mi casa. // tobias c. van Veen
tobias c. van Veen, b. 1978, is currently hiding out in Whistler & observing the ravages of the world while immersing himself in the snow and rock of the coast mountains. Otherwise known as a renegade theorist and a turntablist practitioner of the technology arts, tobias is adept with decks and words, ups and downs, media and the arts, cracks and crevasses.
As of 2014, tobias is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Communications at the Université de Montréal and a Visiting Tutor at Quest University.
art & academe. Since 1993 tobias has disseminated and exhibited work in sound, radio & net-art, performing and intervening with laptop and turntables, renegade soundsystems and sonic rituals [quadrantcrossing]. His work on philosophy of technology, Afrofuturism & technoculture has been disseminated worldwide. Tobias holds an Ad Personam PhD from McGill University in Philosophy and Communication Studies. He also mixes a mean absynthe martini. His 2003-2009 blog, Hallucinations & Antics, is here.
tobias has curated and performed with STEIM, the New Forms Festival, the Banff New Media Institute at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Eyebeam, VIVO, MUTEK, MDCN.ca, the Vancouver New Music Society and Hexagram. His writing has been translated into Spanish, Lithuanian and French and his sound & net.art disseminated through Rhizome.org, Javamuseum.org, Kunstradio, BURN.fm, CiTR, Juniradio.net and Alt-X. He has sonic and mix releases on No Type’s BricoLodge and the and/OAR labels. Tobias is director of the experimental electronic label IO SOUND and records under various heteronyms.
curatorial & direction. From 1993-2000 tobias was Direktor of the sonic performance <ST> Collective [shrumtribe.com] in Vancouver. He is co-founder of technoWest.org with DJ Dub Gnostic, controltochaos.ca with DJ FISHEAD, tri.phonic with Daniel Gardner and VJ Johnny Ranger, and thisistheonlyart.com with artist ssiess. From 2002-2007 tobias was Director of UpgradeMTL [upgrademtl.org] with curators Sophie Le Phat-Ho and Anik Fournier, founding member of Upgrade International, and Concept Engineer at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT.qc.ca]. His last exhibition, espaceSONO :: audio.lab, presented 36 global sound-artists in a uniquely constructed listening environment at the SAT[GALERIE] in Fall 2007.
editorial. As a gonzo journalist of electronic music culture, and as a theorist of the politics and philosophy of technology and culture, tobias has written for CTheory, EBR, Bad Subjects, Leonardo, Locus Suspectus, FUSE, e/i, WIRE, HorizonZero, Discorder, and Autonomedia, among other fine outlets. From 2010 to 2012 tobias was Managing Editor of Dancecult: Journal for Electronic Dance Music Culture.
sound. Djing since 1993, tobias’ style is marked by the cut-up & non-linear mixing styles of 3-deck future techno & house: Detroit, minimal, dub, glitch & acid. As a techno-turntablist he has honed his craft among radical sonicultures, seeking new & obscure sounds to move the body, always dedicated to the underground sound. tobias has dj’ed worldwide, from Eyebeam in NYC to Amsterdam’s Melkweg and STEIM, Barcelona’s Coldcreation Gallery to Noah Pred’s Fukhouse night in Toronto. Tobias hosts the ION STORM mix show on DERadio.ca; his DJ mixes & archived shows can be found at [djtobias.com] or on soundcloud.com/djtobias.