Toni Brell
CV
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Brackish is an ongoing artistic research that explores hosting as a form of art. It researches the history and experience of the Dutch land reclamation project through narrative dinners and food tastings. With Brackish we create a multisensory frame that brings this research to life. Through taste, smell, sound, text and props, the audience is invited to immerse themselves in the unfolding narratives which surround a natural and cultural phenomenon such as the Dutch waterscapes.

Brackish is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project formed by the artists and writers Lila Bullen-Smith (ZA), Megan Hadfield (UK), and Toni Brell (DE).

In the past year we have hosted performances and events amongst others at Treehouse NDSM, at Zone2Source, at Into The Great Wide Open and for Sandberg Research.


Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.<br><br>Photos: Anna Theunissen
Installation view of “A Mouthful of Whispers” at Treehouse NDSM.

Photos: Anna Theunissen

Toni Brell works with narrative, sound and performance as tools for relation-making. Using scripted and non-scripted elements, Brell is interested in performance as a form of seduction, while creating situations in which an audience can react and relate to what they see.

Work
CV

Education

2021

MFA, Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

2018

BA, Visual Communication, Weissensee Academy of Art, Berlin, DE

2009

BA, Theatre and Media Studies, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, DE

Grants

2024

Stichting Stokroos, project Grant, NL

2024

Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, project Grant, NL

2023

Mondriaan Fonds, Artist Start Grant, NL

2022

TakeHeart research grant, funding for performance research, with Kati Masami Menze and Daria Nazarenko, DE

2021

Project grant, Student Council, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, NL

2017

Project grant, Mart Stam Stipend, Berlin, DE

Residencies and Research

2025

Forthcoming: Est-Nord-Est, artist in residence, St-Jean-Port-Joli, CA

2024

Forthcoming: Platform, artist in residence, Vaasa, FI

2024

BEK Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts, studio residency, Bergen, NO

2024

Maschinenhaus Essen, Tiny Tiny Residency, studio residency, somebody@maschinenhaus, with Kati Masami Menze, Essen, DE

2023

Saari Residency, Research Pavilion #5, research residency, with Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Mynämäki, FI

2023

IPOP’s Queer Feedback Sessions at DAS graduate school, Amsterdam, NL

2022

Ando Future Studios, research residency, with Kati Masami Menze and Daria Nazarenko, TAKEHEART Residency hosted by PACT Zollverein, DE

2022

Østfold International Theatre, Norway, studio residency, with Scores for Gardens, NO

2022

Worlds that World, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, mentorship programme, with Scores for Gardens, Vijfhuizen, NL

Selected exhibitions and performances

2024

Forthcoming: Radion, “dredged up / in the meantime / the boredom of a large mammal”, performance, as part of Night + Day, Amsterdam, NL

2024

Forthcoming: Bar Theo, sound performance and listening session, as part of Weather Report, curated by Sara Barbosa de Campos, Amsterdam, NL

2024

Mime Fabriek, “Lore or: An Etude for Pipes, Pumps, and Resistance Bands”, performance, work in progress, Amsterdam, NL

2024

Fries Museum, live sound-performance during finissage “Seeds of Memory”, with Toni Steffens and Antonella Fittipaldi. Concept and choreography: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Leeuwarden NL

2024

4bid Gallery, “Lore or: A gun, a French horn and a Chupa Chups lollipop from 1996”, solo-performance, work in progress, as part of “B.Base. A body based space”, Amsterdam, NL

2024

Maschinenhaus Essen, “A chronology of fiction: Between Memory and March”, piece-development and performance, with Kati Masami Menze, Essen, DE

2024

Sonic Acts Biennial, W139, “Still Life of a Laid Table with Lecithin and Voice”, installation and performance, with ghenwa noiré and Brackish, Amsterdam, NL

2023

Personeelskamer, “Lore or: To also cradle a cow”, as part of “Written in a kind of slang”, group-exhibition and solo-performance, work in progress, Amsterdam, NL

2023

Garage Rotterdam, “Lore or: The Flower Feeder”, solo-performance, work in progress, Rotterdam, NL

2023

Sipping Dunes, performance and Installation with Brackish, commissioned by Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, NL

2023

A Mouthful of Whispers – installation and performance at Treehouse NDSM, with Brackish, Amsterdam, NL

2023

Drifting Nocturnes, performance with Angeliki Tzortzakaki, at Augusta Gallery, HIAP, Helsinki, FI

2023

Augusta Gallery, HIAP, Research Pavilion #5, group exhibition, commissioned by Uniarts Helsinki, Helsinki, FI

2023

Zone2Source, A liquid performance tasting, curated by Simulacrum Magazine, with Brackish, Amsterdam, NL

2022

Zine Fest Rotterdam, performance, with Brackish, NL

2022

Affect Aliens & Revolutionary Despair, reading at Motto Berlin, curated by Lilly Markaki, DE

2022

Brackish, KunstHub Bink, group exhibition and performance, with Megan Hadfield, Lila Bullen-Smith and Catalina Reyes, NL

2022

Worlds that World, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, performance with Scores for Gardens, NL

2021

Roots and Wings, group exhibition, Het Hem, Zaandam, NL

2021

The Plottery, installation and workshops, at Rietveld Pavilion, Amsterdam, NL

2020

It’s dark, I lie awake again, performance, at The Grey Space in the Middle, Den Haag, NL

2017

Declaring Reason, group exhibition, Museum Meermanno, Den Haag, NL

2015

Bring out your death!, lecture performance at Verein der Gestaltung, Berlin, DE

Selected teaching and workshops

2024

Forthcoming: Het Verbond / Frascati, Touch as a Kind of Listening, sound and performance workshop, Amsterdam, NL,

since 2023

Design Academy Eindhoven, tutor for narrative and time-based media, Eindhoven, NL

2023

Maschinenhaus Essen, Exercises for Ungrounding as part of “Showcase 2023”, workshop with Kati Masami Menze and Daria Nazarenko, Essen, DE

2022

KABK, Fictions and Forecasts: Orbiting a collective body, workshop with Scores for Gardens, as part of movement Lab, Den Haag, NL

2022

Sandberg Instituut, Materialising Materials, storytelling and writing workshop, with Naomi Credé, NL

2022

Weissensee Academy of Art, tutor for digital design, Visual Communication, Berlin, DE

2021/2022

Academy of Art Leipzig, tutor for experimental zine-making as part of Undisciplinary Learning, together with District Berlin, Leipzig, DE

2021

Sandberg Instituut, Ghosts in the family, storytelling workshop, with Amy Suo Wu, Amsterdam, NL

2015

Think Twice Before You Think, Co-organiser of the discussion and prototyping workshop on the proposition of setting up a new design school. At Antiuniversity Now, with Sophie Dyer, London, UK

2015

Glasgow School of Art, Inside Out School, workshop on critical education, with Sophie Dyer, Thom Swann and Rosen Eveleigh, Glasgow, UK