Alex Reynolds & Alma Söderberg - La mano que canta [The Hand that Sings] • Studio STUK

A voice says ‘bird’ and a bird appears in the eye, when only a second ago it was a hand, or a tree, or a whistle.

Wed 12/10: from 20:00
Thu 13/10
: from 20:15
Fri 14/10
: from 20:15
Sat 15/10
: from 14:00
Sun 16/10
: from 20:00

The exhibition is only accessible with a ticket for the live programma, on the dates listed above. Click the dates to discover that day's live programme.

La mano que canta [The Hand that Sings] builds a web of connecting gestures, voicings, and images in time: A voice says ‘bird’ and a bird appears in the eye, when only a second ago it was a hand, or a tree, or a whistle. Sounds of the manual extraction of cork are coaxed into music by a singing hand. Meanwhile, words in Spanish and English are traded on a rooftop, from one friend's mouth to another.

Both free-form and minutely composed, The Hand that Sings proposes a lyrical interplay of correspondences where bodies, landscape, and the camera, attuned to one another, jointly perform. The film is a sensorial resistance to fixity and hierarchy, and kindly asks us to remain all eyes and ears, attentive to detail and transformation.

Credits: La mano que canta [The Hand that Sings] (2021), HD Video, 5.1 sound, 22'43"

Choreographer Alma Söderberg and filmmaker Alex Reynolds met in Brussels in 2016. Since then, their practices are intertwined. Although they work in different fields they share an obsession for the tension between the aural and the visual and its political, ethical, and aesthetic implications. They think about background and foreground, and about how listening is a tool to move into the depths of seeing.

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➤ ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. The regular sanitary facilities are accessible by elevator. Unfortunately, there is no accessible toilet.

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With Alma Söderberg, Alex Reynolds, Miguel Ángel Muñoz Arenas, Juan Félix Tadeo Hormeño, and Julia Spínola's voice | Production Alicia Reginato / La Chula Productions | Production assistant Rossana Miele | Camera Alex Reynolds, Lennert De Taeye, Curro Tardío | Camera assistant Lennert de Taeye, Rubén Hernández | Sound recording Laszlo Umbreit, Alex Reynolds, Elena Barreras Honrubia | Sound mix Laszlo Umbreit | Editing Alex Reynolds, Alma Söderberg | Grading Lennert De Taeye | Credit design Goda Budvytyte | Say this say that, inspired by the work of Danielle Freakley and Asiya Wadud | Co-produced by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Kunstencentrum BUDA, The Art Academy, Bergen - Social Acoustics: Communities in Movement, IAC Malmö, Swedish Arts Grants Council
Wed 12 Oct 2022 20:00 - Sun 16 Oct 2022 23:00


  • Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
  • 3012 Leuven