Benjamin Kolaitis is a Melbourne-based contemporary instrument builder, sound artist and sculptural artist. He works with sculpture, sound, electronics and programming to develop kinetic interactive sound sculptures, invented instruments and improvised performances.
Dedicated to promoting new insights into contemporary instrument building and technology in the arts, Benjamin also co-directs Media Lab Melbourne, an artist-run community that promotes and educates artists and creative thinkers about the role of technology in creative practice. A key feature of his work is play, engagement and community.
Through his exploration of contemporary musical instrument-building techniques, such as engagement with materials, sonic potential, participatory engagement and performance, Ben seeks to expand the role of the musical instrument. It is here that Benjamin seeks to highlight our symbiotic ontological relationship with sonic apparatus as a site where the human and the non-human meet. Benjamin has presented installations, unique handmade electronic instruments and workshops for Next Wave Festival 2012, the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013, Experimenta 2011 Biennial Festival, What is Music? Festival 2010, and Liquid Architecture 2009.
He also co-curated and co-directed the Handmade Music Festival in 2011.
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