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TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC is working with the invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit.

In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances the temporal dimension of architecture by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal, time and space converse.

His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music.


Born in 1972 (Ljubljana – Slovenia), he received BA - main subject clarinet - at Trondheim Music Conservatory (Norway), BA in music composition and MA at Interfaculty Image and Sound – ArtScience, both at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague - The Netherlands, where he also followed Sonology course.


His works were shown and performed in various art galleries, museums and  music festivals across Europe. Among others: Kapelica Gallery -Ljubljana, Public Space With a Roof Gallery (PSWAR) - Amsterdam, Ars Electronica Festival - Linz - Austria, Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana, AV Festival - Newcastle Upon Tyne, SKUC Gallery - Ljubljana, State Museum of Contemporary Art - Thessaloniki - Greece, De Appel - Amsterdam, Madrid Abierto - Madrid, Musica a Metronom - Barcelona, Gaudeamus Music Week – Amsterdam, Forum neuer Musik  - Köln, festival of contemporary music Contemporanea 2004 – Udine, CMMAS - Morelia, Mexico, Moon Life Concept Store, Shanghai, Toonspur - MuseumsQuartier, Vienna ...

He was commissioned pieces by Barton Workshop Ensemble (Amsterdam), Percussion Group The Hague and Slovenian Cinematheque.

In 1996 he formed together with Tomaz Grom electroacoustic improv duo TILT, with  which he performs live.


As improviser he has performed with Will Guthrie, Alzheimer Trio, Riccardo Massari Spiritini, Gilles Aubry, Nicolas Field, Sabine Vogel, Dirk Bruinsma, Jonas Kocher, Michel Doneda ...

He has released two CDs with duo Tilt.


He is founder of international cycle of sound events, lectures and workshops  Bitshift in Kapelica Gallery - Ljubljana, which started in 2001.

In 2008 and 2011 he got awarded Startstipendium from The Netherlands Fundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture - Mondriaan Fonds.

In 2010 his work Virtual Mirror - Rain got awarded Hybrid Arts Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.


Tao is currently research fellow at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design (KHiB), within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, from 2013 - 2016.