Klankenbos Residencies

Het Klankenbos is a physical space that inspires artistic development in sound art and new music. Every year, a number of young sound artists and art school students are supported in their artistic practice, with conceptual coaching and technical support. The focus lies on the development of new and adventurous ideas that explore the boundaries between sound, music and other art forms, often in relation to ecology, public space, contemporary composition and new technologies. 

The artists get the chance to interact with international colleagues, or present the results of their work in a public performance.

© Kristof Vrancken

Past residencies:

2022

Showcase Emerging Sound residencies
Showcase Emerging Sound is an annual sampler of 4 promising sound artists in Belgium, organized by STUK, Q-O2 and Musica.
Three artists from the 2022 selection worked on their showcase performance in a Klankenbos residency in the spring:

  • Raphael Malfliet – Governors (07-10/02) 
    An investigation into the interaction between feedback signals – the harmonic interplay, but also the unpredictability.
  • Léa Roger (28/03-01/04)
    In her work for harp and mechanical bow, Léa goes in search of physical immersive experiences that bring us into a state of semi-hypnosis.
  • Vica Pacheco (16-22/04)
    With a series of beautiful flute sculptures, Vica opens up a completely new sound universe, based on an age-old musical and ritual practice.

2021

  • Amber Meulenijzer – SAAB SCULPTURE VI: PLACES UNSEEN (25-29/05)
    Artist Amber Meulenijzer turns her iconic Saab 900 into a reflective sound sculpture. The audio piece PLACES UNSEEN was composed for the twelve Toa loudspeakers on the roof and resonates with the acoustics of the environment.
  • Anne van de Star – Bling rrring (27-29/05)
    The installation Bling rrring (2020) was created during a previous residency at Atelier Lucas Pellens, as part of OORtreders Festival. This was transformed into a work in dialogue with the environment of Klankenbos.
  • Begüm Erciyas – Forest Silent Gathering (26-31/07)
    The public is invited into a forest at sunset. Without a leader figure, the audience itself becomes the host, while listening to a soundtrack through headphones. The sound piece introduces its own social rules and leads to new forms of being together.
  • Wim Pelgrims – BOLSTER[bubbels] (20-24/09)
    A twofold quest: on the one hand a personal evolution of Pilgrims as a post-instrumentalist, on the other hand an investigation into different ways of interaction between performer and audience. All this within the environment of a personal abstract, aesthetic world.

2020

  • Jacob Vanneste & Charlotte Peys – Litanie van het thuisgeluid (02-08/11)
    Artist Peys & sound artist Vanneste gathered sound fragments from people during the lockdown period. From this they create a sound ritual against bad times in image and sound.

2019

  • Myriam van Imschoot – New Polyphonies (16-19/10)
    From the art and practice of polyphony follows an investigation into installations and concerts as a context for sound performances in which listening is central.
  • Iosif Kiraly (30/10-31/10)
    The Romanian artist developed a sound artwork in Pelt as part of the Europalia festival.