Sound is spatial. Just like light, it has a source, but it also spreads everywhere around us, and as it does it creates interactions and forms of intimacy. With music, though - because of emphasis placed on performers, instruments and equipment - we tend to focus entirely on the source. But this is like looking directly at the sunlight. The glare means you no longer see how the rays reflect in the space around you.
A new installation by artist Vincent de Belleval and electronic producer Nicolás Jaar will be activated for the very first time during ADE, including some exclusive live performances by the duo itself and invited guests. Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) consists of ten rotating parabolas: reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. They create an ever-changing environment of interlinked reflections and feedback chains. The title alludes to light and sound diffusion, signifying how the energy of the sound and light is kept in its reflections but not in its source. Due to their parabolic shape, the reflectors can also focus sound in specific positions, creating hallucinatory surrounding fields.
In addition to the brand new installation you can experience Chapter 2WO, a performance that serves as a second act. Also Jaar’s first insitu work, a sound and light piece named Incomprehensible Sun, can be viewed throughout the whole ADE festival.
Practical information The exclusive performances of Belleval and Jaar, as well as their new installation will be featured at het HEM from ADE Thursday trough Saturday and will start at 6:PM. Thursday will be the official premiere. To get to het HEM, you can either travel by ferry or by car. The ferry from Amsterdam central station will leave every hour as of 5:30 PM.
Tickets for the performances can be bought trough here.
The events are also accessible for ADE Delegates (limited capacity). We would kindly like to ask you to RSVP beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org - to grant your seat. You will receive a confirmation from Het Hem.
About het HEM
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture. Together with today’s visionaries, they develop multidisciplinary art programs that shed new light on the world around us. Central to this is a playful and open approach in both creating and experiencing art.