Symposium: The public, the sonic, the spatial

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October, the Panels installation by Paul Devens (on display at NAiM/Bureau Europa, Avenue Céramique 226 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, until 16 January 2011), will provide the setting for a symposium and a series of performances related to space and sound. Paul invited a number of artists, theorists and architects to lecture and perform at the heart of his installation. The symposium will focus on the relationship between sound, image and architectonic space.


‘An inquiry into the spatial, the sonic and the public’ is presented by Armeno Alberts, sound artist, programme-maker, and director of the CEM studio for electronic music. Alberts worked with the radio programme Cafe Sonore for the VPRO (national broadcasting station), which was the most important programme on sound art in the Netherlands. Alberts also takes on cross-border projects, such as the yearly ‘Art’s Birthday’, which links ten countries directly via internet and satellite, exchanging and broadcasting live concerts.

Here is what you can expect during this special sound/art/science event in Maastricht:

Friday October 29th, 13h-18h: Lectures

Karin Bijsterveld (NL)
The research performed by the historian Bijsterveld is directed toward the – historical – problems associated with noise, the link between technological developments and music, and historical sound. Bijsterveld is the author of numerous publications and is a professor of the Technology and Social Sciences Department at the University of Maastricht.

Eran Sachs (IL/DE)
Eran Sachs is a sound artist, curator and musicologist. He is active in the world of the establishment, in the symphony orchestra of Jerusalem, and in the underground. By mixing consoles where the inputs are connected to the outputs, he is able to produce unsettling loud sounds that have little in common with normal symphonic structures. His energetic live compositions can be referred to as ‘noise music’. He was the curator of present-day electronic music and sound art of Levontin 7 (Tel Aviv) and the ctrl_alt_del festival (Istanbul), among others.

Emre Erkal (TR)
The Turkish architect and sound artist Erkal studies the significance of planology (spatial planning) and architecture against a changing cultural background. Erkal is active as an architect in Ankara and works as an artist in an international field. He has exhibited work at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, at the Singel Cultural Centre in Antwerp, and at the Vooruit in Gent, among other places. He is also one of the founders of NOMAD, a platform for new media and present-day art and, as such, one of the initiators of ctrl_alt_del, the first sound art festival in Turkey, at Istanbul.

Wim Langenhoff (NL)
Langenhoff was educated in Arts and Sciences and works as a Conceptual Engineer for various companies, ranging from the amusement industry to sulphuric acid production. On the basis of his portfolio as an artist, he switched from Research to Advertising at the NatLab in Eindhoven, after ten years’ research, and soon became the marketing and business operations consultant. In the mid-sixties, Langenhoff founded the ‘New Electric Chamber Music’, an artists’ ensemble that experimented with self-made electronics and prototypes from Philips’s NatLab. He is chairman of the Instituut voor Betaalbare Waanzin (Institute for Affordable Nonsense) and is still active as an organizational expert within trade & industry.

Brandon Labelle (DE/US)
The versatile artist Labelle makes sonological installations, gives performances with electro-acoustic sound, and issues his own work and that of others on CD. Labelle is an authority as a publicist and writer. In one of his publications, Background Noise, Perspectives on Sound Art, he positions sound art at the very heart of contemporary art. In his book he describes not only the various forms of expression such as performance, installation and composition, but also elucidates sound as a phenomenon in relation to local circumstances, culture and society.

Friday October 29th, 20h30-23h: Concerts in Panels

Performances by Brandon Labelle and Eran Sachs.

Saturday October 30th, 13h-18h: Lectures

Raviv Ganchrow (NL/IL)
The architect, sonologist and sound artist Ganchrow studies the inextricable link between space and architecture. He develops autonomous installations with self-designed sound technology, such as the ‘Wave Field Synthesis’. Ganchrow exhibits his work and gives performances both at home and abroad. In addition, he is a teacher at the Institute for Sonology in The Hague, at the Academy for Architecture in Arnhem, and at Delft University of Technology.

Basak Senova (TR)
Curator, designer and publicist Senova is the initiator of a great many present-day art projects, often related to the new media. She is a founder of NOMAD, a platform for critical reflection ad the production of exhibitions and projects. Senova is head of the organization behind ctrl_alt_del, the first sound art festival to be held in Turkey, which is still linked to the to the Biennial of Istanbul, and she was the commissioner of the Turkish Pavilion at the Biennial of Venice in 2009.

Justin Bennett (NL/VK)
The work of the sound artist Bennett is often inspired by the context of a specific environment and his work is mainly location-related. Bennett’s work consists of installations, sound strolls and CD issues. He also gives performances with his BMB con ensemble, jointly with Roelf Toxopeus.

Esther Venrooy (NL)
Venrooy is an artist par excellence who is not satisfied with the musical scope offered by classical music. After her saxophone study she investigated the technical and performance qualities of electronics. The physical qualities of (exhibition) space have been increasingly incorporated in her productions in the last few years. Besides her work as a performer, composer, teacher and artist, Venrooy is also currently following a PhD course.

Kees Tazelaar (NL)
The composer of electronic and electro-acoustic music and head of the
Institute for Sonology at the Conservatory of Music in The Hague is also known for his restoration of and reconstruction work on historical electronic compositions. Thanks to his commitment, the work of Gottfried Michael Koenig, Jan Boerman, Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti, Luctor Ponse and the multi-channel sound track of the Poème Electronique of Edgard Varèse has been preserved on the basis of the original tapes.

Janek Schaefer (GB)
Schaefer is a composer and sound artist. He is the inventor of the turntable with several tone arms. The much-honoured British artist issues records and CDs with his ‘deconstructed’ view of reality, involving field recordings and so-called ‘found-footage’ in collage form.

Saturday October 30th, 20h30-00h: Concerts in Panels

Janek Schaeffer, Esther Venrooy and BMB con (Justin Bennett and Roelf Toxopeus)

On both days it is possible to participate in a dinner at Ipanema at 7 p.m.


  • Full programme: € 32.50, (students: € 25.00)
  • Day programme (friday or saturday): € 17.50
  • Half a day (morning or afternoon): € 10.00
  • Participation in dinner per day:€ 15.00

You can inscribe for the symposium at the Bureau-Europa website.

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