David Helbich

David Helbich (1973; Berlin) has been living and working in Brussels since 2002. He studied composition in Amsterdam and Freiburg.

He is a sound-, installation- and performance artist, as well as a photographer and teacher, who creates a diverse range of experimental and conceptual works for the stage, paper and online media and in public space.

His trajectory moves between representative and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions. His concepts are often presented in print, such as photo and illustrated score books as well as in live performances, sound interventions, audio guides and on social media. Many of his works address concrete physical and social experiences. A recurrent interest is the direct work with a self-performing audience.

In the last 15 years, his work has been shown all over Europe, and recently presented at D Museum (Daelimmuseum, Seoul), Queens Museum (NYC), Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), UnionDocs (New York) and Café OTO (London).

David Helbich’s Square Waves and Round Hits is co-curated with Meakusma Festival. Meakusma is an artist-focused collective in operation as an event organiser since 2004, a record label since 2008, organising the yearly Meakusma Festival since 2016. Its focus is on underground experimental and club music alike. As a record label, Meakusma has always focused on artists and musicians with a singular musical vision, steering clear of trends and tendencies. The yearly Meakusma Festival, that has now temporarily morphed into the more low-key Meakusma Weekend because of the Covid-19 pandemic, focuses on music, installations, radio shows, screenings, artist talks and performance art.