Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem BOem

Installation by Philip Vermeulen

The impressive Halle am Berghain will be the site of "Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem BOem", an immersive, playful installation by the young Dutch artist Philip Vermeulen.

With the visceral acoustic instrument, the Physical Rhythm Machine (PRM), Vermeulen shoots balls at speeds of up to 150 km/h into large resonant boxes. Because the shots can be fired at precise intervals, the machine can generate intricate rhythmic patterns. For CTM 2018, artists Lakuti and Sam Barker have created short rhythmic compositions which will be brought to life via the momentum of the balls. Alternatively, the machine itself can also create non-metric, free rhythmic structures on its own using pre-programmed algorithms. The PRM visualises violent compositions while resonating the space and the bodies of the audience.

Philip Vermeulen studied in The Hague. Through his work he seeks to discover primary phenomena in all kinds of different media: sound, light, physics, and nature. He builds setups and immersive installations that provoke experiences and question viewers’ senses by transporting them into alternate worlds.


"Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem BOem" at CTM 2018 is kindly supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands. Philip Vermeulen is also supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.



Berghain, Tue 30.01.2018, 21:00

AGF, Jessica Ekomane , Klein, Olaf Nicolai with Theo Nabicht – "In the Woods there is a Bird", Drew McDowall presents "Time Machines", Philip Vermeulen – "Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem Boem" with Lakuti, Sam Barker


Berghain, Wed 31.01.2018, 21:00

Maximilian Marcoll – "H A C K", Cevdet Erek, Okkyung Lee, Hugo Esquinca, Marcus Schmickler, Philip Vermeulen – "Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem Boem" with Lakuti, Sam Barker

On Edge

Berghain, Thu 01.02.2018, 21:00

Zoya Bassi, Swan Meat, VIOLENCE, Bliss Signal, Schwefelgelb, Olivia, Philip Vermeulen – "Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem Boem" with Lakuti, Sam Barker


Berghain, Fri 02.02.2018, 22:00

Kilbourne, KABLAM, DJ Panic, HAJ300, Marc Acardipane, HDMIRROR, Darkraver, WIXAPOL S.A., Philip Vermeulen – "Physical Rhythm Machine_Boem Boem" with Lakuti, Sam Barker

Runs: Tue 30.1. – Fri 2.2.2018

Hours: 21–23h

Entrance only with ticket to the Berghain concertss

Venue: Halle am Berghain