Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Posted on December 8, 2008

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is a sound artist and musician based in Amsterdam and Ljubljana, working with the invisible ephemeral phenomena on one hand and the notion of space on the other. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit.

In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances the temporal dimension of architecture by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal, time and space converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.

Born in 1972 (Ljubljana – Slovenia), he received BA – main subject clarinet – at Trondheim Music Conservatory (Norway), BA in music composition and MA at Interfaculty Image and Sound – ArtScience, both at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague – The Netherlands, where he also followed Sonology course.

His works were shown and performed in various art galleries, museums and  music festivals across Europe. Among others: Kapelica Gallery -Ljubljana, Public Space With a Roof Gallery (PSWAR) – Amsterdam, Ars Electronica – Festival for Art Technology and Society – Linz – Austria, Museum of Modern Art – Ljubljana, AV Festival – Newcastle Upon Tyne, SKUC Gallery – Ljubljana, State Museum of Contemporary Art – Thessaloniki – Greece, De Appel – Amsterdam, Madrid Abierto – Madrid, Musica a Metronom – Barcelona, Gaudeamus Music Week – Amsterdam, Forum neuer Musik – Köln, EuroJazz Festival – Tomar – Portugal, festival of contemporary music Contemporanea 2004 – Udine, CMMAS – Morelia, Mexico …

He was commissioned pieces by Barton Workshop Ensemble (Amsterdam), Percussion Group The Hague and Slovenian Cinematheque.

In 1996 he formed together with Tomaz Grom electroacoustic improv duo TILT, with  which he performs live. He is working regulary with Brandon LaBelle on different projects and together with Radu Malffati they have created interactive concert/ installation ‘Inside Out” …

As improviser he has performed with Will Guthrie, Alzheimer Trio, Riccardo Massari Spiritini, The Same Girl (Gilles Aubry, Nicolas Field), Sabine Vogel, Dirk Bruinsma, Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Radu Malfatti…

He is founder of international cycle of sound events, lectures and workshops Bitshift in Kapelica Gallery – Ljubljana, which started in 2001. In 2008 he got awarded Startstipendium from The Netherlands Fundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture – Fonds BKVB. In 2010 his work Virtual Mirror – Rain got awarded Hybrid Arts Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.


Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Jonas Kocher, Michel Doneda, Tomaž Grom: Udarnik (Zavod Sploh/ L’Innomable, 2011)

Various Artists: From There To Now- part of Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection (Errant Bodies Press, 2010) book + cd

Various Artists: Avantgarde 008_009 (Kibla, 2009)

Tomaž Grom & Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec: Tilt (Zavod Sploh/ L’Innomable, 2007)

duo Tilt: Dvojnik/ The Double (It, )


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