Gabey Tjon a Tham

Gabey Tjon a Tham

Red Horizon

Gabey Tjon a Tham is an installation artist who transforms spaces into sensory and immersive environments through kinetic machines, light, and sound. She observes behaviours and patterns in nature from where she extracts and assembles fundamentals. By inventing techniques and mechanical sculptures, she creates what she calls ‘natural-mechanical choreographies’, poetically exploring the relationship between humans, nature and technology.

In ‘Red Horizon’ a field of double pendulums form a plane of white particles in a three dimensional space. Each arm of the pendulum contains a white light and a small speaker that moves in an unpredictable pattern, creating both order and chaos. The emergence of complex behaviour – a phenomenon that occurs in for example a swarm of individuals, which, through simple rules, display complex intelligence as a whole – forms the starting point of this project. The pendulums create light, sound and movement, dancing an abstract automated ballet.

Red Horizon was created in close collaboration with software artist Marcus Graf. It is a co- production of TodaysArt (the Hague) and Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA, Ljubljana). With the kind support of Stroom Den Haag and Creative Industries Fund NL.