LASER TALK – Immersive listening with Roel Heremans and Esther Venrooij

An evening around attentive listening through the work of two artist-researchers that create immersive sound installations, sound landscapes, or films in which listening triggers the imagination and creates a special relationship with the audience.

“As humans we are always looking for meaning in what we experience and we are always projecting ourselves onto our surroundings, even when we see, hear or experience nothing.”

On the Process of Becoming Silent and Listening, essay film by Esther Venrooij

Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with sound, composed introspection and neurofeedback. In most of his works he composes fragments of audio that trigger the imagination of visitors in order to create immersive group experiences.As a result the visitors simultaneously become actors, witnesses, performers and reenactors of mental and physical processes of thought and movement, where collective performances encounter individual reactions and vice versa.

Esther Venrooij considers her dual roles as artist and composer as occupying two different sensorial planes. She creates work in a variety of media, such as composed music, improvised combinations of electronica, video and site-specific installations. With a sharp focus, both in her studies and creative impulses on audio topography, she explores the way sound and movements inhabits space. Having collaborated live and in the studio with a variety of visual, sound and dance artists, Venrooij’s biography reads like a mixed media map of projects. She has performed and presented her works extensively for audiences in Europe, Asia and United States. In November 2015, she completed her PhD studies in Art at KULeuven with an exhibition of a series of sound installations and a dissertation: ‘Audio Topography: The Interaction of Sound, Space and Medium’. In 2018, she was granted a ZAP-mandate at KULeuven, in the field “Spatial Experiences: Spatial Experiences: Visual, Auditory, Sensorimotor, Tactile and Conceptual” and is she supervising doctoral research projects.

Talk with a projection of the artists’ work. Find de recording of the talk here.

Tuesday 20 December 2022 at 7pm


Quai Des Charbonnages 30 – 34
Koolmijnenkaai 30 -34
Tel.: +32 2 410 30 93

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Image references Roel Heremans:

  • Portrait of Roel Heremans – photo by Rachel Gruijters
  • The NeuroRight Arcades on Ars Electronica Festival – photo by Roel Heremans
  • Quartet A at De Brakke Grond Amsterdam- photo by Nick Chesnaye

Image references Esther Venrooij :

  • The drawings on the table > “Worktable Esther Venrooij”, 2022.
  • Selfportrait in Rabat Morocco, 2022.
  • Microphone drawing > From a series of drawings for the exhibition “On Resonance” curated by Eric Thielemans
  • Double screening > Installation view “On the Process of Becoming Silent and Listening” (2021)

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