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 in the category of Digital Musics. Other projects are Cantan un Huevo, commissioned by the Ives Ensemble, Amsterdam, and 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 2011 Bang Spring Time was shown in an outdoors version at the Biennale Transitio in Mexico-City and more recently (2016) at the festival Punto de Encuentro, Centro del Carmen, 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. January 2016 Mirlitones was redesigned again for the exhibition “Arte sonoro en España, 1961-2016”, Museo Fundación Juan March, Palma de Mallorca. Último Esfuerzo Industrial II was premiered at the MEM festival, Bilbao, 2014 and has been shown thereafter at the exhibition A.N.T, Galería Punto, Valencia (2015) and at the festival Radical dB at Etopía, Zaragoza (2016). Their latest work, Último Esfuerzo Rural III—V was premiered at the justMAD art fair, Madrid (2017) and has been shown thereafter in the Museum Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Digital Arts Festival, Sofia and November Music, Bois-Le-Duc, Netherlands (all 2017). In 2018 Último Esfuerzo Rural III has been exhibited together with its predecessors I and II in Museo La Casa Gran, La Pobla de Vallbona, Spain. In 2019 they presented Último Intento Minero at the festival Callejón del Ruido, Guanajuato, Mexico, made with metal objects found in Guanajuato. Thereafter they premiered Arrhythmia in collaboration with Sergey Kostyrko (RU) at Finding Affinities, GYA, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle (Saale), Germany and Spring Tide at the outdoors exhibition Wadden Tide 2019, Blavandshuk, Denmark.
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.