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‘Hear Here’ takes you on a trip through sound art in Leuven. Fourteen resounding artworks are spread out across ten heritage locations. Every installation engages in an acoustic dialogue with the architecture and the surroundings. The solid brick walls of the KADOC chapel resonate differently than the Botanical Garden in full spring. This relation between sound, acoustics and perception is a key element in sound art. From buzzing bees to droning organ pipes, from the search for silence to noise disturbance in the North Sea. Get ready for a free discovery route for all ages and experience Leuven’s hidden heritage with different eyes and ears.
Antwerp-based artist Maika Garnica creates ceramic objects that are both sculptures and instruments. For Hear Here, she joins forces with artist Nico Dockx. The lengths of their body parts are measured and translated into shapes in clay, which in turn serve as sound objects. Especially for the occasion, Garnica and Dockx will invite some guests to perform (lecture) performances with these instruments.
Vica Pacheco was born in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, but lives and works in Brussels. In her versatile practice she combines electroacoustic music, sound art, video animation and sculpture.Her performance Animacy Or A Breath Manifest emerged from an investigation into pre-Columbian instruments made from ceramics. This resulted in a series of beautiful flute-sculptures that open up a totally new sound universe, in which breathing, organicity and energy are central. In doing so, Pacheco builds on ancient musical and ritual practices as well as mythological meanings.