Gabey Tjon a Tham

After many years of collaboration with TodaysArt, Gabey Tjon a Tham will participate in Crossing Parallels' matching programme. Together with FIBER festival she is working on algorithmic time. Gabey want to find a more flexible way of experiencing algorithimic time, that is way closer to the human experience of time.


The human experience of time changed drastically since the presence of complex digital technologies in our daily lives. The current 'human' expierence of time cannot exist without the time that is hidden in our tools and technologies. But, time in the digital domain and the analogue domain are controlled by totally different types of clock mechanisms.

The human experience of time is subjective, versatile and continuous. On the other hand, our lives are controlled by algorithms that feed themselves through their presence in almost every area of our lives: universal models that are optimized for efficiency, innovation and exponential growth. In the digital universe, time (T) is a measurable number of discrete, consecutive steps.

Gabey Tjon a Tham wants to grasp our experience of digital time by looking at the similarities between how we and computers think, especially in the architecture of code and the functioning of our brain. She wants to explore various models deriving from a historical, media theoretical, cognitive scientific context, offering perspectives that could embody a more fluid reality of what algorithmic time might be. These models she will interpret in their own way to create a new audiovisual vocabulary with contemporary technologies. The starting point is to use fundamental elements that are most prominent in our digital systems, but for us quite invisible: the binary and feedback system.

Gabey Tjon a Tham


Gabey Tjon a Tham is an installation artist who transforms spaces into sensory and immersive environments through kinetic machines, light, and sound. She observes behaviours and patterns in nature from where she extracts and assembles fundamentals. By inventing techniques and mechanical sculptures, she creates what she calls ‘natural-mechanical choreographies’, poetically exploring the relationship between humans, nature and technology.

In her works the technology has a logic on its own, it conflicts and harmonizes. The artist develops techniques and invents mechanical sculptures that embed different materials and perform at different poetic levels. Hereby natural-mechanical choreographies arise. The works invite us to wonder at, contemplate, and investigate.



This project is a collaboration with FIBER festival.