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Showcase Emerging Sound 2023 — Diana Duta, Stijn Wybouw, Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj, Florence Cats
17/05/2023 - 18h - 22h - free upon reservation

STUK, Q-O2, Musica & C-TAKT present:
Showcase Emerging Sound 2023

Meet the next generation of Belgium-based sound artists

Diana Duta
Stijn Wybouw
Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj
Florence Cats


18:00-22:00 Stijn Wybouw – KRAMP and the Shakers (installation)

20:00 Performances:

Stijn Wybouw – KRAMP and the Shakers
Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj – Presque île
Florence Cats – Transparent Music
Diana Duta – IOU

22:00 end


• About the showcase:

Each year, STUK, Q-O2, Musica & C-TAKT present a sample of new sound art in Belgium. Four promising sound artists were selected and put in the spotlights: Diana Duta, Stijn Wybouw, Florence Cats and Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj. The Showcase will take place on Wednesday 16 May 2023 at the iconic Manhattan nightclub and television studio on the canal in Leuven. Free with reservation.


• Stijn Wybouw – KRAMP and the Shakers

KRAMP is the solo project of Limburg-Brussels visual and sound artist Stijn Wybouw. He creates performance, installations and DIY releases out of an fascinating, bizarre universe, often working with rudimentary instruments and found objects. Last summer, he created a homemade rattle-machine made from handmade shakers and found objects. The result is the project KRAMP and the Shakers. The inspiration was a recording Wybouw made of a field full of crickets during a trip through Spain. This crackling, spatial effect is reflected in the installation where several shakers are scattered in a room.


• Tom Malmendier & Emilie Skrijelj – Presque île
(outdoor performance)

Presque île is a project by percussionist Tom Malmendier and accordionist Emilie Skrijelj. It’s a series of short in situ improvisations in public spaces. The idea arose during the April 2020 lockdown in France. Unable to travel or play in front of an audience, Malmendier & Skrijelj decided to go to nature or empty buildings, carrying in their backpack their instruments and audio & video recording material. Snare drum, objects, accordion and harmonica blend with nearby and distant ambient sounds. As such, they see the spatial environment in which they play as a kind of third musician to interact with. 


• Florence Cats

Florence Cats is a musician, sound artist, visual artist, poet and acupuncturist. She plays the theremin in non-conventional ways by moving around a space or combining it with sounding objects, radio, water and visual elements. Spatiality and silence are crucial concepts in her work, always in tune with a specific space. She recently released the beautiful tape Ys on Lieven Martens’ label Edições CN. 


• Diana Duta – IOU
(listening session)

Sound artist Diana Duta was born in Romania but lives and works in Brussels. Since 2019, she has been running the recording studio Jambes, which provides a platform for artists working around the aural and oral. During the showcase, she will present her work IOU, created during a residency at Q-O2 in 2020. The work is inspired by Alexander Bell’s ‘Visible Speech’, a phonetic alphabet that was intended as a universal system for transcribing sounds into symbols. Formally, the symbols are based on the position of the lips, tongue and throat when they produce speech. Duta set to work with this alphabet, collaborating with five voice artists: camille gérenton, Simone Basani, Barry Fitzgerald, Myriam Van Imschoot and Marcus Bergner. The result is a listening piece in quadraphonic. 



➤ Wednesday 17.05 – 18:00 (installations) / 20:00 (performances)
➤ Studio Manhattan – Kolonel Begaultlaan 21, Leuven
➤ Free with reservation:
➤ Te combineren met / To be combined with: Els Viaene – Ways Of Seeing Sound / Elise Eeraerts & Roberto Aparicio Ronda (expo)

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 reçoit le soutien de la Communauté Flamande, VGC et l'Union Européenne
Quai des charbonnages 30-34
B-1080 Bruxelles