glui aims to provide custom technology for musicians and artists with needs more specific than commercial offerings and more practical than academic research.
A common theme among many glui projects is how to mediate between physical and virtual domains. This goes both ways as we develop sensor instruments that bring musical gestures inside the computer, as well as e.g. installations where the computer affects the outside world, be it thru solenoids or spatialized sound.
Occassionaly products emerge from these projects like the gluion sensor interface that offered unrivaled performance and flexibility at its time, while the gluiph addressed embedded instrument design.
glui also pursues interfacing in a social sense as we seek to find a common ground where technician and artist can exchange ideas and concepts, rather than handing over turn-key solutions. Sometimes we can also be talked into doing workshops.
glui was devised in Berlin around 1997 by Nic Collins and Sukandar Kartadinata as a new node on the music & technology grid following their joint work during the mid-nineties at STEIM.
In 1999 Nic moved to Chicago where he is heading the sound department at the SAIC. Since then glui mainly refers to Sukandar’s activities as a self-employed instrument maker, which in fact go all the way back to 1990 with the birth of the Topophonien project.
In 2004 the glui lab found a home at Podewil, from 2005 to 2007 under the support of tesla berlin e.V.
A brief stint in 2008 saw glui in former “Haus des Reisens” next to SchneidersBuero, before joining the Ateliergemeinschaft in Manteuffelstr. 77 founded by Klangquadrat. In 2015 however we were expelled by another gentrification wave and the lab moved into a backroom of Staalplaat for a couple years. Now we’re tired of the Berlin Gewerbemieten situation and have taken the lab into residential quarters.