences: Sound Modulated Light uses light as a spatial carrier for sound, in Radioscape radio waves are approached as if they behave like acoustic sound waves, for Pneumatic Sound Field compressed air is used to create a transforming architectural sound space in an outdoor situation and in his most recent installation Evolving Spark Network electric sparks are used both as stroboscopic light sources and as sonic impulse generators. Together with Marnix de Nijs he realized the ‘nowadays classic’ installation Spatial Sounds (100dB at 100km/h). In a couple of projects he collaborates with architects: Water Pavilion (Kas Oosterhuis & Lars Spuybroek), Son-O-House (Lars Spuybroek). He was the initiator and member of the Sensorband trio (with Zbigniew Karkowski and Atau Tanaka) performing from 1993-2003. Beside’s running his own studio he is part-time assistant professor at Leiden University (LIACS / Media Technology MSc programme) and heading the Spatial Interaction Lab at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and Arts Academy in The Hague. He was Edgard Varèse guest professor at the Technische Universität Berlin (2009) and won the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award 2009 for his entire body of work.