Gert-Jan Prins

The photo shows Gert-Jan Prins during the performance »Black Smoking Mirror« at »sonic experiments« in July 2015.
Year of birth, place
1961, IJmuiden, Netherlands
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Institute for Music and Acoustics
At the ZKM
  • 2015
Electronics, Percussion  Gert-Jan Prins has been known for twenty years as one of the most challenging sound artists in the Netherlands. He is an autodidact who focuses on the sonic and musical qualities of electronic 'noise'. In his work, Prins makes connections with modern electronic club culture, occupying a radical position with his investigation of electronic sound and its relationship to the visual. He also creates links with the performance art and machine art of the 1980s, which reshaped the legacy of industrial society to produce threatening, yet sometimes also sublime, encounters with technology. 
Prins has built various analogue- and digital electronic systems that create signals within the listenable audio domain. Besides his solo-project, current projects include MIMEO, Synchronator (with Dutch video artist Bas van Koolwijk), The Flirts (with Cor Fuhler), he has collaborated with Pita, Thomas Lehn, Lee Ranaldo, Anne la Berge, Fennesz, the Vacuum Boys, Peter van Bergen, Marcus Schmickler, Raed Yassin, Koen Nutters, Norbert Moslang, Tomas Korber, Thomas Ankersmit, Giuseppe Ielasi, Carlos Giffoni, Luc Houtkamp and Misha Mengelberg and many others. with visual artists: Bas van Koolwijk, Rob Flint, Xavier Quérel, Andre Avelas, Manel Esparbé i Gasca, Petra Dolleman, Martha Colburn, Cyrus Frisch. composers and ensembles: LOOS, Maarten Altena Ensemble, Gilius van Bergeijk, David Dramm, Domenico Sciajno. Performances, on international festivals & clubs throughout Europe, North America, South-Africa, Russia, Australia.