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25/04/2019 - 05/05/2019
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01/05/2019 - 11:00
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26/04/2022 - 01/05/2022
Oscillation 2019 ::: on sound’s nature
Adam Asnan, Aki Onda, Akio Suzuki, Alice Pamuk, Andrea Neumann, Anna Raimondo, Beatriz Ferreyra, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Bill Dietz, Doron Sadja, Eliane Radigue, Els Viaene, Emmanuel Holterbach, Enrico Malatesta, Franziska Windisch, Isabelle Stragliati, Jennifer Walshe, John Butcher, Jonathan Frigeri, Justin Bennett, Klaas Hübner, Lucie Vítková, Luke Fowler, Manfred Werder, Marc Matter, Melissa E. Logan, Michael Vorfeld, ooooo, oracle, Paulo Dantas, Peter Ablinger, Pierre Berthet, Rie Nakajima, Tomoko Sauvage, Wederik De Backer, Anne-Laure Pigache, David Toop, Guillaume Maupin, Jérôme Noetinger, Lucy Railton, Manuel Pessoa de Lima, Mark Fell, Mariska De Groot, Rebecca Glover, Sofia Jernberg, Annette Vande Gorne, Juliette Volcler, Lars Kwakkenbos, Lila Athanasiadou, Pedro Oliveira, Salomé Voegelin, Séverine Janssen, Thierry Madiot, Xabier Erkizia

Oscillation is a project and festival circling around various aspects of the nature of sound, with a special curiosity about its capacity for creating and sharing space, its propensity to occupy the zones in between spaces, positions, events, discourses, etc: a betweening space. Sound travels, hops borders, passes through walls. It is endlessly participative in that we share it all the time, often unwittingly. It entangles itself in the necessarily messy gaps between us. Sound offers a framework for thinking the in-between as a space that not only needs boundaries in order to exist (what is a space without limits to define it?), but whose very presence both creates and parodies the fixities of those boundaries. A discourse of inbetween-ness cannot be fixed but is always made up of a great many tentative constructions and holdings in place.


Part of sound’s particularity is its unflinching sitedness; hearing is always hearing in place. And yet, sound inevitably permeates between spaces: between walls, between the ‘external’ room and the ‘internal’ ear, between languages, across divisions between producer and listener, artist and audience. Sound plays an increasing role in our senses and connection to others. The artists, thinkers, and practitioners that make up this festival come from a diverse range of positions, formal backgrounds, and traditions. They split across continents, generations, and languages. But in the space that opens up between these different positions, there is a common practice of thinking with and through sound. Of using sound as a tool to occupy and energize the space in between: not absence but material, not lack but medium.


The festival took place between April 25-May 5th, across a variety of formats and locations in Brussels.


Oscillation festival program and brochure.


The publication “The Middle Matter: sounds as interstice” was launched at the opening of the festival.


Festival Documentation: images by fabonthemoon and Q-O2, sounds, and video.


The festival was realized in the framework of the Interfaces project, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and co-produced by RITCS school of art. In cooperation with Argos, Au Quai, Cinema Nova, Decoratelier Jozef Wouters, Eglise St. Jean-Baptiste Molenbeek, La Fonderie, Le Lac, Recyclart, Werkplats Walter.

In collaboration with:

Glauco Salvo - Field Studies
David Helbich - Live - 9/12/22 (Excerpt)
Aymeric De Tapol - Encore une etude de flute

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and Creative Europe
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