Els Viaene (*1979, Belgium) started her work as a sound artist / field recordist in 2001. With a set-up of two small microphones she listens, zooms into and enlarges the aural landscapes surrounding us. The natural rhythms and textures of the sounds hidden in those landscapes form the basis of her work.
Working on these sound materials for performances, sound compositions or installations she makes the listeners travel into imaginary and organic environments. Through the specific use and set-up of sound within a space her installations create new spaces within existing ones, either emphasizing or making dissapear the physical borders of that space. In doing so she often plays with the notions of seeing and hearing, the perception of what we see and hear and how both interfere.
Recent works include:
Vibrant Matter (BE) – Kinetic sound sculpture (with paper, magnets, embedded metals) – 2016
Listening Dune (BE) – Permanent site-specific sound installation in collaboration with Chris Watson – 2016
Timekabinet (PL) – Sound installation (with paper map and spherical magnet) – 2015
The Mamori Expedition (BE) – Sound installation (with wooden sculpture, water and hydrophones) – 2013