Open Days at STEIM

November 1st, 2017 midday 

From 1 – 4 November STEIM will open their doors to the public with a variety of events.

Cilia Erens will present her ‘Time Lapse China’ pilot, which she has worked on during the past few months here at STEIM. The Sound Art Hallway will be open, with our permanent exhibition of sound installations and a few extra’s.
Additionally there is a Museumnight event on Saturday in collaboration with our neighbors from De Appel Arts Centre, and of course our monthly Connector event on Thursday evening.
So a full 4-day program!

DATE: Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 November, 2017
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam. Map
Please note: Due to lots of building activities around STEIM, the old directions on how to reach us are not valid anymore. So check our contact page regularly to find the latest guidance!

Cilia Erens

From headphone experience to a sound universe

The Dutch sound/ headphone artist Cilia Erens pioneered the concept of soundwalking as a form of ‘augmented reality’ since the eighties (China Daily 1987).
In her sight- and situation specific works she exclusively uses unprocessed binaural recordings. Her approach is interdisciplinary.
Erens’ way of listening to and recording her environment is influenced by her training as urban planner as well as her fascination for ‘collective silences’.
‘There is nothing to tell me’, a soundwalk about World War One, is her first interactive GPS soundwalk (2015).

Right now, with the support of AFK (The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) Erens is making a next step in her development: working with loudspeakers. During an AIR at STEIM she has been exploring an exhibition context for her 100 hours (in total) of historical binaural audio of China 1986 (on cassettes) and of contemporary China 2015 (digital). Omniwave, the ‘virtual’ speaker, as well as all kinds of mini-speakers are part of a pilot-presentation during the Open Studio Days in STEIM Studio 3.
Cilia Erens: ‘How can I create a poetic dialogue between speakers’?

The internationally operating artist regularly works as a guest lecturer at various art institutes. Since 2003 she works on that basis at the NFA (The Netherlands Film Academy).
Cilia Erens lives and works in Amsterdam.

With thanks to The AFK and Bloomline Studio

Sound Art Hallway

At STEIM we host a permanent Sound Art gallery. The works that are presented here don’t make any sound by itself. Therefor the public must explore and interact with the works. ‘Do not touch’ signs will not be found here. We have a changing collection, at the moment you can view the following works:

De Stronk – Fedde ten Berge
Het Ei – Fedde ten Berge
De Shroom – Fedde ten Berge
De KES – Fedde ten Berge
Bellen – Hans van Koolwijk
The Web – Michel Waisvisz

Marco Barotti – New York Series

In addition, especially for the open days, we have invited Marco Barotti with his kinetic sound sculptures.

“I’ll believe it when I see it” is a popular idiom, testifying to the dominance of visual information in human perception. As human beings, however, we are surrounded by sound waves we cannot see, accumulating important auditory information about the world around us.
The kinetic sound sculptures “New York Series” address exactly this phenomenon in an attempt to allow us to see sound.
Using a variable set of parameters such as distance, amplitude, and frequency, these works consist of different materials attached to the membrane of a loudspeaker, revealing the unpredictable movement of sound to the viewer.


During the open days we will premiere our newest sound installation project ‘Micro-Tone’, for which we have invited 3 artist to make their own version. We will not tell much about it yet, but be surprised by the sheer size of it!

Mobile Touch

Mobile Touch is STEIM’s interactive exhibition, a curious collection of electronic instruments developed at STEIM for kids and adults. We believe the best way of experiencing sound and technology is to touch it, so we’ve built all the instruments of mobile touch to be instantly playable. Just pick them up and discover a whole new way of making music. Mobile touch is always evolving, with all of the instruments coming directly out of research and artist residencies done at STEIM.


For Museumnacht we will collaborate with our neighbors from De Appel with a diverse program. More info soon.

Connector V

And of course Connector! Our new event series on every first Thursday of the month.
For this editon BarmyFiveseveN from Conservatory of Amsterdam will play ‘Cardiacs’. BarmyFiveseveN is a small bigband of around 15 players, armed with live electronic extensions and directed by Jos Zwaanenburg.
Click here for info.


Open studio and Sound Art Hallway:
Entrance free.
Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 November, from 15:00 to 21:00 hrs.
Also open during Museumnacht.

Connector V:
Fee: €7,50
Thursday 2 November, 20:00 – 22:30

Fee: Entrance only with Museumnacht ticket, more info soon.
Saturday 4 November, 19:00 – 01:00