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 from 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: Hear Here is a surprising discovery route for all ages. Put on those walking boots and experience Leuven heritage sites with different ears and eyes.
Liew Niyomkarn | Esther Venrooij | Céleste Boursier-Mougenot | Stijn Demeulenaere | John Grzinich | Bouke Groen | Rie Nakajima | Phillip Sollmann & Konrad Sprenger | An Roovers | Félix Blume | Floris Vanhoof | Maika Garnica & Nico Dockx | Amber Meulenijzer | Christoph De Boeck
Stadhuis/Visit Leuven (start) / M Leuven / KADOC / Stadspark / Janseniuspark / Anatomisch Theater / Kruidtuin / BAC ART LAB KU Leuven / Cas-co / Maakleerplek
Modular Organ System will sound from Wednesday through Saturday at the following times:
- 14:30 — 15:10
- 16:00 — 16:40
- 17:30 — 18:10
Different opening hours on Sunday 5 & Monday 6 June, due to the concert by Kali Malone & Stephen O'Malley on Monday 6 June.
- Sunday 5 June: open 14:00 — 16:00
- Monday 6 June: closed all day
Besides an exhibition, Hear Here also offers a live programme at various locations in Leuven. Amber Meulenijzer will give a performance with her Saab Sculpture during the opening drink, An Roovers and Floris Vanhoof will give a talk about their works, Maika Garnica and Vica Pacheco will create performative soundscapes with ceramic sound objects. Furthermore, the German duo Phillip Sollmann and Konrad Sprenger invite composer Kali Malone and Sun O)))-founder Stephen O’Malley to work with the Modular Organ System. Finally, the ensemble Razen braves the 17th-century organ of the Beguinage Church, flanked by New York based voice artist Ka Baird, and transdisciplinary artist Begüm Erciyas moves into the Meerdaal forest for an evening listening session.
Dates & opening hours
23 April → 6 June 202
→ Opening hours:
Wednesday → Sunday
14:00 → 19:00* (closed on Monday & Tuesday)
* Different opening hours:
Monday 6 June: parcours open, except for Anatomical Theater
M Leuven: Closed after 18:00 & on Wednesday
Kruidtuin: Closed after 17:00 in April
Anatomical Theater: Closed on Monday 6 June
Town Hall (Visit Leuven)
Address: Naamsestraat 3 3000 Leuven
Maps are available at the start at Visit Leuven in the City Hall or at the various locations.
You can also use the interactive map on this website.
→ By foot:
The entire parcours takes approx. 2,5 à 3 hours (including visit to the installations).
If you do not have time for the whole parcours, you can also choose one of the 3 ‘districts’: Centrum — Kruidtuin — Vaartkom.
→ By bike:
You can also do it by bike, which will take approx. 1,5 à 2 hours.
You cannot go from Naamsestraat to Schapenstraat by bike via Van Dalepark (stairs), instead go via Ramberg.
Most of the locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted in the info about the works.
Families & children
Visiting Hear Here with kids? Then don’t miss our children’s guide (in Dutch). The guide is free and available at the start at Visit Leuven in the Town Hall and at the various indoor locations.
Earcatcher Pieter Janssens
Especially for Hear Here, visual artist Pieter Janssens from Leuven created a public listening sculpture. This ‘earcatcher’ is located on the Grote Markt and invites you to listen consciously to the sounds of the city.
More info & contact
For questions, you can go to Visit Leuven from 10:00 to 17:00. At each work of art there is an information panel and sometimes also an attendant, who will be happy to help you. For all other questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
➤ Organisation: STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound
➤ Partners: 200 jaar Kruidtuin, BAC ART LAB KU Leuven, Cas-co, CCHA, Erfgoedcel Leuven, Franse Gemeenschap, Groendienst Leuven, KADOC, KIKK, KU Leuven, KU Leuven Dienst Cultuur, KU Leuven Wetenschap & technologie, KU Leuven Research & Development, M Leuven, Maakleerplek, Overtoon, Resiterra, Singuhr, Sonic Acts, Stad Leuven, Stadhuis Leuven, Visit Leuven, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Warm Alarm
➤ Inspirators: Carsten Seiffarth (Singuhr) & Maud Seuntjens (Sonic Acts)
All guided tours start at KADOC, Vlamingenstraat 39.
Individual visits (without guide) start at Visit Leuven, Naamsestraat 3.