Torus treats dance music as a tool to reflect on the politics and aesthetics of pop culture. Toying with the structures and forms of sub genres such as trance, electronic and many harder styles, and bringing a critical and adventurous stance to any stage. He is currently preparing for his 12” on Tresor Berlin and a deluxe edition of 2020’s cult ambient record The Flash with DJ Lostboi (Malibu), due for release early 2022.
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 Telfar’s Ugg collaboration, presenting a piece with Kate Cooper in the New Museum in New York and creating an installation for documenta 14 on echoes of pop culture co-produced with Malibu. His latest A/V project ‘These Cars Do Not Exist’ is a 24:24 video piece in collaboration with Mark Prendergast consisting of looping choir samples and scattered midi sequences is exhibited in both art and club contexts such Institut fuer Zukunft online art platform Balance Festival, and Fiber, 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 Seoul to New York, Laser Club is born out of a necessity to create and claim our own spaces. With recent guests including Kode9, Hannah Diamond, Kamixlo, Instupendo, Dorian Electra, Crystallmess, Oli XL, Harm van den Dorpel and 70386357.