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.


As you may know (if not, check out, STEIM is working hard to create permanent spaces for sound art works. And the word ‘space’ is not a metaphor—we’re talking about real, physical space: air with some kind of boundary around them, so waves may vibrate and travel, to be heard and admired. We believe that every sound art piece needs and deserves its own box of air molecules, more or less isolated from the rest of the world, undisturbed and undisturbing. Our TONE initiative is all about that. In the future, it may be a whole building with expo spaces in all shapes and sizes for sound art works. Like a dedicated museum or expo space for sound art. This is a big endeavour that will not happen overnight, but we know where we’re headed. In the mean time, we’re starting small. Think boxes you can stick your head in that contain a sound art piece. Easy to exhibit (in any kind of space), easy to transport, and easy to enjoy. This is microTONE, a collection of soundartworksinboxes. The project will premiere during the open days in our Sound Art Hallway. Bring your ears. Enjoy!
What you will find:

Yolanda Uriz: ~.soinusain.~

~.soinusain.~, proposes an intimate immersive experience inside sono-olfactive micro-environments.
Traditional perfumery classifies scents into base, middle and high notes to compose fragrances, just as musical chords are constructed with musical notes. This installation explores combinations of sounds and smells considering the wavelength of the sounds and the molecular size of the scents presented. As synesthesia has been explored in the arts mainly by blending vision and hearing, Soinusainburu is part of my research into synesthetic experiences that combine sound and smell in relation to space.

Electric Circus:
Electric Circus is a collaboration between Fred Abels and Mirjam Langemeijer. Fred Abels (1961) is an artist and inventor specialized in kinetic art. Mirjam Langemeijer (1976) is a puppeteer and a maker of visual theatre. Together they explore new approaches to theatrical installations. By combining techniques like animatronics, puppetry and illusionism they are pioneering in the field of performing arts. They are invited all over the world with their unusual mechanical creatures.

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:

Connector V


And of course Connector! Our new event series on every first Thursday of the month.
For this editon BarmyFiveseveN and Shackle will perform.

BarmyFiveseveN is a small bigband of around 15 players from Consevatory of Amsterdam, armed with live electronic extensions and directed by Jos Zwaanenburg.
Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument.
Click here for info.


Open studio, Mobile Touch and Sound Art Hallway:
Entrance free.
Wednesday 1 nov. 15:00 – 21:00 hrs.
Thursday 2 nov. 15:00 – 18:00
Friday 3 nov. 15:00 – 21:00
Saturday 4 nov. 19:00 – 01:00 (Museumnight)

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

Fee: Entrance only with Museumnacht ticket.
Saturday 4 November, 19:00 – 02:00