Artist Talks by James Fei, Laetitia Sonami, Federico Bonelli

June 13th, 2013 2:00 pm 
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam

Thursday 13 June STEIM presents artist talks by resident artists Laetitia Sonami and James Fei, and recent resident artist Federico Bonelli.
Entry is free.

Talks begin at 14:00 and will go as long as the discussion remains fruitful!

14:00 – Federico Bonelli

15:00 – James Fei

16:15 – Break

16:45 – Laetitia Sonami

Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam

Federico Bonelli moved to Holland in 2002 to start a company for multimedia projects for the arts. In 2005 he created a joint development project with Philips Research in developing generative paintings and generative content creation strategies ( More recently he refocused on developing and directing media rich performances and non conventional multimedia projects. He is the initiator and artistic director of micro-festival concepts including cinema solubile, about performative cinema, and radio oltranzista, a portable micro radio event. Together with Lucas Van Woerkum he produces live cinema for classical concerts in a program called “Symphonic Cinema”, for which he is software designer and coproducer. He is a open source and open hardware enthusiast and he is part of the collective and foundation. (professional profile on linkedin)

Bonelli was recently a resident artist at STEIM where he, together with Alberto Novello, developed Trasformatorio, a project aiming to establish an intensive laboratory to re-invent media rich performance off-the-grid, in remote communities and using sustainable design.

For this artist talk Bonelli will present: “Trasformatorio number zero: a laboratory for sustainable on site and media rich performance off the grid, Montalbano Elicona Sicily”. An evaluation of working methods and future trajectories for the Transformatorio project.


James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei’s own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on electronic and acoustic feedback. Since 2006 Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland, where he is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.

Fei has performed extensively as an electronic musician and saxophonist, including performances at the Kitchen, Diapason Gallery, White Box Gallery, Experimental Intermedia, Harvestworks, Roulette, Merkin Hall, Town Hall, Knitting Factory, The Stone (all New York), Rose Art Museum (trio with Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff), Adademie der Kunste (Berlin), Steim (Amsterdam), Pit Inn (Toyko), Osaka Arts Aporia and humaNoise Festival (Weisbaden). Fei has lectured on sound art, improvisation and composition at Columbia University, Wesleyan University, The Art Institute of Chicago, Taipei Normal University, Theremin Center (Moscow), Pro Arte (St. Petersberg), Krabbesholm (Denmark), IAMAS (Ogaki, Japan) and NUAS (Nogoya, Japan).

Laetitia Sonami
Laetitia Sonami (b. France) settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in live electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. Sonami’s sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects. Best known for her unique instrument, the elbow?length lady’s glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body.

Sonami currently performs with her newest controller, the Digital Spring Spyre, made of mechanical springs and neural networks. She is collaborating with James Fei and is completing a piece with Eliane Radigue to be premiered this fall 2013. Sonami performs worldwide. Recent venues include the ReiheM in Cologne, Berlin Wie es ihr gefaellt Festival, San Francisco SFMOMA, RPI Filament Festival , Shanghai Arts Festival, and the Jerusalem Exit festival. She has received numerous awards among which the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards. Sonami lives in Oakland, California. She has given lectures at Princeton University, The Sorbonne, MIT, IRCAM, CalARts, RPI, Wexner Art Center amongst other places.