Biography

Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound + space, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has performed live, taught workshops and created scores of unique instruments and installations since 2002 across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand.

Contact: macumbista AT THE DOMAIN gmail.com

Full resolution photo of the photo above is available here.

This page is also downloadable as a PDF here.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

MACUMBISTA
–BITEVILNIUS Festival, Vilnius LT (2014)
–Tsonami Festival, Valparaiso CL (2013)
–Michael Strogoff Gallery, Marfa TX USA (2013)
–SPLAB/Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus DK (2012)
–Norberg Festival, Norberg SE (2012)
–Student Centre, Zagreb HR (2012)
–University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield UK (2012)
–Musikhuset/Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aarhus DK (2011)
–Proximos 2011, Tenerife ES (2011)
–Musraramix #11 Festival, Jerusalem IL (2011)
–Apparat, Aalborg DK (2010)
–International Symposium of Electronic Art, Dortmund DE (2010)
–UH Fest, Budapest HU (2010)
–WORM, Rotterdam, NL (2009)
–Residency, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Cologne DE (2009)

TONEWHEELS
–Manege/Museum Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa, Moscow RU (2014)
–Rotterdam International Film Festival, WORM, Rotterdam NL (2014)
–Eye for an Ear Festival, Berlin DE (2013)
–Le Festival Accès(s), Pau FR (2012)
–Multiplace Festival, Brno CZ (2011)
–Museum of Fine Arts, Dijon FR (2010)
–Danish Institute of Electro/acoustic Music, Aarhus DK (2010)
–Bent Festival, New York City NY USA (2010)
–DA Festival, Sofia, BG (2009)
–Future of Light/Future of Sound, Goldsmiths, London, UK (2009)
–OHP Festival, Malmo, SE (2009)
–KUMU, Tallinn, EE (2009)
–Nu-Fest, Padova IT (2008)
–Lab.30 Festival, Augsburg, DE (2008)
–Almost Cinema Festival, Gent, BE (2008)
–DNK, Amsterdam, NL (2008)
–Full Pull Festival, Malmo, SE (2008)
–NETMAGE Festival, Bologna, IT (2008)
–“Waves” Exhibition, Phoenix Halle, Dortmund, DE (2008)
–Residency, STEIM, Amsterdam NL (2008)
–Residency, Tesla, Berlin DE (2007)

RAND [w/ Rob Curgenven]
–OT301, Amsterdam, NL (2007)
–<tag>, Den Haag, NL (2007)
–Alula Ton Series, Leipzig, DE (2007)
–Hoerbar, Hamburg, DE (2007)

resonanCITY [w/ Sara Kolster]
–Passengers International Festival of Public Art, Warsaw, PL (2007)
–International Festival of Computer Arts, Maribor, SI (2007)
–Video In Studios, Vancouver, CA (2006)
–Denver University, Denver, USA (2006)
–Art Museum of Nantes, Nantes, FR (2005)
–Awarded Second Prize, WRO Biennale, Wroclaw, PL (2005)
–FILE Festival, Sao Paulo, BR (2005)
–Dutch Filmfestival, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2005)
–Transmediale, Berlin, DE (2005)
–Videomedeja, Novi Sad, SRB (2005)
–Festival Pomladi, Ljubljana, SI (2005)
–BEK, Bergen, NO (2005)
–Kunstraum, Innsbruck, AT (2005)
–Helikunst, Sadamateater, Tartu, EE (2004)
–Piksel04 Festival, Bergen, NO (2004)
–Arts+Communications 7, Riga, LV (2004)
–Residency, K@2, Liepaja LV (2003)

OZONE [w/ Bas van Koolwijk]
–Earational Festival, S’Hertogenbosch, NL (2003)
–Medienturm, Graz AT (2003)

SELECTED WORKSHOPS

NEANDERTHAL ELECTRONICS/EXPR SOUND INSTRUMENTS
–MAAJAAM, Otepää EE (2013)
–Migrating Art Academies, Berlin DE (2013)
–Sibelius Academy, Helsinki FI (2012)
–Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus DK (2012)
–Estonian Academy of Arts, Media Dept, Tallinn EE (2012)
–Danish Institute of Electro/acoustic Music, Aarhus DK (2011)
–MediaLab, Aalto University, Helsinki FI (2010-14)
–Nordic Sound Art Masters Program, Malmo SE (2010, 2012)
–Apparat, Aalborg DK (2010)
–Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main DE (2010)
–Ptarmigan, Helsinki FI (2010)
–Queen Street Studios, Belfast, UK (2009)
–Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen, DK (2009)
–WORM, Rotterdam, NL (2009)
–Lydgalleriet/Piksel, Bergen, NO (2009)
–Tartu Art Week, Tartu, EE (2009)

