From 1985, the beginning of their collaboration in Amsterdam, Bosch & Simons have been involved in performances, concerts and theatre productions. Since 1990, however, they have focused in particular on the development of autonomous “music machines”. Since then they have produced a large series of works based on vibration and resonance, characterized by unstable balances which the slightest change could disturb enough to produce an unpredictable outcome.
The Krachtgever is their best-known piece for its Golden Nica, received in 1998 at the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz. Other projects are Cantan un Huevo, awarded at the 29th Competition of Electro-acoustic Music and Sound Art, Bourges, 2002, or Aguas Vivas, which obtained a mention at VIDA 6.0, Madrid, 2003. In 2009 a retrospective exhibition of their work was held at La Tour du Pin, France, curated by GRAME, Lyon. The same year they premiered Bang Spring Time in Valencia. In 2012 they premiered Mirlitones at the exhibition “Kunst Werkt” in DordtYart, Dordrecht and Wilberforces at “Winter Sparks”, FACT, Liverpool. Mirlitones was shown in a new, improved form at the ICMC 2013 in Perth/Fremantle and at the Sound travels in Sound Art Festival, Toronto, 2015. Mirlitones was redesigned again for the exhibition “Arte sonoro en España, 1961-2016”, Museo Fundación Juan March, Palma de Mallorca, 2016. Último Esfuerzo Industrial II-IV was premiered at the MEM festival, Bilbao, 2014 and has been shown in 2016 at Radical dB, Etopía, Zaragoza, and at the XXIII Festival Punto de Encuentro, Centro del Carmen, Valencia, in collaboration with Katherine Liberovskaya. Their latest work Último Esfuerzo Rural III was premiered at the art fair justMAD, Madrid, 2017 within the framework of the just TECH Art Prize. New versions of this project will be shown at the Museum Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain, DA_Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria and the November Music festival, Bois-le-Duc, Netherlands (all 2017).
Peter Bosch (1958) studied psychology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam (1976-‘83) and thereafter studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (1986-‘87). Simone Simons (1961) studied at the audiovisual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (1980-‘85). Since 1997 they work and live in Valencia, Spain.