Gertjan Adema
kinetic light installations



Festivals & Exhibitions:

26 April - 4 May 2024: Marbles - Kronach Leuchtet (Germany)

16 March 2024: Melting - Makersfestival Zwolle (The Netherlands)

20 Feb. - 3 March 2024: Marbles - Caprera Licht Festival Bloemendaal (The Netherlands)

18 Jan. - 03 Feb. 2024: Marbles - Canary Wharf Winter Lights London(UK)

28 Sept. - 07 Oct. 2023: Marbles - Jyväskylä City of Light (Finland)

19-20 August 2023: Marbles - Maker Faire Hannover (Germany)

16-19 February 2023: Marbles - Bright Festival Brussels (Belgium)

02-26 February 2023: Fragmented Appearances - Copenhagen Light Festival (Denmark)

20-22 Januari 2023: Marbles - Academiehuis / Grote Kerk Zwolle (The Netherlands)

19 January 2023: Marbles - Grand opening Academiehuis / Grote Kerk Zwolle (The Netherlands)

18-28 January 2023: Fragmented Appearances - Winter Lights 2023 Canary Wharf -London (UK)

27 December 2022: Fragmented Appearances - Lichtjeswandeling Zwolle (The Netherlands)

14-18 December 2022: Fragmented Appearances - The Hague Highlights (The Netherlands)

30 Sept. - 9 Okt. 2022: Marbles - Essen Light Festival (Germany)

15-17 September 2022: Marbles - Visualia Pula (Croatia)

23-24 July 2022: Fragmented Appearances - Fabriek Magnifique (The Netherlands)

28 May 2022: Fragmented Appearances - IJsseltheaterfietstocht (The Netherlands)

11 Dec 2022: Fragmented Appearances - Co-Workersday (The Netherlands)

24 June - 11 July 2021: Fragmented Appearances - Proto Zwolle 2021 (The Netherlands)

25 Sept. - 4 Oct. 2020: Berlin Leuchtet (Germany)

31 Aug. - 15 Sept 2020: University of Twente (The Netherlands)

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29 Aug. 2020: Wie is er Doorgedraaid? - Zwolle (The Netherlands)

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12-15 March 2020: Luminale 2020 - Frankfurt/Offenbach (Germany)

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21-22 December 2019: Orbitfest Groningen - artiest in focus(The Netherlands)

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12-14 December 2019: De Tuin der Lusten (The Netherlands)

26-28 September 2019: Jyväskylä - City of Light 2019 (Finland)

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20-28 October 2018: Woest & Bijster - Bennekom (The Netherlands)

Kinetic installation 'Fragmented Appearances'
A giant humming top with mirror mosaic plays with your inner and outer reflections.
Height installation 2,4m

Fragmented Appearances - demo:


Kinetic installation 'Marbles'

The installation is a large marble track that rotates itself. The marble track is 3.8m high and has the shape of a marble. The marble track is illuminated with 60m digital LED strips. The marble track follows the surface of a sphere (a marble) and spirals around the sphere from top to bottom. With a spindle at the axis of the installation, the marble is lifted to the top again.

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Performance: Humming around and around ...
Spectacular giant humming tops, together with dance and live music, transport you into their movement and sound, providing a playful and enchanting performance.

Wie is er doorgedraaid? - demo:


Curriculum Vitae

Gertjan Adema (Bolsward, The Netherlands, 1971)

Gertjan Adema performs with his innovative productions at all kinds of festivals and stages. He works multidisciplinary with live music, soundscape, light, dance and kinetic installations.

For light-art festivals he makes kinetic stand-alone installations. Characteristic of his work is that he uses different elements and techniques. He combines and changes the elements in such a way that a new construction is created with new properties and its own appearance. Before applying these elements and techniques, he studies them thoroughly so that he can mix, change and manipulate them to create his own structures. By using contradictions and similarities, his work is ambiguous, leaving room for the public to discover its own images.

The slowly repetitive and rotating movements of his installations create a meditative, playful and alienating atmosphere. They use toys as one of the basic forms and are therefore accessible and recognizable for all ages. One of the installations is a gigantic humming top with mirror mosaic, in which the reflections of the mosaic provide a beautiful connection between the installation and its surroundings. The soundscape is based on sounds of glass and humming tops. His latest work is an enormous marble run, which rotates in its entirety and has the shape of a marble. The repetition of the shape of the marble in the marble track and the movement of the entire track together with the marble creates a special play of geometry and movement. The entire track is illuminated with programmed LED strips.

With use of crowdfunding he managed to renovate the giant humming tops of the Dutch composer Peter Schat (1935-2003). With these tops he has a production with dance, live-music and soundscape.

Together with Nazeer Abdulhai he has a duo with ud (Arabic lute) and guitar. This duo uses improvised and composed music with a large range of variety in styles and makes a beautiful en exceptional connection between Eastern and Western music.

Gertjan plays solo classical guitar, with music from Spain and Latin America, Arabic inspired music, ballads from Persia and raga's from India. Some of his music is recorded on video- presentations.

After his study mechanical engineering at the University of Twente Gertjan worked as aerodynamic designer of wind-turbine blades. He studied classical guitar at the conservatory of Zwolle by Jacob Vlijm, with masterclasses from Odair Assad, Michael Tröster and Carlo Marchioni.


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