Els Viaene Research Artist

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 in 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 disappear 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.

Research projects

Sound as vibration
The State of Things, group show, iMAL, Brussels, Belgium, 2016
Sound as vibration: ways of seeing sound, solo show, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway, 2021