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Els Viaene

Ways Of Seeing Sound (installatie)

Sound artist Els Viaene makes the medium sound visible in a laboratory full of audiovisual experiments


The exhibition can be visited on days with a concert or dance programme in Manhattan. On those days, access to the exhibition is free from 19:30 to the start of the performances (usually 20:30). After the concerts or performances, the exhibition stays open for half an hour - but you need a ticket for the performances to access it.

➤ Dates:

➤ Studio Manhattan - Kolonel Begaultlaan 21, Leuven
➤ Free without reservation
➤ Els Viaene - Ways Of Seeing Sound (performance): Friday 05.05

Els Viaene - Ways Of Seeing Sound
(performance, Belgian premiere)

What is sound? What is this material that we can’t see nor touch? Being a sound artist for the past 15 years, Els Viaene started to question her main working material more and more. She always used to observe it as an ‘end product’, a material that she can catch and mold by the use of digital recorders, computers and other objects that she places in between her and the sound. The longer she worked with sound the more she felt distanced from it. How to restore this distance? How to grasp this material that never makes itself visible? These questions where the starting point for her artistic quest into sound at its source, the moment it is shaped. Approaching sound as a physical phenomenon: a vibration, a wave, a variation in air pressure. In a laboratory full of audiovisual experiments, Viaene looks for ways to translate sound into a tangible, visible medium.

Concept & realisation: Els Viaene | Technical assistence: Koen Daems | Video technician: Elias Heuninck | Light design: Simon Siegmann


2 weeks of sound art at Manhattan
05.05 → 17.05
Els Viaene, Mihalis Shammas, Roxane Métayer, Wannes Deneer, Jérôme Noetinger, Stijn Wybouw, Diana Duta, Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj, Florence Cats

Tue 9 May 2023 19:30 - 20:30
Thu 11 May 2023 19:30 - 20:00
Sun 14 May 2023 14:00 - 17:00
Mon 15 May 2023 19:30 - 20:30
Wed 17 May 2023 19:00 - 20:00


  • Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
  • 3012 Leuven


Free without reservation