Telcosystems & BJ Nilsen



9pm –  Telcosystems & BJ Nilsen@ French Pavilion (40′)


7,30pm – Telcosystems: Resonanz – audiobook presentation @ Theatre &TD caffe bar (45′)



Telcosystems are Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden.

David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied at the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatoire, and Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

In their audiovisual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behaviour of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behaviour; they aim at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behaviour. This becomes manifest in the immersive audiovisual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances. The software they write enables them to compose ever-evolving audiovisual worlds. Telcosystems’ installations and films focus on real-time, self-structuring, generative processes, in their live performances they focus on the interaction with these processes. Their work is the result of an ongoing search for an own language of non-referential image and sound, and is characterized by lucid and restrained aesthetics, closely related to the technology they use. In interaction with machines Telcosystems fuse the auditive and visual domains into one immersive spatial experience that explores the limits of the human sensory apparatus.

Their work has been shown at museums, galleries and festivals such as Ars Electronica, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland Festival, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Transmediale, Sonar, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Elektra (Montréal), De Appel (Amsterdam), New York Digital Salon, Mu (Eindhoven), Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Künstlerhaus (Vienna), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Image Forum (Tokyo), Videoex, EXiS, WRO Art Media Biennale and many more.

Their film Loudthings received the Grand Prix at 25 FPS Festival (2008) in Zagreb, Croatia and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2009).


BJ Nielsen

BJ Nilsen (1975) is a Swedish composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam.
His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums were released by Touch: Eye Of The Microphone (2013) – a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London – and The Invisible City (2010), have explored the urban acoustic realm. unearthed (2015) – an audiovisual production exploring the industrial soundscapes of north Norway and Russia, together with filmmaker Karl Lemieux and commissioned by Sonic Acts. He has collaborated with Chris Watson, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa. His original scores, sound design and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson Sicario (2015, dir. Denis Villeneuve). DTLA (2015) a 16 channel sound installation based on the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles, commissioned by The Broad Museum. Participant in the freq_out sound collective. Co-editor of the publication The Acoustic City (2014, jovis verlag) together with Matthew Gandy.