ABOUT DANIEL MAALMAN
Daniel Maalman is an artist who generally works with sound in a wide spectrum, and through different media. In 2010 he graduated from the Media Art Department and the Department of Mixed Media on the AKI Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede in The Netherlands. He lives and works in The Netherlands.
As a sound artist he designs and builds site-specific compositions for spaces and objects, which turn these locations into temporary sound installations. During these projects he searches for sounds underneath the surfaces of objects and inside the materials that make up a structure, a space or a building and uses these sounds for his electromechanical compositions. These projects are made under the name of Lost & Found Orchestra since the end of 2015.
Editions of this project have been exhibited at Grasnapolsky Festival 2016&2017 in Radio Kootwijk (NL), in Etopia, Centre for Art & Technology in Zaragoza (ES), TENT Rotterdam (NL), WORM/Slash Gallery Rotterdam (NL) and Buitenland Openingsfestival in Nieuw-Amsterdam (NL).
Some of his installations that also have sound as an important component, but in a completely different way, are interactive and require the participation of the viewer. Often human communication is a reoccuring theme in these works. The audience participates by speaking into or communicating through the installations. Most of these installations have an emphasis on the side effects of technology and social media. Examples of installations like this are Shoutkast, Pick-up Line and Small Talk. Small Talk won the Blink Youngblood Award in 2010.
As a musician Daniel Maalman focuses on writing, performing and composing electronic music in which he blends and unifies several styles into a genre defying mix. He regularly performs live with his electronic music projects under the moniker of Polymer. He also performs these livesets in combination with a handmade collage-like visual performance, co-operating with visual artists Jan Barceló and Marta Lofi. This audiovisual show is called The Polymer Experience and has been performed on Action! Festival 2016 in Barcelona (ES), ZuiderFestival 2016 in Enschede (NL), SUN Festival 2016&2017 in Csobankapuszta (HU) and Paradigm Festival 2017 in Groningen (NL).
Since 2007, Daniel Maalman has had his installations shown regularly in art exhibitions and festivals around Europe, such as Contour Mechelen 2007 (BE), Gogbot Festival 2010, Enschede (NL), Mindmap 2012, Venray (NL), Art in Red Light/This Art Fair 2013,Amsterdam (NL), RE:Rotterdam 2012&2013 (NL), Twente Biënnale 2013, Enschede (NL), Oddstream Festival 2014, Nijmegen (NL), TecArt 2014, Rotterdam (NL), In/Visible Cities 2015, Gorizia (IT), Into The Great Wide Open Festival 2015 (NL), Grasnapolsky Festival 2016&2017, Radio Kootwijk (NL) Etopia, Center for Art & Technology 2016, Zaragoza (ES), TENT / WORM (Slash Gallery) Rotterdam 2017 (NL).