SOUNDBOXES
–BITEVILNIUS Festival, Vilnius LT (2014)
–WORM, Rotterdam NL (2014)
–Mini-Maker Faire, Santiago CL (2013)
–Ptarmigan, Tallinn EE (2013)
–STPLN, Malmo SE (2013)
–Sonic College, Haderslev DK (2012, 2013)
–Norberg Festival, Norberg SE (2012)
–Student Centre, Zagreb HR (2012)
–University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield UK (2012)
–Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aalborg, DK (2011)
–LJUD/Huset, Aarhus, DK (2011)
–Share Conference, Belgrade SRB (2011)
–UH Fest 2010 Go Social! Tour, HU (2010)
–NK Projekt, Berlin DE (2010, 2012, 2013)

SOUND+SPACE AWARENESS
–Marfa Book Company, Marfa TX USA (2013)
–RISEBA, Riga LV (2012)
–Estonian Academy of Arts, Media Dept, Tallinn EE (2012)
–Carleton College/IES Abroad, Berlin DE (2011)
–Tuned City/Give Me 5, Nuremberg DE (2011)
–Aarhus University, Aarhus DK (2011)
–Estonian Academy of Arts, Architecture Dept, Tallinn EE (2011)
–Danish Institute of Electro/acoustic Music, Aarhus DK (2011)
–Harvestworks, New York City NY USA (2010)
–Tuned City, Tallinn EE (2010)
–Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Cologne DE (2010)
–De Paviljeons, Almere, NL (2008)

TONEWHEELS
–Manege/Museum Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa, Moscow RU (2014)
–DA Festival, Sofia, BG (2009)
–TONEWHEELS, “Waves” Exhibition, Phoenix Halle, Dortmund, DE (2008)

PURE DATA
–Pure Data, RISEBA, Riga LV (2011)
–Werkleitz/Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Halle, DE (2008)
–Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen, DK (2008)
–Videographe, Montreal, CA (2006)
–Video In Studios, Vancouver, CA (2006)
–Sibelius Academy, Helsinki FI (2006)
–Denver University, Denver, USA (2006)
–Film Department, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA (2006)
–BEK, Bergen, NO (2005)
–Waygood Gallery, Newcastle, UK (2004)
–Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK (2004)
–MUTE magazine, London, UK (2004)
–Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam, NL (2004)

OTHER
–Create Digital Music Hacklab, CTM Festival, Berlin DE (2013)
–Pure Data FLOSS Manual, NK Projekt, Berlin DE (2010)
–Ardour FLOSS Manual, moddr, Rotterdam NL (2009)
–xxxxx_temporary_structures, Club Transmediale, Berlin, DE (2009)

SELECTED INSTALLATIONS

DELILAH TOO
–Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg DE (2015)

TONEWHEELS
–Le Festival Accès(s), Pau FR (2012)

RAINFOREST [w/ Mads Bech Paluszewski-Hau]
–LAK Festival for Nordic Sound Art, Copenhagen DK (2012)
–BYiBY, Aarhus DK (2012)
–Full Pull Festival, Malmö SE (2011)
–Club Transmediale, Berlin, DE (2011)
–Piksel Festival, Bergen NO (2010)

SOUNDTRANSIT [w/ Sara Kolster, Marc Boon]
–De Paviljeons, Almere, NL (2008)
–Galerija Galzenica, Velika Gorica, HR (2008)
–Art Center Nabi, Seoul KR (2006)
–Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth NZ (2006)

OZONE [w/ Bas van Koolwijk]
–WAVES Festival, Riga LV (2006)
–European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück DE (2004)

OTHER
–SoundBoxes, Muu for Ears, MUU Gallery, Helsinki FI (2012)
–SonicOverlayMETAville (w/ EXYZT), Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, IT (2006)
–Sonic Overlay, Centraal Station, Eindhoven, NL (2006)

