Allard van Hoorn, born February 29th, 1968 in Leiden, the Netherlands, is a sound-, installation- and performance artist creating choreographies for architecture, urban structures as musical scores, scenographies for the built environment and scripts for investigating our relationships to (public) spaces and nature.

'My main body of work consists of Urban Songlines, a utopian/dystopian series of collaborative translations of buildings, urban structures and public spaces into music through site-specific sound-generation. These performances are a way of connecting to places by listening to them as well as a research into how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it, discussing notions of inclusion, becoming and belonging.'

Work has been shown at institutions and events like the 11th Kaunas Biennial, 7th Bucharest Biennale, 1st Yinchuan Biennale, 6th Marrakech Biennale, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, 12th Biennal de la Havana (framework), 2013 Shenzhen / Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennial, 2010 Open/Invited EV+A, Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) - Lisbon, Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Fundazione Pistoletto - Biella, International Studio & Curatorial Program - New York, Art Rotterdam 2014 as Focused Artist, Blaffer art Museum - Houston, Centro Centro - Madrid, Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center - Cincinnati, de Appel arts centre - Amsterdam, Storefront for Art and Architecture - New York, Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam, Pinakothek der Moderne - Munich, Gasworks - London, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Shanghai, Van Abbemuseum - Eindhoven, Museo de Arte Moderna - Salvador de Bahia, Botkyrka konsthall - Tumba, The Moore Space - Miami, Museo de la Ciudad de México, the German Architectural Centre (DAZ) - Berlin, the Zendai MoMA - Shanghai and CCCB - Barcelona.

He was studio tutor at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio and guest tutor at the Royal College of Art both in London and The Sandberg Institute and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie both in Amsterdam. He has lectured on art as well as organized workshops and panels for, amongst others, V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Coservatoire - Tbilisi, School for Creative and Performing Arts - Cincinnati, US ESEC Toulouse Barcelona, Architectural Association Visiting School Penang - Malaysia, Rijksakademie Beamclub - Amsterdam, Gasworks - London, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas - Brussels, the Museo de Arte Moderna in Salvador de Bahia, the program Pensando en Voz Alta in Puebla, Mexico organized by Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex, at Sheffield Hallam University and the university for architecture UIC / ESARQ in Barcelona.

He has created content for publications like Elephant Magazine, Domus, Volume / Archis, Urban China, Glowlab, Seismopolite and is editor of HTV De IJsberg.

Platform for Urban Investigation

He is the founder and curator of the Platform for Urban Investigation, a nomadic, cross-disciplinary research academy investigating local urban environments around the world working with architects, designers, choreographers, musicians and visual artists.

OVERVIEW of work, solo and group exhibitions and performances can all be found under:

allard van hoorn / work


COMPLETE INFORMATION on all projects, exhibitions, special activities, workshops, bibliography etc. can be found under:

allard van hoorn / biography


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