Tom Tlalim Biography - 2008

Walking Through Walls

Tom Tlalim creates conceptual environments that manifest itself in sound art, performance, installation, text or music. His language is often abstract and focuses on kinetics and movement, but is informed by a central interest in data and patterns, especially those of spontaneous behavior within rational constraints, or the temporal relations between movement, space and memory, and how these influence human social interactions and conflicts.

After starting his career as a guitarist/songwriter in punk bands around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem’s underground scene, Tlalim developed a career as a film composer, collaborating with leading Israeli directors on award-winning films. In 2000, he moved to The Netherlands to complete two Master degrees in Composition and in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Informed by the vibrant interdisciplinary cultural world of the Netherlands, his artistic language developed from compositions, through sound art to generative new media installations, into research-based conceptual work. Tlalim's work is exhibited internationally at art events that include the 90 years Bauhaus in Weimar, the Venice Architecture Biennial, Transmediale, DEAF, Stroom Center for Visual Art, TodaysArt, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus music week, the 3rd international Deleuze Conference. His work is often featured in articles, reviews and interviews.

In 2009-10 he was invited to work as Artist In Residence at the Virtual Museum Zuidas in Amsterdam. The residency resulted in the essay The New Model City, which was published in the book Intimate Stories on Absence, and the video work Walking Through Walls, which was recently described and quoted by Dr. Patricia Pisters in her book on Deleuzian philosophy which is due on Stanford University Press in 2011. Tlalim developed a sound installation for the 90 Years Bauhaus Jubilee at Gaswerk, Weimar, in collaboration with Jan Trützschler and Mike Rijnierse, composed for ensembles and films, and collaborate with Arkadi Zaides, Francisco López, Talia Beck and Asher Tlalim. His work is supported by institutions including Stroom, The Hague, The Ministry of Culture, The Lottery Art Fund, AFK and The Fund for Visual Art, Design and Architecture. Since 2010 he is working on an Art-practice PhD researching Sound and Conflict with a full grant from the Dutch fund for Visual Art, Design and Architecture (BKVB). He currently composes the sound part of Shira and Gabriel Klasmer's work for the Ron Arad Curtain Call at the Roundhouse in London.