Curriculum Vitae

Thom Kubli 2017 @ FILE Festival, São Paulo

Thom Kubli works as an artist and composer in Berlin. His practice is multidisciplinary, blending elements of composition, sculpture, and conceptual approaches. His installation pieces oscillate between spectacle and contemplation, exploring the social implications of physical space and virtual presence. Kubli often collaborates with scientific institutions like the MIT Media Lab or the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to devise new technologies and materials.

His performances and installations have been shown internationally, amongst others at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, Ars Electronica, Linz, Transmediale, Berlin, Eyebeam, NYC, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, FILE, São Paulo, LABoral, Spain, and in numerous art galleries. His composition pieces and experimental radio plays have been widely broadcasted through public radio stations as WDR, DLRK, ORF, SRF, and others.


2021 Visual Arts: Personal Grant, UBS Culture Foundation, Zürich
2018 Visiting Artist Grant, MIT Media Lab, Boston
2018 Project Grant, Migros Culture Percentage, Zürich
2018 Research Grant, Hasler Foundation, Bern
2018 Project Grant, Göhner Foundation, Zug
2018 Jury Selection, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo
2017 Project Grant, Capital Culture Fund, Berlin
2015 Artist in Residence SCALAR, Seydisfjordur, Iceland
2012 Artist in Residence EMPAC, Troy, New York
2010 Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, EMPAC, Troy, New York
2009 Project Stipend, Kunststiftung NRW, Cologne
2007 Project Stipend, Filmförderung NRW, Cologne
2006 Artist in Residence, TESLA, Berlin
2005 Artist in Residence EMPAC, Troy, New York
2005 Honorable Mention Category Interaction, Transmediale Festival, Berlin
2003 First Price Category Interaction, Viper Festival, Basel
2003 Honorable Mention Category Interaction, Transmediale Festival, Berlin

Selected Solo-Exhibitions

2019 Radiosands, HeK/Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel
2019 Radiosands, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
2015 Black Hole Horizon, Kunstverein Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt
2012 Black Hole Horizon, EMPAC, Troy, New York
2008 Record Attempt, Figge Von Rosen Galerie, Cologne
2006 Global Contentifier, Open Studio, TESLA, Berlin
2005 Monochrome Transporter, Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, Cologne
2004 Determinale Verschweifungen, New Museum of Contemporary Art,
New York City (in collaboration with Sven Mann)

Selected Group-Exhibitions

2020 Dystopie Sound Art Festival, Berlin
2019 Human Limitations – Limited Humanity, Ars Electronica, Linz
2018 Cultures Électronique et Arts Numériques, Scopitone Festival, Nantes
2017 Bubbling Universes, FILE Sáo Paulo
2017 Humansbeingdigital, The Lowry, Manchester
2016 Alchemists Of Our Time, Ars Electronica, Linz
2016 More Than Lovers, More Than Friends, Futura, Prague
2014 Marler Medienkunstpreis 2014, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl
2012 ACTIVE PRESENCE: Action, Object and Audience, LABoral, Gijon, Spain
2010 Marian Spore, New York City
2010 Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity, EMPAC, New York
2009 INSIDEOUT, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City
2008 Sonic Acts XII: Future Cinema, De Balie, Amsterdam
2005 What Sound Does a Color Make?, Eyebeam, New York City
2005 BASICS, Transmediale 05, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2003 Unter Strom, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
2003 Fly Utopia!, Transmediale 03, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2003 Zeitnah, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Audio Compositions

2021 Brazil Now, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
2021 ECHO (film score), Berlinale, Berlin
2021 Uninvited (film score), Louvre, Paris
2016 Children of the Convolution, Center for Contemporary Art Futura, Prag
2015 New York INSIDE, Ars Acustika, WDR, Cologne
2014 Labortag (with Lynn Hershman), ZKM, Karlsruhe
2013 Exrotasound, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2012 Record Attempt, LABoral, Gijon and MARCO, Vigo

Radio Play Compositions

2015 Die Wupper, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf
2015 Choco Be, Saarländischer Rundfunk
2014 Nicht Genug, Saarländischer Rundfunk
2014 Dancefloor Memories, Saarländischer Rundfunk
2013 Drei Menschen und das Salz im Meer, Deutschlandradio Kultur
2013 Das Hibernat, WDR
2012 Cici-Letters, WDR
2010 Zwang. Eine Haft. Eine Notiz, WDR
2009 Das Haus, WDR

Selected Bibliography/Print Media

Hannes Leopoldseder, Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker, Out Of The Box. The Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2019, P.56
Everything is a Project, Inventario #13, Milan, 2018, Cover
21st Japan Media Arts Festival, Catalogue, Tokyo, 2018, P.50
Bubbling Universes, FILE São Paulo 2017, FIESP, SESI, São Paulo, 2017, P.54-55
Hannes Leopoldseder, Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker, Radical Atoms and Alchemist of our Time, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2016, P.110
Georg Elben, Marler Medienkunstpreise 2013/2014, Wienand, Cologne, 2015, P.160-161
Marcel Marburger, Thom Kubli, Black Hole Horizon, Kunstverein Ingolstadt, 2015
Peter Kiefer, ed., Klangräume der Kunst, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2010, P.366-367.
Kathleen Forde, ed., Dancing on the Ceiling: Art and Zero Gravity, EMPAC, New York, 2010, P.22-23, 43.
Umi, The Politics of Sound: Thom Kubli´s Sound Installations, CASE DE HABITARE China, No.34, 2010, 61-63, P.130-131.
Alan Licht, Sound Art: Beyond Music, between Categories, Rizolli, New York City, 2007, P.119.
Kathleen Forde, What Sound Does A Color Make? Independent Curators International, New York City, 2005, P.23.
Christian Huther, Unter Strom: Klangskulpturen, Roboterplastiken, multimediale Installationen, Kunstforum No. 172, 2004, P.359.
Jürgen Kisters, Genlaboratorium, Kunstforum, Cologne, No. 155, 2001, P.383.

Selected Interviews

Vanessa Graf, Black Hole Horizon, Interview with Thom Kubli, Ars Electronica Blog (2016)
Emily Berçir Zimmerman, Interview with Thom Kubli, Contemporary Performance (2012)

Selected Online Media

Anya Ventura, Speculative machines produce existential wonder, Arts at MIT (2020)
Silas Marti, Festival de arte eletrônica troca videogames por obras esculturais, Folha De S.Paulo (2017)
Dominique Moulon, Ars Electronica, Bits and Atoms, (2016)
Roman Gerold, Ars Electronica: Und die Topfpflanzen gehen doch spazieren, (2016)
Alan Licht, The Complete Collection: Marian Spore, Rhizome (2011)
Ralph Gardner, Primordial Fear and Politics, The Wall Street Journal (2010)
Roberta Smith, What Sound Does a Color Make? Art in Review, The New York Times (2005)