Thom KubliPast Affiliate

Thom Kubli
Thom Kubli is an artist and composer from Berlin/Germany. His installations and
performances are multidisciplinary, blending elements of sculpture, sound and
conceptual approaches. His works often employ custom made technologies
questioning sensitive spots of cultural and political dynamics.
In his early works, Kubli created sound sculptures by means of collagen, genetically
modified plants and other organic matter. In 2008, he achieved the world record for
the longest guitar solo ever played during an art performance. Engaging with the
theme of zero gravity, Kubli’s installation FLOAT! Thinktank 21 to explore the
political dimensions of weightlessness using historical NASA technology.
Black Hole Horizon delved into the architectural and sculptural potential of soap bubbles,
resulting in an array of machines that transform sound into 3D objects. In his recent
installation Radiosands, he investigated the manipulation of media information by
means of artificial intelligence.
With Hiroshi Ishii and the Tangible Media Group he works on ORBITING. The project
explores the relationship of art and microgravity. Ishii and Kubli are cooperating with
researchers in Materials Science and Engineering as well as faculty in Architecture to
determine the necessary properties for a lighter-than-air printing material and
investigate construction algorithms for 3D-printed objects that take into account
particular material properties in relation to an embedded helium core.
Kubli’s performances and installations have been shown internationally, amongst
others at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, Ars Electronica, Linz,
Transmediale, Berlin, Eyebeam, NYC, EMPAC, Troy/NY, Laboratorio Arte Alameda,
Mexico City, FILE, São Paulo, LABoral, Gijón and in numerous art galleries.
He received grants from Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts,
New York, Capital Culture Fund, Berlin, Migros Culture Percentage, Zürich, Hasler
Foundation, Bern, Kunststiftung NRW, Cologne. His works have been featured
amongst others by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Rhizome
and Contemporary Performance. He has lectured at MIT Media Lab and Harvard
Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies.
Outside the atelier Kubli can be found meditating, reading, or experimenting with
musical instruments.
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