residency at iii, Den Haag  

Mári Mákó and Sofie Kramer developed Monolith: a new pole-dancing instrument and performance together, exploring technical innovation and sensory experience through the means of sound and movement.

“We see that the mediator, the pole, is encapsulating the modern material world, which we transform with the help of sensory design. By turning the pole into a “living” entity with sounds, we can break down and develop another sense of ritual, connected to performance practice. The process of discovery is then a question of accepting to share control of a process with entities that are different from ourselves, and of being sensitive to the unexpected.”

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"This exciting debut is rather avant-garde electronic and post-club than neoclassical and makes you hungry for more controlled and confusing complexity."
Groove magazine

album release show, Rotterdam, 12th of May 2022

The EP of Mári Mákó, Oudemian, fuses introspective instrumental and vocal textures with live electronics. It is a sonic journey of finding inner strength through crisis, of overcoming existential angst and rebirth.

The title was invented as a combination of two-words: "Ouroboros" and "Demian." Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake biting its own tail representing the circle of life, and Hesse's novel Demian depicts a young boy struggling to find his new self-knowledge and his place in an immoral world. As it happens, Oudemian also holds an actual meaning in ancient Greek: "none."

The meeting of these concepts drive the narrative and musical evolution of the album, which moves from a place of fragility and mystery and arriving at a place of reflection.

This album of experimental electronic music contrasts dark synthesizer drones, glitch, and beats with organic orchestrations of acoustic instruments and the emotive power of the human voice.
It features Mako's self-designed and programmed electronic instrument called the Schmitt, which works with chaotic sound processes influenced by accelerometer and light sensors. Its constantly changing timbre channels life's uncertainty as it cuts through and fragments the flow and equilibrium of -string arrangements and distant voices singing mantras. As the album progresses, these elements converge over deep empowering beats that carry through a message of purpose.

'Rothko and me in the time of quarantine'

commission of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

The performance with Rothko’s painting had to be cancelled due to the lockdown.
However a fixed media piece was created inspired by this project.

‘Since the live performance couldn’t happen, I had to rethink the whole concept because the
essential part was to perform in the same room, with Rothko’s painting. To recreate that
atmosphere elsewhere is just simply impossible and I didn’t even want to attempt it. I see this piece as a reflection on acknowledging uncertainty, of being aware of
delays, and isolation; but being hopeful and knowing that it’s a transformation through which
we can come out stronger together. ‘



created by: Mári Mákó

premiere: iii workspa ce, Den Haag, 2019
collaboration with visual artists Oddkin (Márton Kabai & Natela Lemondzhava) and
Fazle Shairmahomed (dancer)

Hold, an hour-long multidisciplinary performance initaited by Mári Mákó. The artists goal was to explore together the notion of everlasting development of oneself and to reflect on the challenge of holding one’s ground in times of crisis. Together they merge sound art, performance, visual storytelling, sensory dance and spatial (multichannel) electroacoustic music.


Interdiscliplinary performance collective

with Matthea de Muynck (violin), Julian Sarmiento (double bass), Anna Lachegyi (viola de gamba) and Christina Karagianni (dance).
premiere: Delft Fringe Festival 2019 and was repeated at the Alba Nova Festival (BE)

Coming from different backgrounds and expertise, such as sonology and early music, Sfessania search for ways to re-invent stories from the past and connect them to contemporary culture. Sfessania is their first project.
Is a performance that arose from the need to investigate the relation of performers and audiences with repertoirse and materials from the past. Inspired by the Bali de Sfessania, a series of paintings by Jacques Callot, this performance follows the threads of meaning these paintings convey. Using a commedia dell’arte structure and colliding early music with live electronics, dance and improvisation, Sfessania seeks to revive some of the magical powers that were attributed to music and dance in the 17th century.



intrumentation: light dependent oscillator with accelometer sensor
for quadrophonic sound system
duration: 15'00

The instrument, Schmitt meant to challenge and explore the relationships between motion, gesture and music in a multi-channel speaker setup.
The piece is also questioning a certain issue behind using self-made instruments or controllers compared to the use of traditional instruments. It is strongly connected to a reference point (expectation) of how the players gestures on the instrument are coordinated with the sounding outcome.


for Maze Ensemble

premiere: Maze Festival, Splendor, Amsterdam 2018
duration: 13'05

 In a world that becomes more and more like a game environment, MAZE FESTIVAL explores interactive scores as a way of questioning and redesigning the relationship between musicians, composers and audience, using game strategies and interactive electronics.

Synergatic Interpolations

collaboration with
Fazle Shairmahomed
premiered: Cloud Danslab, Den Haag, 2016

In this residency the artists explore together the relations between sound and movement as immersive of each other. The sound installation consists out of one sensor and two oscillators, which allow an immersive physicality to develop. Initially by using the hands to create shadows, manipulate light, and to change the position of the sensor, transforming the soundscape constantly. In performance, physicality is most often facilitated by sound, and therefore sensorially more prominent, which we aim to challenge by enhancing this relation through technological devices and light. This research questions the input-output relation of sound and movement, and different technological devices. How can the relation between sound and movement become diffuse and immersive of each other?