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Torus is an alias of Joeri Woudstra, a multidisciplinary artist based in The Hague. Since debuting in 2012, the RMBA Tokyo graduate has refined his artistry through impressive and varied roles such as soundtracking for Metahaven’s Benjamin Bratton stream and an installation for documenta 14 co-produced with Malibu, on echoes of pop culture. His latest A/V project ‘Descend In Chains’ is an 11.11 video of deconstructed choir music exhibited in both gallery and club contexts such De School, ‘t Kunstfort and Unfair, Amsterdam.
In the club, Torus pushes dance music to the very edge of itself. Where his recent output has been distinctly melancholic and ambient, his DJing renders a headier, maximalist approach. Cleanly dissecting scenes and reconstructing them into reimagined contexts to radically alter their social function. His technical approach offers a framework in which to explore the emotional and personal aspects of sound intuitively.
His desire to design a fuller experience is exercised Laser Club. Here, Torus turns his experimental practice towards rebuilding the generic club encounter. Independently piecing together all aspects of the experience - from the lineup, social context, to the stage design: expect lasers, strobes, lights and smoke. From The Hague to Korea, Laser Club is born out of a necessity to create and claim our own spaces. With recent guests including Kode9, Le1f, Suicideyear, Crystallmess and Teengirl Fantasy.
‘Torus is one of the charismatic leaders of a cult that forces you to dance until the early morning.’ - Noisey on Torus @ Lowlands 2018.
‘With this gorgeous EP, Torus changes commerce into a religious experience.’ - 3voor12 on Descend In Chains.
‘Torus’s version takes it from the bedroom to the stadium, adding a heavy set of FX around the core, ever-important melody’ -