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Photo by Moju Vids, Cave 12 – Geneva.


Tobias R. Kirstein (b. 1972) is an artist, writer and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kirsteins works are often monomaniacally concerned with sound and power in both a conceptual and very concrete manner in either physically challenging performances or very discrete installations in the public space. For several years, he has been investigating the power of the act of listening – listening as an aggressive, but invisible, territorial tool. Main instruments in these investigations are the tone generator, recording equipment, and the white noise generator.

Kirstein cofounded MAYHEM, a pivotal venue for extreme and experimental music ( in Copenhagen. He and the other three founders left Mayhem in 2017, leaving room for new people.

Kirstein works as an external curator of the crossmedia festival CLICK (opens in new tab).

He has toured, done performances and exhibitions in Egypt, UK, USA, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Denmark.

Kirstein has collaborated with Tony Conrad, Johs Lund, Ursula Nistrup, Claus Haxholm, Pär Thörn, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jacob Lillemose, Kasper Opstrup, Robert Turman, Goodiepal/Mainpal, Leif Elggren, Rhys Chatham, CM von Hausswolff and many more.

KREV Ministry of the Imaginary Forces
Minister: Tobias R. Kirstein

Part of the performance group CAAST  with Cæcilie Trier, Asger Hartvig, Andreas Führer, Simon Latz.

Plays in the drum duo To\To with Toke Tietze Mortensen.

Part of Lights People

Contact: tobias[dot]kirstein[at]gmail[dot]com

Download CV TRK 2018 eng


Photo by Jacob Kirkegaard