RESIDENCIES

–MOKS, Mooste EE (2012)
–Danish Institute of Electro/acoustic Music, Aarhus DK (2011)
–Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Cologne DE (2009)
–Access Space, Sheffield, UK (2008)
–Tesla, Berlin DE (2007)
–Elektronmusikstudion EMS/Fylkingen, Stockholm SE (2007)
–Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (SCANZ), New Plymouth NZ (2006)
–STEIM, Amsterdam NL (2005, 2008)
–Medienturm, Graz AT (2003)
–K@2, Liepaja LV (2003)

ONLINE PROJECTS

–Soundtransit.nl (w/ S. Kolster, M. Boon) (2006)
–Berlin.Soundscape-FM.net (w/ S. Kolster, M. Boon) (2005)
–Soundscape-FM.net (w/ S. Kolster, Y. Dauby) (2004)
–Karosta Project (w/ S. Kolster) (2002)
–Radio Jeleni, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ (2000)

SELECTED LECTURES

“Probing the Past: A Media Archaeology of Handmade Electronic Sound”
–MusicMakers Hacklab, CTM Festival, Berlin DE (2014)

“A Brief History of Optical Sound”
–Eye for an Ear Festival, Berlin DE (2013)
–Danish Institute of Electro/acoustic Music, Aarhus DK (2010)
–Electronic Music Foundation, New York City NY USA (2010)
–Future of Light/Future of Sound, Goldsmiths, London, UK (2009)
–Tesla, Berlin DE (2008)
–Nu-Fest, Padova IT (2008)

“Tuned City: Sound+Space Speculation”
–Helikoosolek, Tartu EE (2010)
–Electronic Music Foundation, New York City NY USA (2010)
–Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Cologne DE (2009)

“Tactical Media”
–University of Utrecht, Utrecht NL (2003)
–Medienturm, Graz AT (2003)
–SESC, Sao Paulo BR (2002)

SELECTED CURATION/ORGANIZATION

–LAK Festival for Nordic Sound Art, Copenhagen DK (2013)
–Tuned City, Cultural Capital, Tallinn EE (2011)
–Sommercampworkstation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE (2009)
–Tuned City Event for Sound+Architecture, Berlin DE (2008)
–Impakt Festival, Utrecht NL (2003)
–Next 5 Minutes Festival of Tactical Media, De Balie, Amsterdam NL (2003)
–Acoustic.Space.Lab RIXC, Riga LV (2001)

SELECTED RELEASES

–”Machine Deva” Soundtrack, Derek Holzer & Steve Holzer, self-released USA/DE (2012)
–”Improvisations: febr-apr 2007″, Derek Holzer & Rob Curgenven, self-released DE (2007)
–”Mandorla Autumn Soundscapes”, Various Artists, Mandorla MX (2007)
–”Recorded in the Field By…”, Various Artists, Gruenrekorder DE (2006)
–”Phonography.org 7″, Various Artists, and/OAR Records USA (2005)
–”Untitled Songs. 49 Years From Gesang Der Jünglinge (2005-1956)”, Various Artists, Sirr Records PT (2005)
–”Connected Dots Connected Ideas”, Various Artists, Frozen Elephants Music DE (2005)
–”Kosta”, Oloolo & Derek Holzer, Nexsound UA (2004)

AWARDS

–Stipend, Foundation of Lower Saxony, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg DE (2014)
–Grand Prize 2006 for Soundtransit.nl (w/ S. Kolster, M. Boon), NetArts.Org, Tokyo JP (2006)
–Second Prize for resonanCITY (w/ S. Kolster), WRO Biennale, Wroclaw, PL (2005)
–Two Year Basis Stipendium, Fonds voor beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam NL (2005)

SELECTED CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIUMS

–Share Conference, Belgrade SRB (2011)
–Future of Light/Future of Sound, Goldsmiths, London, UK (2009)
–Arts+Communications 7: Trans-Cultural Mapping Festival, RIXC, Riga, LV (2004)
–Trans-Cultural Mapping: Iceland Inside and Out, LORNA, Reykjavik, IS (2004)
–Tactical Media Lab Brasil, Sao Paulo, BR (2002)
–Net.Congestion Festival of Streaming Media, Amsterdam, NL (2000)
–Arts + Communications 4, Re-Lab, Riga, LV (2000)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

–Vague Terrain 19: Schematic as Score, Vague Terrain Journal, Toronto CA (2011)
–Ardour FLOSS Manual, FLOSS Manuals, Amsterdam NL (2009)
–Pure Data FLOSS Manual, FLOSS Manuals, Amsterdam NL (2008)
–Artist feature (w. B. van Koolwijk), Camera Austria 83/2003, Graz AT (2003)