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‘Boem BOem a percussion instrument of monumental proportions that with its inhuman power makes your body tremble with fear.’ – Matteo Marangoni, Neural Magazine.

The name Boem BOem came from the sound poem “Boem Paukeslag” by Paul van Ostaijen. This installation is a visceral acoustic instrument constructed from two heavy duty accelerated baseball machines that fire balls 15 meters through the air with relentless rhythms at a speed of 150 km/h, propelling them to strike two wooden resonating boxes. The force of this hit ricochets the balls back another 15 meters through the air to land inside resonating catchers, which feed the balls back into the system.

Boem BOem shoots these streams of balls in different compositions, from funky rhythms composed by Vermeulen to less.defined algorithmic compositions by the machine itself. These violent yet playful compositions are fired audibly and visibly, each hit reflects and resonates the space around the bodies of the audience.

This work was created as part of the Summer Sessions network with V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, with the generous support of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The Physical Rhythm Machine / Boem BOem won the ArtScience department award at the Royal Art Academy (KABK) and was even nominated for the ‘PiketKunstprijzen’ painting prize in 2017. Since then, Boem BOem has been shown in various contexts, from white cubes to media festivals like Ars Electronica and clubs including Berlin’s Berghain.

  • Kunstencentrum STUK

    Leuven (BE)

  • 27.09.2018 28.09.2018
  • Museum Nacht, V2_

    Rotterdam (NL)

  • 03.03.2018 03.03.2018
  • Art Rotterdam, Tec Art

    Rotterdam (NL)

  • 07.02.2018 11.02.2018
  • CTM Festival, Halle Am Berghain

    Berlin (DE)

  • 30.01.2018 02.02.2018
  • Ars Electronica

    Linz (AT)

  • 07.09.2017 11.09.2017
  • Into The Great Wide Open

    Vlieland (NL)

  • 31.08.2017 03.09.2017
  • Graduation Exhibition
    Royal Academy of the Arts

    The Hague (NL)

  • 30.06.2017 06.07.2017
  • ArtScience Preview Exhibition

    The Hague (NL)

  • 11.05.2017 13.05.2017
  • iii's No Patent Pending #27, Wd4X

    The Hague (NL)

  • 21.04.2017 21.04.2017
  • Industrial Art Biennial

    Labin, Croatia

  • 30.09.2016 30.09.2016