Paper Ensemble 


Since 2007 Jochem van Tol | The Paper Ensemble has performed and exhibited extensively abroad, especially in Japan amongst artists like Yoko Ono, John Cage, Mamoru, Francis Alys, Yukio Fujimoto, Toshi Ichiyanagi and Kenichi Nakagawa.

“With their project the Paper Ensemble they give the visitor the opportunity to have an aesthetic experience that would remain hidden if not presented through the work of art. They challenge the borders of what we would define as an object, an image or a (musical) sound.
They could be heard as regular sounds, or (when blowing against a sheet of the thinnest paper) not been heard at all, but by putting these sounds in a specific composition, well timed and precisely played, the sounds attain a musical and performative quality that challenges the visitor’s awareness of sound and music in general.
The Paper Ensemble catches the magic of a silent material and enlarges it in a poeticand moving way.”  (MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan)

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If silence is considered music, the only thing we can measure is time          

           Brightness is  the area where eye  and ear meet 

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The Paper Ensemble was founded by Jochem van Tol and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti in 2007.

We developed a series of sculptural paper instruments and installations, emerged from a research about sound, listening and composition. The performances of the Paper Ensemble bridges the worlds of the Sculptor and the Musician. This resulted in a new vocabulary of movement.

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# 9

Is it possible to wrinkle, fold, furl and turn an 100 square meters sheet of paper into an imaginative and interesting musical landscape? Visit performance #9 by the Paper Ensemble and you'll be convinced.

The intriguing music and dance performance is created for gigantic pieces of paper and smaller musical paper sculptures. In 3 chapters they show how much the is to discover, hear and see in the musical possibilities of the material paper.

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In #10, the sound and the performers disappeared. What is left, is the movement of one big sheet of paper.

This silent panorama is Jochem van Tol’s most minimal work. With the use of light and heat, he tries to touch the borders between silence and sound. A true spectacle of moving shadows.

                                                   Photo: Mirjana Vrbaski